Halloween is here again and kids from coast to coast will be embarking on one of the great evenings of their childhoods: trick-or-treating.
Trick-or-treating gives everybody a reason to dress up and collect as much sugary, delicious candy as they possibly can. But, as many people know, there are some things that people give out on Halloween that will make most people cringe. Here is my personal list of "treats" I never want to see mixed in with my candy:
When you go trick or treating, you are looking for one thing and one thing only: candy. You are most certainly not looking for dried fruit. I heard somebody refer to raisins as "nature's candy." Well, nature can keep them. I've never been one for nature anyway.
Very similar to dried fruit (raisins) is actual fruit. I remember one year in my neighborhood, one house gave apples to all the kids, and obviously we were all disappointed. As we continued our trick or treating, we probably counted 20 apples lying on the side of the road. Lesson: kids don't want fruit on Halloween.
I have made no secret of my distaste for Tootsie Rolls, and on Halloween, they were always what was left behind in my candy bag. Tootsie Rolls don't taste like chocolate and they have a worse texture than chocolate. If I want chocolate, I will eat the real chocolate. You're on notice, Tootsie Rolls.
Oh, Mary Janes. For those of you who are not familiar, a Mary Jane is a peanut butter and molasses taffy. Hey kids, doesn't that sound delicious? These (along with the next candy on my list) were a staple in the candy dish at my grandparents' house.
For me, the best way to describe a Necco Wafer is as a flavorless, chalky circle. Don't let the different colors fool you; each color tastes equally as bad. Even the name is off-putting. I'll pass on them this year.
Have a safe and happy halloween everybody! Have fun eating lots and lots of candy.