The Top 10 Best Candies for Halloween (Non-Chocolate Edition)

Hey, look on the bright side. For every shitty type of candy there is out there, there are five more that are just mediocre. Har. Seriously, however, there's a world of great sweets to choose from when it comes to filling your treat-or-treat bowl. Here are ten of our favorite non-chocolate candies (cocoa picks to follow).

10. Haribo Gummi Cola Bottles. Die-hard Haribo fans may be surprised I picked cola bottles as my favorite manifestation of gummy candy. While I very much enjoy the ever-popular bears, there's something enticingly authentic about the flavor of the cola bottles. They made me realize I enjoy chewing Coke more than drinking it.

Two for One: gum and a lollipop.
Two for One: gum and a lollipop.
Photo by Christine Hayford

9. Blowpops. Blowpops have two major virtues. First, their original fruit flavors are remarkably vivid (the watermelon especially) and not artificial-tasting. Second, they have a Surprise Inside in the form of a hearty ball of chewing gum that varies your consumption experience by forcing you to transition from sucking to mastication.

Why not taste the rainbow on Halloween?
Why not taste the rainbow on Halloween?

8. Skittles. If you can get over Skittles' current god-awful commercial campaign, give this candy a (re)try on Halloween. They're as colorful as M&Ms but less filling AND can be used to infuse vodka.

The White Mystery flavor is the best.
The White Mystery flavor is the best.
Photo by Elliot Gilfix

7. Airheads. At some point during grade school, Airheads were banned from campus because kids were eating too many of them during recess and returning to the classroom bat-shit hyper. Now that I've escaped the fascist prison system that is public elementary education (I have to ASK to go to the bathroom? Seriously?), I love to indulge in White Mystery and Cherry Airheads, both of which make the back of my mouth tingle in a pleasantly uncomfortable fashion.

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