The Best Halloween Candy of All Time, Super Scientifically Ranked from Trash to Tasty
Remember that neighbor from your childhood who gave out such terrible candy (or worse, boxes of raisins) that by fourth grade, you didn’t even bother with their house anymore and basically avoided eye contact from August through November? Don’t be that person. To ensure you’re giving out the good stuff (Psst: Check out the CDC guidelines on trick-or-treating safely this year) or eating it on your own while you binge a bunch of Halloween movies, we’ve carefully ranked all the best Halloween candy, from worst to best. You’re welcome.
45. Strawberry Hard Candies
Congratulations. You trick-or-treated at the actual devil’s house and made it out alive.
44. Gum (Specifically Double Bubble)
If you’re looking for saccharine-sweet flavor for seconds followed by disappointment, well, look no further.
It’s like they’re not even trying to get our attention. We’re almost sorry we dissed that box of raisins.
42. Junior Mints
These taste like toothpaste—they do, so sue us. They’d be marginally better if you didn’t actually need to brush the sugary scum from your teeth after.
39. 3 Musketeers
Is it just us, or is this the chintziest of all the candy bars? Plain old nougat…it’s just meh.
This would be ever so slightly better if it were enrobed in chocolate. It just feels a little sad.
37. Baby Ruth
Great baseball player? Yes. Great candy? Not so much. This one loses points for appearance and the fact that we had to Google what it’s even made of.
36. Crunch Bar
Tell us again, why did we need to ruin perfectly mediocre chocolate with surprise bits of mystery gravel?
34. Mr. Goodbar
He’s good, but not, like, amazing.
33. Blow Pops
Does anyone actually like the plasticky chewing gum that lurks in the center of these things? We didn’t think so.
Had we wanted to eat chalk for dessert, we would’ve done so when our kindergarten teacher wasn’t looking.
27. Hershey’s Chocolate
Like the Michael Bluth of the Halloween candy haul: Fine…but pretty boring compared to the rest of the family. (The one exception—and this is crucial—is if the neighbor is giving out full-size chocolate bars.)
We’ll admit that these sugar tablets are really only good when eaten in threes or the entire roll shoved in your mouth at once.
Sure, these caramel-chocolate bites are pretty inoffensive in the grand scheme of things. But they’re certainly not *Milk Duds.*
22. Original Tootsie Roll
See above. Slightly waxy, vaguely chocolaty and found in a grandparent’s jacket pocket, they’re a Halloween classic, and there’s nothin’ wrong with that.
Nonbelievers will say they’re chalky and boring, but we must disagree. Plus, have you ever had the chewy kind?
20. Sugar Babies
Just make sure you put your dentist on speed dial before cracking open a box. Can you say “cavities?”
19. Starburst (Reds, Yellows and Oranges)
We’ll never know how these flavors got to share a package with those delicious pink guys, but we suppose it could be worse. (See no. 45.)
18. Almond Joy
Real talk: We would prefer Almond Joys if they were made with milk chocolate and, well, zero almonds. (But alas, Bounty bars aren’t sold in the United States.)
17. Trolli Sour Brite Crawlers
This is the only kind of worm we want to see in our Halloween candy, to be quite honest.
15. Air Heads
Getting a mystery flavor Air Head is like winning the Halloween candy lottery. (FYI, we still don’t know what flavor it is.)
What the heck are Nerds? They’re tiny, crunchy bits of sugar that you can pour straight into your mouth. And that’s why we love ’em so.
Listen, we’ll trade you six green M&M’s for three red ones. We know all the colors taste the exact same. Or do they?
12. Milk Duds
What’s the opposite of a dud? A victory? Yeah, they should rename these to that…or maybe not, but you get the idea.
Strawberry Twizzlers are in a whole other class from regular licorice. And that, friends, is a very, very good thing.
8. Hershey’s Cookies and Cream
We don’t even care that it’s not “real white chocolate” or even chocolate at all. Haters, stay back.
7. Starburst (Pinks)
We would do unspeakable things to get our hands on pink Starbursts and pink Starbursts only. Good thing they make bags full of just the good stuff, so we don’t have to.
If you didn’t get one of these hopelessly stuck in your molars, did Halloween really even happen? (Apologies to dentists all over the world.)
4. Sour Patch Kids
Would we coat our lives in the sugary dust that settles at the bottom of the bag? Let’s just say the answer isn’t no.
1. Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups
Salty, sweet and color-coordinated to the holiday. Disagree? Come at us. (Oh, and the pumpkin-shaped ones are even better.) There’s simply no denying that this is the best Halloween candy of all time.
6 Ways to Enjoy All That Candy This Halloween
- If your kids are 12 and older, the safest way to trick-or-treat is to be fully vaccinated. But if they don’t qualify for the COVID-19 vaccine, you can still get in on the spooky fun with “ghosting,” a kid-approved and socially-distanced way to hand out candy to neighbors and friends. Find out more here.
- You couldn’t possibly host a murder mystery party without copious amounts of candy to snack on, could you? Or why not invite your friends for an outdoor movie screening, and give each group their own pumpkin bucket of individually-wrapped snacks?
- Carve a pumpkin, or host a pumpkin-carving gathering in your backyard. Here, everything you’ll need for the best Jack-O’-Lantern ever.
- If you’re celebrating Halloween with kids, set up your home as a miniature neighborhood and have them go “door to door” while you hand out candy from each room. Here are even more ways to safely celebrate Halloween that are kid-approved.
- Craft a six-foot-long candy slide out of PVC piping so those Reese’s Cups can play their own came of Chutes and Ladders before they land in someone’s candy bin.
- Eat all the candy yourself. (Kidding. Kind of.)
Plus, 8 Halloween Recipes to Put You in a Spooky Mood
- Jolly Rancher Candy Apples
- Candy Corn Surprise Cake
- The World’s Biggest Peanut Butter Cup
- Pumpkin Soup in Mini Pumpkin Bowls
- Pumpkin Angel Food Cake with Cream Cheese Glaze
- Apple Tart with Soft-Pretzel Crust
- Cinnamon Sheet Cake with Cider Frosting
- Goat Cheese, Apple and Honey Tarts