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 Halloween Candy You Hated Getting 
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 Halloween Candy You Hated Getting
It's been a looooong time since I went Trick or Treating last, but some things you just don't forget. Like:

That certain candy you got that you just hated. For me it was Necco Wafers. When I got home from a night slogging up and down the neighborhood streets, the first thing I did (after getting out of my costume) was to separate all my candies. The chocolate bars were the premium candy and kept to themselves. Then all the gum and hard candy went in another pile. The last pile was for the misfit candy--the least wanted or desired--and that's where you'd find the Necco Wafers :D


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I don't like coconut, so anything with that in it was generally my least favorite. Mounds and Almond Joy were probably the worst. Not so much because they were bad (I'm a big candy bar backer), but it just seemed like such a tragic waste to get candy bars in my loot and not be able to eat them! I should have tried to trade them with someone else or something. Beyond coconut I was always disappointed with apples. It's a nice thought to give something healthy as an alternative to all the sugar, but it's HALLOWEEN! At least you always had a good excuse to not eat the apples--remember the constant fear that people would put razor blades in them? Funny that I was never concerned about the possibility to other nefarious things being used to tamper with the chocolate stuff!

There weren't too many things that I wouldn't eat at all. I think that I'd try to eat the stuff I liked least first and save the best for last. It was tough to resist the chocolate though, and I don't know how successful that plan actually was for me.

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I totally agree on the coconut issue, though I don't think I got anything featuring that ingredient too much. I always hated the little paper bags (with witches and ghosts and pumpkins printed on them) of candy corn, and rice krispies treats. Just about everything else I shoveled in my gullet with reckless abandon.

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Yeah, there's something to be said about the effort and care put into actually making some treats for the local kiddies, but I was always really looking forward to getting a bunch of name brand candy bars! The vast majority were the little miniatures of course, but one of the best treats was when you'd find a full-size candy bar or two amongst your stash!

That being said, I don't recall ever getting Rice Krispie treats, but I probably would have enjoyed getting those as they were (and still are) one of my favorite sweet treats! Though I'm not a big fan of the ones you can buy in the stores these days. When it comes to Rice Krispie treats I like the real deal. Of course wen I was a kid it wasn't an issue--as the folks at Rice Krispies hadn't yet struck upon the idea of making, packaging and selling the treats themselves. They merely suggested that the consumer could make them by printing the recipe on the side of the box.

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Once I was old enough to go Trick or Treating without adult accompaniment, we used to go to the more affluent neighborhoods. Because nine times out of ten, you'd get the full size candy bars, instead of those "fun" size ones. Talk about misuse of a word. Fun? For who? When is less of a good thing fun?

I think it's even worse now. Those mini bars are about half the size they once were. Used to take two bites to eat, now a single bite finishes them off.

I distinctly remember getting a corn chip one year. I was around 8 years old and we were at the house across the street from my grandparent's house. While we held our bags open to get candy, one of the older kids at that house (I guess he was about 15-16) slipped a corn chip on our bags while his mother was giving us candy. I guess he was eating corn chips and just decided to give us some as he walked by the doorway. I also remember I didn't eat it; I think it got crushed by the time I got home.


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Once I was old enough to go Trick or Treating without adult accompaniment, we used to go to the more affluent neighborhoods. Because nine times out of ten, you'd get the full size candy bars, instead of those "fun" size ones. Talk about misuse of a word. Fun? For who? When is less of a good thing fun?


Very true--both about the little candy bars not being "fun" so much as simply "less of a good thing", and the fact that they've gotten even smaller over the ensuing years. I know that as an adult things can seem smaller than they did when you were a kid, but some of these "miniatures" are like miniature versions of the old miniatures!

Also, it's funny that back in the day I remember being warned not to eat apples given out at Halloween (and to check other stuff for razor blades and other things), yet I also remember being allowed to go out trick-or-treating with a couple of nephews and no adults. We'd just leave my house and walk around the town for a long time knocking on strangers' doors and asking for candy. It really was a different world!

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I always hated when someone would give out popcorn balls. Every year I'd get 2 or 3 of them and they always ended up in the trash.

The folklore about the razor in the apple or poison in the pixie stick remains with me to this day. The way I heard it was that a man in Texas added rat poison to pixie sticks and killed his own son. I was 8 or 9 when I heard that story and of course I believed it.

In my old neighborhood there were about 60 kids within the same age group and we always went out unsupervised. God forbid if any adult ever accosted any of us. He'd end up in the Mystic River!


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All of this talk of trick or treating past keeps reminding me of the Halloween sequence in Don Coscarelli's KENNY & COMPANY, especially the popcorn ball bit. I highly recommend hunting this flick down if you haven't seen it.

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 Re: Halloween Candy You Hated Getting
Since we did not have alot of Money, as a family, any candy was a treat. But there was one candy, that was oh so foul. Bit of Honey, was the one, for me, that never got eaten. I tried it a couple times, but it did not taste good. I have since worked with people, who think it's the cats meow. I will never understand, the appeal. But, that stuff, makes a billy goat Squeal.


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I think I only once ever bit into a piece of Bit O Honey, and feared that once sinking my teeth into the hard little slab, they'd never come out of it again.

Eek. Once was enough.

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ah what fun heady days! this is a great thread!

i too would sort them all out. i don't recall anything that i didn't usually eat.

we used to use old pillow cases to fill up and we would often go through the neighborhood two or three times. :D

one year i recall getting so much candy i was eating it until december.

yes the dreaded apples. occasionally i would get those two and would never touch them because of that urban legend and because they weren't candy! :lol:
too bad as in hindsight it wasn't really a bad idea.

i don't recall ever going out with an adult very much. a gang of us would meet up and off to fun and adventure!

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I remember, go out with a gang of kids. & you would see the occasional adult with a baby/little tike. Now a days, there is more adults than kids, going out. & i remember chucking the apples away, because of the horrors inside.
I got pens, pencils, & others toys, for halloween treats. One year, I got a Smurf toy, & I think I still have it. We also got religious handouts. back then, we chucked those as well.


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astroal wrote:
....one year i recall getting so much candy i was eating it until december....


I usually still had some candy left by Thanksgiving, and I too on a couple of occasions stretched it out to December. But all that would be left were the dregs. Some hard candy or maybe those dredded Necco Wafers

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Pepto Bismol flavored antacid tablets.

Sigh, the chocolate bars are long gone by this point.

One thing I found out about Necco Wafers is they've been made since 1847, and that soldiers were eating these things back in the Civil War!


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i bet we were eating left overs from the civil war!

that would explain the taste! :P

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Ha Ha! You know, I actually kind of like Necco Wafers. Though I probably didn't appreciate them very much back in my trick-or-treating days. And they certainly ranked WELL below anything chocolate-based back then! Can't say I ever got any religious pamphlets. How annoying that mist have been!

One thing I've noticed about recent Halloweens is that huge packs of kids accompanied by a group of parents will troll the neighborhood nowadays. I suppose it's a good way to "safely" do Halloween and makes it convenient for that group, but I hate it when one of those giant mobs shows up. It feels a bit overwhelming to see ten or fifteen kids standing at the door demanding candy. Your supply can run out in a jiffy. And, not to be an old crank or anything, but have you guys noticed how much most of the kids seem to hate actually having to say "Trick-or-Treat"? I mean, isn't that the whole point--you go up to a house and knock/ring the doorbell, when someone comes to the door you say "Trick-or-Treat", and they give you candy? It just seems like the kids figure it's a given they're "Trick-or-Treating" and just want you to automatically drop the candy in the bags without having to say anything. I'll bet they wonder why there isn't an app that would do the asking for them, or why they can't simply do their Trick-ot-Treating online. I guarantee that if there wasn't candy involved they would never venture out for something like this (at least the older kids). I mean, of course the candy is the big payoff, but I loved the whole experience (getting dressed up, going out around the neighborhood in the dark, Trick-or-Treating AND getting all those sweets!

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