The Ultimate Halloween Candy and Wine Pairing?

Is there one type of candy you’re most likely to either hand out or steal… uh, borrow… from your child’s Halloween haul that pairs well with wine?

Actually, there are several, which we’ve delineated in previous blogs.

Here are five popular candies and their ideal wine companions:

* Skittles with Moscato.

* Hershey’s Milk Chocolate with Syrah

* Kit Kat with Pinot Noir.

* 3 Musketeers with sparkling wine.

* Hot Tamales with Riesling.

You can find out why these pairings work here. (

And here are four more, plus a repeater with a few more wine-pairing suggestions:

* Snickers with Merlot, Grenache, Tempranillo, Sangiovese or Zinfandel.

* Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup with Gamay, Pinot Noir, or any of the “Snickers wines.”

* Butterfinger with Viognier or a rich Chardonnay.

* Mounds or Almond Joy with sparkling wine.

* Skittles with Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Grigio or Gruner Veltliner.

Yes, Skittles turns out to be quite versatile as a wine-pairing candy. You can read more about all of these pairings here.

One candy that never made our “Halloween Candy Wine List” was Candy Corn. Why? I honestly can’t tell you. Perhaps it was because, back when my daughter was young, I felt too guilty to steal… uh, borrow… anything from her plastic Halloween pail other than as many of the bite-sized Snickers as I could find.

But My Recipes suggests that Candy Corn may actually be the ultimate candy when it comes to wine pairing — matching up well even with red wines.

How could that be? Check out the explanation here.

Even though trick or treating has been cancelled or is being tightly regulated in some locales this year, there have been reports that the sale of Halloween candy actually is up. That seems to defy logic, but there really hasn’t been much that has been “normal” about 2020.

So why not make this the year to discover your own favorite wine-and-candy combination? Those of us who love both may as well enjoy them together.

Posted in Food and Wine Pairings/Recipes, Wine Buzz
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