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What is your favorite Halloween candy and why? I've been eating Kit Kats kept cold in the fridge. They are crispy and delicious. Peanut butter cups are a close second.

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You have made the correct choice. Kit Kats win above all others, especially those that are nice and cold. 

My second would probably be... hmmm... well, crap. Also peanut butter cups. 

TL;DR - We're right and anyone who disagrees with that is wrong. 😝

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It was peanut butter cups but I recently ate some and had horrible blood sugar issues so no more candy for me:-( wahh

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Rockets.

Which, in Canada, is the same as what Americans call "Smarties."

I also like Smarties, but in Canada (and the UK) they are not the same as US Smarties: they're candy-coated chocolate pill things, a bit like M&Ms but waaaaaay nicer.

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I don't really eat sweets, but I really love popcorn. One of my favorite houses to go trick or treating at growing up would give out large bags of popcorn with different flavors. They were close family friends, otherwise accepting homemade treats would of been a no no.

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11 minutes ago, Scylla Rhiadra said:

I also like Smarties, but in Canada (and the UK) they are not the same as US Smarties: they're candy-coated chocolate pill things, a bit like M&Ms but waaaaaay nicer.

Other reason why being an American sucks. M&Ms are all fine and good, but they just do not compare to Smarties. It's the candy coating on them. It's slightly more delicate, and the crunch when you bite into them is so much more satisfying. And the chocolate is much better, too.

Americans get screwed when it comes to candy. We have nothing comparable to Crunchie bars which are the all time best candy bar ever created in the history of all time ever. 

I need to move. 😋

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Just now, Beth Macbain said:

Other reason why being an American sucks. M&Ms are all fine and good, but they just do not compare to Smarties. It's the candy coating on them. It's slightly more delicate, and the crunch when you bite into them is so much more satisfying. And the chocolate is much better, too.

Americans get screwed when it comes to candy. We have nothing comparable to Crunchie bars which are the all time best candy bar ever created in the history of all time ever. 

I need to move. 😋

I'm going to admit that, on the whole, I don't much like American chocolate. Hershey's, for instance, always tastes waxy to me.

The absolute masters of candy are the Brits. They make the most glorious everything -- Barratt's Sherbet Fountains, and Quality Street, and Rowntree Pastilles, and EVERYTHING. Even their potato chips (aka crisps) are better: I can only get Oxtail Soup chips when I go specialty candy stores!

There's a short biographical piece by Raold Dahl -- I wish I could remember what it was called! -- about the sweets shop he frequented when he was a kid, and that was the inspiration in part for Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. His description of the candies he bought there as a child was . . . thrilling is the only word. And the more so because he liked a lot of the same candies I did (and still do).

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As a stand-alone Halloween candy, I'd go with Almond Snickers. If I have one beef with Mars-Wrigley, it's their understanding of what's "fun" sized. Individually-wrapped bite-sized portions of Almond Snickers are not fun, they are frustrating and a tremendous burden on the environment. An Almond Snickers bar that requires two people to lift? That would be fun.

Overall, my favorite Halloween candy is a combination of bits of whatever's scattered on the floor around me, mixed with bits of Hershey's milk chocolate. I adjust the proportions as necessary to obtain maximum deliciosity. Smarties, though fine on their own, are out-of-this-world when mixed with a little chocolate. In this, I think I agree with Scylla. Chocolate and tart is a wonderful combination.

My least favorite might be M&Ms. While they are pretty, and sorting them into same-color columns can keep me occupied for hours, I challenge anyone to prove that their interiors contain chocolate. To quote Beth, I believe they are candy coated... crap.

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1 minute ago, Madelaine McMasters said:

sorting them into same-color columns can keep me occupied for hours

OMG I do that with Rockets, when I'm bored, except that I stack them. I'm not sure what my personal best is, but it's probably around 15 of the same colour.

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4 minutes ago, Scylla Rhiadra said:

The absolute masters of chocolate are the Germans.

I fixed that for you. :)

The candies I grew up with mostly don't exist anymore and I agree, there is a definite difference between Hershey's and Nestlé, though the Hershey's Kisses are still the bestest! Candied Fruits are probably worse than anything that is officially candy, isn't it? I mean, the candied part overrules and then outweighs the nutrients of any actual fruit part?

My favorite all-time candy growing up used to be Malt Tablets - basically a compressed tablet of Malt in a bottle that looked somewhat like the old Bayer Aspirin bottles. I have never found anything else that even comes close to it (even when traveling through Europe (Father was military)). :)

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6 minutes ago, Scylla Rhiadra said:

Hershey's, for instance, always tastes waxy to me.

I've neighbors who regularly travel Europe in search of delicious things to eat. They always bring home chocolates for me. I have probably eaten the most expensive chocolates in the world, which sometimes cause me to wretch. As you might expect, my contrary nature is a substantial factor in this. If you hand me a $100 box of chocolates and explain how it took you two days of searching the back streets of Geneva to find them, I'm probably going to think they taste like the box they came in. If, however, you dig to the bottom of your purse and hand me a lint covered... well I don't really care what it is, I'm going to jump up and down and profess that it's the best thing I've ever tasted... unless I recognize it as an M&M. In that case, I'll drop it back in your purse when you aren't looking.

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I like all the “generic compressed sugar bricks” stuff like Smarties, Spree, Sweet Tarts, etc

Even now in my 20’s my kid brain likes to crush up smarties and snort them.

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1 minute ago, Alyona Su said:

Hershey's Kisses are still the bestest

Hmmm. I don't know German candies very well, although in the German deli that my mother used to shop at when I was a child they sold these thin strips of chewy fruit-flavoured candy that I used to love. I haven't seen those in years. Also, sesame snaps.

Oh, and marzipan.

And, actually, I'll agree: I don't mind Hershey's Kisses, mostly because they are tiny and very manageable, and I don't feel too guilty eating one.

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2 minutes ago, Scylla Rhiadra said:

And, actually, I'll agree: I don't mind Hershey's Kisses, mostly because they are tiny and very manageable, and I don't feel too guilty eating one.

One what? Kiss? Handful? Bag?

Just thinking about this is giving me a tummy ache.

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8 minutes ago, Alyona Su said:

My favorite all-time candy growing up used to be Malt Tablets - basically a compressed tablet of Malt in a bottle that looked somewhat like the old Bayer Aspirin bottles. I have never found anything else that even comes close to it (even when traveling through Europe (Father was military)). :)

I tried to find them for you, but best I could come up with is a recipe... http://www.guavarose.com/2011/10/horlicks-malt-cookie-tablets/

 

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3 minutes ago, Madelaine McMasters said:

One what? Kiss? Handful? Bag?

Just thinking about this is giving me a tummy ache.

None of your business.

I don't Kiss and tell.

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10 minutes ago, Alyona Su said:

My favorite all-time candy growing up used to be Malt Tablets - basically a compressed tablet of Malt in a bottle that looked somewhat like the old Bayer Aspirin bottles. I have never found anything else that even comes close to it (even when traveling through Europe (Father was military)). :)

Those tablets may have been the work of Horlicks, which was once based in Racine, Wisconsin. A few years ago I went searching for the tablets and actually found them on Amazon, still bearing the Horlicks name, but manufactured in Indonesia. I can't find them now, but you can still get jars of malt powder. I have one in my pantry.

https://www.amazon.com/s?k=horlicks+malted+milk+tablets&ref=nb_sb_noss_2

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Just now, Scylla Rhiadra said:

None of your business.

I don't Kiss and tell.

I read that each Hershey's Kiss is about 4 calories and a real (passionate) kiss burns 6 calories. I just suspect one is a lot easier to acquire than the other. LOL

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1 minute ago, Madelaine McMasters said:

Those tablets may have been the work of Horlicks, which was once based in Racine, Wisconsin. A few years ago I went searching for the tablets and actually found them on Amazon, still bearing the Horlicks name, but manufactured in Indonesia. I can't find them now, but you can still get jars of malt powder. I have one in my pantry.

https://www.amazon.com/s?k=horlicks+malted+milk+tablets&ref=nb_sb_noss_2

Yes, the Horlick's name is ringing very loud bells for me. I used to love chomping on them (them spending the next half-hour tongue-picking it out of the crowns of my teeth) . :D

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17 minutes ago, Alyona Su said:

I read that each Hershey's Kiss is about 4 calories and a real (passionate) kiss burns 6 calories. I just suspect one is a lot easier to acquire than the other. LOL

While this may be true, the "calorie" units are not the same. When burning energy, a calorie is actually a calorie (the amount of energy required to warm 1cc of H2O 1°C). A food calorie is actually 1000 energy calories, or one kcal.

On the bright side, I could argue that 1000 real, passionate kisses are better than one. Even better, that would leave you no time to eat.

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9 minutes ago, Alyona Su said:

Yes, the Horlick's name is ringing very loud bells for me. I used to love chomping on them (them spending the next half-hour tongue-picking it out of the crowns of my teeth) . :D

Yep!

The bottles of Horlick's tablets I remember proclaimed "Packed with instant energy!". This is my earliest recollection of my susceptibility to advertising. I'd eat a few tablets and turn into Super Girl.

The more resistant I become to advertising's affect on me, the harder it is to get out of my chair.

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I've been watching a YouTube channel for a candy maker called Lofty Pursuits. It's fascinating to watch. I bought the rare flavor assortment which has rose, black currant and horehound. Tasty. They have some sugar free candy too. 

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