Are you all set for Halloween trick-or-treaters? In my neighborhood, we don't get to pass out candy. Most children go early to parade around in their costumes and get treats from the local businesses. I kind of miss the tradition of
- Jelly Belly jelly beans -- Did you know that they come in over 100 flavors? These jelly beans are kosher, peanut-free (and made in a peanut-free factory), gluten-free, dairy-free, and relatively low calorie. I received the above small pack of Jelly Belly's in an online order but you can order 6.5 pounds (around 250 packs) of tiny little pyramid-shaped packages that contain 10 randomly-selected flavors of jelly beans.
- Tootsie Rolls -- I do love me some Tootsie Rolls. These candies originated in 1896 in NYC. While they've since moved production to Chicago, the recipe is still the same. A classic. This 4-lb mega mix bag comes with five different sizes. Gluten-free, peanut-free, and kosher. (P.S. I can't think about this candy without humming the 90's song conveniently spelled differently. "Let me see that Tootsee Roll!")
- Junior Mints -- From the Tootsie Roll family, these dark chocolate and mint candies are not small on flavor. Dark chocolate and ooey, gooey mint in the middle... Mmmm. These are one of my favorites to get at the movies. These bags of Junior Mints contain snack-sized boxes, perfect for doling out on Halloween. Gluten-free, peanut-free. Did I mention the dark chocolate?
- Candy Buttons -- Necco (you know, the people who make the candy wafers) produce 750 million candy buttons every year. I don't understand why I like these because inevitably one always ends up eating a fair amount of paper in the process, but there's something just fun about them. This Halloween version comes with 32 strips of orange and black candy buttons.
- Caramel Creams -- This 4-lb bag of these classic candies come with a vanilla caramel wrapped around a creamy, white center. Also available in strawberry, apple caramel, chocolate, double chocolate, and licorice flavors. Made in downtown Baltimore by Goetze's, a fifth-generation-owned family business. Nut-free.