Whether you're single, taken, or somewhere in-between this Valentine's Day, one thing is for certain: You're bound to be bombarded with chocolate. From the office candy jar, to the red and pink display in the grocery store, there's no escaping decadent truffles, chocolate-covered strawberries, and other pretty, sugary delights. The good news is that it you can have your chocolate and eat it, too, as long as you know what to choose! If you had a choice between three pieces of Godiva chocolate or five Hershey's Kisses, which would be the slimmer pick?
The Winner: Hershey's Kisses!
Five Hershey's Kisses will only set you back 112 calories, 6.7 grams of fat, and 12.9 grams of sugar, whereas three pieces of Godiva chocolate will cost you 220 calories, 13 grams of fat, and 19 grams of sugar. Since the Godiva chocolates are filled with cream and other sugary extras, they pack in double the amount of calories and fat. In general, try to avoid any candy that's ''filled'' with anything, and opt for dark chocolate for maximum antioxidant benefits (just don't plow through the whole box in one sitting!). When choosing dark chocolate, try to get the kind that's at least 70% cocoa, and avoid varieties with artificial flavorings, colorings, or preservatives.
But the Valentine's Day treats don't just include chocolates. There are a slew of other heart-themed sweets to look out for. Here are 20 common Valentine's confections you might come across—and what they'll cost you, calorie-wise!
Valentine's Treat Calories Fat Sugar Panera Heart Cookie (1 cookie) 420 21 g 27 g Target Mini Cupcakes (3 cupcakes) 350 17 g 40 g Krispy Kreme Heart Donut (1 donut) 300 16 g 19 g Entenmann's Golden Cupcake (1 cupcake) 290 14 g 33 g Little Debbie Be My Valentine Snack Cake (1 cake) 290 13 g 27 g Hershey's Marshmallow Heart (1 king-sized heart) 240 7 g 35 g Frosted Pillsbury Fun-Fetti Cupcake (1 cupcake) 200 5 g 22.5 g Harry & David Chocolate-Covered Cherries (4 cherries) 190 10 g 13 g Harry & David Raspberry Shortbread Cookies (2 cookies) 170 9 g 9 g Nestle Valentine Brownie Bites (3 mini brownies) 170 9 g 18 g Reese's Peanut Butter Heart (1 heart) 170 10 g 16 g Butterfinger Heart (1 heart) 160 8 g 18 g Jelly Belly Valentine Mix (1.5 oz) 160 3 g 29 g Chocolate-Covered Strawberry (average) (1 berry) 140 8 g 15 g M&Ms Valentine's Fun-Size Pack (1 pouch) 140 5 g 18 g Snickers Valentine Minis (4 pieces) 130 6 g 15g Trolli Valentine's Gummy Candies (13 pieces) 130 0 g 24 g Pillsbury Valentine Sugar Cookies (2 cookies) 120 6 g 8 g Target Valentine Fruit Snacks (1 pouch) 80 0 g 14 g Brach's Conversation Heart Candies (11 pieces) 60 0 g 14 g
Do you eat chocolate around Valentine's Day? What's your favorite kind?
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