CONSUMER REPORTS: What does 100 calories' worth of Valentine's Day candies look like?
It's nearly Valentine's Day, and even if your sweetie doesn't ply you with treats, they are still going to be around.
Consumer reports looked at ten popular Valentine's Day candies - and calculated how much it would take to add up to 100 calories. It's an easy way to keep track of how much you're consuming."
If you have special feelings for Sweethearts conversation candies, ooh la la! You're in luck. You can say "be mine" to 30 of these, that add up to 100 calories.
Or, you could have about 57 Brachs Cinnamon Imperial Hearts. And if your sweet tooth leans to sour, grab 18 SweetTarts Hearts.
If you're lucky enough to receive chocolate, pace yourself. A hundred calories adds up fast-- about three of these dark chocolate hearts from Dove will hit the mark.
Two pieces of Godiva Valentine's Day Message Truffles, or about one piece of boxed chocolate like Whitman's Assorted or Ferrero Rocher Hazelnut Chocolate, also add up to 100 calories.
But guess what? Consumer Reports nutritionists say it's okay to indulge your sweet tooth once in a while.
"It's okay to have a treat now and then, it actually can help you stick to a healthy eating pattern because you don't feel so deprived,” said nutritionist Maxine Siegel.
If you want to ration your intake, store your chocolate in a cool, dry place, not in the refrigerator, where it can pick up odors and flavors from other foods.
If your chocolates develop a chalky haze on the surface, it can mean they've been stored improperly. But it's usually just the surface, not the flavor, that's been affected, and they're safe to eat.