Top 5 Classic Halloween Candies
Thinking about what to give to the mini-super heroes, pirates and wannabe princesses bound to show up at your doorstep on October 31st? Here's a list of classic candies that deserve a second chance this year. Try keeping it old school and original with these underrated sweets. Move over, Snickers and Reese's, it's not always all about chocolate.
5. Sugar Babies: Once upon a time, Sugar Babies supposedly contained bacon extract. Gee, those were the days. But the caramel mini-delights get along fine without pork flavor, though the candy box's graphics still contain pieces of bacon-like confetti. Owned by the Tootsie Roll Company, Sugar Babies' parents Sugar Daddies and Sugar Mamas come in other caramel forms aside from the bite-sized Sugar Babies.
4. Smarties: Remember popping Smarties like painkillers? These tiny sweets (not to be confused with Nestle Smarties), are manufactured by Smarties Candy Company. Fifteen of the fruit-flavored wafer candies come in each roll, a convenient treat to toss in any kid's candy bucket.
3. Abba-Zabas: Perhaps the messiest of the classic candies, Abba-Zaba bars contain a peanut butter center, which is wrapped with white, chewy taffy. A staple since 1922, Abba-Zabas are difficult to chew through, but the mix of taffy and peanut butter is a sweet and salty fusion sure to aide in any Halloween sugar high.
2. Dots: Gum-drop-shaped Dots, owned and distributed by the Tootsie Roll Company, usually come in tiny boxes, another ideal handout for trick-or-treaters. Their unwavering popularity is evident at most movie theater concession stands, where movie-goers buy them and soon realize they'll be picking the chewy bits from their teeth for the entirety of the film. Manufactured since 1945, Dots weren't certified as kosher until 2009.
1. Lemonhead: Lemonhead may have a few friends like Applehead and Orangehead, but those hardly pack a tart punch to the mouth like Lemonhead. The Ferrara Pan Candy Company began making Lemonhead in 1962, modeling its formula after Red Hots. The hard, sour bits of lemon make for another bite-sized classic for fans of citrusy sourness.
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