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Halloween candy: like or dislike?

Halloween candy! Photo from Phoenix New Times.

Welcome to Like or Dislike, where you get to share how you really feel about ingredients from the pantry, ingredients I'm thinking about adding to my pantry, other seasonal foods, even favorite cooking gear. Do you like, dislike, love, crave, despise, wish for, use in your own kitchen? The things you like are sure to find their way to the recipes here on The Perfect Pantry, so do tell!

TRUE CONFESSION: I always buy extra Halloween candy, just so there will be some left over. Because this can be dangerous (in a delicious way), my current be-kind-to-my-hips strategy is to buy only the candy that never tempts me: those famous little peanut butter cups, or chocolate bars with coconut. The kids in our neighborhood love them, but peanut butter and coconut just aren't my thing. I'm partial to Hershey miniatures, Junior Mints, and M&Ms. Oh, okay: red licorice Twizzlers, too. So, come on, 'fess up: what's your favorite Halloween candy? Did you buy too much, hoping for leftovers? Or, did you beg your kids for some of their trick-or-treat haul?

Halloween candy: like or dislike?

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I do like candy and may eat one or two bars, but what I really like to do with the leftover candy is add to baking treats for the holidays. They can replace morsels in cookies or chop up and add your favorite to brownies. Another idea is to layer Twix on the bottom of a baking dish and spread brownie mix over and bake. There goes the candy...................

I agree with Denise and i just pinned a great article from The huffington Post with lots of great recipes! Lydia, I always look forward to your Saturday posts on twitter! thank you!


I'm not a huge fan of candy, except for the bite of dark chocolate I have with lunch each day. Halloween candy favorites? Not many. Like you I can't stand moist coconut in chocolate, though I do enjoy in small doses those peanut butter cups. My downfall? Plain M&Ms. I cannot have them in the house. I've been known to go through an entire bag. The huge ones!

Judging by how much I ate last night when I was waiting for the trick-or-treaters, I like Halloween candy a little too much. And since I never have candy in the house except at Halloween, I'd have to say it's DISLIKE for me. But luckily, only once a year.

No trick-or-treaters come to my house, the 10 Halloweens we've been here. Problem solved.

We don't get any Trick-or-Treaters where I live now. When we did use to get them I always bought things my husband liked and that I didn't care for, like the peanut butter cups. For candy now I only like dark chocolate pure, not mixed with anything else, which rules out allmost all Halloween
candy. My favorite, Lake Champlaine, is not one that kids would like. So I guess, it's a dislike.

Although I almost never buy candy for myself, the leftover Hallowe'en stuff gets consumed at a lightning pace. More's the pity. I can't say I really LIKE most of the miniature chocolate bars (Crispy Crunch excluded), but for whatever reason I can't resist eating them if they're in front of me. Sigh.

I adored Almond Joys when I was a kid, but they seem to have shrunk them to half the size since then. Which is a good thing. I never buy candy except for the high-quality stuff I have one of every day. No kids came around last night (new neighborhood for me, so I didn't know what to expect) so this morning I threw it all away.

Wait, you all have LEFTOVER candy??? :-)

Halloween candy is both a like and dislike for me. I absolutely LOVE chocolate. I like all the candy bars, but especially Almond Joy, Snickers, and Butterfingers. Ooh, and 100 Grand bars. What I don't like about Halloween candy is the mass quantity and the unhealthy ingredients. For me, just the unhealthy ingredients is enough to make them more of a dislike. Which is why I make my own healthy almond joys with dark chocolate, almonds, coconut, honey, and coconut oil. Yummy!

Also, I noticed that many of the trick-or-treaters didn't say anything when I opened the door. I actually started telling the kids to say trick-or-treat or they weren't getting a piece of candy. What the heck happened to the tradition?? Why aren't they saying it? When I was a kid I was so excited to say it that I was belting it out before the person even got their door open. Pfft...kids these days...

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