Patch Picks: Favorite Halloween Candy

Happy Halloween!

Since today is Halloween, there's no better topic to turn to than... candy.

I inherited a sweet tooth from both my grandmothers. Nana always had a white porcelain candy jar in her hutch, and a glass bowl on the coffee table, hiding treats like mini Reese's cups or dark chocolates. Grandma loved hard candies — suckers — but also had a tin of Snickers, Milky Way and other chocolate treats on hand.

So today I thank both of them for my love of candy!

As a kid, trick or treating was exciting and fun, but perhaps the best part was getting home after and sitting at the kitchen table with my sister to sort and count our bounty. There were trades made, raisins given to my mom and tins stacked with mini candy bars to be rationed out over the coming weeks.

It's hard to pick just five favorite Halloween trick or treat staples, but here goes:

  • M&Ms: Always a favorite of mine. I love peanut M&Ms, but due to their size, there are fewer than in a fun sized pack of plain M&Ms. But I've never seen an M&M I don't like, especially with all the fun flavors now made.
  • Candy corn: I like biting off each colored layer, starting with the white tip, and making my way down the kernel. The candy corns that end with a chocolate layer are wonderful, and I'm also quite fond of the pumpkins.
  • Snickers: A classic. Chocolate, nougat, peanuts, caramel. What's not to love?
  • Crunch: I wasn't always a fan of these when I was younger, but came around to the delicious chocolate and crisp rice combo later in life.
  • Charleston Chew: These were a staple of my Halloween bags of yore. Chewy and elastic provided for a fun eating experience. And frozen Charleston Chews are a pleasant treat as well.

I still need to hit the store to buy candy to hand out. Bought any earlier in the week or month, Halloween candy would stand no chance of making it to Oct. 31. There's still a chance it won't make it to 6 p.m. If you're still needing to pick up candy, I bet Shaws still has a supply left.

I know there are many other candies I left off the list. Tell me, what's your favorite Halloween candy? What are you hoping to rob from your kid's stash? And kids, what do you hope your neighbors are handing out?

Kathleen Surdan October 31, 2012 at 05:32 PM
My husband's dad worked for M & M Mars when my husband was growing up, so we do not hand out other company's candy. I have two boxes of full-sized Milky Way, Snickers, etc. here--that's what we hand out. Got them at Costco and told my kids not to open them! So far the trick or treaters are safe. The only issue we have is that the little ghouls look at us funny when we tell them to take only one candy bar...but the parents get it.
Local Table October 31, 2012 at 06:16 PM
Remember homemade caramel apple wedges? Popcorn balls? Home baked devil's food cupcakes covered with creamy orange frosting & sprinkles? I am so old I got these as Halloween treats back in my 'hood in Boston, along with my favorite back then, a large Hershey's milk chocolate with almonds candy bar.
Abby Jordan (Editor) October 31, 2012 at 09:28 PM
Kathleen, good work getting the kids not to eat the candy in advance! Local Table - mmm, those cupcakes sound delicious. I wonder if people still give out as many homemade treats as back then?
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