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My Favorite Halloween Candies – Then & Now


Halloween is coming and with it come GOBS of CANDY. So much so that the picture above is what is left of Evan’s candy from last Halloween…..yes, almost a full year ago. We keep it in a reusable shopping bag that stays in the cabinet. Out of sight means mostly out of mind. Plus some of that candy has gotten pretty hard after a year in Calgary air….but I digress. Over the years, my sweet tooth has faded. I still love a good chocolate chip cookie but I find myself reaching for candy less and less. A bowl full of gummy candy would have once made me extremely happy but now it just gives me a tummy ache. Regardless, I can still name off my favorite candies without much thought.

(And yes I know candy is bad for you in large amounts and no we don’t gorge on it but I do remember candy from my childhood fondly. So reminisce with me to the days that we didn’t realize that candy would rot our teeth and makes our bums fat, m’kay? Also, no pictures for these because I don’t want to wait 2 1/2 years to get permission from all the different companies AND I don’t want to bring all these treats in to my house because then I would have the aforementioned bum fat issue.)

So, in the spirit of Halloween, here are my favorite classic Halloween candies:

1. Mounds and Almond Joy – Okay. I know they are two different candy bars but they are very similar. I always had a hard time choosing which one to buy because I love the almonds but the dark chocolate was WAY better than the milk chocolate. Either way….super sweet coconut is one of my downfalls. I’m not sure you can even get these in Canada (and NO, Bounty is NOT the same. Ick). “Almond Joy’s got nuts…Mounds don’t”

2. Butterfinger – Crispy, peanut buttery goodness. YUM. “Nobody better lay a finger on my Butterfinger!”

3. Reese’s Cups – I am ashamed to admit that in high school I often ate a Reese’s Cup and a Mountain Dew for breakfast. That is the breakfast of champions right there.

4. Kit Kat – Layers of chocolate and crisp cookie that I can pry apart with my teeth? Yes, please!

5. Zero Bar – I haven’t had one of these white wonders in years. I am pretty sure I couldn’t stand to eat one these days because all that sugar would set my teeth on edge. However, I have fond memories of the caramel, peanut and almond nougat covered with white fudge.

6. Sugar Babies – Little bites of caramel goodness. These sugar bombs were always good for pulling out a filling or two. Really want to give the teeth a workout? Try the Sugar Daddy. (While Googling for the webpage for sugar babies I was a bit appalled to find out that sugar baby is a term used for “A young female or male who is financially pampered/cared for by a sugar daddy orsugar mama in exchange for companionship (i.e. sexual favors)”. What the heck?)

7. Milk Duds – Basically chocolate covered sugar babies, Milk Duds are awesome! My biggest complaint is that the Halloween size boxes only hold two, maybe three Milk duds.

Ok, I must stop now because I’m beginning to crave candy like no body’s business! See any common themes here? Chocolate! Caramel! Peanut Butter! I sure do like the high fat, high sugar stuff don’t I?

I titled my post Then & Now because most of the candies I mention above have not passed my lips in years. Not because I don’t like them, it never occurs to me to eat them. These days my favorite candy is Lindt Touch of Sea Salt Dark Chocolate. Oh my lord is it amazing. A square or two and I am happy as a clam (no, really, I swear I am not lying to you. You can tell because I actually have it in my cabinet to take a picture.)….with a glass of red wine of course.

Lindt Sea Salt Dark Chocolate

So tell me…what are your favorite candies either now or back then?


Monday 21st of October 2013

Caramilk. Hands down my favorite of all time. Then Aero, Aero mint, Mr. Big, MacIntosh toffee, peanut M&Ms, Swedish berries, black liquorish.

Now it`s Lindt peppermint balls. They only come out at Christmas. I work next to the Lindt factory store, so after Christmas I buy them by the box. I am good with just one. My drawer is empty, so I am really looking forward to the season coming up, strictly for the chocolate! :)


Saturday 19th of October 2013

Your US roots are showing, Merry. Growing up on a border town I know some of those glorious chocolate bar brands you mention but they weren't readily available here. Kraft caramels and Reese Peanut Butter Cups are my faves. And I'd never turn away the offer of a tootsie roll or a pack of twizzlers.


Saturday 19th of October 2013

As a kid I remember every Halloween, you had to stop at the Flannagan house because they were the only ones in town that handed out mini Charleston chews, crunchy marshmallow covered in chocolate! It was a big deal in our house and you would bargain half your candy away just to get one!!!! You can still buy them in the large size, but just not the same as when you were a kid!!!


Saturday 19th of October 2013

It's funny how many things just aren't the same as when we were a kid. I often wonder if the products changed or just my taste buds. I think the Flannagan house sounds like a good candy house for sure (that's what we called the houses where they gave out the good stuff instead of those peanut butter taffies).


Saturday 19th of October 2013

PB & chocolate has been a favorite for years, and sadly, hasnt lost its charm for me :)


Saturday 19th of October 2013

Mmmm....peanut butter and chocolate are a match made in heaven.