5 Healthy Halloween Treats on the Cheap
NEW YORK ( MainStreet) Americans will spend over $2 billion on Halloween candy this year, which breaks down to about $13 per person who celebrates the holiday. Depending on your sweet of choice, that will buy around 100 pieces of candy, containing anywhere from two to three pounds of sugar. It may come as no surprise then that 78% of Americans have at least one cavity by the time they turn 17. Considering each filling costs an average of $125 and out of pocket dental care costs run about $900 a year, that bucket of candy may end up costing more than you think.
If that's scary enough to make you rethink your candy budget, we've compiled five fun, affordable and healthy Halloween snacks to try instead. Whether you're a grown up throwing a killer costume party or a parent trying to keep your child from bouncing off the walls, these treats are sure to please.
Simply swapping carrot sticks for snickers may not go over well in your household, but add a dab of humus and a pumpkin seed, and you've got yourself a snack that looks like a severed finger. It might be healthy, but it's perfectly creepy as well.
Vampire Bites --
Vampire fangs are always a crowd favorite, but those wax candies are kind of gross. They're also pricey, running about $11 for one dozen wax fangs. You can get the same effect for half the price by cutting an apple into wedges, and then slicing a smaller wedge out of the middle to resemble a mouth. Spread peanut butter on the inside of the lips, and then use almond slivers to create teeth and fangs.
Jack-o-Lantern Chip --
Homemade sweet potato crisps make an inexpensive and healthy alternative to pre-packaged chips. Slice a sweet potato into thin round discs, and carve jack-o-lantern faces into each piece. You can also use Halloween cookie cutters to make other spooky shapes. Sprinkle with salt or cinnamon and bake at 350 degrees until crispy.
Witches Brooms --
Broomsticks are common Halloween decorations, and it's easy to make an edible version. Cut a piece of string cheese into thirds and shred the end of each piece to resemble the bristles on the head of a broom. Stick a pretzel stick on the other end and you've got yourself a simple and healthy witch's broom.
Ghost Pops --
For a delicious Halloween desert, cut bananas in half and freeze them on a popsicle stick in advance. Once frozen, dip them in vanilla greek yogurt and add a few chocolate chips to make the eyes and mouth. These make for an adorable and nutritious alternative to standard Halloween fare.