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See which sugary Christmas candies are most likely to lead to a trip to the dentist (Reese's / Amazon.com)
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The holiday season is officially here. Along with television specials and seasonal drinks at Starbucks, candy manufacturers jump on the holiday bandwagon, too. Candy canes and chocolate Santas have always filled our stockings, but today Snickers, Reese’s and even Haribo Gummi candy make sweet holiday treats.

HealthGrove, a health nutrition data site by Graphiq, searched for popular holiday-themed candies and ranked them based on their sugar content per serving. If the sugar between two candies was equal, the candies with more calories per serving ranked higher. If both sugar and calories were equal, then the candy with the most fat per serving ranked higher.

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Many of these candies don’t contain much fat (or other nutritional value at all), but pack a serious sugar punch. The sugariest item on this list has almost as much sugar in one small serving as there is in one 12-ounce can of Coca-Cola. When you are reaching for the candy to include with gifts this year — keep in mind which sweets will give you the biggest sugar rush, and possible proceeding crash.

66. Madelaine Chocolate Countdown to Christmas Calendar

  • Serving size: 1 piece
    • Sugar: 5 grams
    • Calories: 50
    • Fat: 3 grams
(Madelaine Chocolate Company / Amazon.com)
(Madelaine Chocolate Company / Amazon.com)

65. Christmas Pinwheel Mints

  • Serving size: 3 pieces
    • Sugar: 8 grams
    • Calories: 60
    • Fat: 0 grams

64. Troilli Sour Brite Holiday Candy Canes

  • Serving size: 1 cane
    • Sugar: 9 grams
    • Calories: 50
    • Fat: 0 grams

63. Bob’s Mini Peppermint Candy Canes

  • Serving size: 3 pieces
    • Sugar: 10 grams
    • Calories: 50
    • Fat: 0 grams
(Bobs / Amazon.com)
(Bobs / Amazon.com)

62. Joybrite Peppermint Candy Canes

  • Serving size: 1 piece
    • Sugar: 11 grams
    • Calories: 50
    • Fat: 0 grams

61. Bogdon’s Peppermint Sticks

  • Serving size: 4 pieces
    • Sugar: 11 grams
    • Calories: 70
    • Fat: 2 grams

60. Spangler Jumbo Peppermint Candy Sticks

  • Serving size: ⅛ stick
    • Sugar: 12 grams
    • Calories: 59
    • Fat: 0 grams
(Spangler / Amazon.com)
(Spangler / Amazon.com)

59. Lifesavers Hard Candy Singles — Holiday Mix

  • Serving size: 4 pieces
    • Sugar: 12 grams
    • Calories: 60
    • Fat: 0 grams

58. Gold Emblem Chocolate-Covered Pretzels

  • Serving size: 5 pieces
    • Sugar: 12 grams
    • Calories: 140
    • Fat: 6 grams

57. Theo Dark Chocolate Nutcracker Toffee

  • Serving size: ½ bar
    • Sugar: 12 grams
    • Calories: 210
    • Fat: 16 grams

56. Twizzlers Christmas Licorice Twists

  • Serving size: 100 grams
    • Sugar: 13 grams
    • Calories: 120
    • Fat: 0.5 grams

55. Christmas Everlasting Gobstopper Snowballs

  • Serving size: 6 pieces
    • Sugar: 14 grams
    • Calories: 60
    • Fat: 0 grams

54. Russell Stover Marshmallow Santa

  • Serving size: 1
    • Sugar: 14 grams
    • Calories: 110
    • Fat: 3 grams
(Russell Stover / Amazon.com)
(Russell Stover / Amazon.com)

53. Candy Cane White Chocolate-Covered Mini Pretzels

  • Serving size: 4 pretzels
    • Sugar: 14 grams
    • Calories: 130
    • Fat: 5 grams

52. Sassy Spheres Christmas Striped Hard Candy Balls

  • Serving size: 5 pieces
    • Sugar: 15 grams
    • Calories: 60
    • Fat: 0 grams

51. Pearson’s Mint Patties Creamy Candy Cane Sticks

  • Serving size: 1 bar
    • Sugar: 15 grams
    • Calories: 90
    • Fat: 2 grams
(Pearson's / Amazon.com)
(Pearson’s / Amazon.com)

50. Ghirardelli Peppermint Bark with Dark Chocolate

  • Serving size: 3 squares
    • Sugar: 15 grams
    • Calories: 180
    • Fat: 13.5 grams

49. Twix Santa Claus Candy Bars

  • Serving size: 1 Santa
    • Sugar: 16 grams
    • Calories: 150
    • Fat: 7 grams

48. Russell Stover Caramel Santa

  • Serving size: 1
    • Sugar: 16 grams
    • Calories: 160
    • Fat: 8 grams

47. Reese’s Peanut Butter Trees

  • Serving size: 2 pieces
    • Sugar: 16 grams
    • Calories: 180
    • Fat: 10 grams

46. Snickers Christmas Tree Candy Bars

  • Serving size: 1 tree
    • Sugar: 17 grams
    • Calories: 160
    • Fat: 9 grams

45. Trolli Sour Brite Gummy Christmas Tree

  • Serving size: 11 pieces
    • Sugar: 18 grams
    • Calories: 130
    • Fat: 0 grams
(Trolli / Amazon.com)
(Trolli / Amazon.com)

44. Haribo Gold-Bears Christmas Gummi Bears

  • Serving size: 17 pieces
    • Sugar: 18 grams
    • Calories: 140
    • Fat: 0 grams

43. Dark Chocolate Peppermint Roca

  • Serving size: 3 pieces
    • Sugar: 18 grams
    • Calories: 180
    • Fat: 12 grams

42. Ghirardelli Squares Peppermint Bark

  • Serving size: 3 squares
    • Sugar: 18 grams
    • Calories: 210
    • Fat: 13.5 grams

41. Sugar Plums

  • Serving size: 40 grams
    • Sugar: 19 grams
    • Calories: 120
    • Fat: 0 grams
(The Nutty Fruit House / Amazon.com)
(The Nutty Fruit House / Amazon.com)

40. Hershey’s Milk Chocolate Santa

  • Serving size: 1 bar
    • Sugar: 19 grams
    • Calories: 170
    • Fat: 10 grams

39. Reese’s Snowman

  • Serving size: 0.25 package
    • Sugar: 19 grams
    • Calories: 180
    • Fat: 10 grams

38. Dove Silky Smooth Snowflake Promises Chocolate Assortment

  • Serving size: 5 pieces
    • Sugar: 19 grams
    • Calories: 200
    • Fat: 12 grams

37. Kit Kat Mint Miniatures

  • Serving size: 5 pieces
    • Sugar: 19 grams
    • Calories: 210
    • Fat: 12 grams

36. Regal Christmas Foiled Milk Chocolate Balls

  • Serving size: 5 balls
    • Sugar: 20 grams
    • Calories: 150
    • Fat: 7 grams

35. Reese’s Bells

  • Serving size: 4 pieces
    • Sugar: 20 grams
    • Calories: 190
    • Fat: 12 grams
(Reese's / Amazon.com)
(Reese’s / Amazon.com)

34. Lindt Milk Chocolate Snowmen

  • Serving size: 4 pieces
    • Sugar: 20 grams
    • Calories: 220
    • Fat: 15 grams

33. Gumdrops

  • Serving size: 35 grams
    • Sugar: 21 grams
    • Calories: 110
    • Fat: 0 grams

32. Dove Peppermint Bark Dark Chocolate Squares

  • Serving size: 5 pieces
    • Sugar: 21 grams
    • Calories: 210
    • Fat: 13 grams

31. Ghirardelli Holiday Impressions Milk & Dark Chocolate

  • Serving size: 3 squares
    • Sugar: 21 grams
    • Calories: 210
    • Fat: 13.5 grams
(Ghirardelli / Amazon.com)
(Ghirardelli / Amazon.com)

30. Starburst Merry Mix

  • Serving size: 8 pieces
    • Sugar: 22 grams
    • Calories: 160
    • Fat: 3 grams

29. Kit Kat Holiday Candy Bars

  • Serving size: 1 bar
    • Sugar: 22 grams
    • Calories: 210
    • Fat: 11 grams

28. M&M’s Peanut Chocolate Candies Holiday Blend

  • Serving size: ¼ cup
    • Sugar: 22 grams
    • Calories: 220
    • Fat: 11 grams

27. Hershey’s Candy Cane Kisses

  • Serving size: 9 pieces
    • Sugar: 22 grams
    • Calories: 220
    • Fat: 12 grams

26. Trolli Extreme Sour Frost Balls

  • Serving size: 35.5 grams
    • Sugar: 22.5 grams
    • Calories: 120
    • Fat: 0 grams

25. Brach’s Christmas Spice Drops

  • Serving size: 12 pieces
    • Sugar: 23 grams
    • Calories: 130
    • Fat: 0 grams

24. Christmas Taffy Candy

  • Serving size: 42 grams
    • Sugar: 23 grams
    • Calories: 160
    • Fat: 2 grams
(Candy Warehouse)
(Candy Warehouse)

23. Brach’s Peppermint Christmas Tree Nougats

  • Serving size: 5 pieces
    • Sugar: 23 grams
    • Calories: 160
    • Fat: 3 grams

22. Christmas Hershey’s Milk Chocolate Nuggets

  • Serving size: 4 pieces
    • Sugar: 23 grams
    • Calories: 210
    • Fat: 13 grams

21. Hershey’s Candy Cane Candy Bars

  • Serving size: 1 bar
    • Sugar: 23 grams
    • Calories: 220
    • Fat: 12 grams

20. Andes Peppermint Crunch Candy

  • Serving size: 40 grams
    • Sugar: 23 grams
    • Calories: 220
    • Fat: 14 grams

19. Brach’s Jelly Candy Peppermint Creme Candy Canes

  • Serving size: 7 pieces
    • Sugar: 24 grams
    • Calories: 140
    • Fat: 0 grams
(Brach's / Amazon.com)
(Brach’s / Amazon.com)

18. Crunch Jingles

  • Serving size: 6 pieces
    • Sugar: 24 grams
    • Calories: 210
    • Fat: 11 grams

17. Ferrara Gummy Christmas Wreaths Candy

  • Serving size: 4 pieces
    • Sugar: 25 grams
    • Calories: 150
    • Fat: 0 grams

16. Foiled Milk Chocolate Christmas Coins

  • Serving size: 8 coins
    • Sugar: 25 grams
    • Calories: 220
    • Fat: 12 grams
(Candy Warehouse)
(Candy Warehouse)

15. Peeps Snowmen

  • Serving size: 3 snowmen
    • Sugar: 26 grams
    • Calories: 110
    • Fat: 0 grams

14. Sevigny’s Thin Peppermint Ribbon Candy

  • Serving size: 1 piece
    • Sugar: 26 grams
    • Calories: 140
    • Fat: 0 grams

13. Holiday ROLO Chewy Caramels in Milk Chocolate

  • Serving size: 7 pieces
    • Sugar: 26 grams
    • Calories: 190
    • Fat: 6 grams

12. Seasonal Sweets Milk Chocolate Santas

  • Serving size: 6 pieces
    • Sugar: 26 grams
    • Calories: 220
    • Fat: 12 grams
(Madelaine Chocolate Company / Amazon.com)
(Madelaine Chocolate Company / Amazon.com)

11. Ferrara Chocolate Fruit Burst Milk Chocolate Orange

  • Serving size: 5 slices
    • Sugar: 26 grams
    • Calories: 240
    • Fat: 14 grams

10. York Peppermint Pattie Christmas Wreaths

  • Serving size: 3 pieces
    • Sugar: 27 grams
    • Calories: 150
    • Fat: 3 grams

9. Christmas Cadbury Milk Chocolate Snowballs

  • Serving size: 16 balls
    • Sugar: 27 grams
    • Calories: 200
    • Fat: 9 grams
(Cadbury / Walmart.com)
(Cadbury / Walmart.com)

8. Holiday Mint M&M’s

  • Serving size: ¼ cup
    • Sugar: 27 grams
    • Calories: 210
    • Fat: 8 grams

7. Bob’s Sweet Stripes Wintery Mix

  • Serving size: 6 pieces
    • Sugar: 28 grams
    • Calories: 120
    • Fat: 0 grams

6. Jelly Belly Christmas Mix Jelly Beans

  • Serving size: 35 pieces
    • Sugar: 28 grams
    • Calories: 140
    • Fat: 0 grams

5. M&M’s Milk Chocolate Candies Holiday Blend

  • Serving size: ¼ cup
    • Sugar: 28 grams
    • Calories: 200
    • Fat: 8 grams

4. Guittard Smooth ‘n Melty Christmas Mints

  • Serving size: 7 pieces
    • Sugar: 28 grams
    • Calories: 200
    • Fat: 10 grams
(SweetGourmet / Amazon.com)
(SweetGourmet / Amazon.com)

3. Christmas Chocolate Dutch Mints

  • Serving size: 19 pieces
    • Sugar: 29 grams
    • Calories: 160
    • Fat: 3.5 grams

2. Christmas Junior Mints

  • Serving size: 16 pieces
    • Sugar: 32 grams
    • Calories: 170
    • Fat: 3 grams

1. Peeps Candy Cane

  • Serving size: 5 chicks
    • Sugar: 34 grams
    • Calories: 140
    • Fat: 0 grams
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