It wasn't all that long ago that Gut Check was donning our finest
Disney princess Star Wars character drag outfit and joining the swarms of greedy American children on the hallowed Halloween quest for candy. So we remember well the post-trick-or-treat ritual of sorting the bounty into two piles, i.e., Good Stuff and Crap.
Then we'd head back out and t.p. all the houses where we'd been handed lame candy. We considered the act to be a hint to the clueless to maybe bust out the Snickers next year instead of those execrable homemade popcorn balls. A community service, if you will.
Now we're on the other side of the door, trick-or-treatily speaking, and we're also working from a position of strength when it comes to stamping out Halloween-candy imbecility.
Want to avoid having your happy home t.p.'ed this year? Check back each weekday between now and the Big Day as we count down the 21 Best Halloween Treats and the 21 Worst Halloween Treats...
Worst Halloween Candy Countdown, No. 5: Peeps
Remember those small, chicken-shaped marshmallow candies that always sat on the Easter table, but never quite made it out of the wrapper? Gut Check knows them all too well. It turns out, Peeps decided to branch out its holiday appeal, and it now offers more than the standard yellow chick. Trick-or-Treaters are bombarded by orange, "chocolate dipped" chickens, "chocolate mousse-flavored" cats, and, worst of all- "sugar free" pumpkins. We ask you, Peeps: What is Halloween without sugar?! The only thing more frightening than the prospect of receiving sugar-free candy is biting into a chocolate-dipped chicken. Perhaps Peeps was attempting to play the "spooky" card, but this candy scares the fun out of Halloween.
Click through to reveal No. 5 on the Best Halloween Candy list...
Best Halloween Candy Countdown, No. 5: Snickers
If any candy belongs in the Halloween Hall of Fame, it's the good 'ol Snickers bar. Snickers remains a timeless classic among trick-or-treaters. There's nothing gimmicky about the smooth nougat, crunchy roasted peanuts, sweet caramel and melt-in-your-mouth milk chocolate. OK, so they tend to get a little smushed in your overflowing trick-or-treat bag. They taste just as good whether they're frozen or melty, whole or fun-sized, smushed or not. They stand the test of time, and absolutely endure the long hours spent scavenging for candy.