Halloween time is upon us once more. Time to line up treats for the kiddies. Some of the best options are those wonderful British candies. Stock up now before that doorbell starts ringing.
Let’s set the scene: The kids have donned their costumes. They are laughing and chattering excitedly while going from door to door. Their Moms and Dads are watching over them and have flashlights ready. You have your front porch light on. You may even have adorned the front yard with all sorts of items intended to send a chill up the spines of would-be treat seekers. (Halloween décor is now second after Christmas décor in sales. One year we had our garage set up as a mad scientist lab, with me standing off to one side wearing a long cape, black clothing and gloves, and a black gauzy scarf from India over my face. More than one little tyke was reduced to tears as my hand came out from a slit in the side of the cape to dish out some candy.)
What a pity if that doorbell rings, you answer it, they yell “Trick or treat!”, you shrink back in mock horror and reach into the candy bowl… the empty candy bowl.
A bit of forethought saves the day. And your house from being “tp”ed (covered in toilet paper) or other tricks being pulled by those who have gotten no treats.
Start with some Cadbury, but be sure it’s the kind made in Britain (yes, there’s a difference). A great choice is the “Flake” lineup that includes regular or dipped (in milk chocolate), and dark (rolled in dark chocolate). Caramel lovers go for the Curly Wurly, covered in milk chocolate. Other choices include the Bournville Bar made of rich solid dark chocolate; Picnic chock full of caramel, peanuts, crispy cereal, and raisins all covered in milk chocolate; Double Decker full of smooth, chewy nougat and crispy, crunchy cereal, with a milk chocolate coating (no busses in sight); and the Fruit and Nut chocolate bar with creamy milk chocolate, crunchy nuts, and chewy raisins (a tea time fave).
Nestlé is another name in candy that is well-known in the U.S. but that is made also in the UK. Quality Street is a great choice here and is available in a one pound container filled with an assortment of individually and colorfully-wrapped pieces in 14 flavors, including Vanilla Fudge, Orange Crème, Coconut Éclair, and Nutty Chocolate Chunk. Chocolate bars like Yorkie and Lion will satisfy those youngsters’ cravings, too, as well as Fruit Pastilles and Fruit Gums.
Bassett’s Fruit Allsorts and Liquorice Allsorts are welcome in any trick-or-treaters bag. Toss in a few Mars bars for good measure: Topic, Galaxy with its creamy milk chocolate, Ripple, Bounty, and the original Mars Bar. Again, the UK versions are richer and tastier than the ones typically found in U.S. stores.
More options exist, with something to suit even the pickiest candy gobbler. Better hurry. I see a group of ’em headed toward your front door right now!
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