Kids Taste Test Spooky Sweets for Halloween

Princeton Magazine enlists the help of local candy connoisseurs to judge all that’s a trick or a treat this Halloween

By Sarah Emily Gilbert

While every kid loves to dress up for Halloween, when it comes down to it, it’s all about the candy – and we’re not talking about Necco Wafers here. Halloween candy has evolved into an overwhelming assortment of vibrantly colored, seasonally flavored, and innovatively shaped treats. We all know the homes that give out the best Halloween candy and those that give out soul-crushing pencils, or scarier yet, apples. So, we enlisted the help of expert trick-or-treaters to ensure your candy stays out of the “no” pile this Halloween. With an average of 7.6 years of trick-or-treating under their belts, these local kids have developed a discerning palate when it comes to Halloween candy. Below, Princeton Magazine’s official taste-testers get candid about candy.

THE JUDGES

Name: Jillian Covill

Age: 8

Halloween costume: Panda

 Name: Teak Toto

Age: 9

Halloween costume: Kylo Ren from Star Wars

 Name: Henry Gilpin

Age: 7

Halloween costume: TOP SECRET!

Name: Ezra Broomer

Age: 8

Halloween costume: Yoda

 Name: Eli Broomer (Ezra’s younger brother)

Age: 6

Halloween costume: Hockey player

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Vidal Gummy Teeth:

Initial reaction and comments on taste –

Jillian: “This actually looks realistic, and the taste is pretty good.”

Teak: “Looks awful, but it has a really sweet taste.”

Henry: “Looks gross, but the taste is a lot better than it looks.”

Ezra: “It looks like real teeth and tastes gummy-like.”

Eli: “It looks gross, but it tastes yummy.”

 Would you want it in your Halloween bag? What’s your overall rating of the candy from 1 to 5 (1 being I hate it; 5 being I love it!)?

Jillian: “Yes” – 5/5

Teak: “Yes” – 3/5

Henry: “No” – 2/5

Ezra: “Yes” – 5/5

Eli: “No” – 1/5

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Pumpkin Spice Peeps:

Initial reaction and comments on taste –

Jillian: “I think it looks pretty pumpkin spice-y. If there was a 10 for taste, I’d give it a 10!”

Teak: “Looks weird and tastes icky.”

Henry: “Looks cute, tastes great…a little too sweet…way too sweet to finish.”

Ezra: “It looks like a peep on a boat and tastes cinnamon-y.”

Eli: “I like Peeps. I love marshmallows! It tastes sweet.”

Would you want it in your Halloween bag? What’s your overall rating of the candy from 1 to 5 (1 being I hate it;! 5 being I love it!)?

Jillian: “Yes” – 5/5

Teak: “No way” – 1/5

Henry: “No” – 4/5

Ezra: “Yes” – 5/5

Eli: “Only one” – 3/5

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Jelly Belly Sour Gummi Pumpkins:

 Initial reaction and comments on taste –

Jillian: “I think it looks pretty sweet and sour, kinda like tart. [Makes sour face] That’s pretty good. Tastes like lemon.”

Teak: “It looks really cool, and it tastes delicious.”

Henry: “Looks good, but it doesn’t taste good.”

Ezra: “Looks sour…tastes sour.”

Eli: “They look cute, but it tastes way too sour!”

Would you want it in your Halloween bag? What’s your overall rating of the candy from 1 to 5 (1 being I hate it!; 5 being I love it!)?

Jillian: “Yes. Double yes!” – 5/5

Teak: “Yes” – 5/5

Henry: “Yes” – 2/5

Ezra: ”Yes” – 5/5

Eli: “No” – 2/5

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CandyWarehouse Licorice Skulls:

Initial reaction and comments on taste –

Jillian: “What is this? It’s pretty ghoulish-spooky. It’s pretty hard! Pretty licorice-ish.”

Teak: “It looks really scary, but I want to throw up.”

Henry: “Doesn’t look good, but it tastes fine. Not good, not bad – different from other licorice.”

Ezra: “Looks like a skeleton – tastes gross.”

Eli: “It looks scary. I don’t like licorice.”

Would you want it in your Halloween bag? What’s your overall rating of the candy from 1 to 5 (1 being I hate it!; 5 being I love it!)?

Jillian: “Can there be a maybe?” – 4/5

Teak: “NO” – 1/5

Henry: “No” – 2/5

Ezra: “No” – 1/5

Eli: “NO” – 1/5

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Vosges Chocolate’s Uncured Bacon + Smoked Caramels:

Initial reaction and comments on taste –

Jillian: “What is this? It looks pretty cow-tail-ish? Sheesh, I think it’s melting in my hand! It tastes pretty caramel-y. It does taste like dark chocolate.”

Teak: “It looks boring. I hate chocolate.”

Henry: “I would give it an 8/10 on appearance – interesting. It tastes like caramel – has a smoky flavor – good, but weird.”

Ezra: “It looks like a piece of chocolate – it tastes like salt and caramel.”

Eli: “It looks like a plain piece of chocolate, but it tastes gross.”

Would you want it in your Halloween bag? What’s your overall rating of the candy from 1 to 5 (1 being I hate it!; 5 being I love it!)?

Jillian: “Mmm. Yeah!” – 4/5

Teak: “Never” – 1/5

Henry: “Yes” – 4/5

Ezra: “No” – 1/5

Eli: “Absolutely not” – 1/5

What was your favorite candy you taste tested?

 Jillian: “I would say the pumpkin or the teeth. Oh, the Pumpkin Spice Peep too! They were like tart and they gave out lots of flavor.”

Teak: “Jelly Belly Sour Gummi Pumpkins. The inside is really good.”

Henry: “Pumpkin Spice Peeps. It looks cute and it tasted good.”

Ezra: “I will eat anything that is gross, but it was the Pumpkin Spice Peeps.”

Eli: “Peeps because I love marshmallow!”

What was your least favorite candy that you taste tested?

 Jillian: “The ghoulish thing – the licorice thing because they didn’t have much flavor in it.”

Teak: “The chocolate bacon caramels. I hate chocolate.”

Henry: “Jelly Belly Sour Gummi Pumpkins – too tart!”

Ezra: “The skeleton skulls because it is licorice.”

Eli: “The bacon candy. I don’t like salty candy.”

A big thank you to our awesome taste testers! Happy Halloween!