Scott Olson / Staff

Top 20 Best Halloween Candies

Don't be that house on the block with the gross candy this year, we got the list of all the best candies all the kiddos are sure to love!

20. Mounds
Obviously Almond Joy's got nuts! Anyway, Mounds, a mess of coconut surrounded by dark chocolate, definitely does not have nuts. Don't make that mistake.

19. Almond Joy
Sometimes you feel like a nut, and when you do, definitely do not purchase a Mounds.

18. Milky Way
Like Caramello on a budget, Milky Ways are perfectly serviceable, and provide the sugar blast you need. Side note: Why doesn't anyone ever hand out Caramellos?

17. Laffy Taffy
Some extremely artificial fruit flavoring, a sore jaw, and a couple of wrapper jokes that you feel embarrassed chuckling at (and that you suspect Dave Coulier either wrote or stole)? Bring it.

16. Flavored Tootsie Rolls
These things seem to only exist during Halloween or in your grandma's candy dish but, damn it, they offer the chance to do some great alchemy.

15. Skittles
Skittles would be way higher on this list if we could forget that time we put a whole bag in our mouth and cut the insides of our cheeks on all the sugar shrapnel that exploded everywhere. On the other hand, getting Skittles directly into your bloodstream is kind of amazing.

14. Nerds
Nerds are basically little sugar boogers with a slight hint of fruit flavor but they sadly don't come in flavor combo packs at Halloween. Dump random flavors in your mouth and hope for the best.

13. M&M's
Or the peanut butter kind. Or the pretzel kind... actually, why don't they make a little bag with all the different flavors inside? That would put it in contention for the top five. Take heed, Mars.

12. Twizzlers
The Swiss army knife of candy, Twizzlers are not only delicious in their artificial strawberry glory, they're also useful as straws and as whips for would-be candy thieves.

11. Starbursts
Another in the pantheon of candy-based chemistry, Starbursts come in so many flavors, the permutations among flavor combinations are almost endless. Until you get a little pack with two lemons in it -- a cruel twist of fate that happens all too often.

10. Hershey's
The American classic is the best melt-in-your-mouth, no-frills candy in the bag. Toss in some almonds and you've got a beast. Toss in Cookies 'n' Creme and you'll wonder what the hell you're even eating.

9. Heath
The Heath bar makes you feel like a little British schoolboy with its toffee butteriness, and will make you look like one when your teeth eventually fall out from all the toffee you have lodged in your molars for weeks on end. It's a small price to pay for a brittle little piece of perfection.

8. Reese's Pieces
They have the same shape and same coating as M&M's, but only one has built-in peanut butter. You no longer have to wonder what it would be like if they stuffed these in a Peanut Butter Cup, but that shouldn't stop you from making a DIY version.

7. Mr. Goodbar
The snack so delicious that simply calling it Goodbar seemed like a sign of disrespect, Mr. is the king of the Hershey's variety pack -- a simple, peanutty bit of awesome that puts Krackel -- Nestlé Crunch's less-refined cousin -- to shame.

6. Crunch
Finally something healthy. Rice puffs are healthy, right? Especially when they're covered with Nestlé's deliciously melty milk chocolate. If you let one sit in your mouth unchewed for long enough, it dissolves into a poor man's Cocoa Krispies.

5. KitKat
It's the closest your Halloween bag's gonna come to having a sandwich inside, and let's be honest: milk chocolate and sugary wafers are way better than a tiny tuna on rye, especially after they've been sitting in a pillowcase for a few hours. Plus, the two-by-two snack-size KitKat acts as an adorable accessory for your Hacksaw Jim Duggan costume.

4. Butterfinger
It's like somebody took a bunch of peanut butter, transformed it into the world's thinnest toffee, and layered it underneath a blanket of chocolate. And when you bite it, the little flakes pop off and melt on your tongue like butter produced by a chocolate cow.

3. Snickers
It's easily the heartiest of all candy bars: nougat, caramel, nuts, and chocolate represent pretty much every food group. And this is one that's hard to eat in a single bite, even when you're going bite-size. It's worth the effort nevertheless, and makes for a solid accessory for your Pissed-Off Betty White costume.

2. Twix
The cookie crunch. The deliciously hard caramel. The ultra-silky chocolate. There are a lot of things to love about Twix (three, actually), but this thing's even better in fun-size form. The ratios between the three main components are simply perfect, striking a balance that makes a lifetime insulin prescription totally worth it.

1. Reese's Peanut Butter Cups
Not only is it the greatest candy out there, it's also one of the greatest snacks, period, the perfect alchemy of peanut butter and chocolate. And it's so, so versatile... especially at Halloween. Are you devouring the mini, with its jagged chocolate edges? The medium-cup, in all its one-biteable glory? Or the pumpkin, which serves as a vessel to get as much sugary peanut butter in your mouth as possible? It's your lucky day: there's no way to go wrong eating a Reese's.