The dreaded diet. It’s the bane of every avid sweet tooth because it means avoiding that sweet, delicious candy. If you’re trying to eat healthier and you’re a sweet tooth, you know just how hard it can be to avoid the high caloric and sugar contents of your guilty pleasure candies. But don’t worry, there’s a way to enjoy the sweetness and avoid the weight gain! These low-calorie candies are sure to hit the spot—without hitting the love handles.

1.  Smarties

They may not make you smart, but you’ll definitely feel smart for satisfying your sugar craving with these little guys, especially when you realize they’re only 25 calories per roll. Keep a few rolls easily accessible for when you’re in a pinch.

2.  Peppermint Patties

There’s nothing quite like the flavor of mint and chocolate combined, is there? There’s also nothing quite like a candy you can enjoy for less than 150 calories. Peppermint Patties feed your chocolate cravings without feeding your guilt.

3. Jolly Ranchers

The best thing about Jolly Ranchers is how long they last in your mouth. They’re sure to keep your sweet tooth satisfied for longer than most other candies. The best part? Each piece is only 23 calories. Nice.

4. Dark Chocolate Covered Nuts

Alone and uncovered, nuts are great for your health. But when you cover them with dark chocolate, they go from simply healthy to healthy and heavenly. Single portions are usually measured by groups of 10 to 15 nuts, and can range upwards of 200 calories, so try to go smaller on the portion size.

5. Jelly Belly Jellybeans

Jelly beans are sure to make you jolly, especially at just 100 calories for 25 beans. And you can’t go wrong with the huge variety of flavor that Jelly Belly offers. Maybe you can’t toast a marshmallow and actually eat it, but you can certainly enjoy the flavor without the weight gain.

6. M&M Minis

M&M Minis are the best for providing you a chocolate fix without breaking the diet. A tube of Minis comes in at 150 calories, but provides about the same amount of chocolate as a small candy bar without all the high-calorie extras like caramel.

7. Sugar-free gum

Plenty of studies have shown that chewing on sugar-free gum can reduce your cravings for other kinds of candy. The best part is that most sugar-free gum measures in at a mere 5 calories per stick and they come in a huge variety of flavors.

8. Licorice

The classic taste of licorice must be hardwired into the human race’s DNA. This candy is delicious, sweet and won’t pack on the pounds. At only 150 calories for four sticks, this candy will definitely hit the spot.

9. Fruit Roll Ups

Fruit Roll Ups give you sweetness without giving you rolls. For only about 100 calories, you can enjoy two rolls. Grocery stores often carry low-calorie and organic options as well, which is only better for you in the long run.

10. 100 Calorie Packs

Look, we get it. Sometimes substituting your favorite candy for a low-calorie option can be difficult. We have good news for you. Most candy companies now sell 100-calorie packs of their products, which means you can enjoy your guilty pleasure for only 100 calories when nothing else is hitting the spot.

Image Credits:

Smarties: Author- LaurelG; Link-

Jolly Rancher: Author- Mene Tekel; Link-

Jelly Belly Jellybeans: Author- Brandon Dilbeck; Link-

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