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The 25 Greatest Halloween Candies: Is Your Fave on the List?

Image credit: Evan-Amos

Coming home and sorting your candy into “good candy” and “bad candy” and then making swaps with your siblings who have inexplicably strange taste in candy is one of the great joys of Halloween. It’s made even better when almost all the candy goes into the “good pile.” Here are 25 candies that should be in your giveaway bowl this year.

For our round-up of the worst candy, click here. For the grossest candy, click here.


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  • Candy Corn 1 of 25
    Candy Corn
    Interesting fact: Candy corn are the only candy to make our 25 worst and 25 best candies list. Another interesting fact: they contain neither candy nor corn. Love them or hate them, candy corn is the ultimate Halloween candy.
    Image credit: Candy Corn, photo by Evan-Amos
  • M&Ms 2 of 25
    Let's face it, they probably overstated the importance of not melting in your hand. When was the last time you had a candy melt between the package and your mouth? Still, an outstanding candy.
    Image credit: M&M's, photo by Evan-Amos
  • Sugar Daddy 3 of 25
    Sugar Daddy
    Sugar Daddies are a good candy in spite of the fact that the name refers to a man who gives gifts to a younger person in exchange for a sexual relationship. Actually, maybe don't give these out this Halloween.
    Image credit: Sugar Daddy, photo by Evan-Amos
  • Charleston Chews 4 of 25
    Charleston Chews
    I know what you're wondering--Charleston, South Carolina or Charleston, West Virginia? Neither, it's named after the dance for some reason.
    Image credit: Charleston Chew, photo by Evan-Amos
  • Junior Mints 5 of 25
    Junior Mints
    These are the best to get in any non-movie theater situation because they make you feel like you're at a movie theater.
    Image credit: Junior Mints, photo by Evan-Amos
  • Rolo 6 of 25
    Who needs a candy bar when you have these bite-sized bits of heaven. And, as their name implies, you get a whole roll of them.
    Image credit: Rolo, photo by Evan-Amos
  • Skittles 7 of 25
    Skittles are delicious. Also, telling your kids to "taste the rainbow," is an excellent way to introduce them to psychedelia.
    Image credit: Skittles, photo by Acdx
  • Twizzlers 8 of 25
    Just like licorice, but instead of troublesome black licorice, they're strawberry flavored. And everybody like strawberries.
    Image credit: Strawberry Twizzlers, photo by Evan-Amos
  • Atomic Fireball 9 of 25
    Atomic Fireball
    One of the few candies to be cinnamon flavored, Atomic Fireballs are a bit unwieldy, especially if you get a spicy one. They're hard to eat, and that's half the fun. The other half is red drool.
    Image credit: Atomic Fireball
  • Butterfinger 10 of 25
    Early marketing for this candy involved dropping candy bars over major US cities. Thing have really changed, haven't they?
    Image credit: Butterfinger candy bar, photo by Evan-Amos
  • Caramel Cream 11 of 25
    Caramel Cream
    The cream is like the filling of an Oreo and it goes with the caramel fantastically. In fact, it's a surprise this filling isn't used in more confections.
    Image: Goetze's Candy Company Caramel Cream
  • Nerds 12 of 25
    Nerds look like they're the byproducts of the production of some sort of larger fruit-flavored candy. But they're not about looks, they're about packing a lot of fruit flavor into a tiny candy.
    Image credit: Nerds candy
  • Nestle Crunch 13 of 25
    Nestle Crunch
    Puffed rice surrounded by creamy chocolate--what's not to like?
    Image credit: Nestle Crunch, photo by Evan-Amos
  • Runts 14 of 25
    These fruit-shaped candies are at once tangy, fruity, and creamy. Swoon.
    Image credit: Runts
  • Pixy Stix 15 of 25
    Pixy Stix
    Pixy Stix don't mess around--just open up the tube and pour the sugar down the hatch.
    Image credit: Pixy Stix
  • Reeses Peanut Butter Cups 16 of 25
    Reeses Peanut Butter Cups
    Reese's Peanut Butter Cups are not only a fantastic candy, they also coined "Two great tastes that taste great together."
    Image credit: Reese's Peanut Butter Cups, photo by Evan-Amos
  • Heath 17 of 25
    This has got to be the weirdest name for a candy bar (and there are plenty of weird names for candy bars). Why "Heath" and not, say, "Reginald?"
    Image credit: Heath, photo by Evan-Amos
  • Milky Way 18 of 25
    Milky Way
    Malt nougat, caramel, and chocolate. Named not after your favorite galaxy, but a popular milkshake flavor of the 1920's.
    Image credit: Milk Way, photo by Evan-Amos
  • Smarties 19 of 25
    Like candy corn, these are loved by some, hated by others. Either way, they won't really make you smarter.
    Image credit: Smarties
  • Snickers 20 of 25
    I'd wager that if you took a poll, this would come out as America's favorite candy bar. And I wouldn't argue with that.
    Image credit: Snickers, photo by Evan-Amos
  • Twix 21 of 25
    A favorite of all children because there's two of them. It doesn't matter that it's the same total amount of candy, there's two of them!
    Image credit: Twix, photo by Evan-Amos
  • Whoppers 22 of 25
    So many candies are variations on the same ingredients--chocolate, caramel, nougat, etc.--it's refreshing to see candy that breaks out with some different tastes and textures. Also, these remind me of the pill Billy Crystal uses to revive Wesley after the Pit of Despair.
    Image credit: Whoppers, photo by Scott Ehardt.
  • Wint-O-Green Lifesavers 23 of 25
    Wint-O-Green Lifesavers
    No kid gets tired of using these to make a spark. No adult does either.
    Image credit: Life Savers logo
  • Tootsie Pop 24 of 25
    Tootsie Pop
    We're on the record as Tootsie Roll haters. Tootsie Pops, though, that's another matter. My favorite is the orange flavor.
    Image credit: Tootsie Pops, photo by Gilabrand
  • 100 Grand 25 of 25
    100 Grand
    While not as good as actually being given $100,000, these bars with chocolate, puffed rice, and caramel are a beloved Halloween favorite.
    Image credit: 100 Grand, photo by Evan-Amos

Didn’t find your fave on the list? Leave a comment and let us know. Happy Halloween!

Not a fan of sweets? Try these 20 candy-free alternatives for Halloween!

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