Low Potassium Foods – Candies Table

It's the time of year for dietary indiscretion. Every party has loads of food. Many of the gifts that we give each other are food, often some sort of sweet or dessert. It is not a time for thinking whether a food is a high potassium food or low potassium food.

Often candy is given this time of year. Most candy with chocolate has a lot of potassium, since cocoa is a high potassium food. The best candies for someone on a low potassium diet are those without chocolate.

The quantity of candy listed as a serving in the table is important to notice. Often the reason the food is a low potassium food is that the serving is less than many of us consume at a sitting. So use the serving size as a guide to how much you can allow yourself.

Of course, the best path is to avoid the candies and eat only the appropriate foods with nutritional value. But we all will break the rule every once in a while. The table is to help you figure out how much you can break the rule safely. The table shows which candies are lower in potassium and gives the sodium content, since this also is an important consideration.

The weights all are grams except for the potassium and sodium, which are milligrams. The potassium and sodium values given are for 100 grams of food.

As usual, K is potassium, and Na is sodium.

Except for the potassium to sodium ratio, amount of potassium per serving, and sodium per serving (all of which we calculated), the source of data is: USDA National Nutrient Database Standard Reference – Release 22.

Food K Na Serving Wt Serving Size Ratio K:Na K per Serving Na per Serving
Candies, butterscotch 3 391 28 1 oz 0.0 1 111
Candies, caramels, chocolate-flavor roll 116 44 40 1 serv'g, 6 pieces 2.6 46 18
Candies, chocolate covered, caramel with nuts 445 24 14 1 piece 18.5 62 3
Candies, divinity, prep-from-recipe 23 34 11 1 piece 0.7 3 4
Candies, fudge, chocolate marshmallow,
prep-from-recipe
147 85 20 1 piece 1.7 29 17
Candies, fudge, chocolate, prep-from-recipe 134 45 17 1 piece 3.0 23 8
Candies, fudge, peanut butter, prep-from-recipe 119 118 16 1 piece 1.0 19 19
Candies, gum drops, dietetic or low calorie
(sorbitol)
0 7 182 1 cup 0.0 0 13
Candies, gumdrops, starch jelly pieces 5 44 182 1 cup,  gumdrops 0.1 9 80
Candies, hard 5 38 28 1 oz 0.1 1 11
Candies, hard, dietetic or low calorie
(sorbitol)
0 0 3 1 piece 0 0
Candies, HEATH BITES 210 245 39 15 pieces 0.9 82 96
Candies, jellybeans 37 50 11 10 small 0.7 4 6
Candies, KIT KAT Wafer Bar 231 54 42 1 bar,  (1.5 oz) 4.3 97 23
Candies, MARS SNACKFOOD US, 3 MUSKETEERS Bar 133 194 60 1 serv'g, 2.13 oz bar 0.7 80 117
Candies, MARS SNACKFOOD US, MILKY WAY Bar 124 167 58 1 serv'g, 2.05 oz bar 0.7 72 97
Candies, MARS SNACKFOOD US, MILKY WAY Midnight
Bar
196 168 50 1 serv'g, 1.76 oz bar 1.2 98 84
Candies, MARS SNACKFOOD US, SKITTLES Original
Bite Size Candies
12 15 62 1 serv'g, 2.17 oz pack 0.8 7 9
Candies, MARS SNACKFOOD US, STARBURST Fruit
Chews, Original fruits
2 2 40 1 serv'g, fun size (8 chews) 1.0 1 1
Candies, marshmallows 5 80 50 1 cup,  miniature 0.1 2 40
Candies, MOUNDS Candy Bar 321 145 19 1 bar, snack size 2.2 61 28
Candies, NESTLE, 100 GRAND Bar 163 203 43 1 bar,  (1.5 oz) 0.8 70 87
Candies, NESTLE, BIT-O'-HONEY Candy Chews 44 295 40 1 serv'g, 6 pieces 0.2 18 118
Candies, nougat, with almonds 105 33 14 1 piece 3.2 15 5
Candies, praline, prep-from-recipe 217 48 39 1 piece 4.5 85 19
Candies, REESE'S Peanut Butter Cups 343 314 17 1 pkg, 0.6 oz 1 cup 1.1 58 53
Candies, ROLO Caramels in Milk Chocolate 188 188 48 1 pkg 1.0 90 90
Candies, sesame crunch 307 167 28 1 oz 1.8 87 47
Candies, SKOR Toffee Bar 153 317 39 1 bar, 1.4 oz 0.5 60 124
Candies, sugar-coated almonds 255 13 4 1 piece 19.6 9 0
Candies, sweet chocolate 290 16 28 1 oz 18.1 82 5
Candies, sweet chocolate coated fondant 168 26 43 1 patty,  large 6.5 72 11
Candies, taffy, prep-from-recipe 3 52 15 1 piece 0.1 0 8
Candies, toffee, prep-from-recipe 51 135 12 1 piece 0.4 6 16
Candies, TOOTSIE ROLL, chocolate-flavor roll 116 44 40 1 serv'g, 6 pieces 2.6 46 18
Candies, truffles, prep-from-recipe 297 68 12 1 piece 4.4 36 8
Candies, TWIZZLERS CHERRY BITES 14 261 40 18 pieces 0.1 6 104
Candies, TWIZZLERS NIBS CHERRY BITS 37 195 40 27 pieces 0.2 15 78
Candies, YORK BITES 108 46 39 15 pieces 2.4 42 18
Candies, YORK Peppermint Pattie 111 28 43 1 patty, 1.5 oz 4.0 47 12