Top Five Halloween Candies

What’s The Best Candy For Halloween?
Beloved Halloween candies laying in a pile.
Beloved Halloween candies laying in a pile.
Mia McGuffin

You may be wondering, “What are some good candies for this Halloween?” This list contains some history and why these delicious candies are important. This list will provide you some insight as to what to hand out this year. In my opinion, these are the best Halloween candies 2023.

1. Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups

Reese’s are a rich, chocolatey, peanut butter cup. This candy was first made in 1928 by H.B. Reese’s, an employee for the Hershey Company. H.B. developed this delicious candy in his basement and later turned this single candy into a company of its own. H.B. ran this company from 1928 until he passed away in 1963. This same year, the Hershey Company bought H.B.’s Company from his six sons. Today, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups are rated as one of the best chocolates. With that bold black and orange packaging – they are perfect for Halloween. They are one of my personal favorite Halloween candies as well!

2. Skittles

Skittles’s famous slogan says to “taste the rainbow.” This slogan is true as this fruity mix is great for individuals at any age (unless you have dentures). So, where did they come from? Skittles originated in England in 1979, but the creator is unknown. When first introduced in North America in 1982, Skittles flew off the shelf and were instantly a hit. Mars Inc. is now the manufacturer of this colorful delight. Nowadays, they are still one of the most popular candies with many options: sour, tropical, and original. Their popularity is why Skittles are number two on this list. Skittles are definitely one of my all time favorites.

3. Candy Corn

Candy corn is a Halloween themed, sugary candy made for the fall season. This treat was first introduced in 1888 by George Renninger. The company, now known as Jelly Belly, started mass producing this product in 1898. In the 1940s, Halloween celebrations gained popularity in the United States (US). By the 1950s, this sweet delight started to gain popularity too. This colorful candy has a flavor profile of marshmallow and vanilla. Candy corn has the perfect fall colors with the most common ones being orange, white, and yellow – matching the popular fall colors. This candy is number three on this list due to it being popular during the fall season.

4. Kit Kat

Kit Kat’s are a delicious chocolate with a crispy wafer inside. The wafer adds flavor with a savory crunch. In 1935, this crisp wafer chocolate was introduced as “Rowntree’s Chocolate Crisps.” This treat was later renamed the Kit Kat in 1937. Kit Kat was introduced in the US in 1970 and has been popular year round ever since. The sweet treat was acquired by the Hersheys in the 70s as well. In every country other than the US, Kit Kat is produced by Nestle’s. Kit Kat’s are best around fall time due to the unique seasonal packaging and different types of chocolates, like glow in the dark candy. This candy is in my top 5 because it really takes me back to eating them as a small child while trick or treating. 

5. Sour Patch Kids

Sour Patch Kids are a classic! There are many different variations like watermelon, tropical, and “extreme”. This candy was invented in the 1970s with the original name, “Mars Men.” Allen Candy Company originally produced Sour Patch Kids, but was bought out by Mondelez International in 1990. The sourness and flavor of this candy makes Sour Patch Kids popular; it’s always exciting to try the new flavors that come out annually. This candy made the list due to popularity and the seasonal packaging during the fall. 

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There are many different candy options for Halloween, but these five are the most popular and fit the fall theme best. The candies that made the list have lots of interesting history and meaning to my childhood. Over time these candies have changed and will continue to change to meet the demand of the consumers. It will be interesting to see what the future holds but until then, enjoy and Happy Halloween! 


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    CarolynNov 1, 2023 at 6:05 pm

    The author did a wonderful job of taking me back to my own childhood and the fun and excitement of the holiday. To this day I am still a huge Reese’s cup fan. They’re the best.