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I Want Candy (But What Kind?)

The good versus the bad of Halloween candies

It’s close to that time of year again. The time where candy is highly sought after in copious amounts by people of all ages, known most favorably as Halloween time. Of course, Halloween is known for more than the buying of various treats but honestly, who could let the opportunity to have a chat about sweets slip from their “Butterfingers” (or resist the temptation of making a pun)? More specifically, I want to discuss some of the best qualities of different Halloween candies as well as their drawbacks.

First off, I have a confession. Chocolate peanut butter cups, also known as “Reese’s”, are my absolute favorite candy of all time, no if’s, and’s, or but’s about it. That being said Reese’s are also, rather ironically, one of my least favorite treats to receive on Halloween and that is because, more often than not, the little peanut butter cup is melted and, as a result, stuck to looking at you Hershey’s chocolate bar) but they are mostly forgiven because they’re just so darn good.

On the other hand, hard candies are, just as the name implies, harder and take more time to melt unlike their chocolate relatives. These little candies (Jolly Ranchers, Tootsie Pops, Nerds, etc.) are chock full of fruity flavors and, because of their consistency, also long- lasting. What’s not to love? Maybe the fruitiness. Specifically, the banana, grape, and orange flavors that are, to put it lightly, less favorable with the general populace.

On the whole, Halloween candies are a mixed bag. There’s both good and the bad in all the little bite-size portions. Just remember, the best judge of candy is your taste buds so go out and indulge.


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