20 Best Sugar Free Candy For A Low-Calorie Treat

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Best Sugar Free Candy
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Whether you have diabetes, are on a low-sugar diet, or are trying to avoid sweets for a host of other reasons, sugar-free candy can be a great way to have a treat and not derail your diet or health. And with the effects of sugar intake — risk of heart disease, chronic inflammation, and even addiction — there's no better reason to adapt to a lifestyle free of sugar.

Most sugar-free candy uses artificial sweeteners or sugar substitutes. This way, the candy can have a sweet taste without using real sugar.

However, it’s important to read the nutrition facts — first to see what kind of sugar substitute is being used, and second, to look at fat, calories and carbohydrates. Even if something is "sugar-free," it's still candy, and sometimes is still not a healthy option for your particular needs.

With that being said, these are the best sugar-free candy choices to satisfy your sweet tooth.

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1. ChocZero Sugar-Free Dark Chocolate

ChocZero uses a zero-calorie, low-carb natural plant called monk fruit to create delectable chocolate that's low in carbs and sugar-free. This dark chocolate has only 1g net carbs per serving, which is perfect for a Keto lifestyle. It's antioxidant-rich, teeth-friendly, and good for your waistline.

(Check prices and reviews on Amazon)

2. Abdallah's Sugar-Free Sea Salt Caramels 

Abdallah's Sugar-Free Sea Salt Caramels are often described as "the perfect indulgence." These caramels are covered in gourmet dark chocolate, and sprinkled with sea salt to create a delightful flavor contrast that people can't get enough of.

(Abdallah Candies, $9.75)

3. Godiva Sugar-Free Assorted Chocolate Bars

A chocolate lover's dream come true! This assortment offers the best of both worlds: creamy milk chocolate and rich dark chocolate, all sugar-free and oh-so-satisfying.

(Godiva, $14.75)

4. Zollipops The Clean Teeth Pops

Zollipops The Clean Teeth Pops are no ordinary suckers. Each contains non-gmo xylitol and erythritol, naturally help reduce the acidity and raise the pH in your mouth, and are made with a formula that doesn't melt or get sticky. These lollipops come in fun flavors like strawberry, grape, orange, raspberry, pineapple, and cherry.

(Check prices and reviews on Amazon)

5. Werther's Original Sugar-Free Caramel Hard Candy

A classic everyone can enjoy! This bag contains delicious, sugar-free hard candy with just 40 calories per serving, making them a nice choice for weight conscious people.

(Walmart, $2.18)

6. YORK Sugar-Free Peppermint Patties

Get the sensation but not the sugar with these YORK Sugar Free Peppermint Patties. They are the perfect sugar-free candy for enjoying classic chocolate covered mints at home, on the go, or even in sweet recipes for sugar free desserts.

(Check prices and reviews on Amazon)

7. Tom & Jenny's Sugar-Free Soft Caramel Candy

These soft caramels are sugar-free, keto-friendly and gluten-free. Sweetened with plant-based sugar alcohols, including maltitol and non-gmo xylitol, they contain half the net carbohydrates, 40 percent fewer calories, and all the taste. Made with love in the USA with no artificial flavors, colors or preservatives on dedicated nut-free equipment.

(Check prices and reviews on Amazon)

8. Reese's Sugar-Free Peanut Butter Cup Miniatures

Treat yourself to smooth, sweet milk chocolate and creamy peanut butter filling without added sugar. Reese's Peanut Butter Cup Miniatures contain only 220 calories per serving size, are OU Certified as a Kosher food, and are gluten-free with low glycemic value.

(Check prices and reviews on Amazon)

9. Hershey's Sugar-Free Caramel Filled Chocolate Candy

The perfect treat for chocolate and caramel lovers who don’t want sugar! These individually wrapped miniature chocolate bars are filled with caramel, and have no sugar. Save some for snacking, and use the rest as sweet additions to sugar-free desserts.

(Walmart, $2.48)

10. Russell Stover Sugar-Free Mint Patties

Whether you choose sugar-free treats because of diet restrictions or just want to avoid that sugar spike and inevitable crash, Russell Stover makes sure you can indulge in the comfort of delicious chocolate. The sugar substitute used is a slowly metabolized carbohydrate that generally causes only a small rise in blood glucose levels.

(Check prices and reviews on Amazon)

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11. Brach's Sugar-Free Butterscotch Hard Candy 

Half the calories of regular butterscotch hard candy, these candies contain 35 calories per 17 gram serving, compared to 70 calories per 17 gram serving for regular butterscotch hard candies. 

(Walmart, $5.66)

12. Jelly Belly Sugar-Free Jelly Beans

Stifle your cravings for something chewy and sweet with these sugar-free jelly beans. What's even more unique about these is that they are individually wrapped, so you won't feel the urge to grab an entire handful at a time.

(Check prices and reviews on Amazon)

13. GoLightly Sugar-Free Fruit Chews

Individually wrapped, these delicious fruit chews may be sugar-free, but they're full of sweet fruit flavor. Each assortment includes lemon, orange, peach and strawberry fruit chews.

(Check prices and reviews on Amazon)

14. Life Savers Sugar-Free Hard Candy

Enjoy sugar-free versions of the five flavors that have stood the test of time: cherry, raspberry, watermelon, orange, and pineapple. These candies have 50 percent fewer calories than the original candies, and have only 30 calories per serving.

(Check prices and reviews on Amazon)

15. Dr. John's Inspired Sweets Caramel Lover's Collection Sugar-Free Caramels

Dr. John's offers sugar-free caramel candy with real caramel flavor and texture without artificial sweeteners, an indulgent collection that includes Butterscotch, Cafe Caramel, Vanilla Swirl and Chocolate Swirl caramels. The bag contains about 120 individually wrapped caramels that are sweetened with xylitol and erythritol, and are free of sugar or artificial sweeteners.

(Homestead Market, $34.99)

16. Hershey’s Sugar-Free Chocolate Bars

You just can't go wrong with Hershey's! These chocolate bars are perfect for those with special dietary needs who still want a treat. And with 35 calories per chocolate bar, what's not to love?

(Check prices and reviews on Amazon)

17. Nuts.com Sugar-Free Milk Chocolate Pecan Clusters

Decadent and creamy milk chocolate pecan clusters, also known as chocolate turtles, are made without sugar. Instead, these sugar-free treats are made with superb quality whole pecans, plus sugar-free milk chocolate and caramel. 

(Nuts.com, $12.99)

18. Lily's Sweets Sugar-Free Milk Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups

With less sugar than traditional peanut butter cups, Lily's Milk Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups make a dreamy dessert. Sweetened with stevia, the cups are also Fair Trade Certified and Certified Gluten-Free.

(Thrive Market, $6.99)

19. Sugar Free Assorted Salt Water Taffy by Jackie's Chocolates

Take yourself back the summertime with this delightful, whipped taffy that melts in your mouth. The assortment includes flavors like coffee, grape, orange, vanilla and peppermint. And the best part? There's no sugar!

(Jackie's Chocolate, $19.95)

20. Lakanto Sugar-Free 55% Chocolate Bar with Cocoa Nibs

Lakanto Sugar-Free Chocolate Bars are handcrafted by master chocolatiers and exclusively sweetened with Monkfruit Sweetener, which has a glycemic index of zero. Lakanto only uses the highest quality heirloom Arriba Nacional cacao beans to craft chocolates. Arriba Nacional is known for its sumptuous chocolate flavor with light fruity overtones. 

(Thrive Market, $4.79)

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Aly Walansky is a NY-based lifestyles writer who focuses on health, wellness, and relationships. Her work appears in dozens of digital and print publications regularly. Visit her on Twitter or email her.

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