Top 10 Chocolate Halloween Candies
For most kids (and parents), Halloween means candy. The National Confectioners Association is projecting $2.6 billion in candy sales this year. Candy corn may be the holiday's most iconic treat, but nearly 7 out of 10 survey respondents told the NCA that chocolate is their favorite. What kind of chocolate? Cheapism.com aggregated online rankings of chocolate Halloween candy, reflecting U.S. sales and consumer preferences, to come up with this definitive (and unscientific) top 10 list. Bags of these favorites are often specially priced for the holiday, and big enough that grown-ups can look forward to leftovers once the trick-or-treaters have left the premises.
The snack size Almond Joy designed for trick-or-treat bags comprises one almond atop a mound of coconut enrobed in milk chocolate. For comparison, the two candies in a full-size package each have two almonds on top. A Mounds bar contains no nuts, only coconut and dark chocolate. These sibling bars are among the few mass-produced chocolate candies that contain coconut, a polarizing flavor that sometimes relegates them to the reject pile.
This simple favorite features milk chocolate interspersed with crisped rice. In addition to the usual "fun size" for Halloween, Nestlé has released promotional editions shaped like Peanuts characters from the upcoming movie. For the best value, look to the company's Boo Bag variety packs, which range from 60 to 450 pieces and include brands such as Butterfinger and Baby Ruth in addition to Crunch bars.
This candy bar, made of chocolate-malt-flavored nougat covered in caramel and wrapped in milk chocolate, has been around for nearly 100 years. Yet it's not quite as popular as other Mars chocolate brands on this list. Milky Way Midnight bars, with vanilla-flavored nougat and dark chocolate, make an atmospheric choice for Halloween.
This candy bar has light-as-air whipped chocolate on the inside and milk chocolate on the outside. A fun-size bar ideal for trick-or-treating -- or portion control -- is sold in bags alongside other popular candy bars made by Mars. The company's 2015 Halloween offerings include a gruesome new twist on 3 Musketeers: "Muskefears" bars with red nougat inside.
An oldie but goodie, Hershey's milk chocolate bar has been around since 1900. Its continued popularity proves that chocolate doesn't have to be jammed full of stuff to make a beloved candy bar. Hershey bars come in miniature-size morsels -- packaged along with Mr. Goodbar, Krackel, and Hershey's Special Dark -- and a snack size for Halloween.
This candy originated in the U.K. but immigrated to the U.S. to great acclaim. The original version, a cookie topped with caramel and covered in milk chocolate, has spawned line extensions including ghost shapes for Halloween. While Twix traditionally comes in a package of two bars (a marketing campaign alleges the left and right come from separate factories and invites consumers to "pick a side"), the "fun size" is only one smaller bar.
These crunchy, chocolate-covered wafers can be snapped apart and shared -- if trick-or-treaters are so inclined. In the U.S. there are three varieties: regular, dark, and white chocolate. Real Simple compared this treat with Twix and notes that a Kit Kat contains far less sodium and less saturated fat.
Snickers built a billion-dollar brand on a foundation of peanuts, nougat, caramel, and chocolate. A new Halloween variety, Snickers XScream, leaves out the nougat in favor of more peanuts and caramel. Other variations include pumpkin-shaped and fun-size Snickers, a staple of Mars variety packs.
This is the top-selling candy from the chocolate giant Mars, which has retail stores devoted exclusively to 's. In addition to the simple milk chocolate with candy coating, there are peanut, pretzel, crispy, and dark chocolate versions. 's come in smaller fun-size packages for Halloween, as well as "harvest blends" of fall colors and white chocolate in candy-corn colors.
When the trick-or-treating is finished, the bags are emptied, and the candy is sorted, Reese's peanut butter cups almost invariably go into the "jackpot" pile. They come in pumpkin-shaped versions and festively wrapped miniatures. This year for Halloween, parent company Hershey is also making snack-size Reese's Nutrageous bars (peanut butter surrounded by caramel, peanuts, and milk chocolate).