10 Best Halloween Treats

October 30, 2009 at 2:01 pm 13 comments


Happy Halloween weekend everyone!  Halloween is one of the best holidays for people who love sweets.

I definitely prefer homemade baked goods over processed candy bars any day, but I do enjoy a few of the classic candies around Halloween.  And apparently the fun doesn’t have to stop once you’re above the age of 10.  Yesterday, my professors brought candy in all of my classes, it felt like fifth grade again!

I came across a few articles on the best Halloween candies and I decided to compile my own list.  You can check out the other lists here and here.   So here goes….please let me know if I’ve left out any of your favorites!

1. Anything full-size, or better than that, JUMBO size! When I was older, I helped my parents answer the door for trick-or-treaters.  My dad and I had a special surprise for the kid with the best joke and the best costume: a JUMBO sized Hershey’s bar.  The look on the little kid’s face when we pulled out the huge candy bar was priceless.  The kid would just stare at us and would say “really? really?” while the parents in the background would prod them, “can you say thank you?”   Some years, no one had a joke or a costume that made them worthy of the giant Hershey’s bar, so we didn’t give out the special prize.  For this reason, my mom accused us of staging the entire contest just so we could keep the giant chocolate bar for ourselves.  Can you believe that?!?

2. Whoppers. I love malted milk balls, yum!

3. Peanut M&Ms. Or regular M&Ms if you prefer.

4. Kit Kats.  According to Hershey’s, these “light crispy wafers covered in creamy milk chocolate are a simple and sweet treat that complements your light-hearted, positive approach to life.”  WOW, enough said.

5. Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups. A classic. 

6 . Candy Corn. Delicious and festive.  Beware, it is very easy to go into a candy corn coma when you consume more than 10 of them!

7.  Pop Rocks. I still don’t understand how these work but they are pure fun.

8.  Snickers. These are even better when they’re frozen.

9. Mr. Goodbar. I may be the only person who likes this Hershey’s mini.  With a combination of milk chocolate and peanuts, it is creamy AND crunchy.  Delish.

10.  Twix. The cookie provides an excellent crunch.

Making this list made me think back on all of my trick-or-treating years.  I distinctly remember a few candies still being at the bottom of my bag in January, long after I had devoured my favorites.  Here it is, my list of the 5 Worst Halloween Treats.

1.  Almond Joy or Mounds.  What 5 year old really likes coconut?

2.  Raisinets.  Same thing goes with raisins.  They may have been the only things covered in chocolate that I wouldn’t eat as a kid.

3.  Smarties.  They taste like chalk!

4.  Dots.  These gummy candies are a dentist’s nightmare!  They stick to your teeth for two weeks after eating them.

5.  Circus Peanuts.  I’ve mentioned my dislike of these bizarre candies.  Their strange ability to look like cheese when shredded is about the only thing they have going for them.


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“It is possible, it seems, to live on candy.” Cupcakes Go Green

13 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Mark  |  October 30, 2009 at 2:32 pm

    I would move the classic snicker bar up on the fav list, as I have
    found it particularly difficult to resist.

    I miss the trick or treating days , but alas, one must move on.

    No one is really doing good candy analysis these days, so it is refreshing seeing your important work in this all too neglected area

  • 2. DrTall  |  October 30, 2009 at 3:45 pm

    You forgot drinks! Houses that handed out pop were always the best because you can eat more once all the chocolate is washed out of your mouth!

  • 3. Rachel T  |  October 30, 2009 at 6:08 pm

    You might want to add dental floss to the list of worst give-aways, my dad (a dentist) has been known to give those out!

  • 4. Sally  |  October 31, 2009 at 9:26 am

    I’m so happy to learn that Dr T rinsed his mouth out with pop so he could eat more candy.
    These are the things that warm a parent’s

    If you like malted milk balls have you ever eaten the ones from the Mountain Man? They are fabulous.

    And yes, are circus peanuts some sort of cosmic joke?
    I mean, who would eat them?

    Also, I would never trust anyone who likes Almond Joy
    or Mounds. Right on track with that one Sugar Sleuth.

  • 5. Ella  |  October 31, 2009 at 9:29 am

    I agree with Mark about moving Snickers up to the top of
    the list.
    Butterfingers are missing from your “good candy” list.

  • 6. Sally  |  October 31, 2009 at 9:37 am

    Sorry, I had to comment again. I just reviewed the favorite list.
    I think Candy Corn is right up there with circus peanuts as one of the worlds worst candy! Maybe if you eat them with fresh peanuts, but otherwise they have no redeeming qualities.
    (although they do look festive on your header)

  • 7. Erin  |  November 1, 2009 at 11:19 pm

    I agree, raisinettes are so terrible!

  • 8. Sue  |  November 2, 2009 at 10:05 am

    I don’t think you had any almond joys left in your bag in January because I ate them all! I love coconut!

  • 9. Sue  |  November 2, 2009 at 10:21 am

    No wonder you love snickers,I craved frozen ones when I was expecting you!

  • 10. Sally  |  November 2, 2009 at 2:28 pm

    Well, I really like Sue and she likes Almond Joys, so I probably need
    to retract my diss of AJ’s.

  • 11. HM  |  November 4, 2009 at 3:45 am

    No raisinette fans out there?? Guess that means all the more for me! :p

  • 12. Sean's Favorite Aunt Sue  |  November 15, 2009 at 10:13 am

    Aren’t TURTLES candy? Or did you just miss that? 🙂

  • 13. Anthony Biondo  |  November 16, 2009 at 9:24 pm

    For sure Mounds are the worst ever. I think I cried when I got some one year.


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