Top Five #031: Favorite Halloween Candy

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Big bars, Candy Corn, or a rock? What are you going to give out this holiday season? If you want to score big with the Top Five hosts, best listen to their favorite Halloween candy and stock up before they come knocking on your door.


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  1. I always think of Halloween candy as the stuff I wouldn’t get any other time of year.

    5. Individually wrapped caramels. These were very popular in my town when I was a kid. Kraft caramels, intended for cooking, caramel apples, etc, but given out as treats.

    4. Popcorn Balls. Loved to get a Saran Wrapped popcorn ball. Good stuff.

    3. Smarties. When you had money as a kid you’d never buy Smarties, but I always liked getting them at Halloween. Practically flavorless…

    2. Tootsie Pops, with their sophisticated Tootsie Roll center. Loved these and preferred them to the more pedestrian Dum-Dum.

    1. Bit -O – Honey/Peanut Butter…somethings. I remember getting a chewy peanut butter flavored candy wrapped in red, orange or black wax paper, like a peanut butter taffy. And Bit-O-Honey the brand name, and better version of the PB flavored Taffy. Yank the fillings right outta your teeth.

  2. I haven’t gotten a chance to listen yet, but I just want to say that the first person to say Candy Corn is dead to me. That stuff is disgusting and waxy.

    Anyway, here’s my list.

    5. Pixie Sticks – The bigger plastic straw version. The paper version is ok, but you can’t just hold the straw in your lips because it will get wet and the powder will clump.

    4. Tootsie Pops – A sucker plus a Tootsie Roll. Only the fruit flavored versions take this position. The Chocolate Tootsie Pops are just crappy chocolate flavored crystalized sugar on top of chocolate flavored chewy sugar.

    3. Smarties (American) – This would also be on a Parade Candy list. Tasty powdery sugar disks. Mmmm.

    2. Reese’s Peanut Butter Pumpkin Cup – I’ll be honest, the seasonal Reese’s cups are the most delicious of the various Reese’s products. I’ve talked with various people, and this seems to be a generally agreed upon fact.

    1. Fun-Dip – The joy produced by Fun-Dip is unrivaled. As a kid, there was nothing more fun than taking a stick of sugar and dipping it into a packet of flavored sugar. I mean really. C’mon!

  3. I’m not a big candy-eater now, so I was trying (mostly in vain) to remember what I loved getting as a child when we dumped our hauls from a hard night of trick-or-treating onto the living room floor and divided up the goodies for trading.

    5. Mr. Goodbar. I don’t really know why I like them so much, they’re just a nice mix of crunchy peanut and chocolate.

    4. Bubble gum. We rarely got bubble gum on a lark as a family, so Halloween was the time to stock up. Then you could shove like 5 pieces in your mouth and have a nice big wad to blow giant bubbles with!

    3. The Twizzlers that you can pull apart into individual strands. They are just the right flavor and level of sweet for me. :)

    2. Milk Duds. Caramel that was just right, not too hard and not too soft and covered in chocolate- delish!

    1. Canadian Smarties. My family moved to the US when I was 6, so my extended family would sometimes send us candy and I always loved getting Halloween themed Smarties, they’re bigger than M&Ms, are made of a nicer chocolate (in my opinion), and don’t melt quite as quickly.

  4. So, you give Matthew all kinds of crap for picking cannoli as a favorite cookie, but give Zach a complete pass when he chooses a cookie as one of his favorite candies? I cry favoritism!

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