Spook Spotter: The Best Halloween Treats of 2015 III

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The Countdown to Halloween continues with a look at some of the sweetest treats available this year.

The following does not constitute an endorsement of any product or retailer.   It is for information purposes only.

Halloween Treats are in abundant supply this year.  Rice Krispies Treats have gone into full-on Spook Mode this season.  The classic Kellogg’s sweets are now being offered as Halloween “mini-squares”.  Each box of Halloween Treats features 60 individually-wrapped snacks, all of which come in fashionably-freaky packaging featuring black cats, pumpkins, and spiders.  The fantastic box artwork is featured below.  These can be found at multiple retailers, including Target and Shopko.

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Rice Krispies Treats (No Tricks!)

Stauffer’s is also getting in on the Halloween festivities.  They have released individually-packaged shortbread cookies.  But these are no ordinary shortbread cookies, they are Halloween-shaped shortbread cookies.  From ghosts to witch hats, these cookies are brimming with Halloween spirit.  Plus, the bags are absolutely boo-tiful.

Another company spreading Halloween cheer is Pillsbury.  The Dough Boy is bringing his inimitable Funfetti flavored cake mix to the Halloween Harvest Table.  This mix is certain to bring Halloween fun to a spirited new level.  So be on the lookout for these creepy concoction is stores now.  In the meantime, share your favorite Funfetti recipes in the comments below!

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Spook Spotter: The Best Halloween Treats of 2015 II

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A Haunted Hello!  Today, the Big Scare continues to highlight this year’s awfully awesome Halloween treats that you can find in retailers near you.

The following does not constitute an endorsement of any product or retailer.   It is for information purposes only.
Nabisco Halloween

Nabisco Halloween

Many folks are getting away from giving out candy to the Treaters.  The creeps at the Big Scare have divided opinions with regard to this.  After all, there is such a thing as a candy overload.  Plus, some people just don’t give out “good” candy.  However, if you are going to refrain from handing out candy, you’d better come up with something equally as awesome.  Below are some of the treats we have been able to locate that aren’t chocolate-covered, but would still be very welcome in our treat pails on Halloween night.

From Halloween Goldfish to seasonal Gushers to Halloween-shaped Pretzels to the Nabisco Classic Mix – Spooky Edition, there are plenty of non-candy options out there that aren’t boring or tasteless.  Plus, how can you beat this amazing packaging!  These are worth buying for the boxes alone!

Let us know what you’re dishing out at the door this year!

 

Spook Spotter: Monster Mayhem

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It wouldn’t be Halloween without the Universal Studios Monsters and the General Mills Monster Cereals.  Therefore, today’s post is dedicated to these icons of the season.

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This year, there are a variety of Monster Cereals available.  The regular releases are available at most supermarkets, while Walmart has Family-sized boxes, and Target features boxes with exclusive artwork and a premium on the back of the box.  At Target, the boxes of Count Chocula, Boo-Berry, and Franken Berry all feature pieces of the Monsters’ Castle.  After you collect all of the boxes, you can glue the castle together.

Target is also carrying the extremely-delicious Count Chocula Treats this year.  CVS is another store that has them.  These are not widely available, so if you want them, get them as soon as you can.

Count Chocula and Count Chocula Treats

Count Chocula and Count Chocula Treats

 

Meanwhile, World Market is offering up Universal Monsters popcorn, candy bars, lollipops, and these vintage soda flavors.  The bottles feature Boris Karloff and Elsa Lanchester in their iconic roles, along with new takes on the famous slogans that appeared on the 1930s movie posters.  Even if the Bride soda features the slogan from the wrong film (“It Comes to Life” is from The Mummy), it is still awfully amazing to see these characters on pop bottles.  Share your World Market finds in the comments section below!

Universal Monsters Soda (World Market)

Universal Monsters Soda (World Market)

 

The Best Halloween Candy of 2013

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If you have not already bought the candy for 2013’s batch of Treaters, you’re in luck.  Today, we are going to hand out 2013’s Best of Halloween awards, with this year’s emphasis on Treats.  The Big Scare is run by some very scrupulous candy connoisseurs, and we are proud to share with you our picks for the Best Halloween Treats of 2013.

First up, our pick for…

BEST ARTWORK

Our pick for best artwork goes to Nestle’s Ultimate Scream fun-size candy pack.  This 45-piece bag of goodies is filled with Nestle’s top sellers, like Crunch and Butterfinger.  But, as with our last post, it’s really what’s on the outside that counts for this award.  Clearly, this bag was created by a Monster-lover.  It’s true that this package has been around for a while, but it still has yet to be beat, except by Nestle’s now hard-to-find companion pack, Classic Scream.  The image of the Frankenstein Monster and the “scream queen” is simply iconic.  Too bad the Dracula bag is no longer widely available, as it would have easily tied for this award.  Better than any officially licensed food-product from Universal Studios, this bag scares up first place in the art department.

nestle ULTIMATE SCREAM

BEST ASSORTMENT

Our winner for the Best Halloween Assortment award is one that will be familiar to seasonal enthusiasts.  Anyone who has been reading the Big Scare since its launch will know that we are huge on themed-treats.  The bland, boring fun-sized candy like the treats in the bag above do very little for us.  It’s Halloween, and that means we have high-expectations for the fun-level of our candy.  In terms of fun, it’s hard to beat the Hershey’s Halloween Shapes Assortment.  This package of treats is the ultimate combination of taste and terror.  Between the York Peppermint Pumpkins, the Hershey’s tombstones, and the Reese’s pumpkins, the taste quality is hard to beat… and so are the shapes!

Hershey's Halloween Candy

BEST HALLOWEEN CANDY

The award for Best Halloween Candy is not given lightly.  A lot has to be considered before the award is bestowed upon a creepy candy-maker.  That being said, this year’s winner is Palmer and its 3-pound bag of Monster Munch chocolate candy.  For decades, Palmer has been one of the staunchest supporters of themed Halloween candy.  From the old-time Witch Pops to the classic Monster Munny (Money), Palmer has been the mastermind behind many a child’s Halloween memories.  So, it seems only fitting that a giant bag of Palmer monster-shaped candy should be the winner of 2013’s Best Halloween Candy award.  In this massive package, you will find 3-pounds of chocolate treats — all appropriately themed and decorated.  First is the Monster Munny (Money), an item which has been around for decades.  Featuring the cartoon likenesses of Dracula, the Wolf Man, Frankenstein’s Monster, the Witch, and a Great Pumpkin, the Monster Munny (Money) is a very special treat.  Split up into demonic denominations and made of Palmer’s fantastic double-crisp, it could only be beat if the chocolate were molded to look like the tinfoil wrappers…  Also included in the Monster Munch are two-tone Peanut Butter Pumpkins, which do come shaped like jack-o’-lanterns, yummy, soft fudge-filled Boos, and the most creative of the lot: milk-chocolate zombies (white chocolate corpses in chocolate coffins).  This set can simply not be beat.  Not only is it tasty, but it has all of the heart that Halloween candy should have.  Congratulations to Palmer and its Monster Munch!

Palmer Chocolate Monster Munch Mix

Halloween Treats: Disney Villains Cupcakes

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Did you know that cupcakes are enjoyed more at Halloween than any other time of the year?  We didn’t either…  Until we read it in a weekly grocery store flyer.  But that fantastic tidbit is a great segue into today’s Halloween Treats post.  This year, Wal-Mart is offering up some creepy cupcakes featuring the Disney Villains.  Now, while Wal-Mart’s bakery has never been our prime destination for fresh-out-of-the-oven goodies, we just couldn’t resist this baker’s dozen featuring the Mistresses of Mayhem.  What do you think of them?  And, more importantly, what other cool Halloween cupcakes have you spotted this season?

Halloween Treats: Spooky Pops at Drug Stores

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R.M.Palmer has long been the king of Double Crisp Chocolate and other nifty candy novelties for Halloween.  But, this year, they have debuted a creepy new addition to their spooktacular line-up of tricky treats:  The Double Crisp Spooky Pop.  The Spooky Pops are made of the crispy chocolate everyone has grown to love.  They come in three designs: Jack-O’-Lanterns, Vampires and Ghosts.  They are available at select drug stores and other retail chains.  Let us know where you find them!

Spook Spotter: Dollar Finds: Halloween Treat Bags

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A stop at a dollar store like The Dollar Tree can bring with it a lot of surprises, especially at this time of year.  From foam tombstones to bags of fingers, the Dollar Tree has some interesting fare that can be used to haunt your home.  Among other goodies, this year, they are carrying an assortment of Halloween sandwich bags.  These bags are usually produced by the big names in the ”baggie” industry and can be hard to track down at the big box stores, which is why it was surprising to find these alternatives at the Dollar Tree.  This year, the discounter is offering a box of 25 Halloween Sandwich Bags for a dollar.  There are two designs: a Halloween Collage and a Jack-O’-Lantern print.  If you can’t find these or would rather wait for the name-brand releases, they can generally be tracked down near the end of September in places like Target.

These baggies are great for daily use, for your kids’ lunch — or your own!  However, they also would work wonderfully for the Halloween night Treaters.  You can fill them with miniature candies, little toys or both!  The zip-up feature makes it so you don’t have to worry about treats falling out and the designs add that extra bit of flare that makes your treat memorable.  The opportunities for using these baggies are endless.  Share some of your ideas in the comments section below!

Check back here tomorrow for more great tips, tricks, and treats to get your prepared for the big night!