The candy to choose for your trick-or-treaters
By Brittney MacDonald, Life & Style Editor
With my last “Listed” addressing what kind of candy you definitely don’t want to buy for all those tots knocking on your door this Halloween, I thought it might be prudent to offer up a couple of examples of good Halloween candy. This is the kind of stuff that will have kids racing to your porch, but that you also won’t mind eating when you’re stuck with all the leftovers.
- Caramilk bars. They’re always the ones that get eaten first out of the Halloween stash, so you know they’re good.
- Reese’s Pieces. These candies literally are the colours of Halloween (if you replace black with brown). Plus they taste like sugary peanut butter. That’s kind of a protein, so you can pretend they’re good for you.
- They’re not the best tasting candy, but anything that comes in a box is Halloween gold. And they’re not available in the United States, so they’re totally patriotic.
- Remember what I said about boxes? Not only do Nerds come in boxes, but they come in a fancy box with a weird opening that no one has the patience to deal with. That makes them better—I don’t know why.
- Tiny, colourful, and capable of putting you in a sugar coma all on their own.
- Nothing beats the mystery of wondering what two flavours you got. All that hope for a red or maybe a tasty pink, only to find that some asshat packed two yellow ones together. Nobody likes lemon; it shouldn’t even be an option.
- Peanut M&Ms. Let’s face it, the only thing that would make anyone pick M&M’s over Smarties, is the fact that an M&M might also contain a peanut. They’re delicious, and the bane of kids with food based allergies, meaning that if you hand them out, there’s a good chance you won’t have to give them to every kid, so there will be more for you at the end of the night.
- Swedish Berries. Has ever a gummy candy been more perfect? I’m assuming not, because as a kid I never got to eat my Swedish Berries—my older sisters always stole them. Now you have the chance to bring that experience of sibling dysfunction to a whole new generation of trick-or-treaters, and isn’t that what the joy of childhood is all about?
- Okay, technically they’re not candy, but believe me, all that cheesy synthetic goodness will be a welcome change for any kid after they’ve eaten their ninth chocolate bar.
- Blow Pops. Everyone loves candy, and nothing makes candy better than candy inception!