Look at those delicious, colorful morsels of chewy, fruity fun in the photo above.

Those are "Gummy Bears" - a candy that is famous as a kids' all-time favorite, and infamous as the destroyer of delicate dental work.

Gummy Bears rank #5 on my all time list of Most - Feared Halloween candy treats. I fear them as a parent because my kids loved them so much when they were little.

But you and I know how dangerous they can be...those cute little guys really stick to the teeth and can cause big cavities in those tiny mouths. Worse yet is the damage they can cause to grown-up filings, crowns and dentures!

There are plenty of dangerous goodies out there that can wreck havoc on our pearly whites, and an honest dentist will tell you..they are the reason why dentists are so rich.

These are the famous five Halloween candy bars that make dentists rich:

  • 1

    Gummy Bears

    Gummy Bears

    The original Gummy Bear was a follow up to the old "Ju-Ju-Bees" or "Dots". In a stroke of genius the Bears were made to be a little softer to chew, but just as hard to scrub off. You can actually feel the sugar coating your teeth. Score - Dentists: 1, Parents: 0.

    Photo: M.Ferris
  • 2

    100 Grand

    100 Grand Candy Bar

    This delicious candy bar combines the chocolate and rice crispy sizzle of the Nestles Crunch bar (and it's copy-cat American sister, Hershey's Krackle). But then the diabolical wizards added a thick block of gooey caramel to it's base. The combination makes it lethal. Pure chocolate-chewy evil.

    Photo: Ferris
  • 3

    Starburst

    Starbust Fruit Candy

    It's the candy that can almost bamboozle me to believe that it's healthy, thanks to its "fruit" flavor. If the "original" five fruit flavors aren't enough temptation, the sinister candy-makers expand to include "tropical" and "berries". And with each square neatly sealed in paper, the guilt compounds with every candy I unwrap.

    Photo: M Ferris
  • 4

    Laffy Taffy

    Laffy Taffy

    Sure, it's softer than the stale, rock-hard salt water taffy that's been sitting on the bottom shelf of the seaside souvenir shop all summer long. But like the wickedly gooey Gummy Bear, this is simply a ploy to lure you into unwrapping a fist-full of these tasty flavors ranging from banana to lime. Beware! Laffy Taffy has enough pull to change the minds of rational men and extract fillings and rearrange crowns with one small tug.

    Photo: M Ferris
  • 5

    Charleston Chew

    Charleston Chew

    Unsuspecting kids are especially susceptible to this old-fashioned candy treat. It's technically a taffy, but like another old chewy favorite, (the Slow-Poke) it is the product of a very clever name-change. Think your molars are safe when you bite down into this bar? Think again. You could use this stuff to seal the Space Shuttle on a trip to the moon. The Charleston Chew is the Number One reason why your dentist is rich.

    Photo: Ferris