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21 October 2014

Let's Make a Deal: Halloween Candy Edition! I went to Target yesterday and was blown away by the sheer tonnage of Halloween candy. Several aisles of huge bags, filled with So Much Candy. I loved it.

Pretend you're 10 years old again and tell what you'd keep and what you'd try to trade away to your brother or sister, from your trick-or-treat stash.
KEEP: M & M's, Milky Ways, Starburst, Skittles

TRADE: Mounds, Almond Joy, boxes of raisins or other sad attempts at healthy snacking, those mysterious taffy bits wrapped in orange and black wax paper with no writing.
KEEP: Skittles, Starburst, Twix, any sort of chocolate caramel

TRADE: Reese's, Snickers, anything with peanut butter or peanuts
posted by ThePinkSuperhero 21 October | 08:26
Keep: Snickers, Reeses cups, hershey minis, skittles, most chocolate and candy bars

Trade: Reeses pieces, starburst, sour patch kids, gummies, rolos, Mounds or anything coconut
posted by rmless2 21 October | 12:01
[looks like TPS and I would have been a great match!]
posted by rmless2 21 October | 12:01
YESSSSSSS Halloween besties!!!
posted by ThePinkSuperhero 21 October | 13:03
Keep: All bubble gum and lollipops.

Trade: Anything else, especially chocolate. (My siblings loved me.)
posted by JanetLand 21 October | 14:20
Keep: Reese's, Kit Kats, Hershey's, M&Ms, Pay Day, $100,000 Bars, Mounds, ALmond Joys

Trade: Skittles, Jolly Ranchers, Starburst, Smartees, Swee-Tarts, Necco Wafers, Gum, Dum Dums, Tootsie Rolls, Goldenberg's Peanut Chews (for the NJ/Phila kids)
posted by Miko 21 October | 18:15
Keep: plain m&m, milky ways, starburst, skittles, reese's, reese's pieces, plain milk chocolate & dark chocolate hershey bars, rolos, smartees, sweet tarts, tootsie rolls, good & plenty

Trade: anything with nuts or coconut (m&m, mounds, almond joy, snickers), twix, sour stuff, kit kats [I still haven't recovered from a traumatic kit kat incident when I was 7ish]
posted by bluesapphires 21 October | 19:23
Miko, you're giving away all the good stuff! Let's talk on November 1st.
posted by Kangaroo 21 October | 19:54
Deal! (I don't like sour/fruity candy).
posted by Miko 21 October | 23:26
Keep: milk chocolate and mint.
Trade: chalky Necco type, anything cherry or raspberry or Gummi.

I like caramel but Goetze's puts flour in theirs.
posted by brujita 22 October | 02:34
Keep: snickers, almond joy, anything chocolate as long as it doesn't have peanut butter in it. Circus peanuts. Yes, I am the freak that likes circus peanuts. And candy corn.

Trade: Jolly ranchers, Starburst, Reeses anything, twizzlers.
posted by gaspode 22 October | 07:26
Keep: York peppermint patties/Junior Mints, Reese's, Mounds/Almond Joy, Butterfinger, M&Ms peanut, Bit O'Honey, Warheads/other sour candy, gobstoppers, Haribo gummies, Double Bubble gum.

Trade: Twizzlers, Wonka brand chocolate, M&Ms plain, Charleston Chew, caramel creams, saltwater taffy, DumDum pops, Jolly Ranchers, Skittles, hard candy with gooey fruity innards.
posted by initapplette 22 October | 11:03
Keep: Butterfinger, Mounds, Almond Joy (I love the coconutties!), Reese's (anything), peanut butter M&Ms, York, Nerds, Twizzlers, any dark chocolate including Special Dark, Krackel, probably Smarties (US) and other chalky slightly sour thingies like SweeTarts.

Trade: Snickers, Mars, Milky Way, Starburst, plain and peanut M&Ms, plain Hersheys, Mr. Goodbar.
posted by Madamina 22 October | 16:16
Trade: Milk Duds, Almond Joy, mint chocolate.

Keep: TOOTSIE ROLLS. I am a tootsie roll fool. Especially with the different flavors.

I miss circus peanuts. Do they even sell those anymore?
posted by lysdexic 23 October | 01:58
I bought our candy yesterday (Twix, Smarties, and Milky Way Simply Caramel)... I hope I get a jewel in my crown for every day I don't rip the bags open and eat it myself.
posted by ThePinkSuperhero 23 October | 09:49
Keep: Reeses and Mounds are my favorites (I love anything with peanut butter or coconut -- Zagnuts and Chico Sticks are the bomb!), Charleston Chews (especially strawberry), Twizzlers, Twix, Kit Kat, Nestle Crunch (or its evil twin Krackle), atomic fire balls. Milky Way and Three Musketeers are okay, but second string.

Trade: Anything with nuts (which I like by themselves, but not usually in stuff like candy or cookies); anything mint (which I'll eat, but I'm not a fan); Dark chocolate (which I like more now); the inevitable apple from Mrs. Palmer, our sixth grade science teacher who lived in the neighborhood and incubated abandoned duck eggs in her garage (she once showed me where I'd signed her visitor's book twenty plus years before, as a then trickortreater).

(pinky-- my mom always hid her pre-Halloween stash, but I could always find it. ;)
posted by Pips 23 October | 13:27
One of my neighbors gave out wheat ear pennies.
posted by brujita 23 October | 16:52
I'm just gonna leave this here: Halloween Safety Education Film, 1977

I feel fairly certain I saw this film as a kid. I don't remember anything in it specifically, but I do recall being extremely anxious about accepting any candy that wasn't a wrapped, commercial product. I mean anxious, like pathological. I would examine each piece of candy for pinpricks showing where the needle inserted the deadly poison. I wish I were joking.

One thing that makes me sad is the scene where the mom and kid are sorting the candy and throwing out anything that doesn't look like it came off an assembly line. After seeing this movie (or hearing/seeing some similarly hysterical thing), I was unable to calmly enjoy trick or treat. WHen I was ages 7-10, I lived in a really interesting old town on the Jersey Shore, a Victorian neighborhood where a lot of the residents were in their 70s and 80s or even older. They obviously grew up in a really different era, and when Halloween came, they were sometimes mentally back in the 1930s-50s. So a lot of people went to the trouble to make homemade cookies, popcorn balls, caramel corn and other awesome, and very loving, homemade treats. Thanks to stuff like this fussy movie, I was too paranoid to eat any of them. I just threw them out. I recall my mom trying to convince me they were probably fine, but whatever I heard at school, at the time, was gospel to me.

It makes me sad today to think about these 100% nice older folks baking and cooking for hours to get ready for Halloween, making treats that were completely cool and totally different than the usual commercial stuff, and little me thoroughly freaked out by fear-inducing American media like this. And even more sad to understand the fear was totally unfounded, the threats of poison candy never actually real.

So today, I would keep any homemade treat. I also remember the little twists of 10 pennies in a piece of wax paper with a ribbon, and the pencils, and marshmallows, and stuff we'd consider "odd" today. I'm glad I got a little taste of Halloween before it was an aisle in CVS.
posted by Miko 23 October | 20:38
Thanks to this thread and you jerks, I had to go out and buy a huge bag of reese's mini cups for myself.
posted by rmless2 24 October | 11:22
I always kept the chocolate and traded away the (yuck) candy corn.
posted by bearwife 24 October | 16:46
Today I ripped open the bag of snickers meant for the kiddies and ate four "fun sized" doesn't work to get the stuff too early.

I'm not ashamed. Boo!
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