Ranking Halloween Candy

A Candy Addict Evaluates Recent Halloween Candy Rankings.

I adore candy and definitely have my favorites. I also live on a street that attracts hundreds of Trick or Treaters and I do not want to displease or disappoint my fellow candy lovers.   That’s what piqued my interest in what’s popular and what’s not.  I am one of the few houses in my neighborhood that urges the kids to ‘take two’ of the items in my enormous salad bowl filled with an assortment of candy.  I watch to see which they chose as they root around, after saying “Two?  Wow, thanks”.

Mature adults who have discipline buy Halloween candy they do not like so that they don’t eat it.  Not me.  I buy what I know the kids like and what I love and I start tucking into my favorites at least a week before Halloween.  After years of accusations, my children resorted to counting their candy haul before they went to bed on Halloween so they would know if I’d stolen any in the night.

(For a good laugh watch Jimmy Kimmel’s “I Told My Kids I Ate All Their Halloween Candy 2018”).

One recent survey ranked these candies as the top ten:

Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup
Milky Way
Sour Patch Kids
Kit Kat
Caramel Apple Pop
Starburst & Skittles (a tie)
All M & Ms

Another survey had the following top ten:

Milky Way
Brach’s Candy Corn
Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup
Kit Kat

Here would be MY top ten:

Good & Plenty (not offered in treat sizes that I’ve ever found)
Baby Ruth
Mike & Ikes
Hot Tamales
Brach’s Candy Corn
Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup
Tootsie Rolls
Junior Mints
M & M Peanuts

Needless to say, I am appalled that six of my top faves don’t even make the top ten of either of the two earlier surveys.  What is wrong with people? One reviewer even went so far as to say that Mike & Ikes were “not the worst but certainly close to it”.

Trick or Treating candy tips:

  • Let the kids take more than one.
  • Offer a good selection – kids can be picky.
  • Offering full size candy bars will make you THE most popular house on the block, hands down.
  • Never, ever, try to encourage healthy eating by giving the kids apples, raisins or other healthy treats. Your house might get egged.
  • Distinguish yourself by giving out this year’s status Halloween candy – Hershey’s assortment with candy wrappers that glow in the dark.

Glow in the dark Hersheys Halloween candy

Candy Warehouse sells bulk candy in Halloween-themed small packages that are perfect for Trick or Treat.

Halloween Candy Warehouse


Do you love special candy? This earlier article has some great resources.

Where to buy exceptional candy online