Monty's Top 10 Halloween Candies!
Well, I was kickin' back, rewatching The Walking Dead and Videodrome and munching on some selections from my bowl of Halloween treats last night, when I realized I should really do an article about this. I mean, it's important! So, here it is! My top ten favorite Halloween candies, both from the ol' trick 'r treat bags of my childhood and today's, "This is the candy bowl for us, the one for the trick or treaters is over there." Yeah, the one for the trick or treaters has tootsie roll midgees or orange and black paper Mary Jane's, depending on what I get the best deal on. Hey, when I'm rich, they'll get the good candy too.
Okay, so, let's get started, and this is going to be a countdown. Don't get offended either, these are MY personal favorites. However, you are more than welcome to share your own in the comments section. In fact, I'd love to discuss them with you! Also, keep in mind that I hate putting favorites in a particular order. Possibly, some of these would float back and forth when it comes to order, but generally, this is a solid list. This is mostly about recent years too. I mean, I don't get the variety I would if I was still going trick or treating. If my memory was better, there'd probably be a few honorable mentions, like Jolly Ranchers, which are also great.
First up, this one is sort of a tribute, folks. In fact, it's such a tribute that I had to create this piece of artwork above from scratch! These were a favorite of mine in my trick or treating days, and they may still be around today, but for the life of me, I couldn't find a single image of any online, so I had to do this piece of art very quickly, entirely in Photoshop and entirely based on memory. Looking at them now, I think maybe the white, printed on faces of the Jack O'Lanterns were maybe a bit more oval like, maybe not, but I think they probably DID have Jack O'Lantern teeth. I kept trying to remember if they did or didn't, and decided they didn't, but I'm having definite second thoughts now. Anyway, these were cheap, buy a bunch at once at a place like Wallgreen's kinda lollipops, and I think they were connected by their plastic coverings when you bought them, like a string cheese or a string of sausages. They were orange and translucent, and the faces on them were printed on the candy in white. They tasted like typical translucent, orange, hard candies, but I really loved these.
9. Black Forest Gummy Vampires and Werewolves
This is a new discovery for me. I don't get gummies too often. Honestly, I'm a chocolate guy. However, I don't hate 'em, and when they're this cool, you gotta love 'em! I found these at Target in a bag that contains both types. Love the werewolf shapes, naturally, but the vampire ones are particularly good because they have that juicy "ooze" inside. It's not overwhelming or anything, it's nothing like that awesome Tidal Wave gum (remember that?), it's just a slightly noticeable bit of juice you get when you bite into them, but it's still cool! If someone you love requests gummies in the candy bowl, which is why I bought them, these are highly recommended.
8. Brach's Autumn Mix Candy Corn
Again, I don't usually get these, but I'm glad I did this year! I always forget how good they are! Actually, I was introduced to the pumpkin ones sometime last year, I think, and they're extra good! Someone finally pinpointed for me what the flavor of candy corn is similar to recently. Vanilla frosting! Well, not always vanilla. For example, the brown ones have a chocolaty taste. Anyway, I recommend the Brach's Autumn Mix so you get all three of these kinds. Great stuff and very festive and traditional! Better to put these in a serving dish of some kind though, as the individual serving bags for trick or treaters are plain, clear plastic and not that attractive looking. Oh, by the way, have you seen the special Disney Villain gourmet candy corn packages around? I'm really curious to try those. They are more unusual flavors though, and it would be terrible to pay so much for candy corn when you might not like the taste.
7. Butterfinger Fun Size Bars
As I said though, I'm mainly a chocolate guy, so I love the fun size/snack size candy bars on Halloween! Though I love Butterfinger, I don't often get them for Halloween, hence this early position on the list compared to the other chocolate bars, but someone else recently requested them, so I'll have to pick some up. They're delicious, but they do a number on your teeth. More than the other candies, I mean, ha.
6. Kit Kat Snack Size Bars (almost a tie with Mr. Goodbar)
Kit Kats are a great candy that add some nice variety to the candy bowl; both the candy itself and the red wrapping. I do love to get a nice variety of colors in there. Mr. Goodbar is equally delicious in a different way, but another inclusion I'll mention later adds ENOUGH yellow to the candy bowl, and while I love Goodbar, I don't tend to miss it if I have this other stuff. Kit Kats are more unique (chocolate covered wafers with something interesting and yummy in-between them), and I'm not the only one who enjoys them.
5. Almond Joy Snack Size Bars
Almond Joys are very sweet, but very delicious and very different from most candies with their tropical ingredient, coconut! The almonds balance out the extreme sweetness just enough though. So glad I started including these in the candy bowl last year along with Kit Kats. But they go fast! Everyone loves 'em and I don't think they put too many in these bags, ha.
4. Rice Krispies Treats
These are a huge favorite of mine, and yet I forgot to get them this year. I don't know if they truly could be called "candy" though. What are they? Cookies? I don't know. For the purposes of this list, we'll call them candy. I THINK they sell them in a sort of "fun size" for trick or treaters, too. I've really gotta pick some up! Along with gummies, they break up all the chocolate in my candy bowl, ha.
3. M&M's Fun Size Bags
M&M's are an old fave we always had around for the candy-centric holidays, and usually it was the peanut kind (we sometimes would get almond ones at Christmas and Easter). There's not much you can say about these classics. They're colorful, delicious, they melt in your mouth but not in your hand, all that good stuff. I'm also a big fan of Reese's Pieces, but on Halloween we go a bit more traditional with the peanut butter candy. More on that later.
2. Snickers Fun Size Bars
I'll admit, when I eat Snickers, my teeth literally hurt, but darn they're good! These guys have it all! Chocolate, caramel, peanuts, and, well, what IS nougat anyway? Pretty sure that's what has always made my teeth hurt. Not a huge fan of nougat, Three Musketeers and Milky Way are definitely desperation candies in my book, but with Snickers it manages to work. Definitely the candy that eats like a meal. Not that you don't want more than one, but certainly the "meatiest" of the candy bars I'm aware of, and totally delicious!
1. Reese's Peanut Butter Cups
And now, the number one, MUST-HAVE Halloween candy, Reese's Peanut Butter cups! Don't bother with ones shaped like pumpkins or whatever, save specialty versions for Christmas and Easter. The traditional ones are perfect for Halloween in the classic orange, brown, and yellow wrappers! The bagged ones are a little smaller than when you buy them in the individual packages, but they sure look great in the candy bowl! Wish they still sold the "crunchy" variety too though (I think you can still find them on rare occasions), but these are the must-have version anyway. Gotta love that commercial with the vampire voice, "I like to eat the peanut butter first!" -shot of a hollowed out Reese's with two holes in the chocolate- Only problem with Reese's is that they are a thousand times better out of the refrigerator, but you can't keep your candy bowl in the fridge, it's an essential part of the decor! Happy Halloween!