I relish these years as a parent-with-under-a-2-year-old on Halloween. We get first dibs on the candy and we see most of it before it even hits the bag. I had a little fun this morning sorting our treats (which included $2 from Aunt Lois and a special treat bag from Aunt Linda). Our favorite stop was either the full-size-candy-bar houses (LOVE THOSE) or the juice box/wrapped cupcake/candy&straw house. Woohoo!
For now, I give you my general candy assessment.
Our loot, in its entirety
This assortment typically includes the snack size version of most of your full-size favorites. It includes Whoppers, which I hate, but many people love. It also includes the old standbys of Nerds, Dots, Lemonheads (FULL BOX), Mike & Ikes, and Milk Duds. This pile usually doesn’t last the first few days after Halloween.
This pile also previously included a bag of Cheetos that were eaten, but you are always surprised when one of these gems drops into your bag. Pretzels, Doritos and other name brand chips provide good sustenance when making the long journey around the neighborhood.
This candy is daddy’s because, frankly, it’s gross. And I certainly won’t eat them. Almond Joys don’t even constitute candy and Reese’s Pieces are the cheapie version of Peanut Butter M&Ms. Just sayin’…
The “Other” Chocolates
For these…you generally don’t know what the brand name is, but it doesn’t matter. They are chocolate and thereby constitute SOMEthing. These are usually eaten when “The Goods” run out and you’re desperate for a chocolate fix.
This pile consists of suckers (Charlie’s fave) and children’s snacks. It also includes the nice straw we received. I feel like this pile is generally self-explanatory.
The Non-Chocolate Goods
These are the candies that we all enjoying snagging when we need a little pick-me-up that is non-chocolate related. The Smarties, although not my fave, are occasionally something I thoroughly enjoy. These include candies that are most likely to jam in your teeth.
You get a few of these every year (I like Dubble Bubbles) and these are eaten every once in a while
This pile is the worst. And in my opinion, barely even passable as candy. Wrapped in waxed paper, I truly believe these are filled with razor blades OR just taste like poison. They are the thing I LEAST like to see dropped into the bag and inevitably, you have to force out a “thank you” for the candy that you know will be in the trash before you can even take your costume off for the night.
The strangest, funniest candy of the year
Yes. That is a mini-burger and hot dog. Strangely, the hot dog does not call itself “mini,” but I can assure you it is not full-size. I have not tried one, but David N. assures me they are “gummy” and do not taste like said description. (Thank goodness).
Where would we be without a Tootsie Roll? My personal faves are the flavored kinds, but the big ones also make my day. I wouldn’t choose these first EVERY time, but having them occasionally is a nice treat.