Every Halloween, somebody has to give out the crappy candy. Now, nobody should knock a free treat, but kids are very opinionated about what they get, and if it’s bad, it’s BAD. Why not give out the good stuff and give smiles to all those greedy little scary faces rather than make them grimace at your contribution? You just may save yourself a Halloween “trick” this year.
I’ll start with the worst, based on my own opinions when I was a kid. People who gave out candy corn, fruit (like apples) Smarties, popcorn balls (which have to be thrown out anyhow, because parents won’t let their kids eat homemade treats), licorice (black or red) Necco Wafers (although I personally love them, they don’t go over well with the kiddies), those miscellaneous cheap chocolate coins or no-name chocolates in the shape of Halloween characters (found at the dollar stores usually and taste like crap!), sixlets, marshmallow chocolate treats, suckers with those white prints painted on the front, or any treat that wasn’t a name-brand candy never went over well with me. What kids want is candy they can recognize, not random candy designed for Halloween. If you really want to please your trick-or-treaters, get them the good stuff and they’ll really be happy to come back next year.
Stay away from the cheap bags of candy, because cheap candy is what you’ll end up with- tasteless chocolate and useless hard candies that you’ve wasted money on because kids won’t eat it. If you want to do chocolate (always a safe bet), go with an actual brand we all recognize.
Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, Snickers, Milky Ways, and Kit Kat Bars are an excellent choice. So are the little bags of m&ms. However, 3 Musketeers, Big Hunks, Baby Ruths, and regular Hershey bars, while still name-brand, are a bit of a let-down. My favorite treat was always Twix. If getting chocolate, get bags of the fun-size treats that have at least 2 of the good candy bars in them, and even if it’s a dark chocolate Milky Way a trick-or-treater gets, it’s better than a crappy chocolate coin.
For sweet treats, the gummier the better. I loved to get Shocktarts, sour gummy worms, Laffy Taffy, saltwater taffys, dum dums, blowpops, nerds, jawbreakers, and I loved those red hard candies that looked like a strawberry on the wrapper and were filled with sweet goo. Stay away from generic sweet candies and peppermints, butterscotch, regular caramels (like you use for cooking) and those nasty taffys that had peanut butter on the inside of them. If you don’t recognize the brand, let it alone and get something good. Skittles are always an awesome bet, as are the little packets of Starbursts. If you see a big bag with any of the good items, get it, and even if there are Smarties in there, the kids will live.
By all means, don’t ever make your own candies or treats. Even if it’s a candy apple lovingly made by a sweet old grandmother, parents will throw them out. In this society we have, one can never be too careful.
If you really don’t know what to get, stick with a cheap stand-by and give everybody Hershey’s Kisses (the original). You get a whole bunch in a bag, and even if it’s only one little piece you hand out, it’s WAY better than black licorice and will leave the kids satisfied.