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  1. Anthony at |

    Very very funny list, makes it interesting. #1 had me rolling. The facts are pretty entertaining too. Make more lists

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  2. Sean at |

    Nice list. I, for one, always loved getting Tootsie Rolls, Smarties, and chocolate coins during Halloween. :P I also liked getting bubble gum every now and then… it was a nice change of pace from just candy.

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  3. 5minutes at |

    Well, count me the curmudgeon, but I love giving (and getting) Tootsie Rolls, Smarties, Necco Wafers, Double Bubble, Jawbreakers, Good n’ Plenty (LOVE black licorice), and those “orange and black things” – which could be called either “Bit o’ Honey” or “Mary Janes”, but is essentially molasses taffy.

    PS: The best thing I give or get on Halloween are Mary Jane Peanut Butter Kisses, which are the taffy candy wrapped around (hopefully) a good-sized chunk of peanut butter. Yum.

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    1. dotmatrix at |

      Wow, you sure are easy to please!

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      1. 5minutes at |

        Yep. God gave us candy for a reason, and that reason is diabetes. I plan to show my body who’s really the boss!

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        1. Shacylah at |

          LOLOL ^^^^

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        2. Alfonsworth Bentley at |

          God didn’t give us candy you buffoon
          and the the writer Mark Hill. your humor had me laughing hard!
          keep it up

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          1. 5minutes at |

            God gave us candy and all good things… Michael Bloomberg tried to take it away.

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  4. Rachel at |

    Great list! Dots are pretty terrible too.

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    1. HTSherman at |

      Actually, I myself love dots, even if they leave little cavity tooth enamel eating globs stuck on your molars.

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    2. 5minutes at |

      I’ll happily take care of your Dots for you.

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  5. Brett at |

    Gah! I hated the penny people!

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  6. darkknight9761 at |

    Very good list. Yeah, the dots were lame also, but you forgot the one terrible, nasty Halloween candies of all time, Candy Corn! I hate that stuff. Never liked it, never will. It’s positively vile.

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    1. 5minutes at |

      Candy corn is of the devil, forged in the deepest of the pits, and will be force-fed to Moammar Kadhafi for eternity.

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      1. Anonymous at |

        Candy corn, personally, I love. No, really.

        DONT JUDGE ME

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  7. Peter Boucher at |

    Its always been said that if you actually saw how a hot dog is made, you would never eat one again or if you saw the movie/documentary called “Super Size Me” you would never eat at a McDonald’s ever again. Well, thanks to this list, I will now be more careful as to what candy I will consume. I did like #10 and how tootsie rolls, if cold enough, were used to bludgeon Nazi German soldiers to death. Perhaps it was the Battle of the Bulge (where temperatures averaged -30 to -40 below zero) that hardened them into weapons.

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  8. Chrissy at |

    Your picture of Smarties is actually a picture of Sweet Tarts. Smarties are lighter colored and much more chalky. (I eat a lot of candy.)

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    1. KB at |

      Actually, they are smarties.

      If it’s got a Wiki-link to it, it’s legit….Not really, but you get my point ;)

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      1. DanMac at |

        Smarties are also a multi coloured chocolate candy in Canada made by rowntree, and are very popular. and there is definitely a wiki page on them.

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  9. Peter Boucher at |

    My favorite one in the city that I grew up in was this very affluent home where I would go every Halloween and the owner of the home was the owner of an ice cream parlor. You would ring on his doorbell, say “Trick Or Treat” and right at the entrance, he had an ice cream dispenser exactly like one you would see if you went to the ice cream store and he would give you a double scoop ice cream cone either chocolate, strawberry or vanilla. I always chose the chocolate !!

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    1. Jacob Hammerstein at |

      Cool story bro tell it again

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  10. dotmatrix at |

    You’re right, here in Canada what you call Smarties are Rockets; I like Rockets, Our Smarties are like M & Ms only way way better.

    We’ve always called #2 Halloween Kisses, but they’re like kissing your sister or a wrinkly old auntie who smells of mothballs and Bengay.

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  11. Stinger503 at |

    You missed one: Candy Corn. I’ll let Lewis Black explain… http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L8yuvMsvNqY

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    1. Peter Boucher at |

      To Stinger503. A very BIG thumbs up for the Lewis Black stand up regarding Candy Corn. I hated the stuff as well. I remember Lewis Black on the Conan O’ Brien show a couple of years ago, and he got into the subject of Michael Jackson saying that Michael Jackson is a joke in himself. He went on to say if you’re telling a joke to someone and forget the “punchline”, just say Michael Jackson. He began to tell a joke and said “Two Jews are walking down the street and heading for the nearest bar (this is where the punch line comes) the Jew forgets the punchline and Lewis Black says, “just say Michael Jackson” Funny as hell !!!

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  12. Dude4Ever at |

    DUDE! I love getting condoms for Halloween! that creepy guy rules…

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  13. sydney at |

    i watched a slid show yesterday and it said that tootsie rolls are just made out of left overs :p

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  14. Dies Irae at |

    Right on about Tootsie Rolls.

    I have to nominate Jolly Ranchers to the list – those bars of sugar hard tack that can’t really be bitten, but instantly form a cement bond upon being placed between your teeth.

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    1. Amanda at |

      I couldn’t agree more with you about the Jolly Ranchers! I always HATED getting those!

      But… I do love Tootsie Rolls… :P

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  15. A BiPolar Guy at |

    Licorice rocks! But beware the common fake which actually contain no real licorice extract!

    Btw saying “black licorice” is like saying “wet water”. There is no other kind, though misuse on products with no licorice extract has occurred

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    1. Janette at |

      Actually, where I live we have strawberry, black currant, and apple licorice.

      And for the 80 and above thing for black licorice what the heck? I’m 13 and black licorice is one of my favorite candies! (I know I’m too young)

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  16. Adam at |

    What is the name of the orange and black things? I must know it!

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    1. Connor at |

      I think they are called “Kerr’s molasses kisses.”

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  17. Eleen at |

    Hilarious. Espicially #4 and #2. The reason they’re called “Kisses” is lost to me….

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  18. Frank at |

    lol tootsie rolls, chocolate dollars, double bubble, jawbreakers, are all awesome. this is a list that belongs on someones myspace page

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  19. Rogue at |

    If it weren’t for one incident I had in high school, I would totally agree with your #1. My friends and I knocked on a door, and the resident came out to tell us that she was out of candy, but was giving out cans of Dr Pepper or Sprite instead. After walking around in a heavy costume in that weather (TN Halloween= about 70 degrees), that Dr. Pepper hit the sport more than any reese cup or snicker!

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    1. bigg3469 at |

      Now that’s a novel idea! Maybe I’ll try that when we have our “Santa Ana heatwaves” during Halloween here in Southern California ( usually it a bit chilly (and sometimes rainy) during Halloween but in some years it gets up to the mid 80’s to mid 90’s during the day on Halloween!)

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  20. Lol at |

    I thought this was hilarious, but I disagree with #4 I love black licorice, and always have.
    And up until now, I never even knew that Rockets(Smarties) had a different name in the USA, when I saw the word Smarties, I was shocked. Because the other candy that was referenced in this post (Canadian Smarties) are candy covered chocolate piece, kind of like M&Ms. And most Canadian kids, I know love Rockets(American Smarties)

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  21. bigg3469 at |

    #2 Are known as “Mary Jane Peanut Butter Kisses” Truly a “treat” that will get your house T.Peed or Egged. UGH! I hated those candies! I rather have either Tootsie Rolls,Neccos,Smarties or Good & Plenty than those Mary Janes Peanut Butter Kisses!!

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  22. MG at |

    In Canada Smarties are a staple in a child’s diet. You aren’t truly Canadian until you have had our Smarties.

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  23. peacefulinvasion at |

    Nice list but you forgot to include candy corn. That is the one Halloween candy i cannot stand. IDK why people love it but I don’t. I always thought it was gross and would dump all my candy corn on my brother after Halloween has ended.

    To me it tasted like chalk and vomit combined into one “tasty treat.” I’d rather eat nails than candy corn.

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  24. Mistress of the Obvious at |

    My late grandmother gave those peanut-butter kiss things out for Halloween. I think they are supposed to be peanut -butter taffy. Of course it being grandma, we always act excited and ate a piece for our adoring grandmother. (Or get the spanking of our life when we got home.) I think it must have been a survivor of the depression and WWII thing and her idea of “kiddy” candy was a little tainted. (She also thought kids loved things like those gross circus peanut things and those fake little jelly orange slices.) From old people, if those candies come up I didn’t get upset. From younger parents, oh heck no! They knew better. My boyfriend loves Good and Plenty but I agree with the hatred of licorice. The only licorice taste I want is from liquor!

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    1. KB at |

      “The only licorice taste I want is from liquor!”

      I’ll drink to that ;)

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  25. Jenne at |

    Great List couldnt agree more! Except the Ring Pops im 27 and i still love those…#1 on the list made me remember all the stupid people who actually did that to me as a kid..

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  26. Me at |

    Hilarious! I don’t care if you make this post public or not–just had to tell you that this was one of the funniest articles I’ve ever read. Your comments about Good and Plenty, Necco Wafers, and the dreaded orange and black wrapped things made me laugh so hard that my stomach hurts as almost as bad as if I’d actually eaten any of the candies themselves.

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  27. Ffion at |

    i like black liquorice, and im 16 (a)

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  28. Wilm210 at |

    Hmpf…I like tootsie rolls…

    Still a fun list though!.

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  29. CamTO at |

    This is hysterical and nostalgic. My trick or treat days were in the 1970s so I remember gettting all of these on Hallowe’en. The worst were peanuts – both the real ones in the shell and those fake marshmallow ones that were always stale & didn’t taste like anything. We used to feed them to the raccoons in our ravine.

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  30. matthewzd at |

    What about comic books as a non-candy treat? A long as you don’t do like a comic book store did a few years age and give out an adult oriented book that was mixed in with the ones geared for kids, it can be a cool and different treat.

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  31. devis at |

    who gives tooth brushes for halloween?

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    1. ParusMajor at |

      Halloween trolls?

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  33. ParusMajor at |

    I love black liquorice and also salty liquorice. We love salty liquorice (aka salmiac liquorice) over here in the Nordic countries, as well as in the Netherlands and Northern Germany. The rest of the world seems to find it disgusting. I will never understand that, salty liquorice is delicious! :D

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  34. Johnny Canuck at |

    now all you seem to get is mini chocolate bars and bags of chips

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  35. triton2toro at |

    Top 10 Worst Halloween Candy for Ruining Halloween- I’m not sure if anyone has mentioned it, but your title is a double negative. It should have been Top 10 Worst Halloween Candy for Halloween. The way the title reads, the candy listed would be the worst for ruining Halloween- in other words, if you were trying to ruin Halloween, what candy would be worst for that purpose?

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  36. Foster Jemini at |

    Wow, good job in reusing this list. I’m sure I’ve already seen this last year. Seriously.

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    1. TopTenz Master at |

      Perhaps you didn’t read the editor’s note at the beginning where I wrote this was a re-posting. Seriously.

      And it was posted over the weekend so you still get your 5 new posts every week. Seriously.

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      1. ParusMajor at |

        I have noticed this, on this site as well as on some other sites (which I won’t mention since you don’t want me to send people to competing sites): People don’t read the actual list before posting a comment. I find that kind of silly. Why would you comment on something you just DIDN’T read?

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        1. TopTenz Master at |

          It would save many arguments, that is for sure. I have mentioned many competing sites, so I don’t mind that anymore. I am comfortable in the product Toptenz.net puts out. We have loyal readers. In fact, I am writing a top 10 list of list sites and will be personally ranking sites and will provide links to all the top 10 results.

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          1. ParusMajor at |

            Well, you can count on me as a loyal reader. I might still keep reading cracked and listverse as well, though. Sorry. :)

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  37. marick at |

    2. Whatever Those Orange and Black Things Are Called

    —-> my brother and I called these candies “Kiddie Tobacco”. We’d save them until the spring when all the snow melted, and then we’d go outside and play some catch/baseball. Growing up outside of Toronto, Pat Borders was the Jays’ catcher at the time, and we’d imitate the way he chewed and spat his tobacco. Stuff worked great for kiddies pretending to be in the big leagues. Of course, I’m a girl and our mother was quite appalled when she saw her two little angels in action out on the driveway.
    Good times!

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  38. notjebbush at |

    rofl pencils…… people should die seriously…

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  39. Turk at |

    Old cowboy in the very small village I lived in as a kid had no candy so he offered us beer and cigarettes, better then some of this nasty candy :)

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    1. ParusMajor at |

      Cool! Actually.. no pot, though? :D

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      1. Turk at |

        Nah in that little crap hole town your best bet was to have your own!

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  40. Xaxion at |

    Oh, Necco Wafers. This reminds me of when I used to eat the colored chalk in school. I was sick for a year and nearly died.

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  41. Austin the Avid Film Freak at |

    Kinda disagree with this list. I’m in my 20’s and I LOVE black liquorice. For the most part this list is highly accurate with entertaining descriptions. But get your facts straight, I know plenty who love black liquorice and Tootsie Rolls.

    Kinda funny, I’m chewing on Smarties right now at work. And now I’m looking at them like; “What the hell was I thinking?”

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  42. imwityabuddy at |

    I love smarties. they are not chalky. But I do admit their gross when an annoying kid you know ( Who acts 5 years younger than their actual age) Makes them into “Candy juice”.

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  43. imwityabuddy at |

    Seriously, I alsoenjoy ringpops!

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  44. Martinho at |

    Thanks for this top 10 gem. I laughed so hard at work I cried and as a result made my friends around me do the same.

    Growing up in the GTA(greater toronto area) Canada, I am quite familiar with these “wonderful” treats. Candy Corn is one of the worst things you can ever put your mouth, I mean the shit is just rotten. #2 is the one that brought me to tears. In canada we call those halloween kisses, god knows why. They are harder than any known substance or material on this planet and taste like genocide. The look of defeat and horror in a childs face after eating one of those is one of lifes guilty pleasures.

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  45. Anna at |

    in Europe we love black liquorish ! (thats how i found this article)

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    1. Anonymous at |

      O really? In China we hate black liquorice!

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  46. Anonymous at |

    In 2012 Halloween, some guy who dressed up like Santa gave out pencils and $10 gift certificates for “Nelle’s Book Store”

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  47. Anonymous at |

    God gave us fingers. MOM says use your spoon. (I have no idea how this is on topic)

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  48. No at |

    Rocket are also know as sweet tart too.

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  49. No at |

    There are rocket and there are sweet tart

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    1. No at |

      They are very alike a lot

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  50. No at |

    #1 I kinda agree to any kinda not . Juice box are alright to give and so is energy drink too.
    Pencil and pen is a no-no will be great for Easter but not halloween .

    At my house in Canada we give out chocolate/candies and chip.

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  51. No at |

    Thank is way better in Canada than USA because it before halloween and it my least favourite holiday

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    1. No at |

      I mean thank giving is better in Canada then usa

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  52. No at |

    Disagree with#10

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  53. No at |

    Our Mountain Dew way better than mellow yellow

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    1. No at |

      That all eh! And goodnight!

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  54. No at |

    I like tootsie roll , all the Hersey , Reese pieces and resse peanut butter, milk choclate m&m. And skittle and rocket/ sweet tart . That was all favorite halloween candy and also ripple and wavy lay plain chip.

    Least favorite candies / candy apple, smarties , bubble gum, carrot that has sugar in it.

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  55. Rebecca at |

    those orange and black candies are called halloween kisses and they were my favourite other then chocolate!!!!!

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    1. Shell Harris at |

      Now we know. Thanks.

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  56. Jeannine at |

    The black and orange things are called Molasses Kisses, and are made exactly as you described LOL! I hated those things! Look up Kerrs dot com

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  57. Gpenguin at |

    Good N Plenty are my favorite candies, im not sure of anyone that doesnt like them, you must have a really shady pallet.

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  58. zman420 at |

    Ring pops/candy necklaces, chocolate coins and dubble bubble were always scores. rockets werent the worst either. anything wonka or bags of chip, as well as caramilks, coffee crisps and crispy crunch along with butterfinger were always my favorites though.

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  59. Shell Harris at |

    bit o honey is the worst.

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