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Halloween Candy – What’s the Best?

November 4, 2022

Halloween Candy Tier List


Each year millions of kids across America Trick-or-Treat in search of some delicious and delectable candy. Today I will be reviewing and placing Halloween candy in a tier list.


Starting off the S-tier we have sour patch kids, an absolute classic sour gummy candy. You can never really go wrong with sour patch kids, they are always good and sure to satisfy your sweet tooth. Next, we have one of my personal favorites: jolly ranchers.  Twix bars are my personal favorite chocolate bar. They have the perfect combination of crunchy biscuit cookie, caramel, and milk chocolate that create a delicious candy bar. Skittles are S-tier for obvious reasons they are a classic staple of Halloween candy and with all of the different flavor types that you can get they are clearly an S-tier candy. Second to last we have Reese’s peanut butter cups which are a classic combination of chocolate and peanut butter. And finally, rounding off the S-tier, we have starburst. With their variety of quality flavors they easily make S-tier.

The flavors are so good plus since it is a hard candy the flavor lasts for a long time compared with other candies that you eat and are gone instantly

— Elliott Yarborough


Starting off the A-tier strong with Kit-Kats. Their unique crunch and delicious milk chocolate make Kit-Kats a very high-tier candy. Snickers makes the A-tier as well simply because I am not a huge fan of peanuts inside a chocolate bar, and I would rather just have peanut butter. Sour punch would make the S-tier but I think sour patch kids are slightly better and it does not make any sense to have two sour candies in the S-tier. Haribo gummy bears are an absolute classic gummy candy and just barely do not make the S-tier. Mike and Ikes I believe are severely underrated and deserve a high spot on the tier list. Nerds are a pretty good candy however I always end up pouring too much of them in my mouth at once. Crunch bars are on the A-tier because of their unique crunch I am going, to be honest, I have no idea what those tiny bumps are that make the crunch all I know is that I enjoy it a lot. Last on the tier is Tootsie-pops which are pretty good, but I think everyone prefers blow-pops to Tootsie-pops which is why they are A-tier.


Reese’s Pieces are worse than Reese’s peanut butter cups simply because they do not have the savory taste that the peanut butter cups add. Lifesavers are just your bang-average hard candy. Dum-Dums are very good lollipops and have a huge variety of flavors however they are very small. Milky-Way bars are pretty decent but they can be a little bland on the flavor side. Dots basically the same thing as Milky Ways just in gummy form. Swedish fish I somewhat dislike only because of this one time when I ate too many of them and my stomach started to hurt and now I can only eat a few of them before I lose my appetite. I actually like Almond Joys quite a lot and their unique coconut and chocolate combination is very good. M & M’s are so average; they are literally just bits of milk chocolate, nothing special. Hershey’s kisses are a pretty decent candy and are only in the B-tier because they are just plain chocolate. Lemonheads are kind of average and do not offer a lot of variety. Last on the B-tier we have Warheads. Personally, I enjoy a good sour candy, but only at certain times. Warheads are not really a candy that I will go out of my way to find, but I do enjoy them. 


Starting off the seat here we have Butterfingers. Butterfingers are in my opinion kind of gross and I really just don’t like them. Twizzlers really lack flavor and I’m just not a fan of licorice in general double bubble gum loses its flavor way too quickly, and whenever you get this candy at Halloween it is usually hard and stale. Laffey taffy‘s are pretty good, but they’re way too chewy and difficult to open. Usually, they just end up getting stuck in my teeth. As a kid, I used to think fun dip was really good but it’s just powder. Pez also really lack a lot of decent flavors the only reason that they’re in the C tear is due to the fun factor that’s added by the Pez dispenser.


Mr. Goodbar is just so average and it doesn’t really add anything unique to the chocolate bar category. Fruit chews are kind of gross and I do not like them very much. Hot tamales, in my opinion, are not good at all and I do not really enjoy spicy candy.


Whoppers are so bad. I feel like I am going to get some hate for this, but I am going to stick by my opinion: they are not good. I think everyone can agree that Tootsie Rolls deserve to be in this category, and there is not much that I need to say about this candy. Now, this is a very controversial opinion, but Candy Corn is a horrible candy. The only reason anyone buys Candy Corn is because of its nostalgic value, and if you only take the candy at face value it is disgusting. Sorry I had to say it.


Starting off the F-tier we have 100 grand. Now I do not get these very often, but when I do I almost never eat them and end up either throwing them away or giving them away. 100 Grand bars are basically entirely peanuts and I have already mentioned that I do not like peanuts in candy bars which is why they are in the F-tier. Gobstoppers have little to no flavor so it is basically like you are sucking on a rock. Pixy-stix are literally just flavored sugar so if I am going to be eating a lot of sugary candy I want it to be a little more inventive and interesting than just eating straight sugar.

Now I am aware some of these placements may cause some controversy, but these are just my opinions and I stand by them. Regardless, Halloween is an absolutely classic holiday that I look forward to every year.

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Ranking Halloween Candies


Halloween is definitely one of my favorite holidays, as a time of candy and fun decorations, there is little downside. The decorations are the best of any holiday by far. With skeletons, fake graves, and the animatronic figures with scary catchphrases, so many people have their yards decked out. Halloween parties are always fun as well, even as it often leaves me running around my house trying to put together a costume at the last minute. Everyone gets the opportunity to dress as their favorite characters from TV shows or movies. Myself, I dressed as Steve Irwin this Halloween, celebrating my idol and a staple of my childhood as I would wake up early every morning when I was little and watch The Crocodile Hunter. Yet, at the end of the day, the best part about Halloween has to be the candy.


Unfortunately, I am at the point where I feel like I’ve aged out of trick or treating and haven’t gone in a few years. However, my time trick or treating was always my best memories. We would go around the neighborhood with our pillow cases, filling them up to the brim and going to the houses with the full sized candy bars a number of times. Yet, I can’t help but feel that the candy has been on a steady decline. Looking through my little brother’s candy haul, I was dismayed as I looked over his endless collection of Snickers and Almond Joys, the two worst candies. While the best candies are controversial, here are my rankings of the best candies I would want to see in my halloween bag:

#1- Dots

This is a really controversial take, but Dots are definitely my number one choice. They are incredibly rare to find and just not a candy that many people have on Halloween, yet they are the perfect combination of a sweet taste and a gummy-like texture that makes them unmatched. The only potential downside is that sometimes the gummy-texture feels like it gets stuck on the roof of your mouth. All around, its unique taste and rarity makes it my number one candy choice.


#2- Swedish Fish

Swedish fish are locked in as my number two choice. There is something about the sweet, yet simple taste that makes them so appealing. They are not overdone with flavor and are always a classic go-to on road trips. They are a candy that you can turn to without feeling overloaded with sugar and should be given props for their unique shapes as well.


#3- Lifesaver Gummies

Lifesaver gummies are another top tier candy. They too are a classic road trip candy that I can always turn to. On Halloween, it is generally the single packaged lifesaver gummies that are given out, but you can always find the larger bags at the gas station. They are so good because they are soft and chewy but also have a variety of flavors that prevent the candy from quickly becoming boring and tiring. 


#4- Charleston Chew

The Charleston Chew is a candy that is definitely much less well known. Named after the popular dance, the Charleston, and sharing the name of the town we live in, it is such a high level candy choice because of its well developed taste. It consists of a bar, similar to a Twix, with a marshmallow inside that has been covered by chocolate on the outside. This description does not do it justice however as it is much more than that and is possibly one of the most underrated candy choices to date.


#5- Tootsie Roll

Tootsie rolls are another candy that doesn’t get the respect it deserves, however, in this case, I feel like tootsie rolls are over hated rather than underrated. Coming in a variety of shapes and sizes, tootsie rolls are generally seen as bottom of the barrel candy choices, the candy you choose with the last of your tickets at the arcade. Tootsie rolls are really good however and have a taste kind of like caramel but also not like caramel at all. In this way, they are really hard to describe. They also are a popular halloween candy to be given out and their abundance makes them easy to find, which is something really beneficial given how much I like them. 


#6- Skittles  

Skittles are one of the most popular candy choices. They are probably given out by one in every five houses on Halloween and are a classic candy that nearly everyone likes. That said, they are not a #1 candy. They are all around solid and helped by the many different types of Skittles- primarily the original and sour versions which are the two best versions by a long shot. They are an all around great candy yet just a little lacking in taste and can quickly become repetitive enough that you don’t finish the package, and for this reason, they have been dropped to #6.


#7 M&Ms

M&Ms occupy a very similar place as Skittles. They are a candy nearly everyone likes and are a staple of the candy industry. They are always something good that people can turn to. That said, there is nothing remarkable about M&Ms and they are fairly average good-candy. Yet, I will bump them up on my rankings because there is nothing better than M&Ms added to popcorn. This is an insane combination because the saltiness of the popcorn mixes perfectly with the chocolatey taste of the M&Ms. I could not recommend more.


M&Ms are an all around classic

— Vishwa Veeraswamy

#8 Twix

Last but not least, Twix occupies my #8 ranking on my favorite Halloween candy list. Twix are always so good and there is nothing better than finding a house giving out a full sized Twix bar. They are truly the perfect mix of chocolate and caramel that simply cannot be beaten. They are both chocolatey and sweet as the caramel and chocolate outside combines well. They close my candy rankings well as any one of these candies, including Twix for sure, I would be happy finding in a Halloween bag.

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