Upgrade Your Halloween Candy
These 5 artisanal alternatives are elevated takes on your favorite classic treats.
Even if you hung up your trick-or-treating bag many (full) moons ago, Halloween is still an occasion for a splurge. And while candy corn and fun-size chocolate bars are plentiful this season, artisanal creations from around the country are taking sweets to the next level. Some work in seasonal elements (like squash) to dial down sugar; all of the treats are made with top shelf ingredients. Satisfy your craving with these sophisticated, better-for-you takes on traditional Halloween standbys—no costume required.
Instead of: Snickers
Artisan upgrade: Brooklyn-born Liddabit Sweets’ The Snacker is handmade with crunchy roasted peanuts, caramel, chocolate nougat and then covered in dark chocolate.
Instead of: Gummy Bears
Artisan upgrade: For more than 40 years, family-run La Zamorana Candy Co. has produced a limited run of traditional Mexican Calabaza fruit jellies each fall for Dia de Los Muertes. The candies are made with just four ingredients: squash, lime, sugar and water.
Instead of: Heath Bars
Artisan upgrade: Valerie Confections' Pumpkin Seed Toffee is studded with roasted pumpkin seeds, then hand-dipped in bittersweet chocolate and sprinkled with smoked paprika and Durango smoked salt.
Instead of: Candy Apples
Artisan upgrade: Amy’s Gourmet Apples come in more than 100 flavors, but we’re partial to the purveyor’s Dunked Caramel Apple with Dark Belgian Chocolate & Wild Hibiscus Sea Salt. First, a jumbo granny smith apple is hand-dipped in a copper kettle filled with the brand’s homemade caramel. Then, it’s coated in dark Belgian chocolate and finished with a generous sprinkle of wild hibiscus flower sea salt.
Instead of: Sour Patch Kids
Artisan upgrade: Sugarfina’s Heavenly Sours are made with pectin—not gelatin—so the treats are suitable for vegans and vegetarians. Its sweetness comes from real fruit juice and its bite from a dusting of tart sugar crystals.
Instead of: Life Savers
Artisan upgrade: Connecticut-based Torrie & Howard’s Blood Orange & Honey organic hard candy is made with all-natural ingredients like Italian tarocco blood orange and wildflower honey, with no additives or preservatives. (Each piece is a mere 12 calories.) Other elegant flavors include D’Anjou Pear & Cinnamon; Pomegranate & Nectarin; Meyer Lemon & Raspberry and Pink Grapefruit & Tupelo Honey.