So, What Candy Would *You* Trade?

I think the Halloween candy secondary market is one of the greatest insights into a person you’ll ever get. Kids go through the neighborhood gathering currency for the real action that only happens afterward. They bring it home, pay their taxes (Dad taking his cut :) and Mom pretending she didn’t) and settle in for the trading. Some of the candy is universally despised and is tossed aside along with the toothbrushes, apples and tracts about how God would save your soul if you’d turn away from the demonic intent of such a night. There are more important things on the mind of a kid preparing for the trading than health, dental hygiene and their eternal soul. After all, only one house in the neighborhood gives out that one kind of candy that just makes the eyes roll back in the head.

And, for every kid, it’s something different, which is what makes the trade work so well. I was always trading anything with almonds in it for as many Milky Way’s as I could get my grubby hands on. What were your primary candy currencies?

3 Comments so far

  1. mister jason (unregistered) on October 29th, 2005 @ 8:04 am

    My only real qualification for desirable candy was (and is) sugar.

    The big draw for me were aways the confectionery philanthropists in the neighborhood. Those people who didn’t just give you the teeny little candy bars. They threw down for the big guys. Oh yes…the joy of seeing them come to the door with the *FULL SIZE* sent a smile across my face from ear to ear.

    But hey, candy is candy. My perennial favorites were the oddballs, though. A fistful of Smarties, Slowpokes, Chuckles, Pop Rocks, Zotz and Atomic Fireballs.


  2. Nate (unregistered) on October 29th, 2005 @ 11:50 am

    I always had a hankering for caramel. I traded away Mounds and Almond Joy by the handfull. Who actually really likes Coconut? Even the people who like it don’t REALLY like it enough to devour the scads of Mounds and Almond Joy one picks up.


  3. J Wynia (unregistered) on October 29th, 2005 @ 12:38 pm

    I too am a caramel freak. If you want to really indulge your caramel weakness, you need to try a 5 Star bar. Not cheap by any stretch of the imagination, but worth every stinking penny.



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