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 Sudbury Farms or 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?

Robert Fucci (Editor) October 31, 2012 at 06:11 PM
We had a friend whose father worked at the old Hostess plant by the Natick Mall. We hit his house at least four times a night because his dad would hand out Ring Dings, Devil Dogs, Suzi-Q's, Twinkies, etc. All-time fav easily the Suzi-Q!
Robert Fucci (Editor) October 31, 2012 at 06:55 PM
Actually 27 pounds lighter since Jan. 1 Mr. Stein ... Plan to celebrate with a couple of snacks ... Wouldn't be prudent to pass on celebrating the holiday with the kids :-)
joanne October 31, 2012 at 06:59 PM
Milky Way Simply caramel!
joanne October 31, 2012 at 07:00 PM
You have to be a good parent and join in the fun- oh and check through the kids candy! Take out any that may look......suspicious ;)
Abby Jordan (Editor) October 31, 2012 at 09:32 PM
Rob, sounds like you hit the jackpot as a kid! Joanne, very good idea...
Paula Mackenzi November 01, 2012 at 12:00 AM
Rob - I was a Hostess Snowball lover (still am except I can't eat the pink ones anymore - it's a visual thing - I prefer the purple and orange ones (seasonal). all time fav Halloween candy? Junior mints. they went from my trick o' treat bag and straight into the freezer. YUM! And funny how these same boxes of candy just disappear from my kid's bag and end up (hidden) in my freezer. Can't figure that out - huh.


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