October 31, 2010
I've always thought Halloween is for kids and I've never understood the grown-up appeal. As an adult, getting all decked out in costume has never been my idea of a good time.
As a kid, whole other story. Back in the day, before ready-made costumes were the norm, we used to spend weeks planning what we would wear. One year I was a hobo with black cork smeared on my face, another I was Little Bo Peep (although, looking back, I looked a lot more like a Little House on the Prairie reject), with a witch thrown in here and there for good measure.
Back then our Halloween haul consisted mostly of lollipops, tootsie rolls and the dreaded pumpkin candy in the Halloween wrapper, with the odd bag of chips. But there was one special house in the neighbourhood where the lady gave out full size Jersey Milk chocolate bars - all the kids knew it and we made sure to get there early before they were all gone. My dad never let us eat it on the way home, no matter how much we begged, but as soon as we got home we'd tear open the wrapper - I can still taste the chocolate melting on my tongue.
As wonderful as that was, my favourite was always the Reese's peanut butter cup. While there weren't any in my own Halloween bag as a kid, I do recall them starting to make an appearance in my youngest sister's haul several years later - and even though I was seven years older, I wasn't beneath pilfering a few.
A close second in my candy pantheon is caramel and toffee (love those Swedish Daim candies!). However, I'd never thought of combining the peanut butter with the toffee - until I came across Bon Appetit's Halloween Peanut Butter and Toffee Candy Bark.
Now that the candy is done, all there is left to do is nibble on it while I wait for the little ghouls and monsters to descend. Maybe Halloween isn't so bad after all.