Worst Xmas candy to get as fat as Santa

Ah, Christmas time and New Year’s… We all want to enjoy all those sweets we can’t eat the rest of the year, but we also want to stay fit. Here are some sweet treats we should eat with moderation or avoid completely!

Fruitcake or Panettone

Italian panettone comes from Milan and Pandoro comes from Verona but they’re similar to American fruitcake.

It’s not the worst sweet treat if we can make it ourselves but we’re still talking about a big amount of butter and sugar.

Ideally go for a basic one with healthy nuts or almonds instead of candied fruit or chocolate chips.

In Italy, it’s usually served with delicious mascarpone cheese or zabaioneimpossible to stay fit!


Candy cane

Candy canes are typical Xmas sweets particularly in North America.

We know beforehand that we face a small cane full of sugar so we shouldn’t eat that many. The good thing is that we can suck/lick them and not chew them so they’ll last more than other appetizing sweets.


Advent chocolate

Candy canes are pure sugar so we could go for advent chocolate instead. However, a small piece of Cadbury’s Advent Calendar Milk Chocolate contains 22 calories and 1 g of (saturated) fat.

At least candy canes last more and have less -or zero- fat.


Eggnog and Christmas wines

What goes perfectly with all these sweets? Of course, some classic Christmas eggnog, particularly in North America but also in Germany or the Scandinavian region where they enjoy Glühwein and Glögg, respectively. Wondering what it is? Roughly translated as “burning-wine”, from the temperature the wine is boiled to), it’s usually made with red wine along with various mulling spices and sometimes raisins. Ideal for the cold.

The bad side? All the sugar we (or companies) can add to it. Let’s not forget that eggnog usually contains bourbon and whipped cream, as well as 21 g of sugar, almost a day’s worth!



One small chocolate ball couldn’t hurt, eh? We should actually call it small chocolate “bomb” because just one can provide 100 calories (almost half from pure saturated fat).


European sweets

If you spend Christmas in Spain, you can expect a full tray of polvorones and mantecados.

Basically flour, butter, sugar and cinnamon. Sounds healthy? Didn’t think so.

Rosquillos and alfajores -the latter, very popular in South America- are very similar in healthiness.



Doesn’t matter what you call it: turrón (Spanish), torrone (Italian), nougat (French)… It’s the king of Christmases all over the world.

Even in South America where it’s Summer, they’ve kept the Spanish tradition and eat them while some of them almost melt!

Delicious treats but, as most of the items on this list, pure butter and sugar. Eat with moderation!


Yule log

Born in France as bûche de Noël, it’s eaten around the world (Spanish, tronco navideño, “Christmas log”).

Its level of non-healthiness depends on the contents but they can turn into true butter and sugar bombs, particularly if they’re stuffed and covered with chocolate, nutella and/or cream.


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