I didn’t Trick-or-Treat as a kid. We did church Hallelujah nights, Trunk-or-Treating, that sort of thing – although at least I was allowed to dress up. But what those events always had in ample supply was the good stuffy – candy!
What kid doesn’t love to fill a bag full of chocolately goodness and take it home to gorge on?
Well, I guess that kid was me.
I never ate tons of candy on Halloween night – or the day after. I liked to save my candy and allow it to last as long as possible. I would hide it in my closet, eating one – perhaps two – pieces each day, loving the knowledge that my little brother had run out of his own stash by November 1st, but I was well on my way to enjoying candy until our Christmas stockings were stuffed! (Him stealing my hoard is another matter, entirely).
As I mentioned above, my favorites were of the chocolate variety. And they still are!
Now that I’m all grown up and get to pass out the candy myself, I want to make sure that my house has the good stuff. After much thought and a little research I’ve found that there is a hierarchy to Halloween candy, and you can be sure I’m going to pass out the goodies that top the list!
Top Tier – Known as the “Big 5”
- Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups
- Kit Kat
- Peanut M&Ms
Second Tier – Other Chocolately Goodness
- Milky Way
- Three Muskateer
- Almond Joys
Third Tier – Unappreciated Chocolates
- Baby Ruth
- Reese’s Pieces
- 100 Grand
- Anything else resembling Chocolate
Fourth Tier – Fruit All Stars
Bottom Rung – Hard to Chew and A bit Outdated
- Milk Duds
- Now n’Laters
- Tootsie Rolls
- “Peanut Butter” confections wrapped in wax paper
Have I left anything out? There are obviously more Bottom Rung candies that I haven’t mentioned. These can’t even be deemed worthy to me. Smarties? Lollipops? How can these possibly compare with CHOCOLATE?!
Now that I’ve talked about all this, I think I’ll go and try to find something a bit more Primal in my Pantry…Dark Chocolate and Almond Butter, anyone?