Top 10 Best Chocolate Candies To Make Halloween Trick-or-Treaters Happy

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Chunky is old-school and delicious.

Okay, time to get down to business. While it's perfectly acceptable to give out candy devoid of cocoa at Halloween, we all know chocolate is the name of the game on October 31. Whether you're being modest and giving out fun-size or miniature versions, or are going whole hog (probably in a not-so-subtle attempt to outdo your neighbors) and doling out regular or even king-size varieties, here are the 10 chocolate candies that should be in your trick-or-treat bowl.

10. Chunky. In making the Chunky bar a compact trapezoid, Nestle eschewed traditional candy bar architecture and the result is a thick block of milk chocolate studded with salted peanuts and chewy raisins. I thought the idea of incorporating desiccated grapes into candy was ludicrous, but that was before I tried a Chunky bar; now I am in favor of using sultanas, raisins, and other dried fruits as much as possible with chocolate.

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9. Milky Way. For those who write off Milk Way as simply a poor man's Snickers because of the former's lack of peanuts, I say you are not fully appreciating that a thick ribbon of caramel atop chocolate nougat can be appealing in a totally different way. No legumes means a smoother, more luscious consumption experience and a chance to fully appreciate the delicious simplicity of nougat, caramel, and chocolate.

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Peanut M&M's are the last of the old-guard M&Ms.

8. Peanut M&Ms. Note the absence of the word "butter" in this entry. Butter does not always make everything better. Old-school peanut M&M's offer the melt-in-your-mouth chocolate of regular M&Ms plus a double layer of crunch via the presence of a cheery candy shell and the interior peanut. The extra protein and mastication involved might also prevent you from eating more than two cups (in theory) of these candies.

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Give your kids a break.

7. Kit-Kats. Regular Kit-Kats, that is. Not green tea, strawberry, edamame soybean or any of those other Japanese spin-offs. Never in a candy bar has there been a more fabulous combination of wafer and milk chocolate and such a satisfying crunch with each bite.

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MadMac topcommenter

That's what I'm talking about! I love Milky Way and Milky Way dark is my favorite candy ever. One note to candy novices: Milk Duds will NEVER be Whoopers. Do it right or don't turn on the light.

erichenao topcommenter

I will say, that for me, Three Musketeers should get a nice mention. In the full size department, you get the MOST oz for your buck outta the candy vending machine. The taste is light with some intense sweetness on the chocolate covering. Filling without being too heavy too.

Butterfingers great. Chick-O-Sticks, even better.

johnnybench topcommenter

Trade out almond joy - the candy bar most likely to be sold to your kids' dentist the week after halloween - for butterfinger.


Thanks for giving the Heath bar it's proper due. But I have to take issue with Baby Ruth on this list. Those are nasty. 


"Never in a candy bar has there been a more fabulous combination of wafer and milk chocolate and such a satisfying crunch with each bite."

True except for Big Kat... those were a definite improvement. Are they still available anywhere?

erichenao topcommenter

@vodkinator Agree on the Heath. Also big fan of the more subtle version Skor Bar.

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