Halloween Candy Battle V: Twix Bars vs. Snickers

Twix is a chocolate bar made by Mars, Inc., consisting of a cookie finger, topped with caramel and coated in milk chocolate. Being somewhat smaller in width than other confectionery bars, Twix bars are typically packaged in pairs. Twix, which stands for “twin sticks,” was first produced in the UK in 1967, and introduced in the United States in 1979.

Mars, Inc introduced Snickers in 1930, named after their favorite horse. The Snickers candy bar consists of nougat, peanuts and caramel with a chocolate coating. The bar was marketed under the name “Marathon” in the UK and Ireland until 1990, when Mars decided to align the UK product with the global Snickers name.


2011 Columbus, OH Trick-or-Treat times

     This is the first time I’ve lived in a community where trick-or-treating was sometimes held on a day other than the 31st.  This year however, it appears that activities will be held on Monday the 31st (as they should be).

Local Trick-or-Treat Times:

Bexley: October 31st  5:30-7:30pm

Canal Winchester: October 31st  5:30-7:30pm

Dublin: October 31st  6-8pm

Gahanna: October 31st  6-8pm

Grove City: October 31st  6-8pm

Hilliard: October 31st  6-8pm

New Albany: October 31st  6-8pm

Powell: October 31st  6-8pm

Upper Arlington: October 31st  6-8pm

Halloween Candy Battle IV: Nestle CRUNCH vs. Kit Kat bars

     For this week’s candy battle we’re going to visit a couple of chocolate bars.

     Nestlé Crunch is the name of a Chocolate bar made of milk chocolate with crisped rice mixed in, produced by Nestlé. Its current slogan is, “For the Kid in You.” It was first introduced in 1937.

     Kit Kat is a chocolate-coated wafer confection that was created by Rowntree’s of York, England, and is now produced worldwide by Nestlé, which acquired Rowntree in 1988,[1] except in the United States where it is made under licence by The Hershey Company. Each bar consists of fingers composed of three layers of wafer, covered in an outer layer of chocolate. Each finger can be snapped from the bar one at a time.



Halloween Candy Battle III: Tootsie Pops vs. Charms Blow Pops

     For this week’s Halloween candy battle, we’re featuring two more heavyweights in the world of Halloween candy…Tootsie Pops & Charms Blow Pops.

     Tootsie Roll Pops are known for the catch phrase “How many licks does it take to get to the Tootsie Roll center of a Tootsie Pop?”.  Invented in 1930, they are hard candy lollipops filled with chocolate-flavored Tootsie Roll.

     Charms Blow Popsare lollipops with bubble gum centers surrounded by a hard candy shell. The candy was popularized by The Charms Company, which was acquired by Tootsie Roll Industries in 1988.  Invention of the candy is attributed to Thomas Tate Tidwell in 1966. 


What do you do for Halloween?

Halloween gets bigger and bigger by the year.  They say that more money is now spent on Halloween than any other holiday besides Christmas.  Judging by how early the Halloween  displays show up in stores, I’d say that they’re right.

Today I’d like to hear from you folks.  Tell me, what do you do for Halloween?  You may select as many of the options below that apply.  If I’ve missed something or you have a rather unique way of celebrating, please mention it in the comments below.


Halloween Candy Battle II: Mary Janes vs. Bit-O-Honey

     For round two of Halloween Candy Battle, I’m going to visit two other slightly obscure confections which seem to become more prevalent around Halloween.  Today I have chosen Mary Janes and Bit-O-Honey.

     Mary Janes are a peanut butter and molasses flavored taffy-type candy with peanut butter in the center, originally made in 1914.  The wrapper features the easily recognizable likeness of the Mary Jane Girl.  Aside from the occasional sighting at a penny candy counter (yes, I’m that old), I’ve never seen these outside of Halloween season.

     Bit-O-Honey  appeared in 1924 and was made by the Schutter-Johnson Company of Chicago, Illinois.  The candy consists of almond bits embedded in a honey-flavored taffy which makes for a long-chewing candy.  While you can still occasionally find the full-sized, segmented Bit-O-Honey bar, these are most commonly seen in the individually wrapped “Halloween size”.

     Ok folks, you know the drill.  Time to choose your favorite.  I’m about dead even on these two so it’ll be interesting to see where the chips fall.

Does anybody actually get trick-or-treaters anymore?

     I’m a 41 year-old man.  Now to be fair, I’m not exactly what most folks would consider a “normal” 41 year-old man (I mean, aside from dressing up as a 9′ tall monster at every opportunity).  I guess, I’m looking at this more from fact that I have moved around like a gypsy in the past 20 years, spending most of that time living as an apartment dweller.

     At any rate, normal or not, I have never had a single trick-or-treater come to my door.  No neighborhood kids, no teens in street clothes, not even a friend or co-worker bringing by their little-ones.

     While I realize to some people this might seem like a good thing, for a Halloween enthusiast like myself, it’s pretty sad.  I imagine that if I did, I could easily see myself joining the ranks of the thousands of “home haunters”, who spend months of the year building elaborate displays for the diminutive ghosts & goblins who visit them.

     I buy the candy every year and in my opinion, I carve a pretty mean pumpkin.  I’m just lacking hordes of little monsters to share them with. 

     So, dear readers, I put the question to you.  Do you still get trick-or-treaters?  If so, do they come in great numbers?  What part of the country do you live in?  City, country, or suburbs?  costumes or no costumes.  Finally, do you do anything special for your trick-or-treaters to make things memorable for them?

Candy Battle I: Smarties vs. Dum Dums

     Every trick-or-treater worth his salt knows that there are certain candies that you’ll come across every year.  For our initial candy battle, we’re featuring two classics….Smarties & Dum Dums.

     Smarties are the fruit flavored tablet candies, which have been around since 1949.  These pastel candies are one of the most common types of Halloween candies available.  Referred to as Rockets in Canada, I doubt that a year has gone by where I haven’t unwrapped a roll of these little guys.  Billions of Smarties rolls are produced each year.

     Dum Dums Pops go back even further, to 1924.  Dum Dums are uniquely recognized by generations as fun to share. They have been trusted for decades by professional institutions as the classic candy brand to say thank-you to their customers. With a delicious range of flavors and the unique Mystery Flavor™, Dum Dums provide a good quality, fun, and classic treat for kids of all ages and are also a great gluten-free Halloween candy.



     Thank you for reading.  If you’d like to learn more about the candies mentioned here, I’ve provided some links below (anyone have any idea why WordPress isn’t allowing me to hyperlink anymore?)



What is your favorite type of Halloween candy?


     A couple of weeks ago, I wrote what turned out to be a slightly controversial post about candy corn.  I truly had no idea that there were fans of the stuff out there.  Well, they let their voices be heard and I stand corrected.

     This time I’m going to play it safe.  What is your favorite type of Halloween candy?  Is it something that’s available year round or only for Halloween?  Do you secretly hope for rain so the trick-or-treaters won’t get your stash?

     For myself, I guess I’d have to go with Reese’s pumpkins.  They’re pretty hard to beat.  However, I’m also fond of a wide range of stuff which you generally only see around Halloween.  Bit-O-Honey, Mary Janes, & those little flavored Tootsie Rolls are all quite nice and pretty hard to come by during other times of the year.

     Leave me a comment and let me know what you think.

Does anybody really like Candy Corn???

     I love Halloween.  I’m also rather fond of candy.  That said, I can’t stomach candy corn.  I think that everyone has certain items in a candy bowl which will remain until all of the others are gone.  Well, for me the candy corn never even makes it into the bowl.

     Let’s say I happened to be shopping for an assorted bag of Halloween candy and I had two bags to choose from.  If one bag contained some candy corn and the other bag had some live ants running around in it, I’d likely choose the one with the ants!  This is largely because I can understand why the ants would be there but I have no idea what candy corn would be doing in my bag of Halloween candy.

     Apparently, the confection was created in the 1880s by a fellow named George Renniger.  I’m sure his Wunderle Candy Co. had good intentions for their product, so I can’t fault them.  Hell, everyone makes mistakes.

     What’s curious to me is the fact that I’ve never met a single person who did like the stuff.  Trust me, I’ve asked around.  If I could have traded away all of my candy for say Hersey Bars, Tootsie Pops, or even Smarties, I’d probably weigh an extra 20 lbs. now.  Unfortunately, it seems that it is equally despised by all of my friends and acquaintances.

     Cleary, someone must be eating it.  According to the National Confectioners Association, more than 20 million lbs. of the candy are produced each year.  Where the hell is it going?

     I’m forced to think of the old fruit cake joke.  You know, the one which states that there is only 1 fruitcake in existence but people keep passing it off to each other as a gift.  Perhaps there are really only a couple pounds of candy corn in the world and somehow it keeps showing up on Halloween.

     In the name of science, I’m asking you, do you like candy corn?  Seriously, I’m begging you.  If you like candy corn or know someone who does, please let me know.  Somehow the world would make just a little more sense to me, if I knew that there was a reason for the sugary mess to still exist. 

     I hope I haven’t sounded to harsh about the poor candy corn.  Everything deserves its moment in the spotlight.  I just wish that some other type of candy was most commonly associated with Halloween.  For myself, I have one in mind.