Diabetes sugar free candy

At CandyStore.com, we have thousands of candies on our shelves ranging from ooey-gooey and sinful to low-calorie and light. Since most people are trying to stick to New Year’s diets, we thought it’d be helpful to spotlight some of our top sugar-free bulk candies that only skimp on calories—not flavor—so you can find something tasty to munch on that won’t ruin your resolution.

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Sugar-free Butterscotch

Butterscotch has a rich, caramel and buttery flavor, which leads one to believe it’s super high in calories. But this hard candy doesn’t come with any added sugar!

In a five pound bulk bag with about 120 pieces per pound, you’ll be stocked up on a yummy treat you can use in candy dishes, on top of baked goods (when crushed), or inside lunch boxes for a “sweet” fix that won’t ruin your diet.

Sugar-free Reese’s Cups

Peanut butter and chocolate are an incredible combo, but this pack is made even sweeter without added sugar! Whether you’re trying to cut out sugar completely or have a health condition that doesn’t allow for much of the sweet stuff, you can enjoy these sugar-free Reese’s Cups without feeling like you’re missing out.

Top your fat-free fro-yo with a few of these candies, fill your office candy dish with a handful, or use these on top of healthier baked goods. When you need something “sweet” and savory that won’t make you pack on the pounds you can definitely turn to this excellent treat.

No Sugar Peach Gummy Rings

The combination of chewy, sweet, and “sugary” is divine. What’s even better? The fact that these peach gummy rings don’t have any cane sugar.

Making cocktails for a get-together? Use a Skinny Girl cocktail recipe and then top it with these great garnishes. All you need to do is slip a few over a straw, use a skewer, or cut a slice to add a few to the rim of the glass.

Sugar-free Gummy Worms

Not a fan of peach gummies? These sugar-free worms might be right up your alley! We personally love a chewy treat because it lasts longer, so you need less to satisfy a sweet tooth. Let a few of these sugar-free worms wriggle into your mouth and enjoy guilt-free.

Looking for a low calorie adult beverage idea? Try vodka-infused sugar-free gummy worms! Or, give lower calorie death by chocolate a whirl.

Lemon Hard Candy

Lemon is super refreshing, but it needs sugar to get rid of the tart bite. However in this popular lemon hard candy, you’ll find all the sweet and sour flavor without the extra sugar.

If you’re making lemonade, iced tea, or a cocktail, unwrap some of these lemon sugar-free hard candies and crush them with a meat mallet or hammer. Then, wet the rim of the glass with water and dip it into the pulverized candy. It’ll add a textural, tasty, and sugar-free treat to your beverages—and a pretty look too!

Sugar-free Almond Toffee

Since toffee is made by caramelizing sugar, it’s hard to believe it’s able to be made without it! Alas, miracles do happen and we have a whole stash of bulk sugar-free almond toffee for you to bring home and snack on even when you’re dieting.

Remember that death by chocolate recipe we showed you above? Well, these are the perfect toffee candies to use with it. They’re also delicious alongside a strong black coffee, crumbled on top of low-fat ice cream, or sprinkled onto a peanut butter covered banana.

Sugar-free Extra Gum

Gum is a great way to trick your brain into feeling full—and sugar-free gum is the perfect way to appease your dentist while you do it!

Extra gum comes in a variety of sugar-free flavors, but we love this green apple version because it gives you a burst of sweet flavor while you chew. Stock up on this gum and keep it in your desk at work and in your purse or pocket to pop into your mouth when a craving sets in.

Sugar-free York Peppermint Patties

Chocolate and mint now come sugar-free with this diet-friendly pack of York Peppermint Patties! If you need a break from kale chips and the salad bar, enjoy one or two of these refreshing and indulgent tasting treats—it’s sure to do the trick!

You can do so much with mint and chocolate, like making your own fat-free York Peppermint Patty ice cream, low calorie mint chocolate brownies, and so much more. Here’s a tip: make a big batch, portion into bite-sized snacks, stick it in the freezer, and enjoy when you need to munch on a sweet treat.

Sugar-free Cherry Hard Candies

Natural cherries have cancer-preventing compounds and tons of antioxidants. We can’t pretend these cherry hard candies can do the same, but with no added sugar they sure won’t do any damage!

Everyone has a different type of sweet tooth; some need chocolate and peanut butter while others crave fruity sweets. This treat is for the latter type of people!

Sugar-free Peppermints

Peppermint is wonderful because it soothes the stomach and doesn’t require added sugar! Freshen your breath while kicking a sweet tooth relapse simultaneously when you snack on these sugar-free peppermints.

Looking for more sugar-free candy to help you stick to your diet while indulging your sweet tooth? Check out what other sugar-free sweets we have on our shelves.

Eat This, Not That: A Diabetics’ Guide to Halloween Candy

By Escali in Healthy Living, Homemade

This Halloween, treat yourself, instead of tricking your waistline and blood sugar levels. Don’t let trick-or-treating with the kids become a ghoulish afterthought come November 1.

Thanks to Diabetic Living, here is a guide to the most popular Halloween candy that won’t spike your blood sugar into nightmarish values. So the question is–‘is that candy a…..TRICK? OR A TREAT?‘

Kit Kat Bar (Fun Size) vs. Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup

Winner–Kit Kat Bar

Generally speaking, ‘Fun Size’ candy bars are always the better option when it comes to enjoying candy. Kit Kats are wafer-based chocolate bar and as we all know from the jingle, they are breakable into pieces.

Milk Chocolate M&Ms vs. Almond M&Ms

Winner–Almond M&Ms

Regular milk chocolate are sugar-and carb- dense. With almonds added into the chocolately goodness, 3 grams of carbs & sugar are saved with each bite. You can’t go wrong with almonds either. Added heart-healthy fats into the great taste of chocolate, it’s almost like you’d be doing your body a dishonor if you didn’t indulge!

Dove Dark Chocolate Miniatures vs. Hershey’s Dark Chocolate with Almonds

Winner–Hershey’s Dark Chocolate with Almonds

Heart-healthy antioxidants can be found in dark chocolate, making the delicious treat that much more tantalizing. Though it may not seem like brands make a difference if the treat is labeled ‘dark chocolate’, however, Dove chocolate miniatures have about 7 grams more sugar than Hershey’s.

  • TRICK Dove Dark Chocolate Miniatures: 5 pieces (1.4 ounces)=210 calories, 24 g carb, 19 g sugar
  • TREAT Hershey’s Dark Chocolate with Almonds: 3 nuggets (1.4 ounces)=150 calories, 15 g carbs, 12 g sugar

Sugar-Free Jelly Belly Gummy Bears vs. Skittles

Winner–Sugar Free Jelly Belly Gummy Bears

Fruity candies contain lots of hidden carbohydrates which is hard to imagine considering their size. Even though they are chewier than candy bars, they still account for sugars and carbs, unless you go the sugar-free route.

Caramel Apple Pops vs. Sugar Daddy Pops

Winner–Caramel Apple Pops

Suckers are a huge hit come Halloween because they are the candy that keeps on giving past the initial unwrapping. The longer you take to eat a sucker, the longer the satisfaction lasts. Don’t be fooled though, carbs and sugars are definitely still to be found in these treats and choose wisely because you could be ‘treating’ yourself to extra calories (or even tooth decay!)

Starburst Fruit Chews vs. Strawberry Twizzler Twist

Winner–Strawberry Twizzler Twist

There’s no doubt about it, Twizzlers and Starbursts are sweet, fruity, soft, fun to eat and convenient. Be careful though, too much could make your waistline soft too…

Nestle Buncha Crunch vs. Hershey’s 100-Calorie Crisp Wafer Bar

Winner–Hershey’s 100-Calorie Crisp Wafer Bar

Though it may seem like wafer based chocolate is cheating the system, think again. Just a handful of chocolate, specifically Nestle Buncha Crunch chocolate can give you an extra 25 grams of carbs and 180 calories that you probably didn’t need in the first place. Hershey’s Wafer Bar is 80 less calories and 13 less grams of carbs.

Jolly Rancher Hard Candies vs. Wild Berry Skittles

Winner–Jolly Rancher Hard Candies

Being so small, these fruity candies may not seem like they have repercussions. Long-lasting hard candies can actually greatly affect your blood sugars. Wild Berry Skittles contain 15 grams of sugar, while Jolly Ranchers contain 7 grams per 3 pieces of candy. Without question, go the Jolly Rancher route.

  • TRICK Skittles Wild Berry Candies: 1 snack size bag (0.7 ounces)=80 calories, 18 g carb, 15 g sugar
  • TREAT Jolly Rancher Hard Candies: 3 pieces (0.5 ounces)=70 calories, 17 g carb, 11 g sugar

Sugar-Free Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups

Winner–Sugar-Free Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups

Needless to say, nothing can really beat the original Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup, but for the sake of your blood sugar, sugar-free is the way to be. If one asked, bet would be that Reese’s are a crowd favorite and the overall consensus of ‘best candy’ award (but then again, we’re bias and love them so obviously it’s the world’s favorite too!) To still get the taste you know and love of chocolate and peanut butter, go with the miniatures but still beware of the extra calories that come along with it too.

Laffy Taffy vs. Fruit by the Foot

Winner–Fruit by the Foot

Both childhood favorites, Fruit by the Foot and Laffy Taffy has a whimsical sense of nostalgia with each bite. Next time you crave a trip down memory lane, choose the Fruit by the Foot. Not only is it chewy, sweet and fun to eat, it has twice less the calories and 18 g less sugar–the diabetics best choice is pretty obvious here.

Low GI Foods

For people with type 2 diabetes, managing blood sugar levels is of paramount importance. There are many strategies that people employ to keep their blood sugar levels stable. One of the most effective methods, supported by significant research evidence, is to eat primarily low glycemic index (GI) foods. Understanding glycemic index and learning more about low GI foods can help you make healthy choices that are good for your blood sugar levels.

What Is the Glycemic Index?

A food’s glycemic index is a measurement of how much the food will raise your blood glucose levels, based on its carbohydrate content (Liu, 2016). A given food is typically compared to a reference food such as pure glucose. Foods with a high GI (>70) will significantly raise blood sugar, while low GI foods (

When choosing food groups, the portion size as well as the glycemic index both matter. Eating a large amount of a low GI food could raise your blood sugar as much as eating a smaller amount of a high GI food. This is where the term “glycemic load” (GL) comes into play. The glycemic load of a food is an estimate of how much higher your blood glucose level will be after eating that food. One unit of glycemic load is equivalent to eating one gram of pure glucose (Liu, 2016). To calculate the glycemic load of a food, multiply the grams of available carbohydrates in the food by the food’s GI. Then, divide by 100.

A glycemic load greater than 20 is considered high, from 11 to 19 is a medium glycemic load, and a low glycemic load is below 10. Choosing foods based on their glycemic index while keeping portion sizes in mind is a good way to stay in the low to moderate range for glycemic load.

Low GI Breakfast Options

When it comes to a low GI diet, sugary breakfast foods are off the table. For example, cornflakes have a GI of 93 and a GL of 23, while Coco Pops have a GI of 77 and a GL of 20. Instead, consider some of the following breakfast options (all GI and GL figures from Harvard Medical School, 2015):

Low GI Lunch Foods

When it comes to lunch, you have a variety of options for foods that are low GI but satisfying enough to last you throughout the afternoon.

  • Lunch #1: Mixed salad greens contain no carbohydrates and thus do not affect your blood sugar levels. To make your salad hearty enough for lunch, add chickpeas (GI = 10, GL = 3), a diced tomato, cucumber, and feta cheese.
  • Lunch #2: Packing a sandwich is a great way to ensure you stay within your GI limits at lunchtime. Prepare a sandwich on whole grain bread (GI = 51, GL = 7) with your favorite lunch meat (no effect on glycemic load), lettuce, and a slice of cheese. Add a handful of baby carrots (GI = 35, GL = 2) to dip in a serving of hummus (GI = 6, GL = 0) for an extra protein boost.

Low GI Dinner

Low GI dinners don’t have to be boring. You can enjoy many of your dinner favorites by swapping to whole wheat versions of pasta or bread for a lower GI alternative.

  • Dinner #1: Prepare whole wheat pasta (GI = 42, GL = 17) with tomato sauce and meatballs (no effect on glycemic load). Serve with a side salad dressed with olive oil and vinegar.
  • Dinner #2: Whole wheat couscous (GI = 65, GL = 9) provides complex carbohydrates, while a grilled salmon fillet (no carbohydrates) adds protein. Serve with asparagus or mashed parsnips (GI = 52, GL = 4).
  • Dinner #3: Chili makes a hearty and low GI dinner. Simply sauté an onion, hot peppers, and garlic until tender. Add hamburger and cook until browned. Then, add a can of tomato juice, kidney beans (GI = 29, GL = 7), and black beans (GI = 30, GL = 7). Season with cumin and chili powder, simmering until the flavors blend.

Desserts that are Low GI

When it comes to desserts, it can be challenging to find a low GI option. The most difficult part is getting out of the mindset that desserts must be laden with sugar to taste good. One option is to recreate your favorite dessert recipes with sugar alternatives that do not impact your glycemic load. Of course, you can also enjoy the regular version of your favorite treat while keeping portion sizes in mind. A few bites of cherry pie or two squares of dark chocolate will not dramatically affect your glycemic load. For example, one serving of peanut M&Ms has a GI of 33 and a GL of 6. Alternatively, enjoy low GI desserts such as a bowl of berries with unsweetened whipped cream, carrot cake made with whole wheat flour, or a baked apple (GI = 39, GL = 6) stuffed with raisins (GI = 64, GL = 28) and cinnamon.

Recipes with Low GI Foods

Below are a few suggestions of recipes that make use of low glycemic index foods. For more recipes that utilize the glycemic index to build a healthier meal option, be sure to check out our pages about the glycemic index and the diabetes diet.

Buckwheat Salad Recipe

This hearty salad is made with buckwheat to serve up a filling dish that is fit for lunch or dinner. Buckwheat, like quinoa, is actually the seed of a plant, giving it a lower glycemic index than standard grains.
Ingredients: Mixed greens, buckwheat, tomatoes, onion, raw pumpkin seeds, dried cranberries, rice wine vinegar, sesame oil, salt, black pepper.
Total Time: 15 minutes | Yield: 5 servings

Almond Butter Recipe

Almond butter is a scrumptious spread that is ideal for painting your fruits and vegetables with a pronounced palate and smooth, creamy texture while simultaneously adding protein and other essential nutrients to your plate.
Ingredients: Almonds, coconut oil, maple syrup, salt
Total Time: 45 minutes | Yield: 2 cups

Healthy Snacks with a Low GI

Most everyone needs snacks to get them through the day, and it’s important to know which will have a significant impact on your blood sugar levels. For a way to stay clear of snacks that might affect you adversely, we recommend sticking to these low GI snacks and the snacks suggested on our diabetes and diabetes diet pages.

Supreme Roasted Mixed Nuts (Unsalted)

$14.99/lb

A blend of brazil nuts, pecans, almonds, hazelnuts, almonds, cashews, pistachios, and macadamia nuts, our mixed nuts are roasted to perfection to provide a supremely satisfying snack that can be enjoyed anytime!

Mixed Olives

$4.99

Olives are a great option for those seeking a snack without too many calories or carbohydrates. A one ounce serving of olives is only 45 calories with only 1 gram of carbohydrates, which is attributed to dietary fiber!

Sea Salt and Vinegar Kale Chips

$8.99

Kale chips are a healthy snack that satisfy your cravings for a crunchy crisp. These chips are lightly seasoned with vinegar and sea salt to ensure the snack stays wholesome even with an embellished taste.

What Candy Can People With Diabetes Eat and How Much Is Safe?

Think candy is off-limits simply because you have diabetes? Not a chance! “I encourage people with diabetes to remember that a diabetes diet is really just a healthier diet,” says Rainie Carter, RD, CDE, who is in private practice in Birmingham, Alabama. She suggests thinking of candy as a dessert, versus a snack. “Changing that mentality allows people to think about eating candy in smaller portions. We are typically fuller from the meal and therefore eat less candy or sweets than we would have before.”

And you don’t necessarily need to reach for a sugar-free version, which can contain tummy-upsetting sugar alcohols. “Our bodies need carbohydrates throughout the day — and candy can be a delicious, festive, enjoyable source of it on occasion,” says Meg Salvia, RDN, CDE, the owner of Meg Salvia Nutrition in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Just eat the candy in moderation: The 2015–2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommend limiting added sugars, the type of sugar present in candy bars, to less than 10 percent of daily calories. So if you’re having 2,000 calories a day, that would be no more than 200 calories from added sugar (about two fun-size packs of peanut M&M’s). And people with diabetes have other considerations, too — more on those next.

Next time you come across fun-size candy — whether it’s because you bought it yourself, you’re digging through your child’s trick-or-treat bag, you’re hosting a birthday party with a piñata, or you’re rummaging through the office candy bowl — here’s what you need to know about making the best candy choices if you have diabetes.

Learning How Carbs in Candy Affect Blood Sugar Is Key

First off, how does the sugar in candy affect you? It’s actually pretty cool. “Sugar begins to be digested as soon as it hits the tongue,” explains Carter. That’s why small amounts of sugar are so effective at helping to quickly increase the blood sugar level when it dips too low.

When you have diabetes, your body processes carbohydrates a little differently. Like everyone else, you break carbs down into blood sugar once they get inside your body. “But the carbohydrates can’t get into the cells where they can be used for energy because you either lack enough insulin or because your cells are resistant to insulin,” says Diane Norwood, RD, CDE, who is in private practice in Virginia Beach, Virginia. “So the circulating level of blood sugar remains high, and your cells are starving, in a sense.”

Although a fun-size or miniature candy bar here or there is fine for most people with diabetes, you should take your blood sugar level into account. “If the blood sugar level is already higher than recommended, it is not a good idea to eat high-carbohydrate foods, including candy,” cautions Norwood. And if your blood sugar level is normal, it’s still a good idea to test your level right before eating the candy and again two hours after to help determine if the portion size was acceptable. Doing so will also help make you aware of if you need additional insulin to correct a high blood sugar value, if you’re insulin dependent.

The Best Types of Candy for People With Diabetes

Many fun-size candies contain around 15 grams (g) of carbohydrates per serving. This amount (equal to one carbohydrate serving) is often the magic number that can raise a too-low blood sugar level but not cause a crash.

“With or without diabetes, a small treat can help curb a sweet tooth without leaving us feeling deprived or with a sugar crash later,” Carter says. “For a lot of people, measuring portions is the tricky part, so I would recommend sticking with fun-size portions and walking away from the candy bowl after a treat.”

Here are a handful of popular miniature candies to try the next time your sweet tooth beckons:

  • Peanut M&M’s, 1 Fun Size “Candies with nuts tend to be higher in calories but can have better blood sugar responses than other sweet treats,” says Carter. Carbohydrate count: 10.5 g
  • Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup, 1 Snack Size The second ingredient (after milk chocolate) is peanuts, indicating that the candy offers some satiating fat, protein, and fiber to help tide you over. Carbohydrate count: 12 g
  • Skittles, 1 Fun Size Although pretty sugary, this candy can be used to treat low blood sugar in a pinch. It will do a faster job than a chocolate bar because it contains no protein and just a little bit of fat — so the sugar will hit your bloodstream more quickly. Carbohydrate count: 14 g
  • Snickers, 3 Miniatures You get some protein and fiber in these candies to help slow down how quickly your body digests the food, helping to keep you fuller for longer. Carbohydrate count: 16.5 g
  • Twizzlers, 2 Strawberry Twists These are almost pure sugar. “Sometimes people with diabetes want to use their favorite candy to treat a low blood sugar incident,” says Norwood. “It’s permission to eat sugar when they otherwise feel they shouldn’t be eating it regularly.” Carbohydrate count: 18 g

What’s this thing called the glycemic index? Is it a meal-planning method? Does it work? The glycemic index is a hot topic these days, it seems. But it’s a controversial topic, too. This week, I thought I’d try and shed some light on the glycemic index and hopefully clear up any misconceptions you may have.

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The glycemic index (GI) has actually been around for about 20 years. Researchers at the University of Toronto came up with this tool back in the 1980’s. GI is really a ranking system of carbohydrate foods based on how they affect blood glucose levels. Carbohydrate foods are assigned a number between 0 and 100 based on that effect. Foods that have a GI of more than 70 are considered to be “high,” foods with a GI between 55 and 70 are “moderate,” and foods with a GI below 55 are “low.”

Why do foods have different GIs? Much of the reason has to do with how quickly the food breaks down during digestion, and therefore, how quickly blood glucose levels go up after eating. Let’s take a look at some foods and see how they’re classified:

Low-GI Foods
Oranges
Whole-wheat spaghetti
All Bran
Peanuts
M&Ms peanut candies

Moderate-GI Foods
Pineapple
White rice
Multi-Bran Chex
Popcorn
Life Savers

High-GI Foods
Watermelon
Instant mashed potatoes
Cornflakes
Pretzels
Jelly beans

You may be surprised to see that M&Ms have a low GI, while watermelon has a high GI. Does this mean that you should be eating M&Ms and not watermelon? Of course not. This is one of the flaws of the GI. The point is not to completely avoid high-GI foods and only eat low GI foods. Not only is that not practical, but it would mean forgoing many healthy foods that contain important nutrients. Also, many factors can affect the GI of a food, including the following:

  • The variety, the ripeness, and the origin of the food. A boiled potato from India has a higher GI than a boiled potato from Australia!
  • How the food is cooked and for how long. Spaghetti cooked “al dente” has a lower GI than spaghetti cooked until it’s soft.
  • How processed the food is. Old-fashioned, steel-cut oatmeal has a lower GI than instant oatmeal
  • Whether a food is eaten alone or with other foods. A high-GI food eaten with a low-GI food turns the meal into a moderate-GI meal. In addition, adding an acid, such as lemon juice or vinegar, to a food tends to lower the GI of that food.

Other factors can influence how a particular food affects blood glucose levels, too, such as the amount fat and fiber in it (both fat and fiber tend to slow the rise in blood glucose levels after a meal).

One other “downside” of the GI is that fact that the ranking system doesn’t take into account the amount of food one eats. Here’s an example. People are often surprised to see that carrots, much like watermelon, have a high GI. The inclination is to stop eating carrots. But think back to your nutrition class in school—carrots are good for you! Besides being low in calories, high in fiber, and rich in beta-carotene, a half-cup of carrots has just 8 grams of carbohydrate. So why does it have a high GI?

The GI was originally developed by researchers for research purposes, and it was calculated from servings of food that contained 50 grams of carbohydrate. In the case of carrots, you’d have to eat about 1 1/2 pounds to get that much carbohydrate! Would you eat that many carrots at one time? Probably not. The GI doesn’t take into account realistic serving sizes. However, the glycemic load does.

Glycemic load (GL) is the amount of carbohydrate in a food multiplied by that food’s GI. The GL is also a ranking of how foods affect blood glucose levels, but unlike GI, the GL takes serving size into account. Like GI, the lower the GL, the lower the spike in blood glucose levels. Low-GL foods have a value of 10 or less; moderate-GL foods have a value of 11-19; and high-GL foods have a value of 20 or more.

Back to the carrots, then. Carrots have a GI of 71. If we multiply the 8 grams of carb in a half cup by .71, we get a GL value of roughly 6. Therefore, carrots are a low-GL food. This means that, unless you truly are going to eat a pound and a half at a time, carrots don’t have a big impact on blood glucose levels.

The concepts of glycemic index and glycemic load can be overwhelming for some people, and may not be practical for everyone. Keep in mind that these are adjunct, or supplemental, meal planning tools to use if you’re already carb counting or following another meal planning method. You need to master the basics, first!

Is there a way to easily integrate the GI/GL into your day-to-day meal planning? Yes. Here are some suggestions to get you started:

  • Choose fresh fruits and vegetables over canned versions or juices.
  • Eat more beans and peas, such as chickpeas, kidney beans, and lentils.
  • Limit refined grains, such as white bread, white rice, and processed, low fiber cereals.
  • Choose whole grain breads, cereals, pasta, and rice whenever possible.
  • Make your own salad dressings using vinegar or lemon juice.

For more information on glycemic index and glycemic load, check out the following Web sites:

GlycemicIndex.com
www.glycemicindex.com

Mendosa.com
www.mendosa.com/gilists.htm

Sweet treats — like candies, pies, cakes — were once off-limits for people with diabetes. Not anymore.
In fact, research has shown that starches like potatoes and white bread affect blood glucose levels much like sugar — causing sometimes dangerous spikes in blood sugar. Carbohydrates found in most vegetables or whole grains don’t affect blood sugar as much.
Counting carbs and choosing the healthiest of them is more important than eliminating sugar altogether. A little sweet treat is OK. If you’re at a wedding, for instance, you can have a small slice of cake — very small. Just substitute it for another starchy carb you might eat, like a small potato or a piece of bread.
If you really have a sweet tooth, choose desserts, candy, and sodas made with sugar substitutes. Many artificial sweeteners have no carbs or calories, so you don’t need to count them in your meal plan. Others have carbohydrates that are absorbed into the blood more slowly than table sugar, so they don’t pose a threat to your blood sugar levels.

But once you come off sugar and sweeteners for a few weeks, your body and taste buds will adapt, and you won’t need or crave as much sweetness. Fruits and other natural foods will taste sweeter and more satisfying.

Join Thousands of Cravers

For those with type 2 diabetes candy might come with a love/hate relationship. Even if you prefer savory foods to sweet, everyone has a sweet tooth every once in a while. And what happens to someone with type 2 diabetes when they get a craving for candy?

Type 2 diabetes is the most common form of diabetes and happens when the body is unable to use the insulin produced as well as it should. Doctors call this insulin resistance. When this happens the pancreas makes more insulin to help get glucose into the cells. Unfortunately, it’s unable to keep up with this and the sugar builds up in the blood instead.

When you eat candy, it spikes your blood sugar even higher. Glucose acts as fuel for the cells in your body however, too much glucose can start behaving like a slow-acting poison. When blood sugar levels are high it begins to slowly erode the cells ability to make insulin. The pancreas tries to overcompensate by producing too much insulin, which causes permanent damage.

What happens to those with type 2 diabetes that love candy? Spiking blood sugar levels isn’t ideal. So grab candy that type 2 diabetics can eat without worry. Amber Lyn has a full line of sugar free and no sugar added candy that won’t spike your blood sugar.

Amber Lyn’s sugar free candy includes a full line of chocolates from bars to bites, and truffles to chocolate covered almonds. Not only is Amber Lyn famous for their sugar free chocolate, but their newest introductions to their diabetic friendly candy includes sugar free caramels and five different sugar free gummi options.

We truly believe that those with type 2 diabetes can still enjoy the best quality and best tasting candy. Just because your candy is sugar free doesn’t mean it has to taste bland or bitter.

To those with type 2 diabetes, candy doesn’t have to be a rare treat anymore.

Best Sweet Snack Brands for Diabetes

Best Sweet Snacks for Diabetes

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To snack or not to snack? That is the big question for many people with diabetes.

With current oral diabetes medications, snacking is not necessary to avoid blood sugar lows. But in some cases, snacks can be helpful for weight control. The key is to avoid high-calorie choices like potato chips or candy. Instead reach for a better snack, such as one of these sweet options.

We snacked our way through 70 bars, cookies, and crisps that met our health guidelines. Then we asked more than 100 people, including people with diabetes, to taste and pick their favorites. And here they are: The top six snacks to receive the Diabetic Living What to Eat™ seal of approval.

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Nutrition Guidelines

  • 200 calories or less
  • 6 g total fat or less
  • 5 g sat. fat or less
  • 0 g trans fat
  • 30 g carb or less
  • 240 mg sodium or less
  • At least 1 g fiber per 15 g carb

Rice Cake Finalists

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Rice cakes have come a long way in recent years. We found several options that make a nice, sweet snack. Here are the top finalists in the Rice Cake category.

Rice Cake Winner

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And the winner of the Rice Cake category is:

Quaker True Delights Multigrain Fiber Crisps in Blackberry Pomegranate

Per 13 crisps (28 g): 110 cal., 1.5 g total fat (0 g sat. fat), 0 mg chol., 135 mg sodium, 23 g carb. (3 g fiber, 6 g sugars), 2 g pro.

Taster’s comment: “These have the perfect amount of sweet and crunch. I would totally snack on these!”

Why it won: Many tasters liked the light feel and sweet taste of these crisps, as well as the generous serving size. We like the 3 grams of fiber per serving!

Cereal Bar Finalists

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Cereal bars can be a convenient pack-and-go option for a between-meal snack or light breakfast. Here are the top finalists in the Cereal Bar category.

Cereal Bar Winner

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And the winner of the Cereal Bar category is:

Market Pantry Cereal Bars in Apple & Cinnamon

Per bar (40 g): 140 cal., 3 g total fat (0 g sat. fat), 0 mg chol., 95 mg sodium, 25 g carb. (2 g fiber, 13 g sugars), 2 g pro.

Taster’s comment: “This is moist and delicious. It tastes like apple pie!”

Why it won: Tasters noted how this bar is easy to eat, and they liked the combination of soft pastry and fruit filling.

Graham Snack Finalists

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We were surprised by the variety of flavors and shapes in the Graham Snack category. Here are the top finalists in this category.

Graham Snack Winner

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And the winner of the Graham Snack category is:

Nabisco Snak-Saks Honey Maid Grahams

Per 12 pieces (31 g): 140 cal., 4.5 g total fat (1 g sat. fat), 0 mg chol., 160 mg sodium, 23 g carb. (1 g fiber, 7 g sugars), 2 g pro.

Taster’s comment: “It seems like I’m getting a good-size snack, and the crunch is nice.”

Why it won: Taste testers preferred the traditional style and flavor of graham crackers but liked this snack-size solution.

Brownie Snack Finalists

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A brownie is such a decadent treat, so we were happy to find several brownie snacks that fit our nutritional guidelines. Here are the top finalists in the Brownie Snack category.

Brownie Snack Winner

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And the winner of the Brownie Snack category is:

Nabisco 100 Calorie Packs Oreo Dipped Delight Bars

Per bar (26 g): 100 cal., 3 g total fat (2.5 g sat. fat), 0 mg chol., 70 mg sodium, 19 g carb. (4 g fiber, 9 g sugars), <1 g pro.

Taster’s comment: “This seems very decadent for only 19 grams of carb.”

Why it won: We think this flavorful bar is a good and tasty snack choice for only 100 calories and with 4 grams of fiber. Tasters liked how it was moist and coated in a thin layer of chocolate.

Cookie Finalists

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If you love cookies, the finalists and winners in this category are all very tasty. They’ve become one of our go-to snacks in the Diabetic Living office. Here are the top finalists in the Cookie category.

Cookie Winner

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And the winner of the Cookie category is:

Nabisco Newtons Fruit Thins in Blueberry Brown Sugar

Per 3 cookies (30 g): 140 cal., 5 g total fat (1 g sat. fat), 0 mg chol., 90 mg sodium, 21 g carb. (2 g fiber, 8 g sugars), 2 g pro.

Taster’s comment: “These were thin and crispy with a hint of blueberry. I’m going to buy these!”

Why it won: The crispness and sweet flavor of this cookie seemed to make it a favorite among tasters. We think the serving size of three cookies makes a yummy and satisfying snack.

Nutrition Bar Finalists

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A nutrition bar is a popular snack choice because it often offers a higher amount of nutrients (usually protein) than a traditional candy bar or cereal bar. Here are the top finalists in the Nutrition Bar category.

Nutrition Bar Winner

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And the winner of the Nutrition Bar category is:

PowerBar Pria Nutrition Bar in Chocolate Peanut Crunch

Per bar (30 g): 110 cal., 3.5 g total fat (2 g sat. fat), 0 mg chol., 85 mg sodium, 16 g carb. (1 g fiber, 10 g sugars), 5 g pro.

Taster’s comment: “The chocolate + crunch + chewy combo is great!”

Why it won: We were impressed with the low calorie and carb count in this filling nutrition bar, while tasters especially liked the crunchy peanut butter-flavor filling.

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  • 📋 Recipe Summary: A sugar free version of a favorite candy cookies ⏲️ Prep Time 10 minutes Cook Time 15 minutes Total Time 25 minutes 🥘 Jump to Recipe

    Yes, it is possible to make Sugar Free Low Carb ‘M & M’ Cookies!
    I am one happy person to know this as well.

    Sugar Free Low Carb ‘M & M’ Cookies

    I love that it is even possible to do this.
    Giving up yummy treats, such as certain coated chocolate candies…. is something that low ‘carbers’ have had to deal with. However, this recipe is doable, which makes someone like myself happy.

    The secret to the success of this recipe is substituting a few key ingredients.

    Since this is a sugar free recipe, you will need to use a sugar alternative. I would suggest a granular sugar alternative that is 1:1 with sugar when used in a recipe. Splenda Granular is one example of this.

    There are a couple more needed ingredients.
    You will also need a low carb flour alternative such as my choice, low carb Carbalose flour . Lastly, the candy that you will need. Atkins make a good low carb M & M candy alternative to the regular sugared candy.

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    You can check out my guide on baking with sugar alternatives on Amazon
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    Sugar Free Low Carb ‘M & M’ Cookies

    The recipe for Sugar Free Low Carb ‘M & M’ Cookies

    Let me start by mentioning how much I hate to see candy coated cookies such as this one that have bled into the cookie itself. I like to refrigerate or freeze my candy before adding it to the batter in an attempt to prevent this issue.

    Make these low carb or gluten free:
    Substitute these flour alternatives for the all purpose flour.
    low carb Carbalose or a gluten free flour.

    What you will need to make the recipe for Sugar Free Low Carb ‘M & M’ Cookies

    • Butter- 2 sticks plus 1 tablespoon softened to room temperature.
    • Sugar alternative- granular 1:1 to sugar in volume works best for this recipe. Use the equivalent to 1 1/2 cups of sugar.
    • Eggs- 1.
    • Vanilla Extract- 2 1/2 teaspoons.
    • Flour (AP)- 2 1/2 cups.
    • Salt- 1 teaspoon.
    • Baking Powder-1 teaspoon.
    • Also, Baking Soda-1 teaspoon.
    • Sugar Free Candy Coated Chocolate- 1 1/2 cups

    How to make Sugar Free Low Carb ‘M & M’ Cookies

    • Preheat your oven to 350 and prep your pan(s) for nonstick. I use parchment paper or a silicon mat.
    • In a mixing bowl, blend together the butter and the sugar alternative. Add the eggs, one at a time, and then the vanilla extract.
    • In a medium bowl, combine together the flour, salt, baking powder and salt. Slowly pour this mixture into the mixing bowl, mixing between additions.
    • Now, fold in 1/1 of the candy (3/4 of a cup). You can refrigerate the batter for at least 30 minutes prior to baking. This trick seems to work well with most similar kinds of cookie recipes. If you refrigerate the batter, you can hold off on preheating your oven until you are ready to bake.
    • When you are ready to bake, scoop the cookies on to the cookie sheet(s). Then press the remaining candy into the cookies allowing them to stick out.
    • Bake for 10-12 minutes or until the cookies begin to brown. Allow to cool.

    5 from 2 votes Sugar Free Low Carb ‘M & M’ Cookies Prep Time 10 mins Cook Time 15 mins Total Time 25 mins A sugar free version of a favorite candy cookies Ingredients

    • Butter- 2 sticks plus 1 tablespoon softened to room temperature.
    • Sugar alternative- granular 1:1 to sugar in volume works best for this recipe. Use the equivalent to 1 1/2 cups of sugar.
    • Eggs- 1.
    • Vanilla Extract- 2 1/2 teaspoons.
    • Flour AP- 2 1/2 cups.
    • Salt- 1 teaspoon.
    • Baking Powder-1 teaspoon.
    • Baking Soda-1 teaspoon.
    • Sugar Free Candy Coated Chocolate- 1 1/2 cups

    Instructions

    1. Preheat your oven to 350 and prep your pan(s) for nonstick. I use parchment paper or a silicon mat.
    2. In a mixing bowl, blend together the butter and the sugar alternative. Add the eggs, one at a time, and then the vanilla extract.
    3. In a medium bowl, combine together the flour, salt, baking powder and salt. Slowly pour this mixture into the mixing bowl, mixing between additions.
    4. Now, fold in 1/1 of the candy (3/4 of a cup). You can refrigerate the batter for at least 30 minutes prior to baking. This trick seems to work well with most similar kinds of cookie recipes. If you refrigerate the batter, you can hold off on preheating your oven until you are ready to bake.
    5. When you are ready to bake, scoop the cookies on to the cookie sheet(s). Then press the remaining candy into the cookies allowing them to stick out.
    6. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until the cookies begin to brown. Allow to cool.

    Recipe Notes

    See post for ingredient details

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    • Ask the experts

      I have diabetes. If I want to eat a candy bar, for example, is there a way to calculate how much insulin I could take to knock out the sugar in the candy bar?

      Doctor’s response

      Well, the correct answer is that a person with diabetes really is not restricted to eating certain foods, so while a candy bar may not be the best choice nutritionally, an occasional indulgence is understandable. A candy bar usually has about 220-250 calories and somewhere between 25-30 grams of carbohydrates. On average, most patients with diabetes require one unit of insulin for every 10-15 grams of carbohydrates they eat. So you could try two units of a short acting insulin and see how you do. However, it is really important that you meet with a diabetes educator/nutritionist to see what your insulin ratios are, and what your sensitivity is. You should not consider insulin an option to “knock out” the sugar in the candy bar. It is more complicated than that. The type of carbohydrate, what it is combined with, and what your glucose level is before you start eating are all factors to be considered. I would strongly suggest you meet with a diabetes educator/nutritionist or your physician before you move ahead and adjust any insulin doses by yourself.

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