How much chocolate you should REALLY be eating this Christmas: Bad news for anyone with a sweet tooth as experts reveal recommended portion sizes – including two Quality Streets and ONE Toblerone triangle
- UK-based Play Like Mum analysed some of nation’s favourite Christmas treats
- Pulled together recommended portion size and nutritional value of festive food
- Recommended 1 Toblerone triangle per serving, which contains 19.5g of sugar
With Christmas fast approaching, there are endless tubs of chocolate and sweet treats everywhere we turn.
But fresh research has revealed just how much you should be eating – and it is far less than anyone with a sweet tooth would hope.
UK-based parenting retailer Play Like Mum looked into the recommended portion sizes and nutritional value of some of the UK’s favourite Christmas treats to reveal how much we should really be eating to maintain a healthy, balanced diet.
UK-based Play Like Mum have looked into the recommended portion sizes and nutritional value of some of the UK’s favourite Christmas treats. For Toblerone, it’s recommended just one individual triangle per serving, with each one containing 19.5g of sugar
|Product||Full size||Recommended portion size||Portion as fraction of full pack||Number of Individual Pieces||Calories per Portion|
|Terry’s Chocolate Orange||157g||31.4g||1/5||4 segments||164|
|Chocolate Coins||70g||23g||1/3||2.6 coins||119|
|Quality Street||650g||19.69g||3/100||2 sweets||89|
|Quality Street Mint Matchmakers||120g||15g||1/8||4 sticks||72|
|After Eight Mints||300g||16.6g||11/200||2 mints||72|
The research found a 650g tub of Quality Streets should contain approximately 33 servings, which works out as just two sweets per serving.
However, when it comes to Toblerone, just one individual triangle per serving is recommended, with each one containing 19.5g of sugar.
However, if chocolate coins are your guilty pleasure, 2.6 of the golden treats are recommended, while the study also found just four segments of Terry’s Chocolate Orange should be eaten, which contain 164 calories portion.
And Christmas dinner isn’t officially complete until the Quality Street Mint Matchmakers have been passed around, but according to the research, you shouldn’t be helping yourself to anymore than four sticks.
The research found a 650g tub of Quality Streets (pictured) should contain approximately thirty-three servings, which works out as just two sweets per serving
The research suggested that four segments of Terry’s Chocolate Orange (pictured, left) should be eaten, which contain 164 calories portion, while just 2.6 chocolate golden coins are recommended (right)
But if your family are more partial to After Eight Mints, then it’s advised you half that amount – and take just two.
From crisps and biscuits to sweets, it wouldn’t be Christmas without a few weeks of overindulgence.
But with many of our favourites being sold in family-sized packs, it begs the question, how often do we really share?
Based on an adult’s advised daily intake, the research found that shockingly, the recommended serving size of Sour Cream and Onion Pringles is 13 individual crisps.
It also unveiled the advised serving of Tescos Scottish Shortbread is one biscuit, while Cadburys Festive Friends is four.
And for those who have a sweet tooth, the recommendation for Bip’s Candy Cane is just one cane.
Four Quality Matchmaker sticks (left) and just two After Eight Mints (right) are advised, based on an adult’s daily recommended intake
|Product||Full Size||Recommended Portion Size||Portion as Fraction of Full Pack||Number of Individual Pieces||Calories per Portion|
|Pringles Sour Cream & Onion||200g||30g||3/20||13 crisps||152|
|Tesco Scottish Shortbread Assortment Tin||500g||18.5g||1/27||1 biscuit||94|
|Cadburys Festive Friends||150g||16.6g||111/1000||4 biscuits||83|
|Bip 10 Pack Peppermint Candy Canes||125g||12g||12/125||1 cane||49|