Tired of the same old garden variety Halloween candy options? This year, instead of grabbing your go to favorites, why not mix things up with some eye-catching tricks? Here are some top contenders for homemade candy that you can make right in your kitchen along with some tried-and-true wine pairings. If baking and candy making isn’t your thing, head to your local market and pick up some popular packaged candy, pop open your favorite wine and enjoy!
Here are a few suggestions of homemade treats paired with wines and a few store-bought candies as well.
1. Pumpkin Spice Fudge
We’ve had the lattes, bread, and pancakes: it’s now time for some pumpkin-spiced fudge! This delightful take on a chocolatey treat is great for parties all fall and winter long.
Recommended wine pairing: Zinfandel
2. Monster Munch
If you’re settling in for a scary movie, consider creating this creative concoction! It combines popcorn, candy corn, M&M’s and assorted melted chocolates.
Recommended wine pairing: Sauvignon Blanc
3. Candied Pecans
Great for party favors, you can make candied pecans in large batches and hand them out in Halloween cellophane bags. The kids may turn their noses up at them because they aren’t loudly colored like store-bought candy, until they try a bite of course! Or you could purchase packaged turtle candy and place them in muffin liners for easy sampling.
Recommended wine pairing: Dessert wines
4. Peanut Butter Cups
Want to put that muffin tin to good use? Find decorative muffin cups and make peanut butter cups for kids (and adults) to enjoy. Some recipes only call for three ingredients! Sprinkle with some themed confetti and call it a night. Or, purchase peanut butter cups and set them out on a tray and enjoy!
Recommended wine pairing: Sparkling Wine or Champagne
5. Kit Kats
Kits Kats are the perfect complement to a light-bodied red wine like Pinot Noir. You can open the Kit Kat bars and separate the bars and lay them out on your best silver tray or eat them right from the package – whatever works for you.
Recommended wine pairing: Pinot Noir
Skittles are one of the most popular candies given out on Halloween. You can buy your own or raid your kid’s candy sack for these tiny favorites. Skittles are super easy to eat, very small, and come in an array of fruity flavors that complement many types of dry red wines.
Recommended wine pairing: Cabernet Sauvignon
Whether you’re hosting a costume party or are bringing something for a potluck, any one of these deliciously spooky treats will hit the spot for some great Halloween fun.
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