Being a parent means there is lots of candy in the house over Halloween. I mean lots. And there is nothing wrong with enjoying a little bit of the candy yourself. I mean, who can resist the temptation of all of your childhood favorites, sitting on top of the refrigerator … waiting to be eaten?! I find myself digging into the candy stash at night while enjoying a glass of wine after dinner. In fact, I’ve even taken it so far as to pair candy favorites with wines, and they’re pretty incredible.
Because every year I overbuy treats, I’ve created a list of the best wines to pair with leftover Halloween candy. Cheers!
Peanut Butter Cups + Chardonnay
An oaky, buttery chardonnay is the perfect complement to a smooth, chocolatey peanut butter cup. The higher acid content cuts through the richness of the chocolate.
Twizzlers + Pinot Noir
A delicate pinot noir is just the thing to eat with a bag of Twizzlers. The red fruit flavor matches the Twizzlers, while the acid cuts through the gummy texture. If you really want to make the tasting fun, bite off the ends of the Twizzler and use it as a straw for the wine. You’ll find the flavors marry well.
Snickers + Champagne
A Snickers bar is rich with the flavors of nougat, chocolate, caramel, and nuts. Each bite is decadent and luxurious. To balance out the richness, sip some bubbly champagne. The fruity flavors will play up the caramel and nougat, while the acidity will help cut through the rich textures and flavors.
Candy Corn + Riesling
The sugariest candy deserves the sweetest wine. A late harvest riesling features bright, mature fruit flavors and the most natural residual sugar of all wines. It is ideal for sipping while nibbling on candy corn since the sugary flavors are so similar. The high acid content in the riesling means each sip cleanses the palate and helps the richness of the candy. Together they make the ideal fall dessert!
Twix + Syrah
A Twix — with its rich chocolate, buttery shortbread cookie, and indulgent caramel — pairs well with a syrah. This variety features a signature flavor profile of red currant with a hint of fiery black pepper, which makes it a delicious partner with such a decadent candy.
Starburst + Rosé
A Starburst deserves a fruity wine like rosé, which is made with rich red berries like cabernet sauvignon or pinot noir. The high acidity will also help ease the chewiness of the candy while keeping the combination light and refreshing.
Butterfinger + Sauvignon Blanc
A Butterfinger features a signature butter flavor wrapped in milk chocolate, making it ideal to be served with a light, yet slightly buttery, wine like sauvignon blanc. It won’t overwhelm the taste of the candy and will nicely enhance the buttery flavor.
Skittles + Merlot
Merlot is known for featuring flavors of ripe red fruit and being lower in tannins. This makes it perfect for fruity Skittles.
Dark Chocolate Kit Kat + Cabernet Sauvignon
A darker chocolate treat deserves a heavier wine. The flavors of dark chocolate match beautifully with cabernet sauvignon. This wine features notes of dark red fruits and a hint of smoke. The pairing will dance in your mouth and make a decadent, rich dessert.
Gummy Bears + Pinot Grigio
Gummy Bears are bright, fruity, and slightly oily with very little fat. This is ideal for eating while enjoying a glass of pinot grigio. This vibrant unoaked white is refreshing with just enough acidity to keep the palate feeling light while you indulge.