It might be hard to believe—and even harder to accept—but Halloween is right around the corner. And along with elaborate parties and panic-Googling “Last Minute DIY Halloween Costume Ideas,” comes candy—lots of candy. But this year, instead of relying on sweets from the candy aisle at your local grocery store, we suggest you pick up some artisanal, fancy candy. Not sure where to start? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. Check out these seven must-have, upscale candies just in time for Halloween.
Pro Tip for parents: tell your kids you need to taste test these to “check for poison.” They’ll appreciate this selfless gesture and your commitment to responsible parenting when they’re older.
A healthy splash of Kentucky Bourbon gives these bears a kick and makes them the perfect candy to enjoy with a tall glass of whiskey—well-deserved after a night of chaperoning a trick-or-treating expedition. These boozy bears might have to stay in their box until after the kids are sleeping off their sugar rushes.
Based in Portland, Oregon, the Jacobsen team has been cranking out high-quality salt since 2011—and what better way to enjoy their artisanal sea salt than by mixing it into a caramel treat? They use simple, quality ingredients that make for a deliciously sweet and salty combination. Matt Taylor-Gross
Located in San Francisco, this company got their start during the California Gold Rush, when Etienne Guittard realized that miners were willing to shell out serious dough for the chocolate he brought with him from his hometown of Tournus, France. Over 150 years later, they’re still making delectably bittersweet chocolate bars using responsibly-sourced cacao. Matt Taylor-Gross
Last but not least is MAST’s Fraggle Rock Collection, a joint project with the Museum of the Moving Image in honor of Jim Henson’s Fraggle Rock legacy. But don’t be fooled—this chocolate definitely wasn’t made in a cave. Beautiful packaging and incredible, sustainably sourced chocolate make this bar one of our favorites. Matt Taylor-Gross
Well, Godiva, you did it again. Milk chocolate and pumpkin ganache combine to make these tried-and-true fall chocolate staples. We urge you not to turn your nose up at the phrase ‘pumpkin spice’—these chocolates happen to be a far better representation than an overpriced frappuccino. Godiva