7 Halloween Candies and Their Perfect Wine Pairings

Posted October 30, 2014

Wine Library Staff


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Trick or Treat!

We may not be young enough to trick or treat anymore, but that doesn't stop us from eating our kids' candy when they do. Here's the deal: Eating candy as an adult is totally acceptable if you have a thoughtful, classy wine-pairing to go along with it. That's a real rule. It's in books. So let's get started, yeah?

Pop Rocks

If you’re craving a bright, explosive giggle-fest in your mouth, rip open a bag of Pop Rocks and pair it with a light, complex, and bubbly Sauvignon Blanc. Our personal favorite for pairing? The 2013 Bodkin Sauvignon Blanc Victor’s Spoils. With notes of grapefruit, lime, tangerine and nectarine, this lively Sauvignon Blanc leaves a lingering feeling that you’ve been sipping on summertime. With such a sugary, poppin’ candy, it only makes sense to heighten the fun as much as possible.



When pairing a wine with such a sugary candy, consider something that will add balance. A bottle of the 2014 Innocent Bystander Pink Moscato will more than do the trick, but don’t let the name fool you; this wine is anything but a goody two-shoes. The nose features blasts of coriander and ripe melon, an experience that sets the tone for the incoming Smarties. Flavors of peach, orange and grape create a symphony with the orange-cream, cherry and strawberry candy flavors. A wild and fruity ride, the two items seem almost destined to be together.



Twizzler is a candy with some pretty obscure flavors, but for today’s wine, the 2012 Laetitia Pinot Noir, we will be concentrating on those delicious red berries that are the most popular. Some of the immediate flavors you’ll get from this wine are that of red fruits, specifically cherries. Following that you’ll notice cinnamon and even cola. Do you see what’s happening with these flavors? We’ll spell it out for you: this wine tastes like Mr. Pibb. We are one step away from telling you to stick it in the wine and use it like a straw. Be we won’t go there, because that’s just wrong.


Reeses Peanut Butter Cups

The simple rule of thumb when pairing a wine with dessert: always make sure the wine is sweeter than the dessert itself. But what happens when you throw peanut butter into the mix, throwing off the smooth, sweet flavor with toasted nuttiness? Look for a spatlese (or late-harvest) with a touch of residual sugar like the 2008 Schloss Schonborn Erbacher Marcobrunn Riesling Spatlese (say that five times fast!). The juicy tropical fruit notes combine with the PB to create a dessert pairing that will make your tongue say danke.



Snickers are a special treat that has it all: nuts, caramel, nougat, and chocolate. A veritable cornucopia of processed sugar delivery vehicles. So obviously as we contemplate a suitable wine pairing, we need something that is sweet, rich, and complex. Something like…Malmsey. For those of you who aren’t 400 years old, Malmsey is the sweetest variety of Madeira and is made from the Malvasia grape. It’s got twice the amount of residual sugar of other Madeiras, and its deep roasted flavors are shockingly perfect for something like a Snickers bar.

Oh and PS, we have a 93-point Malmsey in stock that brings an insane depth of flavor and finish. Grab a bottle and it will last you for months. You can thank us later.


Sour Patch Kids Lineups

A factory error gone wrong then right again, Lineups are a string of Sour Patch Kids stuck together at the head and feet to form one long rope. They’re like a Sour Patch Kid that lasts longer. What’s not to like? The wine is the '12 The Prisoner Blindfold White. With a solid acidity and white fruit notes, a sour fruit candy pairs pretty perfectly. Munch on that string of Sour Patch Kids, and take a sip of the wine, and you'll taste fruity goodness bubble up as the initial sour coating subsides. The Sour Patch slogan will tell you: sour then sweet. Work with that.


Circus Peanuts

Halloween is one of the first moments in childhood where you first feel the joy that is anticipation. Even though you literally filled the bag with candy yourself, scouring over your spoils always led to surprises. But not every surprise is a delight like a king size candy bar. Sometimes you find out that goody bag was filled with pennies and dental floss. Or worse. Circus Peanuts. The only thing more ridiculous than Circus Peanuts is giving them out for Halloween. They are the punchline of the candy world. Why do orange, gelatinous, peanut shaped but banana flavored, candies exist?

Well we're not prepared to answer that, but if your kids decide to "share" some of their Circus Peanuts with you after Halloween, we recommend pairing a handful of them with 2008 Schloss Schonborn Erbacher Marcobrunn Riesling Spatlese. The naturally sweet tropical flavors of the wine will provide suitable cover for the artificial flavors you're suffering through. Good luck.

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The Prisoner Blindfold White

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