A Definitive Ranking of The Most Popular Halloween Candies - Apartment Therapy

A Definitive Ranking of The Most Popular Halloween Candies - Apartment Therapy
From The Kitchn - October 12, 2017

I do not know about all of you, but the highlight of my Halloween was always the moment we got back from trick-or-treating: My friends and I would dump our pillowcases out on my living room floor and start to wheel and deal with our candies. Trading just like we were on the floor at the New York Stock Exchange.

You see, not all treats are created equal. There's an economy of candy, and you need to know what the goodies in your treat bag are worth before you enter into a high-stakes game of trick-or-treat trading.

So I put together a list of 25 sweets you are the most likely to encounter on Halloween night (based mostly on anecdotal evidence) and the order in which you should trade for them:

25. Dots

Are these even candy? Gumdrops are exclusively for decorating gingerbread houses. Good luck trading these away.

24. Bit-O-Honey

I know some people who say they like Bit-O-Honey, but those people have to be lying, right?

23. Tootsie Rolls

Tootsie Rolls are filler candy, like baby's breath in a bouquet. They are so tiny, and I always had about a thousand different ones in my pillowcase on Halloween. I think people just buy them because they are cheap and a bag of Tootsie Rolls goes further than a bag of almost anything else.

22. Candy Corn

So, I love candy corn, and all it's other-shaped variations. But I understand it's a controversial choice, so I put it on the list at #22. When there's a bowl of loose candy corn on the coffee table, the trade value clearly plummets off the board.

21. Life Savers

Full disclosure: I was not even going to put Life Savers on the list, but they are the number one Halloween candy in California.

20. Butterfinger

Butterfingers are like the Nature Valley granola bars of Halloween candy. They are delicious, but way too messy. Verdict: #20.

19. Almond Joy/Mounds

These two share a spot, because they are practically the same candy. (You have to sing the jingle as soon as you see them in your pile and every time you negotiate a trade.)

18. Junior Mints

When I think about Junior Mints, it's more as a movie candy than a Halloween candy, but they are still quite delightful.

17. Skittles

When they make the green ones lime again, Skittles moves up to #10.

16. SweeTarts

You either like SweeTarts better than Smarties, or vice versa. I am one of the latter.

15. Smarties

See above. Team Smarties for life.

14. Laffy Taffy

These would not crack the top 20, but the banana ones carry the Laffy Taffy ranking all the way to #14 for me.

13. Nestl Crunch

12. 3 Musketeers

11. Milky Way

10. Kit Kat

9. Snickers

8. Nerds

7. Whoppers

6. Reese's

5. M&Ms

4. Twizzlers

3. Hershey's Kisses

2. Twix

1. Sour Patch Kids


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