Once the last trick-or-treater has rung the doorbell, the lights of have been turned off and the clock strikes midnight, Halloween will officially be over. The only thing left to do is take stock of the leftover candy or dig through your own trick-or-treater’s bag. Why not enjoy a glass of wine with the loot you (or your child) earned?
According to Jordan Mackay from CHOW, “wine should always be sweeter than the candy or dessert you’re pairing.”
Based on some research, we have complied a list of wine pairings that may be frighteningly good as a last hoorah to Halloween.
Smarties – A common sugary, treat found in buckets and bags, Muscat wine isn’t perfect but a good compliment for the sweet treat.
Starbursts – A fruity favorite, a wine with noble rot like Beringer’s Nightingale will pair nicely.
Jollyranchers – The high acidity in Chenin Blanc off sets the sweetness in Jollyranchers.
Red Licorice – Pinot Noirs already have cherry undertones that make this pairing a no brainer.
Twix– The refreshing sweetness of Ice Wines taste delicious with Twix’s recipe of caramel, cookie and chocolate.
Kit Kat, 3 Musketeers – Kit Kats and 3 Musketeers are lighter, fluffier candy bars and need a medium wine like Merlot.
M&M’s – Everyone’s favorite candy that melts in the mouth, not in the hands, will melt perfectly with Red Zinfandel.
Mounds – For the coconut lovers (like myself), Cabernet Sauvignon’s harsh tannins actually pair well with Mound’s dark chocolate.
Hershey’s Dark chocolate – The bitter dark chocolate in Hershey’s makes a statement with the powerful red Syrah.
Snickers, Reese’s Cup, Candy Corn, Classic Caramel – Port already has a strong, sweet, creamy taste. Pair it with chocolate, caramel and any type of peanut and an amazing, memorable combination ensues.