No Tricks About It: These Halloween Treats are Sugar-Free

10/21/2013 at 12:49 PM ET
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When Tom Hanks revealed that he has diabetes, it got us thinking about how much sugar we ingest in October, and—with all the candy bars in the office and the bag we bought for trick-or-treaters that we keep dipping into—the numbers are nearly as terrifying as watching Carrie with the lights off.

Of course, Halloween is all about over-indulging in candy, but more and more brands are introducing smart ways to get your sweets fix, with sugar-free versions of peanut butter cups, hard candies and, yes, even gummy bears. We sampled dozens of sugar-free offerings to see which ones tasted the most like their sugary counterparts. (Surprisingly, a lot made the cut!) Check out our new office stash of Halloween goodies—maybe there’s something you’ll want to add to your candy bowl.

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Sporting 20 percent fewer calories than traditional Hershey’s Minis, these two-biters also come in caramel-filled and dark chocolate.

In 1 serving (5 pieces): 160 cal, 13g fat, 0g sugar

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Can you bear a Halloween without gummy candy? You don’t have to entertain the thought with these yummy gummies, which boast 45 percent fewer calories than their sugary siblings.

In 1 serving (25 pieces): 130 cal, 0g fat, 0g sugar

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The minty layer isn’t as thick as the original York, but this patty more than makes up for it with a heftier shell of dark chocolate. Plus, who can say no to just 40 calories per piece?

1 serving (3 pieces): 120 cal, 8g fat, 0g sugar 

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Like Ben Wyatt’s parents in Parks and Recreation, we’re a Twizzlers family—at least since discovering these fruity straws, which have half the calories of traditional Twizzlers.

In 1 serving (6 pieces): 120 cal, 1g fat, 0g sugar

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Go nuts for your favorite peanut-butter cups this season—it’s just 36 calories per piece. If only that meant we could safely eat 36 of them in one sitting …

In 1 serving (5 pieces): 180 cal, 13g fat, 0g sugar 

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Don’t be fooled by their egg-like appearance: These taste just like classic hard-candy Jolly Ranchers. The only difference is that this version is stripped of sugar, which makes it almost guilt-free.

In 1 serving (4 pieces): 35 cal, 0g fat, 0g sugar

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Eating less sugar really could save your life—and either way, these classic candies will help you relive your childhood, no matter which fruity flavor you pop.

In 1 serving (4 pieces): 30 cal, 0g fat, 0g sugar

—Amy Jamieson

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The Latest Craze in Disco Styles Is See-Through Jeans—but Beware of Foggy Bottoms
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The Latest Craze in Disco Styles Is See-Through Jeans—but Beware of Foggy Bottoms

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On a clear day, you can see forever—or at least that’s the wicked thought behind L.A. designer Agi Berliner’s transparent idea: see-through jeans. Exhibitionists notwithstanding, most folks wear them over bathing suits or as attention-getting evening wear with halters, garter belts and body stockings. Created for the disco crowd, the $34 jeans are selling like, well, hot pants. In just six weeks, 25,000 pairs have already been sold in such major department store chains as Macy’s, Bonwit’s and Saks.

“What’s limiting American designers is that we’re afraid to do something different,” says Berliner, 32, a Hungarian émigré who fled with her family to the U.S. in 1956. Agi thought up the gimmick in London while marveling at the way plastics were being employed by designers of punk fashion. In her L.A. office, where she designs for La Parisienne junior sportswear, Agi spent five days on the phone and six weeks testing to come up with the right plastic.

Agi herself tried out the French-cut jeans with the zipper in front, and quickly found several problems: Some plastics tore away from stitching, others wouldn’t bend and all fogged with perspiration. The ideal material proved to be a vinyl supplied by a bookbinder. The steam was eliminated with a series of vents behind the knees and in the crotch. “They’re no hotter than polyester pants,” claims Agi, “and if you wear them with tights, they won’t stick to your legs.”

Whatever the discomfort and despite the problem of Saturday night feverishness, discomaniacs report one major advantage of the plastic pants: no laundry bills. To keep Berliner’s see-through jeans clear, all the wearer needs is a little Windex.

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