Halloween is a time for spooks, scares, and sugar! Today, I’m ranking all the classic Halloween, trick-or-treat candies to finally determine which one is the best of the best. Now, you may be wondering what methods I’m using to maintain objectivity during this experiment. And I’m here to tell you none—I’m using only my taste buds and the optimal level of subjectivity to put together this list. Let me know what you think in the comments section below!
Don’t argue with me on this. We both know these chocolates aren’t good. Don’t serve them. Don’t even buy them. I’m doing you a favor.
#9. Candy Corn
I feel a little bad putting the staple Halloween candy so low on this list. And I know some of you might absolutely love munching on a bag of candy corn during the Halloween season. But they’re not good. Candy corn has a strange, coarse texture and a paper-like taste. It’s not a treat; it’s a trick. They don’t even stock the shelves with it any other time of the year. That in itself should tell you how bad they are.
#8. Anything Sugar-Free/Not Candy
Listen, I get it. You want to be health conscious and teach the local neighborhood kids that there are other dessert options out there that don’t involve sugar spikes. But Halloween is not the time to do it. You have to indulge in a sweet treat every once in a while. So put away the celery sticks and break out the lollipops!
If you’re absolutely set on not having any candy options, try to find the best of both worlds with chocolate-covered pretzels or chocolate granola bars and mixes.
#7. Almond Joy & Mounds
A big bite of an Almond Joy or Mounds bar always leaves you wanting. It’s different, I’ll admit, making good use of a sweet alternative like coconut. But for those of you who aren’t coconut fans or those of you who simply want more chocolate in your chocolate bars, you’ll want to skip an Almond Joy or Mounds bar altogether.
I’m not a fan of peanut butter or nuts in my chocolate, but much better options exist out there—including Snickers, Peanut M&Ms, and the classic crowd favorite, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups.
#6. Life Savers Gummies
An unpopular, halfway decent gummy-based candy option, I wouldn’t be upset to get this in my trick-or-treat bucket at the end of the night. Unfortunately, it’s closer to the bottom half of my list because there’s just a bevy of better options for gummy candies. Sour Patch Kids and Airheads are just two candies packed with a ton more flavor than a Life Savors Gummy.
Nerds are appealing because they’re different from your typical candy “bar.” You can dump a bunch in your mouth and get a whole host of complimentary sugary and fruity flavors. It’s easy to take your time eating a box as well—not that you’re going to want to. Nerds are middle-of-the-road for me, however, because it’s easy to loose track and make a mess or those little pieces.
#4. Hershey’s Chocolate Bars
There are so many chocolate options out there. And a Hershey’s bar is certainly not the best. But there are a ton of flavor options, so they’ll surely be something for even the pickiest of eaters. And they’re a “everyday man’s” chocolate—cheap and easy to find. You can even take your time with a full chocolate bar or pop a kiss in for a quick snack. Many points for convenience here.
Fancier options include Ghirardelli or Lindt.
I’m a long-standing fan of the Twix bar. The graham cracker texture and harmonious mix or caramel and chocolate make this treat a must-have for your Halloween trick-or-treat giveaways. It’s also the best “more than just chocolate” option without peanuts or peanut butter mixed in.
Left Twix or Right Twix? Pick a side in the comments section below!
Skittles are arguably the best non-chocolate option. I know what I said about the possible mess that comes with candy “pieces,” but I feel like Skittles are large enough not to be easily misplaced. Every piece also clearly displays a different flavor, which you don’t get with a candy like Nerds.
My ultimate choice for a Halloween chocolate treat. Kit-Kats are easy to find at your local grocery store. They come in full sized, King sized, or even mini sized bars. And they balance the best of both worlds—sweet milk chocolate layered around and in-between soft-crunch wafers. Perfection.
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