For most kids (and parents), Halloween means candy, pumping up projections that we'll be spending $2.7 billion on candy sales in 2017. Candy corn may be the holiday's most iconic treat, but nearly 7 out of 10 survey respondents told the National Confectioners Association that chocolate is their favorite. What kind, though? Cheapism aggregated online rankings of chocolate Halloween candy, reflecting U.S. sales and consumer preferences, to come up with this definitive (but unscientific) top 10 list. Bags of these favorites are often specially priced for the holiday, and big enough that grown-ups can look forward to leftovers once the trick-or-treaters have left the premises.
10. ALMOND JOY/MOUNDS
These sibling bars are among the few mass-produced chocolate candies that contain coconut, a polarizing flavor that sometimes relegates them to the reject pile. The snack-size Almond Joy designed for trick-or-treat bags puts one almond atop a mound of coconut enrobed in milk chocolate. A Mounds bar contains no nuts, only coconut and dark chocolate.
9. NESTLE CRUNCH
This simple favorite features milk chocolate and crisped rice. Nestle markets a "fun size" for Halloween. For variety, look for bags that include other Nestle brands such as Butterfinger and Baby Ruth in addition to Crunch bars (80 minis for $10 at Walmart).
8. MILKY WAY
This candy bar, made of chocolate-malt-flavored nougat covered in caramel and wrapped in milk chocolate, has been around for nearly 100 years. Yet it's not quite as popular as other Mars chocolate brands on this list. Milky Way Midnight bars, with vanilla-flavored nougat and dark chocolate, make an atmospheric choice for Halloween, but the special flavor this year is Caramel Apple. An 11.5-ounce bag of the elusive minis are $3.50 at Mills Fleet Farm.
7. 3 MUSKETEERS
This candy bar has light-as-air whipped chocolate on the inside and milk chocolate on the outside. A fun-size bar for trick-or-treating -- or portion control -- is included in variety bags alongside Milky Way, Snickers, and Twix bars (205 minis for $20 at Target). But lovers of Halloween candy will want to seek out a bag of "3 Muskefears" minis, which have special red nougat and cost $3 for 24 at Target.
An oldie but goodie, Hershey's milk chocolate bar has been around since 1900. Its continued popularity proves that chocolate doesn't have to be jammed full of stuff to make a beloved candy bar. Hershey bars come in a snack size for Halloween. The company is also offering skull-shaped Hershey’s Cookies 'n' Creme bars again this year.
This candy originated in the U.K. but immigrated to the United States to acclaim. The original version, a cookie topped with caramel and covered in milk chocolate, has spawned line extensions including ghost shapes for Halloween. While Twix traditionally comes in a package of two bars, the "fun size" is only one smaller bar. There's also a Twix Caramel Halloween Candy Ghost box, with 24 for $17 at Walmart.
4. KIT KAT
These crunchy, chocolate-covered wafers can be snapped apart and shared -- if trick-or-treaters are so inclined. Orange white-chocolate Kit Kats for Halloween are readily available (a bag of 21 for $3 at Walmart), and Kit Kat Halloween Snack Size Triple Chocolate Bars aren't impossible to find (a bag of 21 for $3 at Target). But Pumpkin Pie Kit Kats were released as a limited edition, and Amazon supplies were running low in early October. Those near a Kroger or its sister stores may have the best luck.
Snickers built a billion-dollar brand on a foundation of peanuts, nougat, caramel, and chocolate. A new Snickers Crisper variety leaves out the nougat in favor of crisped rice in a "fun size" bar for Halloween (a bag of 15 is $3 at Target). Regular fun-size Snickers are a staple of Mars' Halloween variety packs.
This is the top-selling candy from the chocolate giant Mars, which has retail stores devoted exclusively to M&M's. In addition to the simple milk chocolate with candy coating, crispy M&M's come in smaller fun-size pouches for Halloween, and has gone all out for fall- and Halloween-themed flavors. Look for white chocolate Pumpkin Pie, Candy Corn, Boo-terscotch bags, as well as Oreo-inspired Cookies & Screeem ($3 for an 8-ounce bag, only at Target).
When the trick-or-treating is finished, the bags are emptied, and the candy is sorted, Reese's peanut butter cups almost invariably go into the "jackpot" pile. They come in pumpkin-shaped versions and festively wrapped miniatures. This year for Halloween, parent company Hershey is again making snack-size white peanut butter ghosts (24 for $3 at Target), milk chocolate bats (17 for $3 at Target) and pumpkins (18 for $3 at Walmart). There's even a peanut butter cup with Reese's Pieces inside (21 for $3 at Target).