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.
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 yourself!
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 Cookies n Chocolate, 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 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 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.
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?
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 kernels, and no Halloween candy collection would be complete without them!
You can find a huge range of American Candy here.