Culinary no-no #752


This isn’t rocket science. When trick or treaters descend upon your door you can be a hero or a bad guy.

Hard to believe but some Halloween Grinches will toss out NON-CANDY items to the unsuspecting kiddies. That’s commie stuff.

The food site Mashed did a survey of the worst non-food ‘treats’ given at Halloween. And let’s be honest. What the hell is wrong with these people? The worst six follow:


Checking in here, ANIMAL CRACKERS. Not all that horrible as only 3.64% said that they’d be upset to receive them instead of a piece of candy.


4.14% thumbs down to pretzels. Why not pretzels?  They’re not sweet.


I totally concur with this choice. 7.45% hate the idea of receiving a granola bar.


13.91% mentioned fruit, especially apples. Given the scares about razor blades if any apples find their way into bags they’re headed right for the trash.


They’re loaded with sugar, but 23.68% scoffed at boxes of raisins. You’re asking for your house to be toilet papered.


Yeh, it’s tough to argue with how God awful this would be.

A  toothbrush.

47.17% rightfully mentioned that would be the big fat PU.

What about CANDY?

Mashable said no to Werther’s. Now I like Werther’s but it totally got ripped:

The only reason anyone would give out Werther’s on Halloween is because they’re 90-years-old and they completely forgot to buy candy so they’re just giving crap away from their private stash.

Same for Milk Duds:

Milk Duds are the perfect candy if you want to pull caramel out of your teeth for 20 minutes, you sadist.

According to a Monmouth University poll these are the least favorite trick or treat candies:

1) The least: Tootsie Pops, followed by…

2) Starburst

3) Skittles

4) Candy corn

5) Plain Hershey Bars

Candy corn wasn’t #1?

“Candy corn even making the list may surprise some people, but it is one of the top-selling Halloween candies in the country. We don’t know if it’s one of the top-eaten candies, but it does have a fan base. And candy corn make great fake teeth to creep out your parents with,” said Patrick Murray, director of the independent Monmouth University Polling Institute.

You can always count on for some wacky suggestions:

1. Choose Your Candy Consciously

Conventional Halloween candy is synonymous with individually wrapped mini iterations of problematic brand-name favorites. Sadly, the commercial chocolate industry is driving deforestation in the rainforest, as both the cocoa and palm oil needed to produce it grows only within 10 degrees of the equator.

The waste these shareable minis create is a whole other problem. Most candies come in plastic or aluminum wrappers than aren’t widely recyclable and take 200 to 1,000 years to degrade in landfills. And that’s only if they are, indeed, unwrapped and consumed. Many families accumulate too much candy to eat and wind up throwing away more than wrappers.

One way to reduce your Halloween candy footprint is to choose products containing Rainforest Alliance-certified cocoa and certified sustainable palm oil. If possible, choose organic candies in recyclable packaging or no packaging at all.

2. Rethink Your Trick-or-Treat Offerings

Of course, candy isn’t the only thing you can give away to trick-or-treaters. If you’re willing to risk your reputation with the neighborhood youngsters, you could instead supply fresh, in-season fruits or homemade goodies like granola, popcorn, trail mix, crisp rice treats, or fruit leather. To make fruits more enticing to kids, consider decorating them. Turn your clementines into mini lookalike pumpkins or advertise your apples as poisonous à la “Snow White.”

Looney Tunes.

OK. Wanna get huge smiles at your door from the little ones? Don’t mess around. Again, from Monmouth, the most popular:

1) Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups

2) Snickers

3) M&M’s

Speaking of Halloween Grinches:

Haley Schiech and her husband Dr. Tarek Pacha

And Audrey Pendergast

ICYMI, last week’s Culinary, also Halloween-themed

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