Our 10 Best Halloween Trick-or-Treat Candies

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The girl on the Mary Jane wrapper looks totally baked, and is that a short skirt she's wearing or a rubber flotation device?


Who can forget the thrills of trick-or-treating? Schlepping from door to door with the largest bag you could find in the kitchen, scoring treats from shopkeepers if you were a city kid, hitting up the neighbors if you grew up in the 'burbs. The more committed would trick-or-treat for hours, sometimes leaving bags of candy at pre-arranged stash points if the sugary loot was abundant enough.

We were connoisseurs of Halloween candy in those days, and our favorite brands were seared into our culinary sensibilities. Herewith our 10 favorite Halloween candies.


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Candy lips have retained the same bubble-gummy flavor for millennia, and remind us that houses were once lit with wax candles.


10. Brach's Caramels -- Nowadays, we wish we had a Liddabit sea-salt caramel, but as kids we loved chewy, mild Brach's caramels, especially since you'd often get a handful at a single house. What to do with the dark caramels? Give 'em to your little brother.

9. Wax Lips -- If candies like Mary Janes and Brach's Caramels seemed old-fashioned to us, the wax lips we sometimes got were downright prehistoric. Since when is wax candy? But the real beauty of wax lips, we realized, lay in them becoming a temporary but hilarious part of your costume -- before you decided to chew them unrecognizable, that is.

8. Bonomo's Turkish Taffy -- Put it in the freezer for 15 minutes, and you can slap it onto any hard surface and watch it break into dozens of delectable shards. Leave it out in warm weather, and find yourself pulling on the stretchy candy till your teeth were almost pulled out. And, O! the lowbrow appeal of artificial flavors like strawberry and banana.

7. Mary Janes -- Mary Jane was one of the sisters in Little Women, right? Or was she a character in Little House on the Prairie? No matter, the peanut candy -- which was chewy like taffy -- was created in 1914, and hasn't changed much since then. Only later did we discover that "Mary Jane" is slang for marijuana.


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Was this candy really Turkish? We wondered.


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