Staff Selections: Top Candy


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Boy in skeleton costume holding bowl full of candies

The sole purpose of any child during Halloween is to consume as much sugar as possible to pull an all-nighter and likely seriously annoy their parents. So… we asked the Keynote staff which was the greatest sugary delight of all time. To anyone handing out candy tonight, take notes!



Is it a chocolate bar or is it a cookie? Apparently, it’s a “cookie bar.” Or, if you prefer, call it a biscuit. In New York State, Twixes in the cookie aisle are considered to be cookies and are exempt from sales tax, but Twixes in the candy aisle and near the register are considered candies and therefore have sales tax. So, depending on where you get your Twix, it may or may not be eligible for this list. Nonetheless, despite its identity crisis, Twix cookie bars remain a Keynote staff top pick. 


Almond Joy

As elegantly noted by a staff member, “​​Coconut + chocolate = superior.” Need I say more? My only qualm with Almond Joy is the almond itself: people with nut allergies are seriously missing out. Almond Joy started off as a competitor of Mounds, a “coconut + dark chocolate” combination. While dark chocolate is great, I personally still find the classy milk chocolate covering to be the best. And, given that no Keynote member added Mounds, the staff likely agrees with me as well. 


Candy Corn

Sweetness beyond belief, these tetrahedrons are the staple food of any Halloween Trick-or-Treater. In fact, this candy is the Victor to the new generation of Frankenstein-ish candy corn: Nerds Candy Corn, Jelly Belly Candy Corn, Trolli Sour Brite Halloween Candy Corn, and “Minions Bello Halloween Candy Corn.” And, even after Halloween, it’s never too late to munch on some Christmas Candy Corn. Well, Oct. 31 = Dec. 25, so I suppose it checks out. 


Good and Plenty

Of all candies, this is the only candy I knew nothing about. A staff member writes that “[i]t’s the best. Black licorice is very good.” Good and Plenty is one of the oldest branded candies in the United States and was in part popularized by a Choo-Choo Charlie commercial with its legendary jingle:

“Once upon a time there was an engineer,

Choo-Choo Charlie was his name we hear.

He had an engine and it sure was fun,

He used Good & Plenty candy to make his train run.

Charlie says, ‘Love my Good & Plenty!’

Charlie says, ‘Really rings the bell!’

Charlie says, ‘Love my Good & Plenty!’

Don’t know any other candy, that I love so well!'”