The best holiday candy
As Halloween approaches, I can’t help but notice the giant bags of candy strategically placed in every grocery store I enter.
I might have even bought a few of those bags myself, knowing that candy will never see the inside of a trick-or-treater’s bag. I know I’m going to eat it, and I’m going to enjoy eating it. Maybe the day before Halloween, I can buy a bag of candy and resist temptation long enough to actually hand it out to costumed children, but the chances are 50/50 at best.
But that brings me to my thought for the day about the best holiday candy. Pretty much all the major holidays come with candy and treats of some sort, but not all holidays are created equal when it comes to the candy associated with it.
At the bottom of the list is the Fourth of July. While you might go to a fair and score some cotton candy, or have a few handfuls of hard candy thrown to you during a parade, chances are you are coming away from this holiday filled with hot dogs and patriotism instead of candy.
Then there’s Thanksgiving. It’s a good food-oriented holiday to be sure, but after the turkey dinner, you are looking at desserts that typically consist of pies and cakes. Delicious, yes, but still not candy. And so we move on.
Next up is Valentine’s Day. Some might be shocked that I rate this day of love and affection (manufactured by greeting card companies as it might well be) so low on the list, but here’s the thing. You might, MIGHT, get a box of chocolates if you have someone in your life who wants to express his or her love to you through delicious candy. But if you have no significant other, or your mom isn’t into being your valentine this year, you could see this holiday come and go candy-less — sad state to be in, undoubtedly. To top it all off, even if you do have someone giving you a gift on Valentine’s Day, it’s just as likely to be flowers or jewelry or something else that’s very nice, but is nevertheless, not candy.
Now we come to Christmas. Christmas is more of a baked goods holiday, so it’s out as the best candy holiday. While I love Christmas cookies almost as much as I loath fruitcake, candy overall isn’t the big culinary attraction for this holiday.
Next to last on my list of the best candy holidays is the rapidly approaching Halloween. Some might argue Halloween should be number one since it is pretty much a holiday based solely on dressing up in costumes in order to score candy from neighbors you hardly ever talk to the rest of the year. And while this holiday is supposed to be mostly for the kids, I defy any parent who says they don’t sneak candy from the bowl while they’re handing it out and/or steal from their children’s bags after a long hard night of trick-or-treating.
And truthfully, I do love Halloween candy. From candy corn to those tiny Snickers bars, I’m happy to indulge my sweet tooth. However, Halloween candy still comes in second.
Why you might ask? Well, it’s all because of Easter, my friends.
Yes, I realize that for those who celebrate Easter it is about more than just the candy, but let’s stay on topic here. Easter candy is, hands down, the best holiday candy ever.
Off the top of my head I can list Cadbury cream eggs (drool), Reese’s Peanut Butter Eggs (even better than regular peanut butter cups, they seem to be the perfect ratio of peanut butter to chocolate), jelly beans, mini Cadbury candy eggs, Peeps (which I don’t even like, but at least they are super cute and fun to blow up in the microwave), robin’s eggs and of course, chocolate bunnies. Even better, all your regular favorites, such as M&M’s and Hershey’s kisses, come dressed in pastel Easter finery.
I think I gain five pounds every Easter because it’s all just so good.
But how, you might ask, can you really decide which holiday has the best candy for sure? Isn’t it somewhat subjective?
No. No it’s not.
How do I know? Well, I finally have proof this year with the creation of the Cadbury Scream Egg. This candy is basically a distortion (though a tasty one, I’ll admit) of the beloved Cadbury Cream Egg. Instead of a yellow “yolk” in the middle, the Scream Egg’s yolk is green, and instead of the red, blue and green wrapper of the Cream Egg, it’s a spooky green and purple. However, it’s just a Cadbury Cream Egg in a different shell, so to speak.
And, let’s face it, once you start copying someone else, you might as well admit defeat. With the Scream Egg, candy creators have handed victory over to Easter candy.
Easter candy rules!