Here's what candy corn is actually made of — it may surprise you

Candy corn isn't just sugar. It's actually made up of several ingredients, including sugar, corn syrup, confectioner's glaze, salt, dextrose, gelatin, sesame oil, artificial flavor, honey, yellow 6, yellow 5, and red 3. It also contains gelatin, a protein made from animal parts like hides and bones.

Related: Best and worst Halloween candies for your health

Best and Worst Halloween Candies
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Best and Worst Halloween Candies

BEST -- Dum Dum Lollipops

They’re portion controlled and take longer to eat. While it's true that they're all sugar, they still have less sugar than chewy candies.

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WORST -- Candy Corn

If you’re not careful, you can end up eating 300 calories and 10 spoonfuls of sugar without realizing it. Yikes!

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BEST -- Mini Candy Bars

Any tiny square-shaped mini-bars will be lower in calories and fat than their larger “fun size” counterparts.

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WORST -- Reeses Peanut Butter Cups

Each cup has a total of 105 calories, 6.5 grams of fat, 2 grams saturated fat. In other words, try to opt for another chocolatey option (if possible).

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BEST -- Smarties

There's only 25 calories per roll, you guys! On top of that, there are 20-plus per roll, which stretches your calories out across lots of eating.

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WORST -- Taffy

Most taffy is prime cavity-causing candidates. Say hello to your dentist!

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BEST -- Dark Chocolate

It needs to be at least 70% cocoa to do justice for your health! If so, go for a bite of that bar.

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WORST -- Mounds Chocolate Bars

They get almost half of their calories from fat. They also have over 3 grams of the saturated stuff per serving! No thanks.

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So if you're vegan, skip the candy corn this Halloween. The smooth outside coating is made from lac-resin, an insect secretion from lac bugs found in Asia. Each piece of candy corn contains about 7.5 calories, but, candy corn contains almost no nutritional value. The only nutrition comes from sesame oil, which is high in vitamin E. So whether you love or hate candy corn, you should at least know it does nothing for you.

Related: Here's how much goes into 100 calories of candy

100 calories of Halloween candy
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100 calories of Halloween candy

29 M&Ms: 99 calories

4 Three Musketeers: 97 calories

1 Butterfinger Mini: 96 calories

4 Milk Chocolate Hershey Kisses: 89 calories

2 Mini Reeses Peanut Butter Cups: 86 calories

4 Tootsie Roll Midgees: 93 calories

2 Snickers Minis: 85 calories

1 Lindor Milk Chocolate Truffle: 79 calories
2 Milky Way Minis: 76 calories
1.5 Crunch Bar Minis: 75 calories
1 Kit Kat Bar Mini: 70 calories
13 Swedish Fish: 96 calories
13 Candy Corn: 95 calories
15 Sour Patch Kids: 93 calories
5 Jolly Ranchers: 83 calories
1 Fun-Size Skittles: 80 calories
2 Twizzlers: 70 calories
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