Ask Maxwell: Best Halloween Candy … Like, Ever?

published Oct 18, 2021
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Ursula's Halloween Haul in 2015. She was so excited she laid it all out on the floor to look at it, then put it away in a bowl and - months later - I realized that she'd forgotten all about it.

What’s the best Halloween candy out there, hands down?


Dear Ellie,

I love you! You handed me a softball of a question and one that I KNEW I COULD ACE. Here you go (from a few good sources):

  1. Chupa Chups Lollipops or Airheads, but NOT DumDums! Lollipops are VERY POPULAR again..
  2. Skittles in fun size bags — ALWAYS a fave….
  3. Mini Snickers — This one surprised me a lot, but it seems to be the leader in the chocolate style direction, edging out all other takers like M&M’s and Milky Way etc …

The most interesting here is the resurgence of the simple, old fashioned lollipop, though these new versions are not simple. I also think Instagram has turned candy that you can experience and hang out with while talking to your friends — read lollipops — to be much more fashionable.

Do let me know how it all turns out!

Best, M

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Halloween scenes from Clinton Hill, Broolyn in past years....
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