The Top 10 Best Candies for Halloween (Non-Chocolate Edition)

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It's surprisingly fun to chew your soda.
Hey, look on the bright side. For every shitty type of candy there is out there, there are five more that are just mediocre. Har. Seriously, however, there's a world of great sweets to choose from when it comes to filling your treat-or-treat bowl. Here are ten of our favorite non-chocolate candies (cocoa picks to follow).

10. Haribo Gummi Cola Bottles. Die-hard Haribo fans may be surprised I picked cola bottles as my favorite manifestation of gummy candy. While I very much enjoy the ever-popular bears, there's something enticingly authentic about the flavor of the cola bottles. They made me realize I enjoy chewing Coke more than drinking it.

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Two for One: gum and a lollipop.

9. Blowpops. Blowpops have two major virtues. First, their original fruit flavors are remarkably vivid (the watermelon especially) and not artificial-tasting. Second, they have a Surprise Inside in the form of a hearty ball of chewing gum that varies your consumption experience by forcing you to transition from sucking to mastication.

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Why not taste the rainbow on Halloween?

8. Skittles. If you can get over Skittles' current god-awful commercial campaign, give this candy a (re)try on Halloween. They're as colorful as M&Ms but less filling AND can be used to infuse vodka.

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The White Mystery flavor is the best.

7. Airheads.
At some point during grade school, Airheads were banned from campus because kids were eating too many of them during recess and returning to the classroom bat-shit hyper. Now that I've escaped the fascist prison system that is public elementary education (I have to ASK to go to the bathroom? Seriously?), I love to indulge in White Mystery and Cherry Airheads, both of which make the back of my mouth tingle in a pleasantly uncomfortable fashion.

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I think I would get a lot of tricks if I handed out treats like those. The Starburst candy corn sucks. Truly awful. I like the vanilla midges but no way would hand those out -- I'd keep them for myself, as I would the autumn mix. I think the kiddies would like the blow pops and airheads but they would long for regular starburst which was the the candy I wanted the most when I was a kid. 

gossamersixteen topcommenter

Someone has some exceedingly gross taste in candy; were I a kid I'd avoid your house.. Sweet tarts no where to be found, plain old starburst, dots, etc, where are those standards?


You know what i enjoy, HP editors? clicking on a story to open a new page and seeing nothing more than the story intro paragraphs i just read! learn how to format your stories so as not to pi$$ off your readers.

KaitlinS topcommenter

@gossamersixteen Sorry, Joanna, but I gotta agree with gossamersixteen (except for the Dots). Candy corn?! Airheads? Hmmmmm, gurrrrrl! 

I'd like to submit for approval: Sweet Tarts, Starburst, Gummy Worms, Nerds and Sour Patch Kids.

KaitlinS topcommenter

@JMTexas Should be fixed now. Thanks for alerting us to that issue!

KaitlinS topcommenter

@JMTexas Hadn't realized that was happening! I'm on it!


@KaitlinS @gossamersixteen Sweet Tarts are disgusting. I would give those away as a kid because I couldn't get any trades for them. Just goes to show that people have different tastes, I guess.

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