By Joe Carrel, Buffalo Exchange Tempe
Aside from the occasional “my soccer ball went over your fence,” Halloween is about the only interaction kids have with their neighbors these days—so we as grown-ups should make it count.
I still remember which of my childhood neighbors gave out the good candy, and which gave out apples or that sticky, glob-like taffy in the wax paper wrappers. One even handed me a penny. Don’t be them. Give ‘em the good stuff. I surveyed 58 youngsters at a church I volunteer at and asked them what candy they hope to get and the answers (hint: nothing in the above photo made their top ten) may surprise you …
But before I get to that, let’s mention three candies to avoid. To be clear, I didn’t ask the kids what treats they did not want to get, but that certainly didn’t stop them from telling me. The first will sadden some (including Buddy the Elf)—it’s candy corn. This appears to be the Halloween equivalent of black jelly beans; those who like them really like them, but everyone else simply pitches ‘em. The other two that drew repeated ire were Tootsie Rolls and Whoppers.
Now let’s touch upon the candies that were surprise exclusions from the kid’s list. I’ll start by saying that the top ten sellers in the U.S. are all chocolate-based. But as we’ll soon see, a child doesn’t limit their sweet tooth to chocolate alone. With that being said, most notably absent from the kid’s list is the #2 seller, Hershey’s Milk Chocolate. Other omissions are fellow top ten sellers York Peppermint Patties, Almond Joy, Butterfinger and 3 Musketeers. So, with those usual suspects eliminated, what exactly did kids vote for?
10. Nestle Crunch (4 votes)
9. M & M’s, plain (5 votes)
8. Starburst (6 votes)
7. Snickers (7 votes)
6. Nerds (12 votes)
5. Twix (17 votes)
4. Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups (18 votes)
3. Sour Patch Kids (19 votes)
2. Skittles (33 votes)
1. Kit Kat (36 votes)
If, like me, you’re an apartment dweller, you know that trick-or-treaters tend to stay away but don’t let that tendency leave you unprepared. One year found me frantically rifling through my cabinets with two costumed youngsters at my door (they wound up with Chocodiles and raspberry Zingers). Oh, and one last thing: if you really want to blow their minds, eschew the so-called “fun size” treats and step up to the full-size candy bars. Now that’s a sweet Halloween.