Calories of 6 popular CNY goodies that will make you go, ‘WHAT?!’

Those innocent CNY cookies are mere sweet biscuits, right? Those that we munch in the office when the boss is not around? No?

No. The calories of CNY cookies are usually much higher because they pack so much sugar in it that if you down an entire bottle of love letters, you could have just consumed all the energy you need for two to three days. Or even more, if we’re talking about a big tin.

So, how many calories are there in those common CNY goodies? Let’s check it out. Before that, remember this: an average person needs about 2,000 to 2,5000 calories a day. Any extra and you’ll gain weight.


This innocent-looking, seemingly healthy snack packs a load of calories despite its small size. About 20 g of it has 113 calories. Now, one pack is about 150 g, so that’s…847 calories. That’s your lunch, boys and girls!

Pineapple Tarts

Putting this so early in the list would demoralize you, but it’s better than you gaining weight. One pineapple tart is about 80 calories. For comparison’s sake, one bowl of rice is about 200 calories. In other words, three pineapple tarts and you’ll have downed a bowl of rice.
How many do you have today? 10? That’s 800 calories for you. If you’ve lost count, then maybe you should not eat anything else today.

Bak Kwa

One slice of about 94 g is about 370 calories. That’s about two bowls of rice. And the two worst things about them are:
1. You usually have more than two pieces
2. You won’t feel full even after three pieces
Now, before you reach for that small piece, think again: you could have taken two bowls of rice, you know.

Shrimp Rolls

A hit with many kids, this is one snack that once you start, you can’t stop. The worst thing about this is that you just don’t count—you just put them in your mouth like snacking on potato chips. And the calories? About 22 per piece. But who eats one piece? We could have ten within minutes, and that’s about 220 calories. There goes your bowl of rice.

Cashew Nut Cookies

If that sweet taste hasn’t shown you how many calories there are in each piece, then let the number surprise you: one piece is about 62 calories. Eight pieces and you’ll have taken your lunch. And it’s so small, you’ll most likely have more than ten pieces at one go.

Kueh Bulu

To be honest, this is one of the most worth-for-calories goodie. It’s big and one packs only about 33 calories. But at least you’ll realize how much you’ve put into your mouth with its big size and, admittedly, not that attractive taste (compared to the others).

Of course, everything is perfectly fine if we take them in moderation. If, for some reason that you can’t control, you decide to eat more, no worries: some gyms are open during Chinese New Year as well.

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This article was first published on in February 2015 and revised on 1 February 2018.

Source of information from Health Promotion Board.