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Oct 12, 2007 08:28 AM

Favorite Halloween Candy

Nutrageous candy bars are the best in the miniature-Halloween size; better chocolate to filling ratio than the full size. The minis are ONLY available at Halloween. Why?
I also like Almond Joy miniatures.

What do you buy for Halloween? Enough to ensure leftovers?
How many weeks before Halloween do you start indulging?
(The official beginning of the end-of-the-year fattening season, I believe.)

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  1. "End-of-the-year fattening season". I like that.

    This year is my first real chance to have trick or treaters (first year in a hjouse as opposed to the apartment which never got any). I will make sure I give out the "good" candy-meaning name brand chocolate. I am a Reese's and Twix girl myself (and yes, I'll make sure there are leftovers)!

    Maybe someone can help me with this...
    Is it accpetable to give homeade items out on Halloween? We are new to the neighborhood and I don't want to freak parents out by offering their little ghosts a cookie in addition to the candy.

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    1. re: Honey Bee

      mini heath bars are my fave.

      i suspect most parents won't let their kids accept/eat your homemade treats unless they know you personally. when i was a kid, the bakers on the street would make up goodie bage for the kids/parents they knew well, but buy candy for the masses.

      1. re: Honey Bee

        Maybe in a small town you could do homemade, but I tossed all the non-packaged stuff when my son came home. I think that this is actually more of an "urban legend" that kids were getting adulterated treats, but most moms would rather be safe than sorry.

        I always buy a few bags of non nut, non chocolate candy for the littler kids, and Snickers, M&Ms, Butterfingers, and Almond Joys for the older kids and for leftover purposes! Start cutting out those coupons now!

        1. re: coney with everything

          Thanks, I figured homeade goodies were probably not a good idea. Oh well.

      2. Two Thumbs Up for Nutrageous! As soon as I find Nutrageous bars in the 'fun' size, they are purchased - in quantity. It's hard enough to find them in a 'regular' size bar at any time of the year. I'd rather have the smaller bars anyway - I can justify eating one or two of them whereas a full-size bar seems like I'm eating way too much candy...

        I don't get trick-or-treaters so the purchases are just for me.

        Seasons Eatings!

        1. Anything chocolate. I'm a big fan of the 100 Grand bar. Caramel, crispies, chocolate---what's not to love??

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          1. re: diablo

            Hmmm...Diablo, I agree. I love 100 Grand, especially in the 'fun' size bars; any bigger it gets a bit overwhelming. I also love mini Crunch bars and Reese pb cups always remind me of Halloween/youth.

            I also like those weird fruity tootsie rolls. i forgot what they're called, but they are the tootsie roll candy consistency, but fruit flavored. I also remember regular Tootsie Rolls being a welcomed treat at the bottom of my trick-or-treating bag after all the better quality chocolate had been eaten by me.

            1. re: teamuse

              Mmm concur on 100 Grand.

              The mini Vanilla Tootsie-ish Rolls

              3 Musketeers (melted and slightly burnt in the microwave... otherwise don't bother)

              Reese's Pumpkin

              Sugar Babies

              Those pink white and brown striped cube shaped chews... name escapes me... hounds?

              1. re: Emme

                pink, white, brown are coconut chews by Brach's. I don't know the proper name. yes, those ARE tasty!

                What is Reese's pumpkin? Sounds intriguing. I like the Reese's products!

                1. re: alkapal

                  really? they're coconut? ...i hate coconut flavored things and coconut... weird. an exception to every rule, right?

                  reese's pumpkins are reese's peanut butter cups in the shape of a pumpkin, and the ratio of chocolate to pb filling is different as a result, and much more preferable :)

                  1. re: Emme

                    i am pretty certain they are coconut.

                    Re Reese's: ratio is critical. OH, now I remember, yes, they are plumper with the pb filling. SO MUCH better than regular. oh wait, I am thinking of the Reese's PB Easter eggs. same ratio as the pumpkin? i.e., more PB?

                    1. re: alkapal

                      Aren't those things hideous? And yet I like them. A chowish dark secret.

                      1. re: Louise

                        My grandmother used to always have a glass candy dish filled with those things when we'd visit and my mom and I would just decimate them -- we are both coconut fiends, especially her.

                    2. re: Emme

                      Today at Target I saw they sell bags of just the Vanilla Tootsie Roll Midgies w/o the other fruit flavors. Three bags for $5 and i am set for the year =)

                  2. re: diablo

                    Almost anything chocolate - I always detested Almond Joys. Butterfingers are my favorite. Mom hated it 'cause the nougat crunchy center always stuck in my braces. :-)

                    Oh - and Necco Wafers. :-)

                  3. I always hit the Dollar Tree (or some such) and stock up on the full size bars (100 Grand, Hershey's, Snickers, etc.). They're usually 3 for $1 and the kids love getting the big bars. We don't get all that many trick-or-treaters, so it's not cost-prohibitive.

                    As far as giving out homemade treats, I think it's frowned upon if the giver and the recipient don't know each other.

                    P. S. I still love those peanut butter Mary Janes that get stuck in your teeth!

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                    1. re: dinner belle

                      Oh, how I love those Mary Janes! If you have Rite-Aid, they carry bags of them before Halloween. To my downfall.

                      I also like Baby Ruths and Oh Henry bars.

                      Halloween was the best when I was young...much younger. One house gave out ice cream cones...another hot chocolate. We had tons of candy. My youngest sister is allergic to nuts, so I also got about 1/2 her candy!

                      1. re: janethepain

                        amen. every halloween i end up eating enough candy corn to feel sick at least two or three times. it hurts me, and i love it anyway...

                        1. re: itsrob

                          I can't even have it in the house! I will eat every last one and I have no problem having it for breakfast.

                        2. re: janethepain

                          The hands down queen of all halloween candy. All hail CANDY CORN!