A Sugar Lover’s Guide To Halloween


Sure, Halloween may be about over-the-top costumes and killer parties, but when push comes to shove, we all know what makes the holiday really go round—candy. Trick-or-treating may be so ten years ago, but, honestly, for me candy never went away. In fact, I actually consider myself a sweets expert of sorts. I grew up in a Whole Foods-obsessed family (which I thought was the stupidest thing ever until last year), and my favorite part about playdates with friends was the other families’ pantries (usually filled with the forbidden high-fructose corn syrup). This progressed into taking a serious interest in old fashioned candy in 4th grade, which made me pretttty well-versed in the sugarsphere throughout the ages. In order to properly celebrate the holiday (and the most important meal of the day), I headed to Rocket Fizz Soda Pop & Candy store near UCLA (where I live!) and picked out all my favorites from various times in my life. Interestingly, some of my old go-tos are no longer on my good list (hands up for growing up!), but two things have stayed the same: Rolos are still my number one, and weird-flavored Jelly Beans are forever on my shit list. Get excited for the best holiday of the year! —Marissa Klurstein


The Candy: Razzles
The 411: They start out as candy and are supposed to turn into gum—emphasis on the “supposed to”.
The Rating: 3 out of 5
The Bottom Line: Always want to love them, never fully do. Always worth the shot.


The Candy: Rips
The 411: Sour gummy (but not too gummy) candy that’s supposed to be licorice but just tastes like sour strawberry and green apple goodness.
The Rating: 5 out of 5
The Bottom Line: Sour candy perfection with no bad flavor.


The Candy: Warheads
The 411: Upon first taste the hard candies are so sour you want to cry, but the longer it’s in your mouth, the sweeter and more delicious it gets.
The Rating: 4 out of 5
The Bottom Line: If you can hang, they rock. If you can’t, they definitely suck.


The Candy: Aero Bar (Mint)
The 411: It tastes exactly as it looks on the package: air-y, minty, chocolate-y, and a little too sweet.
The Rating: 3 out of 5
The Bottom Line: Indulgent with an interesting flavor, but not addicting enough.


The Candy: Pop Rocks (Blue Razz)
The 411: If you’re living under a huge freaking boulder rock, Pop Rocks are tiny candies that explode in your mouth in the most strange-yet-addicting experience ever. They come in lots of flavors, but you can never go wrong with good ol’ blue raspberry. (For the record, who the heck came up with the idea for a blue raspberry? This ain’t Wonka Land!)
The Rating: 4 out of 5
The Bottom Line: They’re just so fun! Except they never last long enough.


The Candy: Whoppers
The 411: Perfectly sized malt flavored crunchy centers covered in delicious milk chocolate.
The Rating: 5 out of 5
The Bottom Line: A very justified timeless classic.


The Candy: Jujubes
The 411: Super chewy gummy candy with bland classic fruit flavors.
The Rating: 2 out of 5
The Bottom Line: Intriguing for the novelty factor, but besides that they’re kind of flavorless and hard to chew.


The Candy: Jujubes
The 411: Hard chocolate shell with a sticky sweet center resembling marshmallow. 
The Rating: 2 out of 5
The Bottom Line: Same as Jujubes—intriguing for the novelty factor, but just not that good tasting.


The Candy: Rolo
The 411: The perfect balance of caramel center covered in milk chocolate.
The Rating: 5 out of 5
The Bottom Line: My most favorite candy of all time. Period.


The Candy: Tabasco Jelly Beans
The 411: They taste exactly like they’re described. 
The Rating: 0 out of 5
The Bottom Line: Tabasco should remain in liquid hot sauce form.

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