Monday, October 31, 2011

The Best and Worst Halloween Candy

It’s that time of year again – time to feed sugar to the little monsters and princesses and super heroes and hobos who come a’ringin’ your door bell. 

True, some people don’t give out Halloween candy. Some people are like the dentist who used to live in my neighborhood who handed out toothbrushes. And, some people are like the dentist’s next door neighbor who handed out pumpkin-shaped erasers. And some people don’t turn on their porch lights and sit in their basements watching T.V. so as not to be bothered by the little darlings. But, you are not those people, are you?

If you give out toothbrushes or erasers, I am awed by your treat-giving integrity – something I do not have on Halloween. And as much fun as it was trick or treating as a kid, it is much more fun, in my opinion, handing out the treats. It’s warmer, for one, and you get to pick your treats –meaning you will like the leftovers.

This year I’m giving out mini 3 Musketeer, Snickers and Milky Way Midnight bars. And I’m sure hoping there are some leftovers, not to mention being secretly relieved I will never again have to eat those icky black and orange wrapped peanut butter things or nasty bit-o-honeys as long as I live. Remember those burnt orange globs that looked like spiky raspberries (but tasted like burnt orange)? Or the candy cigarettes that tasted like damp chalk? And don’t get me started on black licorice (yuck) or those gummy Dots. Worst candy of all? Those wafer things that all taste the same (pressed powder with a fake-sugar aftertaste).  Extra double gag to the black licorice wafer things which taste worse than any of the other wafer things and make regular black licorice seem okay.

What are you giving out to trick-or-treaters this year?  Do you have an old favorite standby candy?  What was your least favorite Halloween treat?


  1. Ugh, some of that Halloween candy is just gross. It's terrible what some people think are tasty candy selections. Things like Almond Joys, or Mounds bars, even Milk Duds just do not appeal to me. Thank goodness my Mom loves all of those and she would eat all of them for me so I wouldn't have to. Good choice on the candy selection this year though. I think your kids will approve. :)

  2. Thanks -- I did have one trick-or-treater say, "This is my kind of house," when she saw my bowl of pickings. I try not to traumatize!

    I will take your Milk Duds, though. Oh, and the Mounds, too. (But you will have to still give your mom the Almond Joys, I'm afraid.)

  3. I agree with some of your dislikes: candy cigarettes, licorice, Dots, and I would add candy corn, gummy bears or worms, and those dots on sheets of paper. Yuk!

  4. So many people don't like candy corn, it seems! I don't mind the corn . . . but those pumpkins and "bigger" versions of the candy corn are too much. The other day, in our faculty lounge, we spied a bag of pumpkin-flavored marshmallows. They did not look good -- sort of a beige-pale orange color and in the shape of pumpkins. Needless to say, we all passed on them.