Being a fancy chef at one of our nation's premiere eating establishments doesn't stop you from having a sweet tooth when Halloween rolls around! The Strategist tracked down some such restaurant runners and asked them: Do you prefer a candy bar or a sucker? A marshmallow or a twizzler? A Werther's Original or a Cow Tale? These chefs were all kids once and they gave some pretty relatable answers.
Kit Kats. I never buy them for myself, but I use Halloween as an opportunity to indulge a bit. They’re just perfect candies — crunchy, chewy, sweet, and salty.
I love gummy candy but especially Haribo Gold Bears. I first ate these when I was in hospitality school in Switzerland. I remember eating an entire large bag in the bus. They are tart and flavorful — the kind of candy you could eat all the time.
Peanut Butter Twix. It may sound odd but I am not usually a chocolate or peanut butter fan. There is something about this combo that hits all the right flavors and textures. They are even better when frozen.
I love sour anything. I grew up eating sour pickled plums from the Asian market my mom shopped at, and now I am addicted to anything sour and sweet and snacky. Sour Patch Kids used to be the only way you could get sour candies, but now there are sour worms, sour straws, sour watermelon — my mouth is literally watering as I type this.
I like to pass out fortune cookies. Not only do you get a sweet treat, but you get a nice message too.
Tootsie Fruit Chews. I remember from a very young age that only at Halloween would I see these, and I never even really knew what they were, but I loved them. I loved the fact that, at least at the time, they seemed so special, so rare. And those flavors — mixed berry, lemon, and vanilla — taste so good in chewy candy form.
Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups. I love them because chocolate and peanut butter are perfect together. I can’t think of a better candy, especially around Halloween. I’m pro-pumpkin shaped or regular.
Hands down, a Pearson’s Salted Nut Roll. It has everything you need: soft nougat center, thick layer of caramel, and a salty, crunchy peanut coating. It’ll get bonus points from your gluten-free trick-or-treaters — but everyone will love it.
My top pick for Halloween candy would be Daim, a Swedish crunchy chocolate bar with caramel and almonds that I used to eat as a kid.
I haven’t handed out candy many years since my childhood. Working, living in condo buildings, and traveling (did I mention my cookbook comes out October 31st this year?) prevents this from happening. But I love the chewy fruity, fun shapes — in particular, the mini gummy burgers, or even the ones shaped like spiders and clowns. The more colorful the better. The more ‘cartoonish’ and artificial, the more delightful to eat. For me these candies always win out over the houses that give out full-sized candy bars.
My favorite has always been the Hershey’s four pack of Milk Chocolate, Special Dark, Mr. Goodbar, and Krackel. The variety is key here — so many options of good, low-brow chocolate in one bag, for whatever mood you’re in. I tend to gravitate towards Krackel and Special Dark first, because it’s rare to see these at any time other than Halloween. Mr. Goodbar is next, then the milk. Pop them in the fridge for extra deliciousness.