Beware the 10 Worst Halloween Candies (and 10 Best to Look Out For!)

Trick or treeeeat, Give me something good to eat! With these list of horrible candies, might be better off with getting a trick instead of the treat.

Below are the worst Halloween candies, so be on the lookout that you don’t end up with them. And below are the best candies too, so keep your eyes open and grab those instead!

First things first, where did we get these data? Why, from these reputable sources:

BuzzFeed, Business Insider, Huffington Post, HelloGiggles, Houston Press, PlayBuzz, Bon Apetit, The Week, Thrillist, Mental Floss, and 24/7 Wall Street.


In addition, over 40,000 of’s customers were surveyed, and their answers were put into a spreadsheet. A candy that got listed as the worst was assigned 10 points, while one that ranks 10th worst was assigned 1 point. The same process was used to compile the Best List. The points then were tallied up, and the outcome is this list below (drum roll).


Let’s take a closer look:

The Definitive Ranking of Best and Worst Halloween Candies


10. Mary Janes

Peanut butter is great. Chewy candies can be great. But there’s just something unappealing about this chewy mess. Bit-O-Honey was ranked #11, confirming that some flavors just don’t mix well with chewy candies.

9. Good & Plenty

Since Good & Plenty are pretty much licorice, we see the reason why people don’t like them. People tend to not mind getting a box here and a box there on a Halloween excursion, but don’t end up being people’s most favorites.

8. Licorice

Note that this does not include Twizzlers, and if you read the lists you’ll see they allude to, if not outright say, black licorice. Australian licorice, if you can get your hands on it, is great. The kind of black licorice going around at Halloween? Ehh.

7. Smarties

Your kids will get plenty of these on Halloween. It’s inevitable. At first they’re not so bad. But after a while, the human tongue can only take so much of these vaguely sweet, chalky hard candy.

6. Tootsie Rolls

Tootsie Rolls are the easy way out for people who don’t want to spend too much money handing out candy to kids. But kids tend not to like these as much, and even worse are the flavored Tootsie Roll as opposed to the regular Tootsie Rolls. Disgusting.

5. Peanut Butter Kisses

They’re neither Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, nor Hershey’s Kisses. They have a plain orange or black wrapper and they didn’t exactly hit it on the head with the taste test on this one.

4. Necco Wafers

These are like Smarties, but a bigger version. They’re not as sweet, and more chalky. So yeah. These took the top spot on one list, they’re hands down one of the worst candy.

3. Wax Coke Bottles

The novelty of these is great, the first time you get one. They look so cute and you bet they taste like gummy Coca Cola or root beer. Not. You’re biting through wax to get not even a mouthful of sugar water. Disappointing.

2. Candy Corn

Candy corn is nothing special. It’s just sugar. It’s fat and it doesn’t even taste good. There are absolutely better candies out there.

1. Circus Peanuts

There is no way to describe the vileness that is Circus Peanuts. Stay away, stay away, stay away. Not sure why they still make these, these were the favorite in the 1800s but today’s taste buds has changed! They don’t taste good and apparently they’re one of the most difficult candies to make. They’re made from a mix of sugar, pork gelatin, corn syrup, food coloring, soy protein, artificial flavors, and pectin which is a gelling agent extracted from citrus fruits. They look good, but don’t let their good marshmallow looks fool you.


Now for the fun part..

The 10 Best Halloween Candies (of all time)

The Definitive Ranking of Best and Worst Halloween Candies

10. Hershey Bar

Some people don’t like Hershey bars apparently, as it barely missed the worst list. Though it got a few mentions on the best, including two mentions in the 24/7 Wall Street list as they based it on sales. Basing it on sales is a pretty good reason to include Hershey Bar on the best list, as a matter of fact.

9. Skittles

Skittles are always welcome in a lot of people’s Halloween bags. Who doesn’t like Skittles? They’re a mix of tangy, sour and sweet flavors in one bag. They’re addicting but if you eat too many your mouth starts to feel all numb.

8. Sour Patch Kids

We’re shocked these didn’t rank higher, given their chewiness and sweetness. But after high marks on both the BuzzFeed and Business Insider lists, Sour Patch Kids made zero additional appearances. It’s probably because it’s hard to find these in mini bags in grocery stores, if they even do mini bags on these. These are great though.

7. Butterfinger

The classic Butterfinger appeared on a number of lists, usually in the second half of the top 10. We’re not going to argue. It’s a lot of people’s favorite still. They’re great, a classic like Milky Way, Snickers and Mars candy bars.

6. Nerds

The Nerds boxes you get on Halloween are typically tiny. They’re tiny, crunchy candy packed with taste. Try not to eat them in movie theaters though, they’re noisy in the box.

5. M&Ms

These are always amazing. People hand out the fun sized bags of these and they’re the perfect size, though sometimes not enough.

4. Kit Kat

On the surface the Kit Kat is pretty plain. It’s just chocolate and wafer. But it works so well! It works well on Halloween, or in the afternoons after work or during work when you need a pick-me-up. Kit Kat full-sized bars are better than the fun sized versions.

3. Twix

There’s just something about Twix that make them irresistible – the wafer, the caramel. Both. On Halloween you can count on three versions: the full-sized version if you’re lucky, the one-stick half-sized version, and the fun sized version. We hope you get these regardless of the version.

2. Snickers

There is no surprise here. The nougat, caramel, peanuts, milk chocolate. Annual sales of this candy is about $2 Billion. Whoa. They’ve got it right since its birth in the 1930s.

1. Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups

This was the blowout of the century. Of the seven lists we ranked, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups ranked #1 on six of them, and ranked #3 on the other. And that list had six candies that didn’t appear on any of the other six lists, so yeah, this was just a candy massacre. I mean, most of the time people don’t want to give these away and would rather keep these to themselves. If they’re in any basket up for grabs, the first kids to see them more likely steal all of ’em. This is The Hershey’s Company’s Top Seller since 1969. They come in mini, regular-size, and big cup. Big cup, please!


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