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The Best and Worst Halloween Candies, Ranked

by Eben Diskin Oct 9, 2019

The best and worst Halloween candies is a contentious debate that arises every October, and yet no one ever seems to see eye-to-eye. When it comes to people’s favorite Halloween candy, there will never be a unanimous agreement, but is trying to get as close as possible. The candy website polled 30,000 of its own customers and compared results with rankings from 12 online publications to create the ultimate lists of the best and worst Halloween treats. Spoiler alert: Prepare to take issue with several items on this list.

The 10 best Halloween candies:

  1. Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups
  2. Snickers
  3. Twix
  4. KitKat
  5. M&M’s
  6. Nerds
  7. Butterfinger
  8. Sour Patch Kids
  9. Skittles
  10. Hershey Bar

Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups are a perennial winner, and it’s one entry we can all pretty much agree on. After all, they’re “sold literally everywhere business is done” (according to a commercial for the candies) for a reason. The rest of the top 10 isn’t too surprising, with all the heavy-hitters featured, including M&Ms, Nerds, Hershey, Twix, and Snickers. These are the no-brainers. The Mean Girls of candy, if you will, telling the less glamorous treats, “You can’t sit with us.”

Speaking of the loveable losers, Here are the 10 worst Halloween candies:

  1. Candy Corn
  2. Circus Peanuts
  3. Peanut Butter Kisses
  4. Wax Bottles
  5. Necco Wafers
  6. Tootsie Rolls
  7. Smarties
  8. Licorice
  9. Good & Plenty
  10. Bit-O-Honey

This list may stir a bit more controversy, as Smarties, Licorice, Tootsie Rolls, and Candy Corn certainly have their following. Indeed, for a certain Matador writer, finding a package of Candy Corn in his trick-or-treat pillowcase was like finding the holy grail, and he’ll defend those weird starchy triangles to the very end. Unfortunately, Bit-O-Honey and Circus Peanuts might have a slightly harder time finding a loyal defender.

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