Think back: what was the best thing that could happen to you when you were trick or treating on Halloween as a child?
That’s right, getting full sized candy bars. It was rare, am I right? It happened, maybe, every three years (at least in my case) and you always, always remembered to return to the same house the next year.
I was so excited on my first Halloween as a homeowner. I vowed to be that person who spread utter cheer by shelling out big Hershey’s bars with almonds. After stocking up at Costco I patiently waited for Halloween night, and I waited some more for the doorbell to ring.
Finally, ding dong – there stood six children, all dressed up and shouting “Trick or treat!” They got their big candy bars and moved on.
And that was it, no more kids the rest of the night. Had I known I’d have spoiled those six kids with multiple bars each! I learned later from a neighbor that this was a typical Halloween in our neighborhood. So, I was left with a boxfull of Hershey’s with almonds. I uncorked a full sized bottle of wine and settled in for the night. It’s a good thing wine tastes so good with candy. And it’s an equally good thing there’s so much of the sweet stuff around the house this time of year. You know you open the bags way before Halloween…and you know you sneak the good ones out of your kid’s stash!
When it comes to wine and candy, the sweeter the wine, the better. A dry wine tends to taste like vinegar when you pair it with something too sweet. Here are some of our favorite candy-wine partnerships:
Sparkling Moscato with anything sweet and tangy like Fun-Dip, Sweetarts, Nerds and Skittles.
Vernaccia Nera with lollipops. Preferably berry lollies.
Port with chocolate and some berry-flavored candies. We like dark chocolate best with Port. And strawberry-flavored Twizzlers is also surprisingly good with this fortified wine. Nibble off the ends and use one as a straw to sip your Port. Because, why not?