It seemed inevitable. Of all the things that people argue and debate, candy has been a hot topic since forever. The NFL, MLB and NBA draft’s are in the books for this year, but we knew we couldn’t leave you without stirring this pot.
1. Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups
The undisputed king of the candies—peanut butter and chocolate together in two (“classic” or four (“king size”) mouthwatering cups. When I was five, I visited Hersheypark with my family and posed for a picture with the Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup mascot while I enjoyed the candy. This remains one of the happiest and most fulfilling moments of my life. This was after the park’s employees informed me that they do not serve vanilla ice cream. It was the worst of times; it was the best of times…
2. Plain M&Ms
The most versatile of all candies. Eat them straight up, put em on your ice cream, mix it with your popcorn at the movies, or put them in cookies and brownies!
Cookies. Caramel. Chocolate. Crunchy. Creamy. So pure.
The perfect candy when you need a pick me up. A fantastic blend of chocolate, peanuts, and caramel makes for one delicious candy bar.
5. Reese’s Pieces
Might as well lead with a banger – I’ll take Reese’s Pieces over M&Ms in literally every situation. Peanut butter and chocolate are a phenomenal combination, and Reese’s Pieces have been my favorite candy for as long as I can remember. Let’s just say that if there’s a bag around, the clock is ticking.
This is one of my favorite candies of all time. Very popular candy choice around Halloween.
7. Peanut M&Ms
I can never remember a time where I preferred regular M&Ms over peanut M&Ms. With the second to last pick in the first round, peanut M&Ms is a franchise quarterback. No need to worry about mechanics or taking practices off because the peanut concoction will lead you to the promise land. I would give peanut M&Ms Derek Carr-level money.
I’m not a big candy man, so this one was a bit difficult, but here goes. My favorite candy to receive as a child in Easter baskets and Christmas stockings. Milk chocolate + peanut butter is always a winning combination.
-Jordan de Lugo
9. Milky Way
A classic delectable candy bar. Chocolate, caramel, and nougat lovingly mixed together? Yes, please. I like to eat the fun size version to cut calories, but that never works out great. I’m ‘gonna need a bigger bag.
The best non-chocolate candy there is. No contest. There are so many different players that getting bored of them is not an option.
11. 100 Grand
Anything with caramel is good. Combine it with the consistency of a Crunch bar and you take average and make it great.
12. Haribo Gummy Bears
As a big fan of gummies, you can’t beat Haribo Gold Gummy Bears.
13. (British) Smarties
In a complete contrast to the childhood favorite I picked first, I wasn’t introduced to the version of Smarties from across the pond until Wale did the honors a few months ago. But yeah, I was missing out. Not as sweet as most chocolates, they’ve got a flavor that absolutely does the trick.
14. Hershey’s Cookies and Creme
15. Sour Patch Kids
Sour Patch Kids is one of a handful of candies I think could be served in garbage can size, and I would become a Costco member tomorrow. SPK is a candy where someone offers you a few and you bear grab a handful and apologize never. I decided to build my team around chocolate in the first round and get a Pro Bowl selection in the second.
16. Take 5
A well-balanced candy bar that features a crunchy pretzel in the middle and of course, peanut butter and chocolate.
-Jordan de Lugo
17. Swedish Fish
When I first heard about Swedish Fish I didn’t understand the appeal. Why would someone like me enjoy lutefisk? Little did I know, but Swedish Fish is actually a magical fish-shaped, gloriously sugary, wine gum candy that comes in an assortment of three deliciously chewy colors. You can often find a 2 for 1 deal at your local Duane Reade, CVS or Walgreens to sufficiently stock your apocalypse bunker. Also, I love their bizarre ad campaign. “Swedish Fish: A friend you can eat.”
I remember getting Heath in my bucket on Halloween and casting it aside like it was garbage. Boy, was I dumb. Heath is the hidden gem of candy. On the fence? Try Publix’s Heath cookies when they’re on sale.
19. Reese’s Fast Break
So many good Reese’s products, and the best remaining available of the peanut butter and chocolate giant adds nougat to the mix, and is a late round steal.
20. Starburst Gummibursts
Following a similar trend of my last pick, this brand of gummis are delicious.
21. Junior Mints
Apparently I have a thing for candies that come in a size small enough to pop like, well, candy. I remember being fired up whenever a box of Junior Mints would show up while we were making the trick-or-treating rounds. Honestly, it’s been far too long since I’ve had a box – gotta rectify that soon.
22. Candy Orange Slices
An underrated type of candy, and is always a good choice when wanting some type of candy to snack on.
23. Reese’s Peanut Butter Eggs
Anything Reese’s is usually money. How so? If they paid me in candy, I would name a child Reese. Their peanut butter eggs could replace real eggs for me as a breakfast food. I figured they would have gotten picked in the first 20 so I’m feeling good about my chocolate foundation.
24. Peach Rings
Super sweet peach flavored candy rings and the perfect combination of chewy and overly sweet.
-Jordan de Lugo
How to enjoy Raisinets at a movie:
Step 1: Walk past ticket box office and into Movie Theater. Step 2: Approach movie usher and scold them about the exorbitant ticket prices and demand they allow you to purchase concessions without buying a ticket. Step 3: Choose the line with the employee who looks like they care least about their job. Step 4: Deploy championship era Tiger Woods’ fist pump and shout “HOO-AH” when the worker fails to ask if you would like to try “the combo.” Step 5: Purchase popcorn with extra butter, making the worker go back for additional butter 3-4 times. Step 6: Inform manager of your harrowing experience of not being asked of having any interest in trying “the combo” and receive free ticket voucher. Step 7: Save the ticket voucher for later, sneak into Transformers: The Last Knight, and find a seat. It is best to choose a seat next to a stranger rather than one in an empty row. Step 8: Take 2 packages of Raisinets out of your cargo shorts’ pocket and pour into popcorn. Step 9: Munch on snack as loud as possible and talk throughout movie. Step 10: As you exit the theater, toss the packages of Raisinets under seat and dump leftover popcorn in the aisle.
26. Baby Ruth
My dark horse candy bar. The mix of chocolate, nougat, peanuts and caramel shape up to make a tremendous choice. The mini ones are the best because you can pop four or five in and not feel guilty.
27. Milky Way Midnight
A candy I have only ever consumed in mini size, and that is fine with me. Personally, I find regular Milky Ways to be lacking, and apparently what it is missing is dark chocolate and marshmallow.
There’s no in-between with this gum drop style candies. You either love them or hate them.
29. Atomic Fireball
Long before “fireball” meant the elixir that has led to countless questionable tailgating decisions, it referred to a spicy cinnamon hard candy that was an essential back in the day. Looking for a little kick? Pop a Fireball in and you were good for more than a few minutes.
The fact that this candy was available in the 4th round surprised me. Many different types of flavors, and everyone has their choice of favorite colors. A steal in round four in my opinion.
I remember the first time I heard Nerds had mixed flavors. That’s how much an impact this candy has had on my life. I used to trade my sister Halloween candy to get more Nerds. I became more proficient in opening a box of Nerds than I ever did opening a stupid milk during middle school lunches. I’m pretty sure I went a significant stretch one summer of having popcorn and Nerds Rope when I’d go to the movies.
Honestly running out of steam on the candy express, but these were some of my favorite movie snacks as a child.
-Jordan de Lugo
Where were we right? Wrong? What candy can you not believe was omitted? Let us know @rivercityrogue.