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What Different candy types you can expect in your trick-or-treat basket this Halloween

2021-10-29   ◆   3 minutes read


It’s that time of year once again! The time of beautiful autumn leaves, cool breezes, sweaters, and of course, Halloween, with all its sugary goodness! Who doesn’t love the outdoor decorations, carved pumpkins, costumes and mounds of candy! That’s why we’d like to take you through the origins of Halloween, then discuss all the types of candy you can trick-or-treat for this spooky season.

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Halloween sweets

Where does Halloween come from?

First of all, why do we even eat candy during this holiday? Where does this tradition come from? It actually goes back thousands of years, all the way to pre-Christian Europe. The Celtic peoples, living in parts of what is now Ireland, the UK and Northern France, celebrated a holiday known as Samhain at the end of October, to mark the end of the harvest season. It was believed that at this time of year, the dead could return. People would dress up in costumes while others would leave out food and drink to ward off any wandering spirits. As time went by, people started dressing up as ghosts and spirits themselves, performing and doing tricks in exchange for food. This would become the precursor of trick-or-treating! 

After Christianity spread all over the continent, Celtic rituals faded away, but medieval Christians had their own holidays that were similar to Samhain. In England, the poor would visit the homes of the wealthy, promising to pray for the souls of the homeowner’s diseased relatives. In payment, they would receive treats called “soul cakes.” Eventually, this job would be assigned to children. 

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Halloween candies

Why candy?

European immigrants who moved to America brought this tradition with them from the 19th century onwards, but giving out candy to children only came recently. Trick-or-treating started out in the 1930s. Before, people would give out fruit, baked goods, toys, nuts and even coins. As Halloween became more widespread across the country, so did giving out candy. For one thing, kids love it. And second, parents were apparently worried about other treats being tampered with, so they started preferring packaged candy to homemade treats. And that’s how Halloween as we know it today came to be! Now, let’s go through the most well-known and renowned Halloween candies in Canada. 


Types of Halloween Candies

There’s nothing better than coming home after a successful trick-or-treat, looking at one’s loot, and perhaps exchanging a few with friends, during which some display remarkable negotiation and diplomacy skills. What candies do kids love the most? 

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Various chocolate bars to enjoy.
  • Chocolate Candies – Most people will agree they are among the best candy types. You can find milk, dark or white chocolate, and endless kinds of flavours and fillings. Everyone can find a chocolate candy to their liking during Halloween. There are the classic chocolate tablets, such as Kit-Kat and Hershey’s. If you like caramel, there is Caramilk, Twix, Snickers, Mr. Big and Mars. The list goes on: Coffee Crisp if you love the aroma of coffee, or Reese’s and Oh Henry for those who enjoy peanuts. 
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Tootsie Rolls and other taffies
  • Next, people often give out soft gummies and taffies, great if you love sour, fruity and chewy candies. These include Sour Patch Kids, Fuzzy Peach, Maynards, Swedish Raspberries, Tootsie Rolls and Candy Corn. What’s not to love? But make sure not to eat too much of these too fast, or else you are sure to visit your local dentist.
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Hard and crunchy candies
  • If you prefer satisfying crunchy candies, there are plenty of choices. Some of the most famous treats fall into this sweet category, such as Nerds, Skittles and Smarties. The only downside to these fabulous treats is that during Halloween, the candy boxes are so small that its contents seem to only last a few seconds!
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Licorice candies
  • Some treats don’t attract universal acclaim. For example, licorice, you either love it or hate it. But that isn’t stopping us from enjoying nice rolls of red or black licorice. You can unwind them and eat them strand by strand, or eat a few at the same time. Who knows, if you haven’t had any in a long time, you might surprise yourself and come to enjoy them this time around!
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Dubble Bubble (Tootsie Roll Industries)
  • Finally, you can expect to find chewing gum in your trick-or-treat basket, such as Dubble Bubble or Bazooka bubble gum. You can practice blowing bubbles with one of them, or if you want really big ones, bundle a few chewing gums at the same time. You could say that the only downside to chewing gum is how long it lasts and … it delays you eating other candies! 

We hope you will have a spooky, fun and tasty Halloween this year, and for all you need to know about candy types, check out where to get them on Dessert Advisor!

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