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Candy bars: How much will they really damage your diet?

You know what it's like when a chocolate attack hits. You try to ignore the craving, but you can't -- not until you drop everything and head to the nearest candy counter. But if you're reaching for a full- or super-sized candy bar each time, you're going to derail your diet... not to mention that you probably don't even really need the entire bar to satisfy your craving. Often, just a bite or two will do it!

Here's a look at the fat and carb count of some of the most popular regular-size bars and packages. At the bottom, see some tasty-but-lighter options to satisfy your sweet desire.


Baby Ruth bar
2.1oz bar (60g)
280 calories
14g fat
8g saturated fat
39g carbs


Reese's Peanut Butter Cups
1 1.6oz package (45g / 2 candy cups)
232 calories
14g fat
5g saturated fat
25g carbs


Twix Caramel Cookie bars
1 serving = 2 cookie bars (1oz/57g)
286 calories
14g fat
11g saturated fat
37 carbs


One 2oz bar (59g)
280 calories
14g fat
5g saturated fat
36g carbs


m&m's Peanut Chocolate Candies
1.9oz bag (54g)
278 calories
14g fat
5g saturated fat
33g carbs


Hershey's milk chocolate bar
1.55oz package
230 calories
13g fat
9g saturated fat
25g carbs


DOVE Dark Chocolate bar
1.3oz bar (37g)
192 calories
12g fat
7g saturated fat
22g carbs


Butterfinger Bar
2.1oz bar (60g)
275 calories
11g fat
6 saturated fat
44g carbs


Kit Kat
1.5oz package
220 calories
11g fat
7g saturated fat
27g carbs


m&m's Milk Chocolate Candies
1.9oz bag (53g)
261 calories
11g fat
7g saturated fat
38g carbs


Milky Way bar
2.05oz bar (58g)
262 calories
10g fat
7g saturated fat
41g carbs


100 Grand bar
1.5oz bar 43g
180 calories
8g fat
5g saturated fat
29g carbs



Just want the taste of chocolate, but don't want to inhale an entire candy bar? Here are some options that will still let you keep your diet on track:


  • 10-15 chocolate chips (bittersweet): About 4 calories each
  • non-fat chocolate pudding cup (Kraft Handi Snacks Fat Free): 80 calories
  • 5 bite-sized ice cream bonbons (Dibs chocolate/chocolate): 17 calories each
  • hot chocolate (1 Nestle Rich Chocolate packet, with water): 80 calories
  • small chocolate milk (Nestle Quik, 120 mL): 100 calories
  • a half cup chocolate cereal (Cocoa Puffs): 75 calories
  • 2-3 small Tootsie rolls (Midgees): 24 calories each

    Whatever you choose, eat slowly and savor every single bite.

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