When Halloween comes around, what will you be stealing from your trick-or-treat bowl? Will it be something traditional, like Snickers, Nestle's Crunch, and Reese's Peanut Butter Cup? Or will it be one of 2016's newest treats, like M&M's White Boo-tterscotch, Skittles Cauldron, or Reese's Peanut Butter Ghosts?
How are these new candies... Can they be better than the classics? (Spoiler alert: Get me a bag of the original M&M's, stat!) Read on and find out the haunted details. Then, enter for the chance to win a selection of candy mentioned in this post, plus a $75 Visa gift card to buy whatever else you crave this season!
We gathered together friends and family, adults and children, for expert opinions on the good, the bad and the ugly about 2016's new Halloween candy. We asked everyone to grade it on a scale of 1-5. They are listed below from worst to best:
- 1 = I won't let that in my house.
- 2 = Edible, but trick-or-treaters will not be happy.
- 3 = Better than others, but not as good as the classics.
- 4 = Pretty good, let's hand this out.
- 5 = Trick-or-treaters will keep coming back for more!
Twizzlers Filled Twists: Caramel Apple, Trick-or-Treat score: 1 = I won't let that in my house.
Major disappointment. We love Twizzlers around here. But there is no reason they need to be filled. Someone actually spit this one out.
Peeps Maple Brown Sugar, Trick-or-Treat score: 1 = I won't let that in my house.
The kids were especially bothered by this one. They didn't like the maple flavoring at all. And many adults thought it was just too strong.
M&M's White Candy Corn, Trick-or-Treat score: 2 = Edible, but trick-or-treaters will not be happy.
Yes, it tasted like candy corn. But candy corn is good on its own. We don't need our M&Ms to taste that way.
M&M's White Boo-tterscotch, Trick-or-Treat score: 3 = Better than others, but not as good as the classics.
Only slightly better than the candy corn flavor. The crunch was nice, but we like our M&Ms to be chocolately and this was definitely not.
Kit Kat Triple Chocolate, Trick-or-Treat score: 3 = Better than others, but not as good as the classics.
This was our most controversial item. Some hated it, while others loved it. But we all agreed that it wasn't as sweet as as we expected. And it's hard to beat the original.
Brach's Brunch Favorites Candy Corn, Trick-or-Treat score: 3 = Better than others, but not as good as the classics.
These were interesting. We couldn't identify the french toast,waffle or pancakes flavor, and we had to wonder why candy corn needs to taste like breakfast.
Jolly Rancher Halloween Spooky Shapes Gummies, Trick-or-Treat score: 4 = Pretty good, let's hand this out.
There was some disagreement on these gummies, especially the different flavors. But there was no denying that they tasted like chewy bit of Jolly Ranchers, in cute little ghost and pumpkin shapes.
Justin's Halloween Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups, Trick-or-Treat score: 4 = Pretty good, let's hand this out.
These weren't too different than other peanut butter cups except that they were dark chocolate, which was a delicious change of pace, especially for the adult taste-testers.
Butterfinger Peanut Butter Cup Skulls, Trick-or-Treat score: 4 = Pretty good, let's hand this out.
Butterfinger wins for the coolest-shaped candy. The skulls were a fun treat. We thought the flavor was good, but craved the crunch of the original.
Skittles Cauldron, Trick-or-Treat score: 4 = Pretty good, let's hand this out.
If you are a fan of skittles, you will like these. With five different flavors, we had different favorites, but overall the Bogey Berry and Lurking Lemon were enjoyed while the Petrified Pear was not. The little kids especially loved the silly flavor names.
Dove Dark Chocolate Pumpkins, Trick-or-Treat score: 5 = Trick-or-treaters will keep coming back for more!
If you love dark chocolate, this is the treat to eat. As one taster said, "It's perfection in a cute wrapper." Exactly.
Reese's Peanut Butter Ghosts, Trick-or-Treat score: 5 = Trick-or-treaters will keep coming back for more!
Our unanimous favorite. We had doubts about the white chocolate but blending with the Reese's peanut butter, it was delicious. Enjoyed by kids young and old.
We learned some valuable lessons from our taste-test.
1. Open up some candy and the neighborhood kids will come running.
2. Eating all of these candies in one sitting is not the best idea.
3. Like a movie remake, it's hard to improve on the original.
What Halloween candies do you like to give out (and eat!)? Tell us and you could win a selection of candy mentioned in this post, plus a $75 Visa gift card to buy whatever else you crave this season.
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Update: Thanks to all for entering! Congratulations to our winner: SheSpeaks member caribe7.