(BPT) - Although Halloween is known as the spookiest of all the holidays, it may be more fitting to call it the sweetest due to all the candy that surrounds the celebration. Sugary temptations seem to lurk everywhere, and they can contain a scary amount of sugar. Fortunately, if you crave your favorite Halloween flavors, there are many spectacular sweet swaps that will satisfy your sweet tooth.
From healthier options for rich chocolate to decadent frozen treats, here are some ideas to satisfy all your Halloween cravings:
1. Come to the dark side with sea salt dark chocolate
If you want rich dark chocolate that plays so perfectly with a dash of sea salt, opt for a Sea Salt Extra Dark Chocolate Bar from GATSBY Chocolate. Just like Halloween magic, this company somehow figured out how to create the lowest calorie chocolate on the market with 1/2 the calories and 1/4 of the sugar of traditional chocolate. Created by the co-founder of Halo Top ice cream, GATSBY is redefining indulgence by delivering premium chocolate at only 60-70 calories and 2-5 grams of sugar per serving. And you won't believe your taste buds because you still get the decadent taste you expect from the best chocolate confections. To taste the newest chocolate from GATSBY, you can head to retailers nationwide including Sprouts, Walmart, Target, Kroger, Safeway, Alberton’s, HEB, Hy-Vee, Stop & Shop and more or check out the store locator.
2. Pumpkin banana spice is nice
Halloween is smack dab in the middle of the autumn season which is when many people start hankering for the quintessential flavors of fall. Here's a healthy treat that boosts your fruit and veggie count for the day: Banana pumpkin nice cream. All you have to do is peel ripe bananas, chop into pieces and place them in the freezer. Once frozen, place in a blender along with a spoonful of pureed pumpkin, a little milk and a dash of pumpkin spice or cinnamon to taste. Blend well for a chilly treat you can enjoy immediately.
3. No tricks just treats with milk chocolate and peanut butter
There are some foods that pair perfectly together such as delicious peanut butter and chocolate. This Halloween, skip the waxy and gritty mass-produced options and opt for GATSBY Milk Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups. That's right, they make more than chocolate bars! You can enjoy the iconic treats you crave with milk chocolate and peanut butter that are only 50 calories per cup! These cups taste even sweeter when you find out they are just HALF the calories of your traditional peanut butter cups.
4. Sweet and salty crunch is food ghouls
When sweet and salty flavors mingle, does it make your mouth happy? Rather than reaching for those fun-sized Halloween candy bars, you can make your own healthier confections at home with minimal effort. For example, melt low-calorie GATSBY chocolate and dip your choice of crunchy, salty goodies in it, like nuts or pretzels. Want some whole grain for a feel-good treat? Use your air popper or stove to pop whole kernels of popcorn and then spread on a pan and drizzle with GATSBY melted chocolate. Let it harden and then enjoy with a smile.
5. Chewy and sweet yummy gummy alternatives
From gooey and chewy to sweet and sour, there are many fruity candies available throughout the Halloween season. While fun and eye catching, these candies are typically full of processed sugar and artificial dyes to give them those vivid hues. When you want a fruity treat, consider healthier alternatives like fresh or dried fruit. Fruit contains natural sugars as well as vitamins, minerals and fiber. For example, dried fruit is a healthy alternative to gummies, giving you that sweet fruity flavor along with chewy satisfaction.