Candy bowls around the neighborhood have been depleted, the masks are off, the pillowcases are emptied. It’s time to divvy up this year’s haul! Here’s how the candy trades will go around the Sussner office this year. Each of us weighed in with our favorite (or least favorite) candies. Bonus round: each team member ranks a group of 12 common candies.
- Twix (refrigerated): Chewy carmel complemented by crispy cookie and chocolate. But it’s a toss-up with refrigerated 100 Grand and refrigerated Baby Ruth.
- Chick-O-Stick: Often found in stand-alone gas stations, this crunchy treat is crunchy, flakey and then chewy! It’s reminiscent of a Butterfinger, but without the unnecessary chocolate.
- Chuckles: A sentimental throwback from my childhood. Most often found in office basement vending machines that still had knobs to pull. These sugar coated jelly candies were awesome (*well, except the black licorice one).
- Milk Duds: The perfect combination of dense chewy, chocolatey deliciousness—I could eat these all day.
- Bit-O-Honey: A strange but wonderful combination of difficult-to-chew and tastiness—love it.
- Nerds: Seriously…what are these, the leftovers of something better? Terrible.
- Take 5: It’s salty and sweet, like an amped up twix (sorry Derek).
- Salty Licorice: I guess it’s an acquired taste…that I will never, ever acquire.
- Pez: Rectangles of sugar coming out of the necks of different weird characters. What’s not to like?
- Reese’s (Pumpkin Shape) Peanut Butter Cups: They found the perfect balance of chocolate to PB (see also: Easter Egg and Christmas Tree shapes). Confession…I already bought and ate a bag long before Halloween.
- Sweet Tarts: I love the sour, powdery tablet they turn into after a minute in your mouth. Don’t you dare compare them to Smarties. Those are just chalk discs with no flavor other than “sugar.”
- Caramel Apple Pops: Not a big fan of apple-flavored things to begin with. But it’s worse when you have a whole hour’s worth of apple flavor, covered by a layer of caramel that seems to be designed to rip out your fillings.
- Circus Peanuts: The bane of my existence.
- Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups: They are the best chocolate thing in the world. But the peanut butter cups stuffed with the Reese’s Pieces are the best chocolate thing in the universe!
- Nutrageous: Bomb.
- Royce’ Nama Chocolate: Even though it drives me insane that there’s an apostrophe at the end of their name, I have never had a spiritual experience with any other kind of chocolate. It’s powdery on the outside and the whole thing melts in your mouth. Also it’s expensive as hell. But worth it.
- Sour Patch Kids: They’re a classic. Never outgrew these. That’s it.
- Lindor Dark Chocolate Truffles: 1. Truffles. 2. Dark Chocolate.
Here’s how we’d rank 12 of the most common candy bars found in neighborhoods across the U.S. (best on top, worst on bottom):