Coming up with the perfect trick or treat candy to give away to the local kids is real hard; I’ve spent hours poring over how one candy complements another, how some kids like other candies more than others, how some kids might be watching their weight. In the end, I usually eat all the trick or treat candy I buy while watching some horror movies. Treat for Alan, trick for all the other kids. Ha!
Erm…yeah, so I guess what I’m trying to say is that I’ve got experience in what kind of candy goes down well with trick or treaters; especially American candy. Here’s a list of the candies you should consider essential this year if you don’t wanna end up with a house covered in eggs and TP.
Halloween candy is all about mixing quality with quantity; a candy bar is all well and good, but if you’ve only got one then you’re gonna have a lot of sad (and probably angry) kids. Milk Duds are the perfect mix of quality and quantity, and a couple of packs should be enough to feed the local kids AND give yourself a little treat at the end of the night. Sweet!
The mama of all penny sweets (alright, so they actually cost 19p), no Halloween is complete without Tootsie Rolls. The copious amounts of Rolls I consumed while dressed as a ghost when I was a child have made me the man I am today – you owe it to future generations to pass down this delectable treat!
Fun Size Baby Ruth
Again, Fun Size Baby Ruths fulfil the two key criteria for any good trick or treat candy, quality and quantity. Plus, as they’re so small, you can pretend you’re a giant eating a normal sized Baby Ruth bar.
York Peppermint Patties
This selection’s a bit leftfield but there is method behind my madness (although Peppermint Patties are ridiculously good, so I’m not sure if picking them could be described as madness). York Peppermint Patties are the candy of choice for the health conscious, a low fat treat that tastes great AND will put you in the good graces of overly-concerned parents everywhere. Thanks, Peppermint Patties!
Peanut Butter Whoppers
Reese’s Pieces would be a great Halloween candy but they fall into the trap of being way too small – a greedy trick or treater with big hands (not me) could easily reach into the bowl and grab more than his fair share, leaving the rest of the neighbourhood kids upset (again, this isn’t from experience).
Peanut Butter Whoppers are the next best thing, combining malted milk candy with that unmistakable Reese’s peanut butter flavor.
Jolly Rancher Awesome Twosomes
Jolly Rancher’s are great and all, but Awesome Twosomes are my Halloween candy of choice purely because they look a tiny bit like bugs that have been bitten in half by a hungry zombie or one of those celebrities who gets sent to live in the Jungle as punishment for being lame once a year (that is why they go, right?). Gruesome!
The staple of any Halloween candy stash, folks! Candy Corn, in case you wondering and I know a lot of y’all do, is basically sugar, corn syrup, an edible wax, fondant and marshmallow all mixed together then coloured and shaped to look like kernels of, well, corn!
More importantly, they’re absolutely de-licious and no Halloween would be complete without candy corn. Funny thing is, I bet nobody could tell you WHY! But who cares, right?
Mike and Ike Vampire Variety / Mummy Mix
These might be new this year, I for sure don’t remember seeing them before! But it’s Mike and Ike, so they’re bound to be good. What you get here is basically chewy fruit candy in a variety of flavours, depending on the box you choose, Vampire Variety or Mummy Mix (heck, just get both, I know I am!).
To tell you the truth, it’s not so much the candy I’m interested in (yeah, right, Alan! – AS) but the boxes. The one above is the Vampire Variety and it’s COOL! You have to get y’all some of this this Halloween!
So those are the candies I’d consider essential for any good trick or treat collection. Any you think I’ve missed? Let me know on Twitter @AStoneHCO, on Facebook or by leaving a comment below. ‘Til next time, Stoneites!