Low-Calorie Halloween Dessert Recipes: Butterfinger Cupcakes, Candy Corn Popcorn Balls

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Candy is delicious. No one is disputing that. But rather than diving headfirst into a bucket of Halloween candy, make these guilt-free recipes...

Gooey Butterfinger Cupcakes

1/12th of recipe (1 cupcake): 127 calories, 2.5g total fat (1g sat fat), 248mg sodium, 24g carbs, 1g fiber, 14g sugars, 2.5g protein

SmartPoints® value 6*

SmartPoints® value 6*

Try to contain yourself… Oh, who are we kidding? Even we can't stay cool around cupcakes topped with marshmallow glaze and crushed candy bars!

1 packet hot cocoa mix with 20 - 25 calories (like Swiss Miss Diet or Nestlé Fat Free)
1 3/4 cups moist-style devil's food cake mix

1/2 cup fat-free liquid egg substitute
 (like Egg Beaters Original)
1/4 cup Jet-Puffed Marshmallow Creme

1 tsp. light soymilk or fat-free milk

1 standard-sized Butterfinger bar (2.1 oz.) or 3 Butterfinger Fun Size bars (about 2 inches long)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a 12-cup muffin pan with foil baking cups, or spray it with nonstick spray.

In a glass, combine cocoa mix with 1/4 cup hot water and stir to dissolve.

Transfer mixture to a large bowl, and add 3/4 cup cold water. Add cake mix and egg substitute. Whisk until smooth.

Evenly distribute mixture among the cups of the muffin pan. Bake until a toothpick inserted into the center of a cupcake comes out clean, 16 - 18 minutes.

Let cool completely, about 10 minutes in the pan and 15 minutes out of the pan.

In a small bowl, thoroughly mix marshmallow creme with soymilk or milk. Drizzle over cupcakes.

Crush candy bar(s) and sprinkle evenly over cupcakes. Enjoy!


Candy Corn Popcorn Balls

1/10th of recipe (1 popcorn ball): 111 calories, 1.5g total fat (0.5g sat fat), 104mg sodium, 23.5g carbs, 0.5g fiber, 16.5g sugars, 0.5g protein

SmartPoints® value 6*

SmartPoints® value 6*

Both candy corn and popcorn balls are classic fall treats. Together, they become anything but conventional! Watch how they’re made

3 tbsp. light whipped butter or light buttery spread (like Brummel & Brown)
2 cups mini marshmallows
3/4 cup chopped candy corn
10 cups popped 94% fat-free butter popcorn

Place butter in a large nonstick pot and set to low heat. Once melted, add marshmallows and 1/4 cup chopped candy corn. Cook and stir until melted, about 12 minutes.

Remove pot from heat. Add popcorn and remaining chopped candy corn. Gently stir until coated. Transfer to a large bowl.

Evenly and firmly form into 10 balls, each 3 inches in diameter. (If needed, lightly spray your hands with nonstick cooking spray.) Enjoy!



"Hungry Girl, we want MORE candy-inspired recipes!"

We have a massive roundup full of such things! If you want actual candy in your dessert, you'll find options like the Cocoa Loco Krispymallow Treats and Guilt-Free Dirt & Worms Surprise. Looking for something that'll satisfy candy cravings without using any actual candy? Goodies like our Old Time Rocky Road Fudge and Spiked Almond Joy Hot Cocoa might be what you need. Sweet!


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Today, October 24th, is National Good & Plenty Day! We don't have any recipes using the candy-coated licorice bites, but you'll be happy to know that a 33-piece serving has just 140 fat-free calories.

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