The Cost of 100-Calorie Candy

MM_100CL_7br[1].previewI was out shopping last night, knowing today was going to be a tough work day…again. I was right. I decided, while I was in Target, that  I better have some manageable, calorie-counted chocolate on hand if  I planned to make it through the day without ravaging the vending machine for the Linden Chocolate Chip Cookies and Milky Ways that are in there (yes, I know what’s in the vending machine at all times, but I am careful never, ever to put change into it anymore).

Wondering what 100-calorie treat might just do the trick today, I spied 100-calorie M&M packs. They were like a beacon on a dark night. I scooped ’em up and threw them in my cart. $3.99 for seven carefully calorie-counted-out packs.

I grabbed a pack today when I went home for lunch, so I would have it for that much-needed 3:00 pm sugar injection. I almost always opt for a healthy snack at 3pm (yogurt, fruit, kashi bar), but today, I knew that wasn’t going to cut it.

When I grabbed my M&Ms from the box, I thought, hmmm, these look surprsingly similar to the M&M fun packs. So I went online, just to see. How many calories are there in an M&M fun pack? You’ll never guess. No really. You won’t. 100? Is that your final answer? Well, you’d be right.

I paid $3.99 for 7 M&M fun packs. What a bonehead. Had I just checked the fun pack package…with Halloween weeks away they are all over the place…I could have saved myself quite a bit of money if I’d just done that research. I’m pretty sure there are more than 7 packages in a fun-size bag. And it probably costs….drumroll please….$3.99.

I’ve learned my lesson. Always check the options before purchasing 100-calorie candy. I’m pretty sure though I’m much safer with only seven fun packs in the house.


5 responses to this post.

  1. Wow, I am totally going to be checking this in the future! Thanks for a great tip!


  2. Posted by Jeannie on September 23, 2009 at 2:13 am

    Great tip! I like you I need my little bit of sugar fun. I will be checking in the future!


  3. Live and learn as they say… right?? LOL

    Even less $$: purchase the big bag and divy them out yourself – into plastic baggies to use again and again. Of course, self-control becomes an issue if that GIANT bag is in the house…. 🙂 (Been there, done that!)

    Have a great week!



  4. Posted by Fran on September 23, 2009 at 6:58 pm

    I do hope you will enjoy your M&M’s 🙂

    Diane, I need your advice. I’m having a 10K on Sunday and I’ve catched a terrible cold. I did run 2,5 miles today but I’ve noticed that my lung capacity is not 100%. What’s the best thing to do: rest until Sunday or do a short run on Friday to experience how my lung capacity is then?


    • Fran, I’m not an expert but I would wait until Friday before doing anything. See how you feel? maybe a very short run on Friday? But I’d probably save my strength at this point! Good luck!


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