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Worst Halloween Candy and Treats for Braces

It’s All Hallow’s Eve, and the ghosts and ghouls are craving treats. But they’re improving their smiles with braces and know there are certain things they shouldn’t eat. What are the worst Halloween candy and treats for braces, the ones that cause orthodontists to scream in terror? Read on if you dare!

Caramel Apples and Candy Apples

These seasonal treats top the list for a number of reasons. First, even biting into a regular apple can break a wire or loosen a bracket. Adding gooey caramel or a crunchy red candy coating makes these sweets even more dangerous. Nuts on top of the caramel? Don’t even get us started.


While known for taking care of more than a few Betty White moments, this candy bar should never be used to satisfy anyone with braces. The nuts can damage wires and brackets, and the caramel can get stuck in between everything for days. Baby Ruth and Paydays also fall into this category.


These treats are a favorite among those who prefer fruity to chocolaty, but biter beware: those crunchy coatings and sticky insides can wreak havoc on braces. While plain M&Ms are slightly less scary with their chocolate centers, their candy coatings carry the same warning.

Laffy Taffy

Feel free to substitute AirHeads, Twizzlers, or Starbursts for this section title because all of them are delicious but potentially deadly for braces. You know how they get stuck in your teeth? Just imagine what they would do with braces.

So What Treats Are Safe for Braces?

Don’t throw away your treat bucket or pillowcase in dismay. There are plenty of treats and Halloween candy that can be enjoyed with braces. Candy options include:

  • Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups
  • 3 Musketeers
  • Hershey bars (no almonds)
  • KitKats
  • Nestle Crunch or Krackel bars
  • York Peppermint Patties
  • Junior Mints
  • Hershey’s Cookies and Cream bars
  • Hershey Kisses

Non-candy treats are also plentiful. Cookies of all kinds, as long as they don’t have nuts, are perfectly safe. Ice cream, pudding, and popsicles are also good choices. If you enjoy being in the kitchen, Halloween treats such as graveyard pudding cups, orange scream milkshakes, and strawberry ghosts are fun and easy to make. Even your little goblins can get in on the fun.

Whatever braces-safe sweets you decide to treat yourself with, be sure to brush thoroughly after eating them. If you can’t brush right away, at least rinse your mouth with some water. What sugar can do to your teeth is way scarier than any haunted house or horror flick.

We hope this guide helps you and your braces enjoy this spooky treat-filled season. Happy Halloween!

Fravel Brewer Orthodontics has been helping patients achieve beautiful smiles as the preferred orthodontist in Winter Garden, Ocoee, and West Orange County, Florida for almost 30 years. Treatment options for kids and adults include Invisalign, Invisalign Teen, ceramic braces, and silver braces. Call us at (407) 656-0001 to schedule a free consultation today!