Some families trash them, some freeze them, and some feed them to their little ones, one by one until the next sugar-coated holiday arrives. But keeping all those treats your children tricked for on Halloween night becomes a trick of its own.
No matter what you’re doing this Halloween, it’s safe to say that after atking the kids out to celebrate, when they’re all tucked into bed, a candyand adult beverage pairing would probably make it even better. Below, we’ve listed some great partners for Laffy Taffy, Butterfinger, Nestles Crunch, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups and more.
Then we have ways to use leftover candy with adult beverages. These drink recipes let you get creative with leftover confections.
Here are some recommendations for what to pair with whatever your favorite candy might be (Sorry, no candy corn).
WINES AND CANDY
1. Sour Patch Kids and Riesling
A mouth-puckering Riesling with sweet and sour notes of green apples, apricots and honey make for a seamless match with Sour Patch Kids.
2. Laffy Taffy and Moscato
Be it banana, green apple, watermelon or strawberry taffy, this versatile, slightly sparkling dessert wine with flavors of apricots, honey and green apples is sure to out a smile on your face.
3. Butterfinger and Sweet Marsala
Marsala isn’t just for making chicken. Enjoy the sweet raisin flavors with notes of toffee and buttered nuts with the slight salty and nutty flavors of Butterfinger candy.
4. Nerds and Sparkling Riesling
Nerds are inherently sour and then sweet which perfectly describes this sparkling wine. The bubbles also act as a palate cleanser to get you ready for your next bite.
5. Mr. Goodbar and Port
Milk chocolate and roasted peanut flavors meld beautifully with the caramel, raisin, toffee and nutty notes of this delightful Port.
6. Nestle Crunch and Zinfandel
Sweet raspberry and strawberry flavors really bring out the crunchy milk chocolate goodness.
7. Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups and Sherry
The raisin, caramel and almond flavors enhance the creamy peanut butter filling.
DRINK RECIPES WITH CANDY
4 peanut butter cups
1/2 cup water
1/4 cup white sugar
1 ounce chocolate vodka
1 ounce cream or half-and-half
1 ounce Baileys Irish Cream
Melt two peanut butter cups in a small saucepan, slowly adding the water and sugar. You may need to add more water and sugar until you reach a syruplike consistency.
Once the syrup has cooled down a bit, but is still in liquid form, mix with the chocolate vodka, cream and Baileys Irish Cream in a shaker with ice.
Chill and serve with the remaining peanut butter cups for garnish.
Makes 1 drink.
2-3 orange Pixy Stix
1 1/2 ounces Malibu coconut rum
1 ounce black raspberry liqueur
Splash of Sprite soda
Open one of the Pixy Stix and pour onto a smooth, dry surface. Rim a lightly wetted martini glass in the candy powder.
Carefully pour both of the liqueurs in the rimmed glass, adding in half of the second Pixy Stix candy. Mix well. Add remaining Pixy Stix dust for a sweeter drink.
Chill and serve with a splash of Sprite for a fizzy finish.
Makes 1 drink.