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9 worst Halloween candies (and 1 dishonourable mention)

 

Every Halloween, the streets fill with goblins, ghouls and ghostbusters knocking on doors in search of treats (or tricks). But beware — not all candy is created equal! For every bitesize chocolate bar or sour, chewy snack, a cluster of crummy candy lies in wait to take up space in your jack-o’-lantern pail. Use this handy, rated list to guide you through the stale and the sticky on your trick-or-treat route, and have the candy collection of everyone’s envy.

1. Candy Corn

A pile of yellow, orange and white candy corn

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Candy corn’s a Halloween classic, but you won't be jumping up and down for these sugary kernels. While you may have fun playing with them (you can arrange them to look like actual corn!), this infamous treat is one of the least liked Halloween candies around. Try to avoid this too waxy and too sweet treat that's notoriously known as “the fruitcake of Halloween.”

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2. Tootsie Roll

A bunch of wrapped Tootsie Rolls on a white tabletop

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Don’t be fooled by their chocolatey-seeming nature, Tootsie Rolls don’t stand a chance against the real deal. If you do fall for this kind of cocoa/kind of not treat, you’re in for some serious chewing. These candies seem to come with a permanent staleness — maybe because their recipe calls for mixing in part of the previous day’s batch!

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3. Dubble Bubble

A pile of Dubble Bubble gums in their yellow and blue wrappers

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While some believe gum has no part in Halloween candy, the opportunity for bubble-blowing fun and that sweet bubblegum flavour can be worth it — when what you’re chewing isn’t as hard as a rock, that is! Group Dubble Bubble in the perma-stale camp because these pink treats will require some serious jaw exercising before you eat them, and they lose flavour way too fast.

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4. Rockets

A bunch of the pastel-coloured Rocket discs wrapped in clear plastic

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Did you know these are called Smarties in the United States? In Canada, the name was changed to avoid confusion with the chocolates, but whether there or here as Rockets, these chalky discs are the scourge of trick-or-treaters everywhere! Each year, dozens of these pastel cylinders are tossed into your unsuspecting Halloween bags, only to be reached for when the rest of your candy’s gone.

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5. Gingerbread cookies

A stack of skeleton-decorated gingerbread cookies

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Gingerbread cookies during winter holidays? Delightful. Gingerbread cookies on Halloween? Confusing and crumbly. There’s usually one house giving out spooky-shaped gingerbread in plastic wrap with an orange ribbon, and it’s never fresh. These cookies are another potential member of the stale family, but there’s always the chance you'll get a fresh bake and yummy icing!

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6. Sugar Daddy

A whole bunch of Sugar Daddy candies on white sticks, in their yellow and red wrappers

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It may just be caramel on a stick, but if you’ve tried a Sugar Daddy, you know there’s more to it. The flavour of these candies isn’t the problem, it’s the work that goes into eating one! Biting into it leads to a super hard time getting your teeth unstuck from the chunk of caramel, and sucking on one doesn’t go any faster. But if you’re a leisurely candy-eater, this is the treat for you!

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7. Candy buttons

 

Packets of different coloured candy buttons hanging in a candy store

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Whether you call these colourful spots candy buttons or dots, the end result is the same: a hope they don’t wind up in your trick-or-treat loot. These hard candies have little flavour, but that’s the least of their problems because each of these small sugary drops is stuck to paper! Every bite of this candy comes with a mouth filled with paper shreds, and not enough candy!

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8. Candy sticks

 

Candy stick in front of a graphic cardboard box

Photo by Joe Loong licensed CC BY-SA 2.0 

The boxes this candy comes in may have a wide variety of cool covers and characters, but don’t let the pretty pictures trick (or treat) you! These candies look like chalk, feel like chalk and taste sickly sweet — basically, they’re what happens when you take pure sugar and turn it into a stick. Though it could be fun to collect the awesome box art and make a collage!

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9. Raisins

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Pretty sure you don’t need convincing about the curse that is raisins on Halloween. Even when you think you got away raisin-free, there’s always at least one box hidden in your haul, waiting to strike with its sticky, clumped together raisin-osity. Trick-or-treating is a time for candy-candy, not nature’s candy!

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Dishonourable mention: Toothbrushes

Several, colourful toothbrushes

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The worst of the worst, the most dishonourable of dishonourable mentions: the trick-or-treat toothbrush. Raisins may be bad, but at least they’re edible and somewhat sugary! Giving out toothbrushes flies in the face of the Halloween spirit. Also, pretty sure you have a toothbrush at home — what you don’t have at home is a fine pile of tasty candy...yet.

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