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

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6. Starburst Candy Corn. New to the market this year, Starburst Candy Corn has all the soft, creamy texture of regular candy corn with stronger fruit (rather than high fructose corn syrup) flavors. I have been content to eat this by the handful, but also plan to save some in the freezer to use in the spring for flower cupcakes.

5. Vanilla Tootsie Rolls. Kudos to the visionary at the Tootsie Company who is exploiting a truth that I have known for decades: vanilla is the pre-eminent flavor of Tootsie Rolls, superior even to chocolate. This Halloween, bags of vanilla "midgees" are on sale at your local drugstore; take advantage of this wonderful flavor monopoly while you can.

4. Atomic Fireballs. Atomic Fireballs are not for the faint of heart. Nor are they for people who are squeamish about removing candy from their mouth and reinserting it repeatedly, for the burning bliss fireballs engender is best enjoyed with some breaks in between to let your mouth cool off.

3. Bull's Eyes. Picture the lard filling of Oreos circumscribed by chewy caramel: Yes, something that luscious does exist. Also known as caramel cremes, Bull's Eyes are an O'Leary clan tradition and should become one as well with your family.

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