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Some favorites among 'worst Halloween candy'

Tuesday, October 13, 2015by  Jon Osterberg

Did you know that Halloween candy is a polarizing topic? Apparently, what tastes great to many people is abhorred by others.
     KOMO News ran a story last Halloween identifying the five most popular candies. Reese's peanut butter cups topped the list, followed by M&M's, Snickers, Hershey's chocolate, and Kit Kat Bars.
     A year earlier, The Huffington Post surveyed its readers to learn the worst Halloween treats ever. And some of my own favorites made that list.
     The worst of the worst was Candy Corn. No way! That's good stuff. My work pal Nate swears the best treat in the world is Candy Corn mixed with peanuts.
     Huffington's other disliked candy included Bit-O-Honey, Tootsie Rolls (seriously? Who doesn't like Tootsie Rolls?!), Smarties, Whoppers, and perhaps my favorite – Good & Plenty. Black licorice candy in general scored low.
     (Trivia: Did you know that Good & Plenty is the oldest branded candy in America, since 1893?)
     "Things that aren't candy" made the worst list too – apples, raisins, popcorn balls.
     I didn't trust popcorn balls as a kid for safety reasons. But if I do trust the source, they're another favorite of mine.
     The survey reminded me that Mars makes several favorites, candy that I would glean from my kids' Halloween stash as "dad's candy tax." The kids reluctantly allowed me to pilfer an occasional 3 Musketeers, Milky Way, or M&M's. I'm not too fond of Skittles, which I was surprised to learn is also Mars candy.
     Mars enjoys global net sales far beyond those of Hershey, which also surprised me. Hershey's stable of candy includes favorites like Heath bars, PayDay, Almond Joy, York peppermint patties, and America's favorite, Reese's.
     Last Halloween I discovered a concoction that beats Reese's at its own game: Butterfinger Peanut Butter Cups. Mmmm.
     Perhaps at Easter, I'll address another polarizing candy, Cadbury Crème Eggs: love 'em or leave 'em?

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