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such a nasty woman | by maryann johanson

question of the weekend: What’s your favorite Halloween candy?

I’m not talking about the fancy stuff: your boxes of Godiva, your Leonidas, your Lindt truffles. I’m talking about the kind of cheap sweets that get thrown into treat-or-treat goodie bags:

What’s your favorite Halloween candy?

I never liked anything that wasn’t chocolate. Candy corn? Disgusting. Bit-O-Honey? Yuck. I never liked all the chocolates either, but I loved Three Musketeers, which remained a favorite of mine till well into adulthood. I had one again recently — Sony held a press event for Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs at Dylan’s Candy Bar in Manhattan a while back, at which we could have stuffed our faces with as much candy as we liked. I had a mini Three Musketeers, and it reminded me why, if I’m gonna have some chocolate these days, I make sure it’s really good chocolate, not the junky kind: it was too sweet and too cloying and not very satisfying, as a chocolate experience.

The junk candy I will still eat today, once in a while: Hershey’s Kisses. But I can’t have them in the house, or I’ll eat the whole bag.

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  • amanohyo

    Most Favorite:

    1. Mini Reeses Peanut Butter Cups
    2. Mounds
    3. Nestle Crunch
    4. KitKat
    5. Hershey’s Dark Chocolate

    Least Favorite:

    1. Pixie Stix
    2. Nerds
    3. Butterfinger
    4. Skittles
    5. Starburst

  • Kimberly

    what, no jelly babies?

  • Bill

    best – Reeses Peanut Butter Cups.
    honorable mention – Mini Reeses Peanut Butter Cups

    worst – Candy Corn

  • Accounting Ninja

    Mmm! Me next, me next! :)
    I love chocolate, but I also love sugary candy! What I don’t like so much (that everybody else seems to) are the peanut butter-y candies. So, using amanohyo’s structure:
    Most Favorite:
    1. Kit Kat
    2. Almond Joy
    3. Smarties
    4. Milky Way
    5. Nerds
    Least Favorite:
    1. Tootsie Rolls
    2. Lollipops (except blow pops, those rule!)
    3. Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups
    4. Butterfinger
    5. Lifesavers or Jolly Ranchers (fruit flavored hard candy= meh.)

  • i also loved the Milky Ways, mini-Mounds bars, tootsie rolls and Crunch… and Necco wafers, but only the chocolate ones. and Kisses, of course.

    hated Candy Corn (that was invented to be strictly a decoration, i think!), root beer barrels (my dad always got those, so we took them anyway), MaryJanes and anything with nuts — even chocolate.

    nowadays… i pretty much wouldn’t eat any of that on a bet, except the dark chocolate kisses, and even their a bit of a disappointment when even a middling decent chocolate (Lindt or Giradelli) is fairly inexpensive. a box of Godivas or a sampling from Leonides though — all dark chocolate these days — that’s heaven! i suspect no one is going to put those in my trick-or-treat bag, though.

  • RyanT

    Snickers, M&Ms, Nerds, and Kit Kat

  • Mimi

    Take 5 bars. That was all that was left at the grocery store Halloween morning a couple years ago, when I realized I hadn’t gotten any candy, and I stocked up and soon realized the years before Take 5 came into my life were bleak ones indeed. Of course, now I can’t find them this year. Sigh.

    I also like the more pedestrian Snickers.

  • Joanne

    Being British, I’ve never really been into Halloween sweets – but I do like bonfire toffee, which is hard and tastes of black treacle, slightly bitter as well as sweet. Utterly wonderful. Wrecks your teeth.

  • tomservo

    I’ve always been partial to Smarties and chewy Spree.

  • JoshDM

    What the hell with all the hate for Candy Corn? You people just have to eat it the right way. White, then yellow then orange.

  • JoshB

    Anything that has chocolate but lacks coconut is good with me. Mounds and Almond Joy make me gag.

    How can you possibly hate candy corn? You’re all dead to me.

  • Chocolate was tops on my list too: Cadbury and Nestle mini-bars were the best, followed by Hershey’s; especially Special Darks, Kisses and and Krackle bars. Strawberry Twizzlers were also a welcome bonus, mostly because they were rare. After that came the Kraft Caramels, Butterscotch, Rockets and Candy Corn, then the Citrus-flavored suckers and Starburst chews.

    The least favorites were anything Tootsie, Gummy, Mint, or Grape. I used to give the “Halloween kisses” (A nondescript store-brand toffeeish candy) to Dad, and the Tootsie Rolls to Mom, along with her favorite, Rockets.

    My parents always used to steal a good sized handful of candies which they said “Didn’t look safe”, with a wink.

  • Kim

    I’m English, so we don’t do halloween sweets that much. But this time of year is always associated with toffee apples eaten by the 5th November bonfire for me – yum! I don’t have a sweet tooth in general but I have a weakness for those deliciously revolting fizzy cola bottles. I really really don’t like Fruit Gums – they taste of chemicals and they get stuck in your teeth and the packaging is too similar to Fruit Pastilles (which I do like) so that occasionally I pick up the wrong things and it makes me very very stroppy!

  • Mark

    ‘I’m English, so we don’t do halloween sweets that much’

    Where in England do you live?!!

    We’ve had about 50 callers at our house tonight.All feasting into a huge bowl of sweets supplied by the generous house owners!;-).

  • Kim

    I didn’t mean the trick-or-treating, I meant special Halloween sweets that they seem to have over in the States like Candy Corn (although I have no idea what that may be!)

  • Anne-Kari

    Candy corn. I know, it’s gross, and the rest of the year I hate it. But on Halloween I love it. Go figure.

  • JoshDM

    I gave out comic books tonight like I’ve done for the last 8 years. Big hit every year.

  • He says, She says

    Oooh definately the Cadbury chocolate bars, M&Ms, Maltesers,Chocolate coins,….I could go on for a while.
    I remember liking Haribo sweets, but absolutely despise them now.

  • Guido

    Count me among the seasonal candy corn lovers. However (and it’s a big butt), too much will kill.

  • Tim1974

    Most favorite:
    1. Snickers
    2. Kit Kats
    3. Reese Peanut Butter Cups

    Least Favorite:
    1. Snow Caps
    2. Nesco Wafers
    3. Sweet Tarts

  • Mel

    Reeses, both full-size and mini PBCs and Pieces. I’m still pretty fond of Skittles and Starburst, though. When I was a kid, I loved those strawberry hard candies with the soft centers, too.

    Candy corn = vile and disgusting.

  • markyd

    My fav is the 5th avenue bars, but those don’t appear to be readily available anymore.
    100 grand bars, Kit Kats, Reeses anything. Delicious.

    Any type of hard candy is a no go. Suckers, fireballs, runts, etc. Yuck.

    I like candy corn, too. Not sure why, really.

  • Used to love those molasses-y taffy chunks with a peanut butter center until they ruined them. Now, there’s nothing but a sniff of peanut butter in the middle, and the “taffy” has the texture (and flavor) of plastic. But trust me, kiddies–those things were once very tasty!

    I’m with the Joshes on the candy corn, too–white, yellow, orange. Have to have a bag every year. I like the “harvest mix” stuff with the pumpkins and witches and cats made out of the same solidified goo as candy corn, too. Once a year. Then I’m done till next Halloween season–unless I happen to go in a store the day after and find it at a ridiculous discount, the way I did last year.

  • JoshDM

    I avoid the discount candy corn & derivatives; they’re usually stale.

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