Rachel Johnson Rachel Johnson
June 04, 2015

This may come as a surprise (or not), but the Cooking Light team can get pretty intense when it comes to indulgences. When there is pie in the office (oftentimes that's Assistant Food Editor Darcy Lenz's doing), it is a mad dash to grab a slice. Working hard all day leads us to really crave the sweets at times.

What better way to indulge than with candy? Yes—candy. We are talking lollipops, hard candy, caramels, chews, you name it! Quin Candy, made in Portland, Oregon, has us infatuated. The thing that makes Quin so special is that I can spell all the ingredients, see actual ingredients in their products, and they don't remind me of the supermarket aisle sugar overload. Extraterrestrial colorings don't belong in sweet treats, or anything for that matter, and Quin upholds this value to the highest extent.

Mind you, Cooking Light guidelines do put a cap on how many lollipops you can have, but honestly who needs to eat more than one? I have a personal virtue that a small amount of an excellent, decadent treat is better than a mass amount of something mediocre. One lollipop, one caramel, maybe two cinnamon hard candies ... but it's up to you and your caloric budget for the day. Be smart, be sweet!

Strawberry LollipopsIngredients: Sugar, Glucose, Strawberry Puree, Natural Strawberry FlavorNutritional Facts: Serving Size .30oz (8.4g), Amount Per Serving: Calories 30, Fat Cal. 0, Total Fat 0g (0% DV), Saturated Fat 0g (0% DV), Trans Fat 0g, Cholesterol 0mg (0% DV), Sodium 0mg (0% DV), Total Carb. 8g (3% DV), Fiber 0g, Sugar 8g, Protein 0g, Vitamin A (0% DV), Vitamin C (0% DV), Calcium (0% DV), Iron (0% DV). Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

Salty Sweet CaramelsIngredients: Sugar, Glucose, Butter, Heavy Cream, Vanilla Bean, Vanilla Extract, Sea Salt, Contains MilkNutritional Facts: Serving Size .42oz (12g), Amount Per Serving: Calories 57, Fat Cal. 28, Total Fat 3.1g (5% DV), Saturated Fat 2g (10% DV), Trans Fat 0g, Cholesterol 9mg (3% DV),Sodium 32mg (1% DV), Total Carb. 7.3g (2% DV), Fiber 0g, Sugar 7.3g, Protein 0g, Vitamin A (2% DV), Vitamin C (0% DV), Calcium (0% DV), Iron (0% DV). Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

Cinnamon Hard CandyIngredients: Sugar, Glucose, Natural Cinnamon Flavor, Vegetable ExtractNutritional Facts: Serving Size .2 oz (6.0g), Amount Per Serving: Calories 30, Fat Cal. 0, Total Fat 0g (0% DV), Saturated Fat 0g (0% DV), Trans Fat 0g, Cholesterol 0mg (0% DV), Sodium 0mg (0% DV), Total Carb. 8g (3% DV), Fiber 0g, Sugar 8g, Protein 0g, Vitamin A (0% DV), Vitamin C (0% DV), Calcium (0% DV), Iron (0% DV). Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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