American Candy: Celebrate Halloween the American Way

The Halloween tradition of costumed children knocking on
neighbours’ doors and calling out “trick or treat?” is relatively new to the
UK. Until a couple of decades ago, at the end of every October and beginning of
November British children were more likely to be found on busy high streets
with a home-made life-sized dummy of a man – often stuffed into a pram or a
trolley – asking shoppers for “a penny for the Guy” (Guy, of course, being Guy
Fawkes, whose effigy is traditionally burnt on bonfires on 5th
November, as a punishment for almost blowing up the Houses of Parliament in the
17th century). The pennies collected would usually be given to
parents who would buy fireworks, to be set off on Bonfire Night.


However, in recent years the Halloween festival, celebrated
the American way, has become increasingly popular in Britain, and ‘penny for
the Guy’ has all but disappeared. Halloween parties and evening door-knocking
by miniature witches, goblins and vampires have become norms that give children
something to look forward to when the nights start drawing in, and which give
supermarkets an excuse to stock up on bumper packs of sweets for ‘victims’ to
hand out to trick-or-treaters.


But with British children having such fun with a very
American tradition, we think it would be a lovely idea to give
trick-or-treaters American candy, helping children to have an authentic
American Halloween.


Here’s a selection of our favourite American candy which
would be perfect for handing out to trick-or-treaters.


Reeses Peanut Butter Cups


Fondant chocolate cups filled with peanut butter, Reeses
Peanut Butter Cups are an all-American classic. There are three Reeses Peanut
Butter Cups in each pack.


Reeses Pieces


Tasty peanut butter in crispy, crunchy candy shells –
absolutely delicious, Reeses Pieces come in 43g bags and are perfect for
handing out to trick-or-treaters, though you may be tempted to eat a few




Hersheys Cookies n Creme is a white chocolate bar which
contains chocolate cookie bits – so it’s crunchy and chocolatey at the same
time. Alternatively, there’s Hersheys Chocolate n Crème, which is made of milk
chocolate instead of white chocolate.


Hersheys Whatchamacallit is a
peanut flavoured crisp candy topped with a layer of caramel and dipped in
chocolate – and its name is pretty unforgettable! Or if you’re expecting a lot
of little horrors knocking on your door, there’s Hersheys Miniatures. In this
150g bag you’ll find a bite sized selection of classic American chocolate,
including Hershey’s Milk Chocolate, Hershey’s Krackel with milk chocolate and
crisped rice, Hershey’s Special Dark and Hershey’s Mr Goodbar with creamy
chocolate and crunchy peanuts.


Other classic Hersheys
products include Milk Duds – delicious milk chocolate covered caramel candies –
and Hersheys Kisses, which have an unusual shape and come in individually foil
wrapped pieces, so they’re perfect for trick-or-treaters.


Oreo Cookies


Oreo cookies are the classic American sandwich biscuit, and
the ‘proper’ way to eat them is to twist, lick and dunk – apparently! Oreo
Cookies are two chocolate flavoured biscuits sandwiched together with a
delicious vanilla flavoured filling. One box of Oreo Cookies contains 16
biscuits – so there’s plenty to go round, even if you get a huge troupe of
little horrors knocking on your door!


Oreos also come in bags of miniature-sized pieces, which are
the perfect size for smaller mouths.


Cracker Jacks


Cracker Jacks are little boxes of caramel coated popcorn and
peanuts, and they’re a true American classic which have been around for over a
hundred years. Cracker Jacks are famous for the tiny prizes concealed in each
box, and for appearing in the movie Breakfast
at Tiffany’s.
  Each pack contains
three 28g boxes of Cracker Jacks.


Fruit Gushers


A box of Fruit Gushers contains six 25g pouches of these
delicious little chewy sweets that ooze a watermelon flavoured liquid when you
bite into them. Is your mouth watering yet?


Candy Corn


If you’re only going to give out one type of American candy
to your trick-or-treaters, then it has to be Candy Corn – it’s the traditional
American Halloween treat. These little bite-sized pieces of candy are shaped to
resemble corn kernelsFree Articles, and no Halloween candy collection would be complete
without them!