Candy, Candy and more Candy!
After seeing a bunch of my friends on Instagram and Facebook post pictures of their kid’s 37 tons of Halloween candy, it made me crave one of my favorite combinations which is Champagne and gummy bears. Then I realized that almost everyone I know is a wine lover and will probably be digging into their kids candy stash at some point this upcoming weekend. Having that in mind, it has inspired this entire post. Even more so, it inspires me to borrow some of your kids next Halloween so Terri and I can use them for free candy.
First off, let me start by saying that if you’re mooching off of your kid’s candy bag – well done. They OWE you. Secondly, if it’s late and you’re digging through their candy like a rat in the night – or even better – you’ve actually got a secret stash of stolen candy that you’ve hidden from everyone in the house, then there’s a possibility that you’re already lit from a couple of glasses of booze and probably don’t care about how to pair anything at this point. That’s OK. I understand your plight. You deserve those 14 mini peanut butter cups and your drinks.
For anyone looking to get creative and want to try some interesting wine pairings with some common Halloween goodies, check these out and give them a whirl at some point.
Gummy Bears, Worms or anything similar:
Champagne or Prosecco go perfectly with the light, fruity sweetness of these.
Sour Patch kids:
Definitely something sweet to balance the tart flavors so I would grab a sweetish Riesling or Chenin Blanc.
Hard fruity candies such as Skittles and/or Starburst:
These will have markedly more fruit and sugar flavoring to them as opposed to gummy bears and they are also heavier, so here I suggest dry whites such as Pinot Grigio, Sauvignon Blanc or a dry Riesling.
Mounds or Almond Joy:
Because of the combo of coconut and chocolate, I would encourage you to try either a light sparkling wine such as Prosecco, sparkling Rose or an Asti Spumante, or go the sweeter wine route and do a Moscato.
Try a medium red such as a Merlot or a Sangiovese (Chianti).
If you like whites, I would stick with a heavy white such as Chardonnay or Viognier. If you want to go red, do a dessert wine such as a port.
Reese’s PB Cups:
These are harder because of the peanut butter but a Cabernet, Malbec or Syrah will do just nicely!
Snickers is actually pretty flexible because you have chocolate, peanuts AND caramel. I have had this with Cabernet Sauvignon and Red Zinfandel and loved it!
Grenache goes well here in addition to Cabernet, Syrah, Malbec and Red Zinfandel.