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, CandyStore.com 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.

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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 CandyStore.com 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.

[h/t CandyStore.com]

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You Can Make Baby Yoda’s Favorite Blue Cookies at Home

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Season 2 of The Mandalorian has revealed some important plot elements, but fans of the Star Wars series are still asking one question: What were those little blue cookies Baby Yoda ate in episode four? While you can't hitch a ride to the planet Nevarro to find out, you can now bake your own version of the snack at home, A.V. Club reports.

Mandalorian creator Jon Favreau recently teamed up with Binging With Babish’s Andrew Rea to adapt the intergalactic recipe for Earth kitchens. Baby Yoda (a.k.a. The Child, a.k.a. Grogu) has an adventurous appetite, but these aqua-blue cookies may be the most delicious-looking thing he eats on the show.

Favreau revealed that the cookies used on set were basically blue-raspberry macarons. Rea recreates two versions of the snack: traditional French macarons with bright-blue food coloring, and a simpler, Nilla wafer-like confection that's easier to make. You can follow along with both recipes in the video below.

If you're not interested in making Baby Yoda's cookies from scratch, you can also buy Nevarro Nummies from Williams Sonoma for $50. Here are more products celebrating season 2 of The Mandalorian.

[h/t A.V. Club]