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Yeah, Candy Corn. I don’t get it. It’s not the worst thing you could get for Halloween, that’d be a box of raisins I figure. But it’s nothing that makes me happy. So? What’s your ideal Halloween candy treat?

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1 bp1   ~  Oct 31, 2011 2:07 pm

Reese's PB Cups (spoken the way Vern says "Pez. Cherry Flavored Pez." in Stand By Me.)

2 bp1   ~  Oct 31, 2011 2:08 pm

Oh yeah - I don't get candy corn, either. Just plain weird.

3 Alex Belth   ~  Oct 31, 2011 2:43 pm

I like a kit kat.

4 Sliced Bread   ~  Oct 31, 2011 3:56 pm

yup, pb cubs and kit kats are the very good stuff.
not a frequent candy eater but I look forward to rummaging through my sons' halloween bags. snickers, butterfingers, and peppermint patties are also prized treats in my house.

5 Chyll Will   ~  Oct 31, 2011 5:51 pm

There was a cartoon in this Sunday depicting three siblings each being handed an apple by an old lady for Halloween. The old lady looked pleased, but the kids all looked disappointed. the last panel was of the three apples left together on the ground in front of her gate. I thought it was open-ended and sad; the old lady didn't appear to be malicious, but who knows what she could have been thinking besides that she was doing a good deed, and while what the kids did was not necessarily polite, it the context of what kids are faced with today, it was probably necessary. I was around for the rash of needles and poisonings in the eighties that tricker-treaters had to endure, so believe me when I say I have many regrets about so much of the innocence we've lost from what had taken long to become an innocent tradition.

But not to be so downbeat, I loved 3 Musketeers RPBCs, Milky Ways, Rolos, Hershey Bars and Kisses (gave my older sisters the Special Darks, fool that I was), M&Ms, Kit Kats, lollipops, Bazooka Joes, Pixie Sticks and Smarties; grew to like Peppermint Patties, Clark Bars, Nestle Crunches, $100,000 Bars, Mary Janes, Skittles, Krackles, Mallowmars. Whatchamacallits, Twizzlers, Good N Plentys, Andies Candies, Jujubees and Chicklets, (which I was happy to give to my sisters), passed on Bit O' Honeys, Mounds, Almond Joys, Sun Maid Raisins, candied fruit, Mr. Goodbars (basically anything with nuts or coconut in it, I despised)...

In my household, we hauled in the loot in five pound sacks, dumped it on the living room floor and inspected every single piece, threw away the mushed, opened or suspicious stuff, divvied up the stuff we liked and shared all around, even with Mom (though my oldest sister Terry often took more than her fair share). When my brother was home, it was a given I had to pay the Older Brother Tax. That, as well as being tagged twice by the Older Sister Tax... plus our ritual tithing to Mom, because, well, she's Mom. that was the other fun part of Halloween; Inspection and Appropriation. Man, I'd trade all of those memories just to have my whole family together again today.

Finally, the absolute favorite, the one candy that we fought over constantly and treasured, the all time favorite; appropriately wrapped in gold wrapper, number one all time candy of Halloween (and pretty much any day):


6 RIYank   ~  Oct 31, 2011 6:52 pm

Candy corn, fuggitaboutit.

I like Twix and Kit-kat, but I guess the Three Musketeers/Milky Way type are my faves. Or just pure chocolate, a little Hershey bar or one with almonds. Yeah.

Now for my Thelarmis-like confession: I don't like Reese's. I like peanut butter, I love chocolate, but the combo doesn't make it for me.

7 Jon DeRosa   ~  Oct 31, 2011 8:05 pm

A bag of pretzels is a nice idea, but it takes up the a lot of space in a little kid's pumpkin.

8 Boatzilla   ~  Oct 31, 2011 10:55 pm

"I was around for the rash of needles and poisonings in the eighties that tricker-treaters had to endure, so believe me when I say I have many regrets about so much of the innocence we've lost from what had taken long to become an innocent tradition."

From what I have read, that was all a media fueled hoax supported by urban myth. No body endured anything. Check the facts. Any needles were put in by the kids or publicity seeking opportunists. Try to put a razor blade into an apple. It can't be done without being completely obvious. There were only two documented poisonings. Both were done by the kids PARENTS. One was an insurance scam and another was to cover up a drug bust. Check out the book "The Culture of Fear" by Barry Glassner.

9 kenboyer made me cry   ~  Oct 31, 2011 11:28 pm

Remember those orange rubbery foamy giant peanut shapped candy that kind of taste like banana? What are those supposed to be, and what is the tradition of them? Anyone know?

They're disgusting, and went immediately into the trash.

10 Chyll Will   ~  Nov 1, 2011 1:21 am

[8] Yeah, you're right. It turned out to be a hoax, but you can't deny it concerned people for a long time. I am still wary regardless; I wouldn't put it past a confluence of nasty citizens in the region I live in to do something of that nature. I should have said "hoax" in that description, but I was still a kid at the time and any reason not to eat an apple was a good one for me >;) So I'm guessing that false step negated the rest of the trip down memory lane, eh? Fine...

[9] Circus Peanuts... at this site, there are a few more links to satisfy your intrepidity. According to this site, they Circus Peanuts (which are really bastardized marshmallows) directly to the introduction of Lucky Charms cereal, which is not something they should be proud of to be honest...

11 Chyll Will   ~  Nov 1, 2011 1:22 am

"...they Circus Peanuts? G'nite, Will...

12 Boatzilla   ~  Nov 1, 2011 8:17 am

[10] Dude, sorry to jump on you. I was just Toastmaster of the Day for a Toasties Halloween meeting. Because, this is Japan and Halloween still hasn't fully arrived (although it's comin' on strong), I had to tell the locals (and there was only one American there yesterday)all about stuff like trick or treating. And I mentioned exactly what you wrote. Laying it all down for Mom. Throwing out the apples and the cookies. It's horrible. I also mentioned the hoax, so it was fresh in my mind.

But dude, that thing started back in the 70s, when I was trick or treating. They keep rehashing it every year. The annual poison candy feature in your local paper.

My friends passed around a myth about a neighborhood.girl who bit into an apple with a razor blade in it. I mean I visualized the whole thing. But we never needed to verify it.

Not saying we shouldn't be careful...it's just weird how it keeps going around and around.


13 Chyll Will   ~  Nov 1, 2011 10:46 am

[12] Yuck, I say on behalf of brother thelarmis. Zagnut is a yuck. That goes double for Baby Ruth. I remember objecting to the look of a Baby Ruth and Uncle Woodrow said, "but when they used to really look like that, they tasted better!" I don't get grown ups at all, do you?

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