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Trick or treat: All the best and worst Halloween candy for 2021

From Nerds to Gummy Worms to Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, we know what you really want in your bag this Halloween.

The best thing about spooky season is not very spooky at all. Sure, themed parties and dressing up are great, but there’s one thing we can all enjoy: the candy.

But as we all know, not all candies are created equal. So, to avoid an evening of disappointment while you dig around a plastic orange pumpkin (or pace around the supermarket aisle on Monday) for something you think you will like, I’ve compiled a handy-dandy, not-at-all-scientific ranking of Halloween candy to guarantee something you will definitely like.

Trust me, I’ve basically tried every single Hi-Chew flavour.

24: Candy Corn

Ewwww. When and why did this become a thing?

23: Nougat

Probably left over from grandma’s Chinese New Year candy tray. No thanks.

22: Lotte Koala Biscuits

Sure, they’re cute, and this time of year, you can find them dressed in all sorts of Halloween gear. But let’s be clear: these are not candy! This a 4pm snack for after school. Hard pass.

21: Mysterious Halloween-themed foil chocolate

You never know with these foil-wrapped chocolates, do you? Sometimes they’re really good, and then other times, they’re one degree of separation away from industrial moulding wax. Don’t take the risk.

20: Snickers

Snickers can never decide what they want to be, with nougat, crushed peanuts and caramel all mashed in there. No need for another identity crisis. Also they get stuck in your teeth.

19: Trolli Gummy Worms

Does anyone outside of the seven to 10 year old demographic still eat these? I’m not sure. But points for effort: They always attempt a comeback each holiday season. Unfortunately, we can’t all be Mariah.

18: Welch’s Fruit Snacks

Hard pass for me but I guess it’s still a gummy. It’s “Made from Real Fruit”, so think of it as a gummy vitamin? Maybe it counts as one of the five a day?

17: Hershey’s Kisses

Maybe this is growing up, but these just don’t taste as good as they used to. (Note: The cookie and cream chocolate bars are a different story all together. Take those if they have ’em. Skip on anything else.)

16: M&M’s

Boring! I already enjoy as an everyday candy.

15: Skittles

Same as above. This is Halloween. Aren’t these already in your regulation rotation?

14: Mars

Mars, the bringer of snores.

13: Nestle Crunch

Okay, now we’re getting somewhere. It’s essentially chocolate covered rice puffs. They’re okay! My office neighbour, Joey, said they were “yummy.”

12: Maltesers

Yeah, we can always appreciate a mini-size Maltesers. Good candy to snack on while you trick-or-treat for better ones.

11: Flake or Crunchie

These two kinda fade into the back of the 7-11 candy aisle — probably not helpful that I’ve lumped them together here — but justice for the Flake and Honeycomb! They’re different. They’re interesting. And most importantly, they’re good!

10. Kinder Chocolate

Luxe for a Halloween bag, but this really comes down to what kind of Kinder you get. The mini chocolate bar? Nah. The egg? Worth considering (not the lame half-and-half new edition though — boo!). But a Kinder Bueno? Big yesssss. Grab a couple more and run.

9: Meiji Almond Chocolate

Technically another candy imposter, but it’s Meiji chocolate. And with almonds? We’ll let these pass.

8: Nerds

I love Nerds! No matter which flavour you get, you get a happy surprise. Taste of childhood!


7: Kit-Kat

Kit-Kat, a candy that encourages you to take a break, is always delicious. Bonus points to whoever throws in a Kit-Kat Chunky bar.

6: Puccho

(Image credit: Japan Candy Store)

If you don’t know what a Puccho is, you shouldn’t have the luxury of picking and choosing your candy. Just saying.

5: Trolli Hamburger / Pizza Gummy

As one friend said to me, these are “iconic”. I’ll probably get edits for using “iconic” (Editor’s note: I’m allowing it), but he’s right! These are so fun. Also, you HAVE to eat them separately. This isn’t Alvy’s. Anything else is chaotic energy and we can’t be friends.

4: Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups

Yes, yes, yes. Everyone loves a good Reese’s. Same as every year.

3: Twix

Twix is the best of all chocolate bars. No debates. I don’t care what you think. And if you really don’t agree, agree to pass your Twix to me, thanks.

2: Haribo

Ah, the glorious, glorious Haribo. The sour coca-cola bottles are great, but you can’t beat the O.G. gummy bears. I’ll take the reds and greens.

1: Hi-Chew

If you know this year’s neighbourhood for a Hi-Chew haul, please let me know. Forget the 8 million lottery prize: This is the Halloween Candy Jackpot. There are no nasty flavours in the world of Hi-Chew, so I’d take them all.

Special Mention ⭐️ : Meiji Apollo Chocolate Strawberry Candy

Heard rumours of their debut on the Halloween market this year. They’re haven’t been a common Halloween candy loot, so if you manage to pick up one this year, honestly, good on you. And can we be friends?

Special Mention #2 ⭐️⭐️ : Ferrero Rocher

A unicorn! Super, super, super rare. Whoever gets a Ferrero wins Halloween this year.

(Header image courtesy of Branden Skeli/Unsplash)

This article first appeared on Lifestyle Asia Hong Kong.

Lorria Sahmet
With two years in luxury retail, Lorria continues to cover fashion, food and lifestyle here at Lifestyle Asia. When not roaming garden centres for new plants in her indoor jungle, catch her hunting down the best fries in the city. She's happiest by the ocean with a fishbowl-glass of Aperol Spritz.
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