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Favorite and least favorite halloween candy as a kid.

YAYME Oct 25, 2013 08:14 AM

When I was kid, my favorite halloween candy was butterfingers because my mom hated Nestle and wouldn't let me have them at home. My least favorite was tootise rolls.

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    4X4 Oct 25, 2013 08:32 AM

    I can't really think of a favorite, but my least favorites were (and still are) candy corn, those little candy pumpkins that taste like candy corn, caramel creams and peanut chews.

    1. pinehurst Oct 25, 2013 08:35 AM

      Fun thread!
      I was just reminiscing that in my childhood, all candy was "chocolate" candy. No sour this or that. Rare was the house that didn't give out chocolate.

      My favorite was the Reese's Peanut Butter cup....full size back then, none of this mini stuff. My least favorite of the chocolates was the Three Musketeers...way too sweet.

      My least favorite candy, though, was Sweet tarts. Not chocolate. Why bother?

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        beevod Oct 25, 2013 08:38 AM

        Most favorite: Chocolate cigarettes. Least favorite: Licorice pipes.

        1. porker Oct 25, 2013 08:48 AM

          Didn't really have a favorite (I liked most all candy), although miniature chocolate bars were rarities in the 70s, so they were highly prized.

          I hated getting peanuts in the shell (which I really enjoy today).
          I detested what we called "old lady candy" because there was an old lady (actually a witch) on the wrapper stirring a cauldron. Its a toffee candy still sold (in Canada anyway). Can't find a google picture of it, though.

          Also didn't care for apples. We had to throw them out as my mother was sure there were razor blades, or needles, or whatever in them.

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            BuildingMyBento Oct 25, 2013 08:53 AM

            My favorite was easily Reese's Pieces, and my least favorite was anything else.

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              OhioHound Oct 25, 2013 09:49 AM

              My true favorites were Twix, Peanut M&Ms and Milk Duds. But I always said my favorite was Whoppers because those were my older brother's favorite, and thus the obviously "cooler" choice.
              My least favorite was any chocolate that had a fruity filling like raspberry cream. Wasn't crazy about Twizzlers, Smarties, or plain Hershey bars either.

              1. suzigirl Oct 25, 2013 09:58 AM

                Favorite would be hands down the peanut butter cream taffy that came in the black or orange wax paper wrapper. They only come out at Halloween and I never see them anymore. So sad. Least favorite was anything cinnamon. Yuk. Except fireballs. But that was for the cool factor.

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                  4X4 Oct 25, 2013 10:00 AM

                  I ate one of those peanut butter taffy things yesterday. A receptionist in my building had a bowl full of them on her desk. I wasn't crazy about it.

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                    suzigirl Oct 25, 2013 10:17 AM

                    I haven't had nor seen one in years. It is probably like most things. It either isn't as good as when I was young or they always sucked and i had kid tastebuds. :-)

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                      4X4 Oct 25, 2013 10:31 AM

                      It wasn't horrible - I just don't think peanut butter belongs in taffy. Peanut butter should only be paired with chocolate based candy.

                      Also (unrelated), I don't like any banana flavored candy (even Laffy Taffy!), but I do like real bananas. Most banana flavored candy I've tried taste like circus peanuts (worst sweet snack ever!) to me.

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                        suzigirl Oct 25, 2013 10:54 AM

                        And I adore laffy taffy. Especially the naner. Love fake banana

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                          iluvcookies Oct 26, 2013 06:34 AM

                          There is something satisfying and addictive about that banana taffy. Yum

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                            HillJ Oct 26, 2013 10:12 PM

                            But you had to give the wrapper a good whack before unwrapping it!

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                              cayjohan Oct 27, 2013 01:29 PM

                              Oh heaven help me, but I loved that fake banana flavor too. (Funny, because I strongly dislike most other artificial fruit flavors.) My favored way with banana Laffy Taffy? Eaten with peanut butter cups - the fake banana+chocolate+PB was just great.

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                      Jeri L Oct 26, 2013 08:53 PM

                      I think it was cheap. My parents bought it, but we were in the country and didn't get many trick or treaters anyway. And I think my Dad liked it! My favorite was anything chocolate (I'd sort and rank everything when I got home) and the worst was marshmallow peanuts, aka Circus Peanuts.

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                        biondanonima Oct 28, 2013 01:39 PM

                        I was just going to respond that those peanut butter taffies were my LEAST favorite Halloween candy. I always traded them to my siblings. Also, gum. I have never liked chewing gum, and on Halloween it was always that nasty, dry penny gum. Luckily my sister was a gum fiend, so I was always able to trade up!

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                          suzigirl Oct 28, 2013 04:10 PM

                          There are only a few on this thread giving the peanut taffy any love. To me it just screams Halloween.

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                            gmm Oct 30, 2013 09:42 PM

                            I love those! But I was at four different stores today looking for peanut butter bars and only one even had the peanut butter kisses. Are the peanut butter bars still around? Picture below if anyone doesn't know what I'm talking about.

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                        mike0989 Oct 25, 2013 10:11 AM

                        Favorite is Reeses Peanut Butter cups. Love the combo of peanut butter and chocolate.

                        Least favorite is Reeses Peanut Butter cups. If they are around, I'll eat them.

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                          4X4 Oct 25, 2013 10:32 AM

                          I love Reeses and the old commercials for them. Wouldn't it be funny if they really were invented by accident? :)

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                            pinehurst Oct 25, 2013 10:35 AM

                            It's a legend I'd love to believe. The combination of sweet and salty is fab. I think it's best (chocolate to PB proportion) in the regular, full size Reeses. The bite size or mini ones are too chocolately, not enough PB.

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                              4X4 Oct 25, 2013 10:52 AM

                              I like telling really gullible people that George Washington Carver invented the peanut butter cup and it happened because of a lab accident. :)

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                          truman Oct 25, 2013 10:21 AM

                          Fave: Almond Joy or Reese's PB cups.
                          Least fave: anything fruity (Twizzlers, Starburst, etc.)

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                            pinehurst Oct 25, 2013 10:34 AM

                            Well said, truman.

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                              valerie Oct 25, 2013 12:41 PM

                              I'm with you, too.

                              Favorites include Reese's PB cups, Snickers, Nestle Crunch.

                              Least favorite, as you state, anything fruity. Never tempted me, still doesn't.

                          2. LA Buckeye Fan Oct 25, 2013 10:24 AM

                            Most favorite was either snickers or reeses peanut butter cups. Least favorite was Bit O' Honeys. Ack.

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                              Puffin3 Oct 25, 2013 10:58 AM

                              least favorite: An apple with a sewing pin in it. True story. The cops caught the sicko.
                              Most favorite: popcorn balls with corn syrup.

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                                mike0989 Oct 25, 2013 11:09 AM

                                Loved the popcorn balls when I was a ked too. Good luck finding them any more. You can thank that in part to your least fav.

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                                  Jerseygirl111 Oct 26, 2013 09:06 PM

                                  I saw them in Walmart last week, believe it or not.

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                                  mtlcowgirl Oct 26, 2013 07:25 AM

                                  I never got apples with "sides" (thank God), but I didn't like getting apples. Apples are not candy. Sheesh, it's Halloween, not a school lunch.

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                                    GraydonCarter Oct 27, 2013 03:56 PM

                                    When I was little people were passing off their own homemade versions of sweets... fudge, cupcakes, peanut brittle, bags of popcorn (no caramel) - - before the razor blade scares. I never wanted that stuff. I wanted store-bought candy, chocolate bars. Least favorite black licorice and necco wafers:

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                                      suzigirl Oct 27, 2013 03:57 PM

                                      Lots of hate for the poor necco wafers. I loved them

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                                        jbsiegel Oct 27, 2013 05:29 PM

                                        I **adore** necco wafers! I can remember stopping at the local pharmacy on Sundays on the way home from church to buy the New York Times. Sometimes my parents would buy me a roll of necco wafers and that was the absolute BEST! I would always eat the chocolate ones last. (Didn't know at that time that they make an all-chocolate roll!)

                                        My kids, on the other hand, don't appreciate their greatness!

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                                          suzigirl Oct 27, 2013 05:33 PM

                                          I didn't know they made an all chocolate roll. I am a fan of the licorice ones first, then the chocolate

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                                            jbsiegel Oct 27, 2013 05:40 PM

                                            Here you go: http://www.candyfavorites.com/necco-w...

                                            No licorice roll that I know of! I'm a big fan of Good 'n Plenty!!

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                                              suzigirl Oct 27, 2013 05:43 PM

                                              You rock! Thanks!

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                                        biondanonima Oct 28, 2013 01:40 PM

                                        Also not a fan of Necco wafers, black licorice or Bit o' Honey!

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                                          suzigirl Oct 28, 2013 04:11 PM

                                          I would have loved trick or treating with you. I would have traded all your duds.

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                                  mwk Oct 25, 2013 10:58 AM

                                  Least Favorite:
                                  Mary Jane's. What the heck are those made of, anyway?
                                  Also, Sweet Tarts and Necco wafers. Yuk.

                                  Most Favorite:
                                  3 Musketeers, Snickers, Baby Ruth, and Butterfinger bars.

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                                    HillJ Oct 26, 2013 10:13 PM

                                    Necco are great for gingerbread roofs but make for lousy trick or treat candy!

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                                      Purzhia Oct 26, 2013 10:35 PM

                                      I really hated the Necco wafers. BLEAHHHH We had a neighbor that gave them out every year.

                                      My favorite was anything chocolate, but MOST favorite as a kid was plain old Hershey bars.

                                      These days, I really like Sour Patch Kids...

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                                        Kashmirgirl Oct 26, 2013 10:43 PM

                                        Necco Wafers = chalk

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                                        bugablue13 Oct 25, 2013 11:41 AM

                                        LOVE the classic "high end" bagged mix of Snickers, Milky Way, 3-Musketeers and Reese's. But I can live with lesser mixes of Milk Duds, the flavored tootsie rolls and tubes of jawbreakers.

                                        I can not abide by the Sixlets/Brach's/generic taffy bags. I get those and big bags of the Dum Dum pops to give to the 15 year olds who come to the door. The little cuties get the good stuff!

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                                          maxie Oct 25, 2013 12:32 PM

                                          Ha! Dum Dums as punishment! Good plan. I was always highly embarrassed my mom chose to give them out -- they were cheap, and most kids avoided the house, make them an excellent value! Hate the Dum Dums!

                                          Favorite -- Snickers, followed closely by peanut m&ms

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                                          wontonfm Oct 25, 2013 03:44 PM

                                          Oh man! I used to hate Hate HATE ending up with boxes of raisins. I guess not a "candy" per se, but part of what you get on halloween.


                                          1. shaogo Oct 25, 2013 05:18 PM

                                            Favorite was Nestle Crunch (or any Nestle bar, for that matter). Least favorite was any licorice or chocolate/mint combination (don't care for either to this day; but so far as anise flavor I'm okay with it except in candy. Sambuca is just fine, as is Pernod).

                                            1. girloftheworld Oct 25, 2013 05:25 PM

                                              chickenbones are my favourite... and those orange and black wrapped things you can only get at halloween that taste like guinness beer smells

                                              and least favourite smarties and sweet tarts

                                              1. Ttrockwood Oct 25, 2013 05:55 PM

                                                Sugar daddys- those caramels on a stick, but after the year my dad yanked out a crown those went directly to the trash after i nabbed one....
                                                Tootsie pops
                                                Abba Zabba bars
                                                Caramel apple pops

                                                Those nasty fruity hard candies that ooze liquid fake flavored sugar goo
                                                Good and plenty
                                                Cookies and cream hersheys
                                                And as a kid i hated dark chocolate- that has since changed, but it sucked when i got it in my halloween candy

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                                                  Kashmirgirl Oct 26, 2013 10:44 PM

                                                  I hate Good and Plenty's. Nasty.

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                                                  autumm Oct 25, 2013 05:59 PM

                                                  Reese's peanut butter cups, which were also great cause my mom wouldn't take them.

                                                  I HATED the peanut butter flavored toffee things in the orange or black waxed paper. There was one older neighbor who only handed those out, and my parents made sure we stopped by there every year.

                                                  1. Wisey Oct 25, 2013 06:11 PM

                                                    ANY chocolate candy first, smarties, Dubble Bubble gum. My candy was always gone within the first few days after Halloween. I had a friend who managed to still have some candy left by the following Halloween. I could never wrap my mind around that.

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                                                      tastesgoodwhatisit Oct 25, 2013 11:56 PM

                                                      Individually wrapped chocolate bars were always premium, but I had a fondness for tootsie rolls and the individually wrapped caramel/toffee like things.

                                                      Least favourite - raisins.

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                                                        jjjrfoodie Oct 26, 2013 05:20 AM

                                                        LOL re: this topic.

                                                        Least favorite was Mary Janes, those atrocities know as peanut butter bites that came in the unmarked black or orange twists in unmarked bags, raisins, and pennies. And Mounds bars and Almond Joy.

                                                        Favorites were and still are KitKats, Whoppers and Nestle Crunch's.

                                                        I read this post last night only to buy 2 100 count bags of good Hershey variety pack candy to give only to find out they contained Almond Joy's in some case. Damn lables.

                                                        I abhor coconut. And I refuse to give out candy I will not eat. LOL.

                                                        So I will need to find a new home for the orphan Almond Joys out of the bag w/ the neighbors.

                                                        Coconut, saurkraut and ranch dressing are my kryptonite.
                                                        So sad.


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                                                          ennuisans Oct 28, 2013 11:31 PM

                                                          Your least favorites are my most! Also peanut butter logs. Anything that only showed up at Halloween, really, including the fruit flavored Tootsie Rolls. When I was a kid and candy bars were an extravagance, there were a whole lot of those Tootsie Roll Midgies as I recall.

                                                          I didn't like Dum Dums or really any suckers. Time spent sucking on a lollipop is time that could be spent on Cherry Mashes, I say.

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                                                          4X4 Oct 26, 2013 06:29 AM

                                                          The worst people in the neighborhood were the ones who gave out bible tracts instead of candy.

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                                                            YAYME Oct 26, 2013 06:45 AM

                                                            Chick Tracts warning of how evil halloween is? I never got those but I read them, they are good for a laugh.

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                                                              Wisey Oct 26, 2013 01:11 PM

                                                              The dentist down the block gave out toothbrushes :(

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                                                                OhioHound Oct 26, 2013 11:07 PM

                                                                The pawn shop owner down my street gave out Beanie Babies! (When they were all the rage.)
                                                                We each got bats.
                                                                He will forever be my favorite neighbor.

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                                                              grant.cook Oct 26, 2013 06:30 AM


                                                              1. coll Oct 26, 2013 06:40 AM

                                                                Hard to believe now, but I didn't like chocolate when I was younger. Except white chocolate! Back then you would occasionally get a Zero bar or the like; the rest of my chocolate I traded my brothers and sisters. I think some people used to give out little toys, that was probably my most favorite thing. I remember A LOT of junky candy mostly (1960s).

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                                                                  ennuisans Oct 28, 2013 11:32 PM

                                                                  I still love Zero bars, perhaps because they were fairly rare when I was growing up. Love Chick-O-Sticks too.

                                                                2. iluvcookies Oct 26, 2013 06:42 AM

                                                                  My favorites were (and still are) any chocolate without nuts, especially Kit Kat and 3 Musketeers. Twizzlers and Starburst are at the top of my non-chocolate list.

                                                                  Mary Janes and circus peanuts always got left behind by me... but my mother really likes them so it worked out well.

                                                                  I never remember getting much candy corn while trick or treating... that was usually bought in big bags for the house.

                                                                  Invariably, I'd shop for candy, a boxed costume, and the ubiquitous pumpkin and witch decorations at Woolworth with my grandparents.

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                                                                    coll Oct 26, 2013 06:50 AM

                                                                    Back in the day, most trick or treat goodies came in little home made, put together cellophane bags, filled with candy corn, dum dums and other junk like that. My Mom got all of those, to regift as the night went on.

                                                                  2. PrinceZuko Oct 26, 2013 06:59 AM

                                                                    Favorite was Spice Girls Bubble Gum (it was so popular because of the stickers) and Twix.

                                                                    I HATE CANDY CORN. With the amount of people who hate candy corn im not sure why people think its a good idea to give them out. Its the cilantro/arugula of candy. A lot of people like them, but a lot of people hate them too.

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                                                                      coll Oct 26, 2013 07:04 AM

                                                                      I think of them more as a decoration, rather than something to actually eat. But my Mom was a nut for them, not to mention Peeps and Circus Peanuts, etc. To each his own.

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                                                                      raelehman Oct 26, 2013 07:09 AM

                                                                      Same here! Also Reese's cups and York peppermint patties. We *hated* Mary Janes.

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                                                                        JOHN45 Oct 26, 2013 07:19 AM

                                                                        I hated those little waxed paper twisted-ends orange and black go awful peanut flavored '"candies". Disgustingly awful!!!

                                                                        My favor were the ( sniff ), now disappeared, Mars bars and any candy bars with nuts. $100,000 bars rocked, too.

                                                                        1. jes7o Oct 26, 2013 07:30 AM

                                                                          Brach's Banana Taffy was my favorite! I never cared for Smarties or Sweetarts much.....

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                                                                            iluvcookies Oct 26, 2013 07:34 AM

                                                                            Or Necco Wafers. Candy that tastes like Rolaids?

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                                                                              coll Oct 26, 2013 07:39 AM

                                                                              We always thought Necco were like Communion Wafers. The chocolate ones were nice.

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                                                                                iluvcookies Oct 26, 2013 12:48 PM

                                                                                We saved the Necco wafers for Christmas, where they became roof shingles for the gingerbread house.

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                                                                                HillJ Oct 26, 2013 10:16 PM

                                                                                Or Violets that tasted like soap.

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                                                                              BabyDollCook Oct 26, 2013 08:11 AM

                                                                              Least Favorite: Clark and Zagnut bars

                                                                              Don't see them around anymore. Not sure they still exist. Thankfully, my mom liked them both and took them off my hands.

                                                                              Most Favorite: Mounds or Almond Joy

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                                                                                mwhitmore Oct 26, 2013 08:57 AM

                                                                                Even before I clicked your headline, Tootsie Rolls. Gummed up your teeth and didn't really taste like chocolate. Favorite: Those benighted parents who gave out non-miniature Hershey bars. PS I never ate the Candy Corn.

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                                                                                  itsmejessica Oct 26, 2013 09:14 AM

                                                                                  I hated candy corn as a kid. Loved peanut butter cups or snickers. Also liked sour candies. Like lemon heads or jolly ranchers.

                                                                                  1. JMF Oct 26, 2013 10:08 AM

                                                                                    My trick'n treating years were the 70's and in the NYC 'burbs we got a bonanza. We would carry pillowcases and have to go home to dump at least twice. We even went out for candy up 'til senior year high school. Then of course later at night after the little ones were in we went out for mischief... the egg and shaving cream wars were killer. I remember many times spraying some of the pretty girls with shaving cream 'til they cried, then apologizing sincerely for being a jerk and comforting them, then stealing a kiss or few. It worked every time. ;-)>

                                                                                    favorites: sixlets, reeses, smarties, clarke, zagnut, and butterfinger, malt balls, snickers, kit kat, pixy stix, hot tamales, good n plenty, necklace, tootsie pops and dum dums, adams sour lolipops, clarke's teaberry and beeman's pepsin gum, regular twizzlers, circus peanuts, wintergreen soft mints, jolly ranchers, junior mints, broadway licorice, sugar babies, 100 grand, chiclets, bottle caps (especially cola and root beer), fruit stripe gum, razzles, swedish fish, slim jims, pop rocks

                                                                                    hated: raisins, grandma type hard candies, milky way, three musketeers, almond joy and mounds, mary janes, caramel creams, cow tales, now n later and any other taffy and gum drops (lost way too many fillings to that stuff), chuckles!!! I really hated them.

                                                                                    1. FoodWacky Oct 26, 2013 12:46 PM

                                                                                      Favorite: Snickers & Hershey Bars
                                                                                      Least favorite: Hard candies!

                                                                                      1. daniellempls Oct 26, 2013 12:50 PM

                                                                                        Favorite: 5th Avenue
                                                                                        Least favorite: Good n' Plenty

                                                                                        1. Meowzerz Oct 26, 2013 04:16 PM

                                                                                          FAVORITE: Twix!! And Snickers. And Rolo's.

                                                                                          LEAST FAVORITE: Maryjanes, Dots (ughhhh DOTS), Charleston Chews, lol. These all went straight to my dad, who loves every disgusting candy.

                                                                                          1. Cheese Boy Oct 26, 2013 08:43 PM

                                                                                            Favorites: 100 Grand, Almond Joy, Chocolate or Orange Tootsie Pops

                                                                                            Least Favorite: Candy Corn, Plain Hershey Bar, Circus Peanuts

                                                                                            1. ipsedixit Oct 26, 2013 09:09 PM

                                                                                              Favorite: candy corn

                                                                                              Least favorite: candy corn

                                                                                              1. Chemicalkinetics Oct 26, 2013 10:01 PM

                                                                                                I like Starburst

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                                                                                                  HillJ Oct 26, 2013 10:12 PM

                                                                                                  Fav: waxed lips and Chunky are neck & neck
                                                                                                  List fav: Smarties & Pez are neck & neck

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                                                                                                    Chemicalkinetics Oct 26, 2013 10:13 PM

                                                                                                    Smarties is one of my more favor candy. It is like M&M, but smarter.

                                                                                                    Edited: Just realized that we may be talking about different Smarties. I was thinking about this:


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                                                                                                      HillJ Oct 26, 2013 10:18 PM

                                                                                                      Are your Smarties covered in chocolate? The ones I'm referring to are like tiny circles of chalk in pastel colors.

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                                                                                                        HillJ Oct 26, 2013 10:20 PM


                                                                                                        these, Chem.

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                                                                                                          Chemicalkinetics Oct 26, 2013 10:27 PM

                                                                                                          Yes, I remember these two candies. One gave me good fond memory. The other gave me nightmares. :) (exaggerated).

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                                                                                                          Chemicalkinetics Oct 26, 2013 10:23 PM

                                                                                                          <The ones I'm referring to are like tiny circles of chalk in pastel colors.>

                                                                                                          Yeah, I later figure that you may have meant those. I don't like them neither.

                                                                                                          The other Smarties is very much like M&M's -- candies covered chocolate:


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                                                                                                            HillJ Oct 26, 2013 10:25 PM

                                                                                                            Those look like an M&M clone.

                                                                                                    2. emglow101 Oct 26, 2013 10:12 PM

                                                                                                      Favorite: Bazooka gum,Hershey,look bars,all chocolate.Those firestix,and watermelon hard candies. What were they called.? And wax lips.

                                                                                                      Least favorite : Pixie stix,Smarties the #1 worst of all time.And the candy necklace.

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                                                                                                        suzigirl Oct 27, 2013 12:28 PM

                                                                                                        Jolly Ranchers? I think those are the ones you are asking about.

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                                                                                                          emglow101 Oct 27, 2013 03:27 PM

                                                                                                          Yes,couldn't remember the name of them.

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                                                                                                        Kashmirgirl Oct 26, 2013 10:43 PM

                                                                                                        Favorite: Candy Corn

                                                                                                        Least favorite: Wax lips

                                                                                                        1. cayjohan Oct 27, 2013 01:31 PM

                                                                                                          Favorite: Boston Baked Beans or Brach's French Burnt Peanuts.

                                                                                                          Least favorite: Smarties/Swee'Tarts/Pixie Sticks and that ilk.

                                                                                                          1. John E. Oct 27, 2013 01:36 PM

                                                                                                            Reading this thread is making me feel old. I never got Reese's Pieces when I was Trick or Treating, they were first introduced in 1978.

                                                                                                            My favorites were chocolate starting with Snickers, Whoppers, Almond Joy, Mounds, and Nestle Crunch.

                                                                                                            My favorite Halloween candy is no longer available in the U.S. Fizzers candy was like the ready-available Smarties, but much better. They actually fizzed in your mouth. I think I remember reading somewhere that the two competing manufacturers of the candies (the founders were brothers) agreed to no longer compete in each other's markets. I miss Fizzers, but do not wish to pay the high price to buy them mail ordered from England.

                                                                                                            I wonder why we cannot buy Canadian Smarties in the U.S.? At least I don't see them available in the stores.

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                                                                                                              kitchengardengal Oct 27, 2013 02:58 PM

                                                                                                              Well, John, I'm feeling even older. If they made miniature candy bars back when I was trick or treating, my neighborhood didn't know about them. We did get full sized ones now and then, though.
                                                                                                              My favorite candies were banana Slim Jims (which nobody remembers), Milk Duds, Sugar Daddies and Sugar Babies. And I love the black and orange PB taffy that everyone hates.
                                                                                                              My least favorite were the popcorn balls. I didn't know what held them together, and they just seemed weird, so I threw those away.
                                                                                                              Pennies and apples, meh. . . Bazooka gum, nah.

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                                                                                                                John E. Oct 27, 2013 03:22 PM

                                                                                                                I forgot to add that I too like the PB taffy with the peanut butter in the middle. I also like Bit-O-Honeys. I think it would be easier to list the candy that I didn't like because I forgot Sugar Daddies and Sugar Babies. Then there was the Slo Poke and Black Cow that I always like. I also forgot to include Butterfingers and 100,000 Bar (not a Hundred Grand back then.)

                                                                                                                I actually like the popcorn balls. My mother used to make them and the ones we got were homemade. I was at the tail end of my trick or treating days when the who needles and pins in candy thing started up. I remember the ERs would be open to x-ray bags of candy. I later learned that there was never a documented case of a needle stuck inside candy or whatever that kids got trick or treating.

                                                                                                                When my brother brought his kids to our house one year trick or treating I gave them full sized Snicker bars with a huge nail sticking through the candy bars. They didn't get the joke but my brother laughed.

                                                                                                                1. re: John E.
                                                                                                                  cayjohan Oct 27, 2013 09:16 PM

                                                                                                                  I loved getting popcorn balls too. Ruth Hanson, quintessential Nice Little Old Lady in my hometown, would make pink popcorn balls by the dozens every Halloween. Every kid went to Ruth's house for a popcorn ball. Wonderfully fresh and perfect popcorn balls that I haven't tasted the likes of since. It never would have occurred to any of us that Ruth might have had malicious plans with her popcorn balls, but maybe she was softening us up. Kidding, kidding; Ruth was as sweet and perfect as her Halloween treats.

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                                                                                                                  coll Oct 27, 2013 03:28 PM

                                                                                                                  I totally forgot about Sugar Daddies, Sugar Babies and Boston Baked Beans. All big favorites, even if no longer around. Just the memory is enough for now.

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                                                                                                                    John E. Oct 27, 2013 03:36 PM

                                                                                                                    All of those are still around.

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                                                                                                                      coll Oct 27, 2013 03:38 PM


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                                                                                                                      pinehurst Oct 27, 2013 03:40 PM

                                                                                                                      ETA John E. answered first!Coll, I've found 'em all in stores in my little neck of Northeastern Mass...the Sugar Babies/Daddies in Family Dollars and the Boston Baked Beans in Rite Aids.

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                                                                                                                        coll Oct 27, 2013 03:46 PM

                                                                                                                        I had a feeling they were real New England classics. I am going to keep my eye out here on Long Island, we aren't that far disconnected from you. We don't have Family Dollars or even Rite Aide (not by me) but I have high hopes.

                                                                                                                        Imagine putting them out for Christmas Eve, like a fancy appetizer.....

                                                                                                                        1. re: coll
                                                                                                                          pinehurst Oct 27, 2013 04:41 PM

                                                                                                                          A crystal bowl of Boston Baked Beans, with a small mother-of-pearl Bean spoon....

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                                                                                                                            coll Oct 28, 2013 04:59 AM

                                                                                                                            You know, I think I could get away with it!

                                                                                                                  2. re: John E.
                                                                                                                    cayjohan Oct 27, 2013 03:31 PM

                                                                                                                    Thanks for that Fizzers bit; I always thought my loathed Smarties had some sort of missed mark. If a Smartie had had good flavor and fizz, that would have landed them in "like" territory. Zotz had the fizz, but awful fruit flavor.

                                                                                                                    Would you still try Fizzers today, or has that flavor boat sailed?

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                                                                                                                      suzigirl Oct 27, 2013 03:37 PM

                                                                                                                      Aww. Stop hatin' on the Zotz. They sucked in a good way. :-)

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                                                                                                                        Jeri L Oct 27, 2013 03:41 PM

                                                                                                                        Ahh, the 70s, era of fizzy candy. I loved both Zotz and Pop-Rocks.

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                                                                                                                          John E. Oct 27, 2013 03:45 PM

                                                                                                                          Do you remember the urban legend about how "Little Mikey" from the Life cereal TV commercial supposedly ate a bunch of Pop Rocks and then drank a bunch of Coke and his stomach exploded and it killed him?

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                                                                                                                            suzigirl Oct 27, 2013 03:55 PM

                                                                                                                            I do. I also remember my sister swallowing the whole little bag of pop rocks and then listening to them bubble in her stomach.

                                                                                                                          2. re: Jeri L
                                                                                                                            suzigirl Oct 27, 2013 03:46 PM

                                                                                                                            Me too.

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                                                                                                                              coll Oct 27, 2013 03:48 PM

                                                                                                                              Oy, for a second I thought you meant your stomach exploded too!

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                                                                                                                                suzigirl Oct 27, 2013 03:53 PM


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                                                                                                                            cayjohan Oct 27, 2013 09:05 PM

                                                                                                                            They certainly did suck in a good way! I always braved the äck of the fruit candy for that wonderful fizz. More hard candies should fizz; think of a fizzy champagne flavored Zotz.

                                                                                                                            Confession: I was a kid who occasionally snuck an Alka-Selter from the medicine cabinet just to lick it for the fizz.

                                                                                                                            1. re: suzigirl
                                                                                                                              suzigirl Oct 29, 2013 07:06 PM

                                                                                                                              Just finished an apple Zotz. I went to the Candy Barrel in the mall and got Zotz in all flavors, Necco wafers, banana Laffy Taffy and Jolly Ranchers apple, cherry, watermellon and grape. Damn the peer pressure.

                                                                                                                            2. re: cayjohan
                                                                                                                              John E. Oct 27, 2013 03:41 PM

                                                                                                                              Smarties are a poor cousin, literally, to the Fizzers. Fizzers are still made in England. The brother of the founder of the English company came to the U.S. and started a candy company that still makes them. Some time ago, apparently the companies decided to pull out of each other's markets.
                                                                                                                              I still buy Zotz occasionally.

                                                                                                                              I'm smoking some ribs today (beautiful day!) and I did some searching online about candy from my youth. Do you remember the Milkshake candy bar? We would freeze them and they were better that way.

                                                                                                                              1. re: John E.
                                                                                                                                cayjohan Oct 27, 2013 09:11 PM

                                                                                                                                The Milkshake bar was so good because it was actually malty.

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                                                                                                                                  4X4 Oct 29, 2013 05:48 AM

                                                                                                                                  My favorite was the Marathon Bar. Wish they still made them.

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                                                                                                                                    Cheese Boy Oct 29, 2013 08:08 AM

                                                                                                                                    +1 Marathon Bar ... long and chewy fun.

                                                                                                                            3. emglow101 Oct 27, 2013 03:41 PM

                                                                                                                              I also liked Life Savers.The cherry one was my favorite.

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                                                                                                                                John E. Oct 27, 2013 03:45 PM

                                                                                                                                I also really liked Life Savers too. I especailly liked getting the 'book' of Lifesavers in my Christmas stocking.

                                                                                                                                A little off topic, but what else is new, I remember kids bringing in candy to elementary school on their birthdays. I remember getting the 'airplanes' using a long Tootsie Roll for the airplane fuselage, and a stick of gum for the wings with a couple of Lifesavers as the wing, all held together with a rubberband.

                                                                                                                                1. re: John E.
                                                                                                                                  coll Oct 27, 2013 03:48 PM

                                                                                                                                  Wintergreen, please.

                                                                                                                                  1. re: coll
                                                                                                                                    Jeri L Oct 27, 2013 03:58 PM

                                                                                                                                    Because you can make them spark?

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                                                                                                                                      coll Oct 28, 2013 05:04 AM

                                                                                                                                      I knew about the sparking at some point, but don't remember taking advantage. I just liked that they were different from peppermint. My father lived on peppermint lifesavers (believed they helped his stomach) so I know, weird that I didn't gravitate to cherry or whatnot. We too got the "book" every Christmas in our stockings, so I considered myself a connoisseur, I think.

                                                                                                                                  2. re: John E.
                                                                                                                                    GraydonCarter Oct 27, 2013 04:14 PM

                                                                                                                                    They had the mini-size with like six life savers in a pack.

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                                                                                                                                      John E. Oct 27, 2013 04:53 PM

                                                                                                                                      I remember those stubby little rolls of LifeSavers.

                                                                                                                                      I also remember stubby sticks of Wrigley's chewing gum. I only remember getting this gum in one place however, and this will make me seem much, much older than I really am. When I was really young (3 or 4) we occasionally flew from my rural Minnesota hometown to the Twin Cities where all of my father's family lived. The DC-3 airplanes did not have pressuized cabins, so they handed out sticks of gum. Apparently, the chewing would help your ears to 'pop'. (The only reason we could afford this is because my father traded radio advertising time for the tickets.)

                                                                                                                                2. juliejulez Oct 27, 2013 06:41 PM

                                                                                                                                  It appears I'm one of the few who likes Smarties... still do! Also like cherry or raspberry flavored Tootsie Pops, and the fruit flavors (lemon, orange etc) of Tootsie Rolls.

                                                                                                                                  Least favorite... hmm... anything minty I guess. I like most candy!

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                                                                                                                                    Jeri L Oct 27, 2013 06:52 PM

                                                                                                                                    I'm another Smarties fan!

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                                                                                                                                      suzigirl Oct 27, 2013 07:06 PM

                                                                                                                                      I also love Smarties. And it is among four other treats in my Halloween gift bags. I only buy what I will eat. :-)

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                                                                                                                                        juliejulez Oct 27, 2013 07:23 PM

                                                                                                                                        Yeah last year I bought tootsie pops, swedish fish, and sour patch kids.... all candies I like to eat, but won't binge on (like chocolate anything). I'm evil though, I pulled out all the cherry and raspberry tootsie pops to keep for myself and gave the kids the gross chocolate and orange ones.

                                                                                                                                        This year I won't get to hand out candy, and that's probably for the better, I don't do well with lots of candy laying around!

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                                                                                                                                          suzigirl Oct 27, 2013 07:43 PM

                                                                                                                                          I know what you mean. I have already lightened the candy haul of many Haribo gummy bears, Skittles, Smarties, Tootsies, Lifesaver pops and Smarties. The spider rings have been safe as are the sparkly black cat stickers.

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                                                                                                                                        HillJ Oct 28, 2013 05:40 AM

                                                                                                                                        While I'm not a Smarties fan, the candy necklace & bracelets somehow tasted better...

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                                                                                                                                          bugablue13 Oct 28, 2013 05:57 AM

                                                                                                                                          I totally agree about the necklace and bracelets tasting better. They reminded me of my favorite part of the Lik-m-Aid... the white dipping stick!

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                                                                                                                                        bobbert Oct 27, 2013 07:34 PM

                                                                                                                                        I admit to removing the Hershey special dark chocolates from the packages because, even though I'm 55, I can still be pretty immature. As a kid I hated Mary Jane's and always "regifted" them to other trick or treaters. Candy corn also pretty bad.

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                                                                                                                                          retroarama Oct 28, 2013 10:55 AM

                                                                                                                                          Hands down my favorite Halloween treat was a Mars Bar, with its rich milk chocolate, nougat and almonds...least favorite tooth breaking MaryJanes. But anytime was candy time in my mid century childhood. Its hard to imagine now but there was a time candy was seen as a wholesome, nutritious snack. Home Economists - especially those in the employ of candy manufacturers - were quick to point out the nutritional value of candy aiming to show candy as good wholesome food.Calling it a miracle food as important to the body as coal or oil is to the furnace.conscientious moms made sure Americas youngsters had adequate supplies of this energy producing treat.Check out when candy was dandy http://wp.me/p2qifI-1Lh.

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                                                                                                                                            coll Oct 28, 2013 03:28 PM

                                                                                                                                            But kids did tend to burn it off a lot more back then, too.

                                                                                                                                          2. biondanonima Oct 28, 2013 01:47 PM

                                                                                                                                            I was a dark chocolate fan from an early age - Hershey's Special Dark was one of my favorites, though I did like plenty of milk chocolate based bars as well (100,000 Grand and Baby Ruth in particular. I also loved Mounds and Almond Joy, and Junior Mints.

                                                                                                                                            Least favorites included peanut butter taffy, candy corn, anything black licorice, Necco wafers, Bit o' Honey and any kind of gum. I was never a fan of popcorn balls either, but I think my own mother was the only parent on the block who gave those out, so they were avoidable!

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                                                                                                                                              gator28 Oct 28, 2013 01:57 PM

                                                                                                                                              Favorites were Reese's PB cups, Twix, Butterfinger, and Jr. Mints. Least favorites were Hot Tamales and any candy corn.

                                                                                                                                              1. Cheese Boy Oct 28, 2013 09:37 PM

                                                                                                                                                To all the Necco wafer haters, did any of you like Slap Stix? Slap Stix was that big caramel pop swirled with banana nougat. http://www.necco.com/Candy/Slap-Stix....

                                                                                                                                                1. GraydonCarter Oct 29, 2013 11:16 AM

                                                                                                                                                  What new candies should we expect to see this week?
                                                                                                                                                  Let us know what you are giving out.

                                                                                                                                                  Pumpkin spice-flavored kisses?
                                                                                                                                                  Butterfinger Peanut Butter Cups?
                                                                                                                                                  Fruit Vines Bites?
                                                                                                                                                  Welch’s Peanut Butter and Jelly Snacks?


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                                                                                                                                                    coll Oct 29, 2013 12:27 PM

                                                                                                                                                    I got Reeses shaped like pumpkins, but not sure if the flavor is any different.

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                                                                                                                                                      bugablue13 Oct 29, 2013 12:48 PM

                                                                                                                                                      Coming from someone who's already picked said pumpkins out of the bag I got for our trick-or-treaters.... no different and totally wonderful.

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                                                                                                                                                        coll Oct 30, 2013 01:56 AM

                                                                                                                                                        Oh thanks, now I won't be tempted until tomorrow. So far I ate a couple of bags of M&Ms, and a Snickers new fangled peanut thingie. In a yellow/orange wrapper. Which also didn't taste like anything wild or unusual.

                                                                                                                                                  2. Cheese Boy Oct 29, 2013 09:25 PM

                                                                                                                                                    I like Snickers® Almond Bar too. Just putting that out there. : - )

                                                                                                                                                    1. Emme Oct 30, 2013 01:08 AM

                                                                                                                                                      Least Favorites: orange marshmallow peanut, twizzlers, snickers
                                                                                                                                                      Favorites: 100 grand, kit-kat, twix, vanilla tootsie rolls
                                                                                                                                                      i also like three musketeers because i use to like to stick the mini ones in the microwave and quasi explode and caramelize it...

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                                                                                                                                                        HillJ Oct 30, 2013 06:57 AM

                                                                                                                                                        SE's is running a fun slide show tour of NY's Economy Candy today, many of our favorites (and not so favorites)are sold there. It's an amazing sugar rush to visit them.

                                                                                                                                                        And, I found these at Candy Warehouse and can't wait to figure out how to work them into a gift.

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                                                                                                                                                          Rilke Oct 30, 2013 11:14 AM

                                                                                                                                                          I would love to include include those in a get-well-soon care package.

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                                                                                                                                                            HillJ Oct 30, 2013 12:13 PM

                                                                                                                                                            Good idea! I'd never seen a chocolate band aid before, I likie.

                                                                                                                                                        2. gmm Oct 30, 2013 07:36 AM

                                                                                                                                                          Funny, I always liked those peanut butter taffys, as long as they weren't all dried out and hard. I also liked peanut butter bars, the little white rectangular candies in the striped wrapper, texture similar to a Butterfinger. Loved all the Hershey's miniatures except the Special Dark. Also loved Fun Dip and Pixy Stix.

                                                                                                                                                          I've always hated candy corn, Smarties and those strawberry candies with the chewy centers. The wintergreen Necco wafers look and taste like Pepto-Bismol.

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                                                                                                                                                            BobbieSue Oct 30, 2013 09:40 AM

                                                                                                                                                            My favorites fluctuated between Milky Way, 3 Musketeers, and Hershey bars. I also loved Whoppers, Smarties, Clark Bars, Butterfingers, $100,000 bars, kitkat, and maryjanes.

                                                                                                                                                            Least favorites: Spree, sour balls, anything sour, starburst, peanut butter cups, gum, raisins, apples, almond joy and mounds, nestle crunch, twizzlers,and of course, candy corn.

                                                                                                                                                            1. Rilke Oct 30, 2013 11:19 AM

                                                                                                                                                              Favorite: Reese's Cups
                                                                                                                                                              Runners-up: York Peppermint Patties, Milky Ways, Runts, plain M&Ms
                                                                                                                                                              Least favorites: Mary Janes, Dots and anything else that got stuck in my teeth

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                                                                                                                                                                jbsiegel Oct 30, 2013 03:30 PM

                                                                                                                                                                Oh gosh...my favs mostly include anything chocolate and my least favs include anything fruity.

                                                                                                                                                                BUT...have to disagree about those Dots. Those are WAY up there on my list. LOVE them!!! Those, Jujyfruits and Mike & Ikes are the fruity exceptions in my world.

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                                                                                                                                                                  Rilke Oct 30, 2013 04:43 PM

                                                                                                                                                                  Shoot, I forgot about Mike & Ikes. Haven't had those in at least a decade.

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                                                                                                                                                                Nightsinge Oct 30, 2013 07:14 PM

                                                                                                                                                                ME TOO. My mom was all opposed to Nestle because of the Similac thing. Then again, she was opposed to sugar in general and forced me to trick or treat for UNICEF.

                                                                                                                                                                I had the most politicized childhood ever.

                                                                                                                                                                1. jo_jo_ba Oct 31, 2013 06:20 PM

                                                                                                                                                                  HATE molasses kisses, tootsie rolls, Dots and Mike & ikes. LOVE reeses cups, plain chocolate (especially dairy milk), twix, coffee crisp and kit kat

                                                                                                                                                                  1. deet13 Oct 31, 2013 06:27 PM

                                                                                                                                                                    Smarties and Candy Corn were the most disappointing thing to find in your bag.

                                                                                                                                                                    My favorites were Reeses Pieces, Jawbreakers, Fireballs, and Lemonheads. In fact, I just helped myself to some from my son's bag.

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