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

Image credit: Evan-Amos
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.

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Candy Corn 1 of 25
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 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
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
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.
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
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
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
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 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
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
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
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
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
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!

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