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They Don’t Make ‘Em Like They Used To: Back When Halloween Candy Was Scary Good

By Meredith Carroll |

Halloween candy

All Halloween candy is not created equal

When I was a kid, there was no such thing as peanut allergies. Everyone consumed gluten (particularly since no one knew what it was) and “vegan” wasn’t in any dictionary. Eating meat was something all people did (unless you were a relic from the ’60s, in which case we didn’t know you existed anyway because you lived far away on some kind of a commune, or in Oregon).

Which is why Halloween was that much better back then. No one had to tiptoe around special dietary needs. Sugar wasn’t the enemy. In fact, it was every kid’s best friend. Particularly when it was served in straws (hello, Pixy Stix!).

Take a stroll down memory lane and revisit the candy that made Halloweens of yore so much better than it is today (and also be reminded of some of the “treats” that kids dreaded having dropped into their plastic jack-o’-lanterns):

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Halloween Like It Was Meant to Be: Full of (Mostly) Good Treats

Red-Free M&M's

Yes, it has been years since the M&M’s folks removed the alleged harmful dye from the red ones. But admit it — you still think about it nearly every time you pop one of the devil-colored ones into your mouth. They just don’t taste as good. When I was a kid, there were no red M&M’s in the bag. Or blue ones. It was just classic brown, orange, yellow and green. The way it was meant to be.

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About Meredith Carroll

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Meredith Carroll

Meredith C. Carroll is an award-winning columnist and writer based in Aspen, Colorado. She can be found regularly on the Op-Ed page of The Denver Post. From 2005-2012 her other column, "Meredith Pro Tem" ran in several newspapers, as well as occasionally on The Huffington Post since 2009. Read more about her (or don’t, whatever) at her website. Read bio and latest posts → Read Meredith's latest posts →

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