Halloween candy has loyal fans

Some folks can't get enough of the holiday-themed sweet stuff

Some folks can't get enough of the holiday-themed sweet stuff

October 26, 2007|By JULIE E. GREENE

Mike Cermak really likes his Peeps.

So much so that for Halloween three years ago, the 62-year-old Waynesboro, Pa., resident, who is 6-foot-4 1/2 and about 260 pounds, dressed up as the Easter marshmallow treat modeled after a baby chick.

But now it's Halloween season and Cermak discovered Peeps Ghosts this year. They quickly became his favorite Halloween candy.

While an informal poll of 23 Tri-State-area residents revealed Reese's Peanut Butter Cups were the most favored Halloween treat, no one expressed as much devotion to their favorite candy as Cermak.

"The trick with the ghosts is just like the Peeps," Cermak said. "You have to punch a hole in the package and let them get ripe" - that is, a little stiff.


Just Born, a candy manufacturer based in Bethlehem, Pa., makes Peeps varieties for Easter, Halloween, Christmas and Valentine's Day. The ghosts have been out since before 2000, spokeswoman Milena Deluca said. Other Halloween-themed Peeps are pumpkins, cats, spiders, bats, mummies and skulls.

But chocolate and peanut butter is the local favorite candy combination.

Joshua Hulyo, 22, of Waynesboro, said he used to steal Reese's cups from his sister's trick-or-treat goodies.

"I'd leave her some. I'm not completely heartless," he said.

He'd also strike a deal for candies he wanted, trading Rolos for Peppermint Patties. "That was the best thing about Halloween. Trading candy," Hulyo said.

But trade a peanut butter cup? No deal, he said.

That doesn't sound good for his wife, Charlene, 22, whose favorite also is peanut butter cups.

When there are peanut butter cups at home, it's first-come, first-served, Joshua Hulyo said. "We usually fight over the last one."

Of the 23 people interviewed for this story, seven picked Reese's cups as their favorite.

Sam Kerns, 26, of Martinsburg, W.Va., prefers Reese's Peanut Butter Pumpkins, which he gives to his mother "just to say 'I love you.'"

"I'm still a big kid at heart. I like any house that gives out full-size chocolate bars," Sam Kerns said.

Kerns' girlfriend, Nikki Gorman, 21, of Martinsburg, prefers the original pink Starburst - strawberry.

"I eat all the strawberries and everybody else gets all the rest of them," Gorman said.

But the chewiness and flavor of vanilla and chocolate Tootsie Rolls won over Kerns' son, Gage, 5.

Cassie Vaughn, 7, of Sharpsburg, likes Tootsie Rolls best, while her sister Brittany, 11, tries to keep her cherry lollipops from Cassie and friends.

After contemplating for several seconds, Alexis Slacum, 6, of Williamsport, said her favorite Halloween candy is Tootsie Rolls. But she has to be careful to hide them after trick-or-treating because her uncle also likes them.

"It's gotta be the Reese's cups and I do hide them (from the kids)," said Alexis' mom, Kim Slacum. She hands peanut butter cups out to trick-or-treaters, but admitted she ends up eating about half of them.

Other favorite candies mentioned include Laffy Taffy, Reese's Pieces and lollipops, including Blow Pops.

As a youth and an adult, Snickers has always been the favorite of Tony Brown, 48, of Hagerstown. He enjoys the "peanutty chocolate" candy, which, as a boy, he had to guard from his younger brothers.

Candy corn was the favorite Halloween candy of five people.

The candy - largely sugar and corn syrup - tastes "alright," according to Steve Beall, 23, of Hagerstown. But its festiveness and abundance at Halloween made candy corn his favorite.

Kayla Shetley, 11, of Hedgesville, W.Va., said she could eat a bag of candy corn in one sitting, but she hasn't. Typically she eats about one cup's worth.

Morgan Bingaman, 6, of Fairplay, likes candy corn's colors, but admitted she would give up the corn for a Hershey bar.

Morgan said she hides her candy corn from her parents. Asked where, she said "probably in my mouth."

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