The 10 Best—and the 10 Worst—Halloween Candies

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As soon as October hits, debates on hot-button political issues take a backseat to what might be the most important discussion of all time: Which Halloween candy is the best, and which is the worst?

To find out, aggregated data from several best and worst lists from sources like Business Insider, Bon Appétit, and BuzzFeed, and combined its findings with surveys from more than 30,000 of its customers. The results are about as close to a definitive answer as we can maybe ever hope to get.

Surprising no one, the absolute worst Halloween candy is candy corn, which knocked last year’s number one loser (or winner, depending on how you look at it), circus peanuts, into the second spot.

What follows is a list of candies that includes a few of candy corn’s classically despised contemporaries—we're looking at you, licorice, Good & Plenty, and Smarties—as well as some confectionery disasters that are apparently so bad that you might never have heard of them, like peanut butter kisses and wax cola bottles. worst halloween candy list

If thinking about unappetizing treats is starting to spoil your enthusiasm for the spookiest season, even a cursory glance at the list of best candies will surely restore it. Universally beloved Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups took the top spot in what called both a “blowout” and a “candy massacre.” Though Milky Way, Nestle Crunch bar, and 3 Musketeers are conspicuously missing, most of the other trick-or-treating mainstays are represented—Snickers, Kit Kat, and Twix all ranked highly, and cult favorite Sour Patch Kids came in at number eight.

See the full lists below, and feel free to use them to triumph over any candy corn sympathizers or Snickers skeptics during your rousing office-wide debate.

10 Best Halloween Candies

  1. Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups

  1. Snickers

  1. Twix

  1. Kit Kat

  1. M&Ms

  1. Nerds

  1. Butterfinger

  1. Sour Patch Kids

  1. Skittles

  1. Hershey Bar


10 Worst Halloween Candies

  1. Candy corn

  1. Circus Peanuts

  1. Peanut Butter Kisses

  1. Wax Cola Bottles

  1. Necco Wafers

  1. Tootsie Rolls

  1. Smarties

  1. Licorice

  1. Good & Plenty

  1. Bit-O-Honey

To see how your state’s candy predilections compare to the overall rankings, check out this map.


Keep Your Cat Busy With a Board Game That Doubles as a Scratch Pad


No matter how much you love playing with your cat, waving a feather toy in front of its face can get monotonous after a while (for the both of you). To shake up playtime, the Cheerble three-in-one board game looks to provide your feline housemate with hours of hands-free entertainment.

Cheerble's board game, which is currently raising money on Kickstarter, is designed to keep even the most restless cats stimulated. The first component of the game is the electronic Cheerble ball, which rolls on its own when your cat touches it with their paw or nose—no remote control required. And on days when your cat is especially energetic, you can adjust the ball's settings to roll and bounce in a way that matches their stamina.

Cheerable cat toy on Kickstarter.

The Cheerble balls are meant to pair with the Cheerble game board, which consists of a box that has plenty of room for balls to roll around. The board is also covered on one side with a platform that has holes big enough for your cat to fit their paws through, so they can hunt the balls like a game of Whack-a-Mole. And if your cat ever loses interest in chasing the ball, the board also includes a built-in scratch pad and fluffy wand toy to slap around. A simplified version of the board game includes the scratch pad without the wand or hole maze, so you can tailor your purchase for your cat's interests.

Cheerble cat board game.

Since launching its campaign on Kickstarter on April 23, Cheerble has raised over $128,000, already blowing past its initial goal of $6416. You can back the Kickstarter today to claim a Cheerble product, with $32 getting you a ball and $58 getting you the board game. You can make your pledge here, with shipping estimated for July 2020.

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The Long, Fascinating History of Chocolate

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Walk into just about any grocery or convenience store today and you're sure to find row upon row of chocolate in every imaginable form. While we have come to associate this sweet treat with companies like Hershey, chocolate has been a delicacy for centuries.

All chocolate comes from the cacao tree, which is native to the Americas, but is now grown around the world. Inside the tree’s fruits, or pods, you’ll find the cacao beans, which—once roasted and fermented—give chocolate its signature rich and complex flavor. While we don't know who first decided to turn cacao beans into chocolate, we certainly owe them an enormous debt of gratitude.

In this episode of Food History, we're digging into the history of chocolate—from its origins to the chocolate-fueled feud between J.S. Fry & Sons and Cadbury and much, much more. You can watch the full episode below.

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