And this time I'm not talking alcohol. I, for one, am still hopped up on Halloween candy and trying to adjust to Daylight Savings (ever notice how even though we gain an hour, it still makes you tired? Am I the only one?). While traditionally I've never been a candy or chocolate fan per se, this year I was beyond psyched for the chance to pick out candy for Trick or Treaters...bottom line is that all I really wanted this Halloween was a Reese's Peanut Butter Cup and gosh darn it, I was going to get it. Of course, it didn't occur to me until Saturday afternoon that I actually had to purchase candy, so off to the store I went, only to find picked over, bare bins of small candy bags - no giant family sized bags to speak of. Quietly, I was overjoyed because it meant I could pick the candy I wanted instead of variety pack where I generally don't care for all of the options. Case in point, earlier that week I saw one bag containing Reese's Peanut Butter Cups, Kit Kats...and Whoppers. You had me at Reese's and Kit Kats, but for me, Whoppers just aren't making the cut (sorry Mom). Instead, I pick out a veritable palette pleasing variety of my own.
$20 on 6 bags of candy later, here's my Halloween candy bowl breakdown:
Reese's Peanut Butter Cup Minis (couldn't find the big size! Grrr!)
Butterfingers (somehow this fabulous candy bar was almost lost in my childhood brain, until I stumbled upon the picked over bags at A & P)
3 Musketeers (a late addition by Shaun)
Since I did the candy buying this year, and Shaun is never one for chocolate (even less so than me) I picked out all of my own favorites (except for Milky Way and 3 Musketeers...though Shaun generally isn't a candy craver, I know he prefers the Milky Way nougat and despises the Reese's 'fake' peanut butter. I say, Yum! however.) And obviously I wasn't going to give out candy to young children without personally taste testing each variety...just to make sure they were all up to standard.
Though I was stoked for the Reese's Peanut Butter Cup, I'm thinking I should have buckled down and went with the famed giant holiday version - The Reese's Peanut Butter Pumpkin. The minis just don't pack enough peanut butter goodness. Instead, I'm claiming Take Five as the clear winner here. Chocolate, Reese's Peanut Butter, pretzel bits, caramel...this candy bar basically has it all. And in case you haven't noticed, I'm a sucker for the sweet 'n savory and this bar packed it all into a few little bites. I applaud you, makers of Take Five.
The only problem now is, Halloween has passed and I may have overestimated the number of Trick or Treaters we'd get. I've eaten approximately my body weight in chocolate. What to do with the leftovers?
Bring 'em to work? Send 'em with Shaun to work? Knock on doors finding little children to give more candy?
So how about it...What do you do with your Halloween candy leftovers? Go to town on 'em? Get 'em out of the house like they're on fire?
And most importantly, what was your favorite candy this Halloween?