buds have been dying to know what spooky treats might be headed their way
come Halloween, right? Well look no further my friends, for I have been
collecting a ton o' Halloween candies to show you this season so you can cut
out all the guesswork and go straight for the good stuff! There's
over 30 varieties reviewed here so you're bound to find something
you like! All of the candies
featured here are rated on a 1-5 scale: 1 being worse than a zombie eating
you alive, and 5 being better than escaping from that very same zombie who wanted to
eat you alive.
of collecting all of these candies has been both wonderful and costly; on
one hand I got to eat some of the most delicious candies being offered up
for the 2006 Halloween season. On the other hand, my dentist has never cackled louder
in his life. Seriously, it was downright creepy. If you stared deeply
enough into those black eyes of his, you could see dollar symbols dancing
around a cauldron of rotten teeth.
But I still
maintain that it's been worth it. Besides, you know how the saying goes...
the teeth of the many outweigh the teeth of the few one.
So with that in mind, let us begin I-Mockery's Ultimate Guide to the
Halloween Candies of 2006!
is one hell of a way to start things off. Nestlé has gone all out for
those of you who are planning on staying home and handing out candies to
the trick-or-treaters. Not only have they provided you with 3 candies
(Baby Ruth, Butterfinger, and Nestlé Crunch), they've also put them all
into a big cardboard tombstone. And the best part about it? The thing
howls, moans and shrieks when you open it! A trick and a treat all in one.
on the above pic to watch and
listen to the Grave Bandit in action!
Sure as hell
beats the typical handing out candies from a plain old bowl, eh? And
really, this thing should be something you can use after Halloween. I'm
sure it'd be a great bread basket, and who wouldn't want to hear screams
from tortured souls every time they go to reach for a slice?
chocolates aren't your thing, you can always go with the alternative
same concept as the Grave Bandit, only it comes in a coffin which makes a
creaking sound as opposed to the screams and moans. Also, instead of
chocolates, this one comes with the Sweet Tarts "Bone Rattlers" which
you'll see more of a little bit further down this page in the Monster
If I had to
choose between the two, I'd go with the Grave Bandit simply because I like
the wider selection of candies and the sound effects better. Though I must
admit, the idea of being buried in a coffin filled with candy doesn't
sound half bad. Regardless,
you can't lose with either of these behemoths, and they're sure to be a
hit with anyone who dares come to your home asking you for candy this
out of 5 jack-o-lanterns
M&M's. Simple as can be and yet people will never, ever get tired of
eating entire bags of them in one sitting. For this Halloween, they've put out a "Pumpkin
Mix" of orange and black colored M&M's made out to look like
jack-o-lanterns. Only problem is, most of the candies in the bag still look
like regular M&M's. I'd say it was roughly a 10-to-1 ratio of regular
M&M's to the ones with the new jack-o-lantern faces. Then again, it's
possible I just
happened to get a bag that didn't have many of the ones with the new
faces. I gotta say though, I do like how they still managed to squeeze
"m" symbol onto the jack-o-lantern faces by making it the nose.
out of 5 Jason Voorhees hockey masks
case of don't fix it if it's not broken... these so-called
"Gourmet" Candy Corns are just far too sweet for my liking. And it's not
the good kind of sweet, it's the bad sweet. Like when a bottle of cough syrup
tells you it has a "sweet cherry flavor" and you know for a fact that
they're lying their asses off. Now even though these candies have the same
texture as regular candy corns, the "gourmet" ones just don't hold a
candle to the original candy corn flavor.
Out of the three flavors - Cherry, Green Apple, and Tangerine - I'd say
the Green Apple flavor is the most tolerable. But candy isn't something
that should have to be tolerated, it should be something you want to
devour with with rabid, mindless glee until you vomit it all up a few
hours later and can't remember your name. That's the power of real
out of 5
This is what I'm talking about! Delicious! If you're gonna call something "Candy
Corn" you had damn well better make sure it tastes like candy corn.
Not only does this taffy taste like candy corn, but it looks like it too.
I don't know who came up with the idea for candy corn flavored taffy, but
I would like to shake his or her hand. And it would surely be a sticky
handshake because the two of us would've probably handled some of the
taffy prior to our meeting. Then there would naturally be some kind of
awkward silence where we each wondered, "Why was that hand sticky?" Then
we'd return home, wash our hands and eat more of our candy corn taffy and
try to forget about that whole miserable sticky hand-shaking experience. Look, the point is this: the taffy tastes like
candy corn. You like candy corn. You like taffy. Do the math, Watson.
out of 5 Kiefer vampires
Mix-ups Assorted Candy!
candies, will they ever let me down? I think not. This big bag of assorted
candy features the latest Halloweenified Wonka treats: Howlin'
Laffy Taffy, Spooky Nerds, and Skull & Bones Sweet Tarts.
Laffy Taffy, comes in 3 different flavors - Chocolate, Strawberry and
Banana - and while the taffy itself isn't shaped differently (probably
because taffy doesn't exactly hold any kind of form very well) they try to
make up for it with Halloween jokes on the packages. Are you ready to
laugh? Good, here's a few examples: "What did the
trick or treat bucket say to the candy? Hello Sweet Thing!" BRAVO!
"What do you call it when the Easter Bunny shows up for Halloween? A
hoppy Halloween!" OH MY SIDES! "What did the ghost tell his
wife? You look boo-tiful tonight!" AHAHAHAHAHAAAAAAA! STOP IT! YOU
GUYS ARE KILLING ME! Banana taffy wins.
The Skull &
Bones Sweet Tarts are definitely my favorite of the bunch because the
candies are actually shaped differently. Sure, it's great when a company
changes the packaging of their candy to reflect the Halloween season, but
it's even better when they actually change the shape of the candy into
something spookier. The candy of course tastes the same, but
come on, who doesn't enjoy eating skulls 'n bones?
they can't really change the shape of the Nerds for Halloween, but they at
least release 'em in Halloween colors. It's always amusing to see what
kind of costumes they'll give the Nerds on the boxes each year too. This
year they've gone with the ghost and vampire costumes, always a good
choice, but I'd definitely like to see some Zombie Nerds at some point in
the future. I'd also like to see an evil Halloween version of the "Nerds
Ropes" candies. Maybe they could even release a giant Nerds rope that
comes in the shape of a noose for Halloween! Come on Wonka people, make it happen!
really can't go wrong with Wonka's Monster Mix-ups pack. Well, unless you
were planning on giving them out to trick-or-treaters, since it's highly
likely that you'll eat most of the candies before the treaters even arrive
at your doorstep. So yeah, maybe you'll want to buy some kind of "back-up"
candy to give out to them if that's the case. Either way, your house is
getting egged this year.
out of 5 Audrey II's
last year, Snickers has once again put out their candies in the form of
pumpkins and they're about what you'd expect. Still, there's definitely
something lost in the transition from regular Snickers bar to pumpkin
shape. Seems like less peanuts, but I guess that's the price you pay for
novelty shapes. This year they've released a 4-pack of the pumpkins with a
nifty Halloween theme on the box. I am slightly disappointed though as it would've
been nice if they would've made 4 different pumpkin designs instead of giving us 2
of each of the same designs from last year. But let's be honest,
can you really stay mad at a chocolate Snickers pumpkin that's wearing
"cool dude" sunglasses? I think not.
out of 5 bed sheet ghosts
Rancher Creepy Fruity Lollipops!
didn't even notice these in the store, not sure why, I guess I just don't
associate Jolly Rancher candies with Halloween. Clearly that's something
that's going to change. Their new Creepy Fruity shaped lollipops are
nothing short of awesome. They come in three flavors - blueberry,
watermelon and green apple - and if you like the regular candies, you'll
like these too. The faces on the lollipops are really nicely done and it's
easy to see them, unlike with some cheaper candies that have faces which
look like like they were attacked by a cheese grater and then melted into
oblivion. While everybody
knows I'm a big fan of all things blue, I still gotta go with green apple
as my favorite flavor from this group. A lot of people hate green apple Jolly Ranchers and I've
never understood why. There is no better flavor for a Jolly Rancher, and
I'll fight anyone to the death who says otherwise. TO THE DEATH!
(especially Dane Cook, who I've just been told hates them).
out of 5 Counts (ah-ah-ah!)
Ghoulicious Box Of Boogers!
newcomer to the Halloween candy family. The Chef Ghoulicious Box of
Boogers probably doesn't sound too appetizing to most people, and would
normally only appeal to 7-year-olds who actually do eat their boogers.
Believe it or not, they're actually pretty tasty. No not real boogers, the
candies! I don't eat my boogers, I swear it! Why won't you believe me?
Elmer's paste tastes much better than boogers anyway. I mean, that's what
I've heard. Not that I would know or anything. Bah! Well anyway, the boogers come in three booger-themed flavors to tempt
your taste buds - Snottermelon, Sour Green Boogy and
Lemon Loogy! These things are basically like any gummy candy, only
they're not very sour or tangy as you would think. So if you like the
really sour 'n tangy candies, I'd stick with Sour Punch Straws
instead. Other than that though, these things are much better than I was
expecting, and since Chef Ghoulicious picked these especially for
you, it'd be quite rude of you to turn him down. Har har!
out of 5 Jaws
I'm a sucker
for novelty items, and this one just screams novelty. The
Creep-Dish Pizza consists of three candies - gummy worms, gummy bats and
bloody eyeball gum. What is it about everything coming in threes this
year? Three flavors, three candies... is there something I'm missing here?
Well the one thing that doesn't involve "three" is the price; this bad
boy cost me almost 6 bux. Fancy packaging aside, that's a lot to pay for 3
candies that practically everybody has already tried before. Not even with
their note about how they "triple dog dare ya to eat..." does
it make it worth the price since you can get individual bags of these
things for much less. Still, if you're throwing a Halloween party and want
an alternative to the veggies 'n dip plates, I suppose you could do a lot
worse than the Creep-Dish Pizza. People might not come to your party, sure,
but at least you'll have some nice, festive hour d'oeuvres to bury
your sadness in.
out of 5 leaf piles
Factor Gross-Out Gummy Treats!
Here we have
the Fear Factor Gross-Out gummy treats. Now for those of you thinking that
these are supposed to just look gross, let me set you straight right
here and now. No. These really are supposed to taste bad. Much like the
Jones Holiday Sodas, they're meant to be tasted on a dare to see
if you can keep yourself from spitting it out and/or vomiting within two
seconds. Once again, there were three flavors to choose from (I swear there's some
conspiracy going on this year with that shit. I bet Conal Cochran is
behind it all). First up is the "Super Spicy:
Cheddar Cheese, Lime, Tomato & Pepperoni" flavored gummy pizza. It
definitely wasn't spicy at all, but it also didn't taste good, as expected.
I think I tasted the cheese more than anything, but even that was pretty
weak. It was just a generally unpleasant spongy-textured thing to eat. I
don't want to eat a sponge - cheese-flavored or otherwise.
Next up was
the "Super Gross: Sour Grape, Strawberry, Butter & Chocolate" flavored
gummy breakfast. And honestly, aside from the butter, it didn't sound like
a really awful combination. Granted, it looks nasty enough, especially
with that little green patch. I'm not sure what that thing was supposed to be,
maybe the sour grapes? Well either way, this one was pretty tame overall.
Sure, I didn't like it per se, but it was far from being super gross like
the box claimed.
Last but not
least, we have the "Super Surprise: Bacon & Other Amazing Flavors" gummy
pig-out platter. Ok, forget about the other two flavors, THIS wins the
gross-out candy award of the year for me. It really tasted like bacon.
Gummy, spongy, swinetastic bacon. I couldn't take more than one bite of the
stuff; it's just that bad. And for the record, that whole "other
amazing flavors" thing is a crock of shit. This candy was pure swine.
Pig ears, pig feet, pig anus, whatever parts of the pig it may have tasted
like, I don't know... but there were no other amazing flavors to be
found here. Oink oink.
All in all,
the Fear Factor gummy candies are not something you'd want to eat for a
treat, but rather dare your friends to eat them and laugh at their
disgusted reactions. While they didn't taste good in any remote way, I'm giving them
a bonus point for at least putting some obvious effort into how the
candies actually looked. But Fear Factor is a shitty show, so they lose a
point too. See how these things balance themselves out in the end?