On October 31, the streets will be bustling with trick-or-treaters followed closely by their parents, eager to get them home.
Once the kids are in bed, adults can pour a big glass of wine and rummage freely through their child’s loot bag. This can finally be done without sticky little mitts choosing the few pieces of candy that they’re allowed to take.
If you’re not spending this Halloween chaperoning children in near-freezing temperatures, you’ll probably be cozy at home with a $20 box of fun-size candies on your lap. Which is the better way to celebrate Halloween? It’s a real toss-up.
Either way, the spookiest night of the year comes with opportunities to consume wine along with a disturbing amount of miniature candy bars.
Before you venture out to stock up on tiny treats and wine, though, we want to suggest a number of delectable pairings.
Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups and Cabernet Sauvignon
Of all the old-school Halloween candies, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups are still a hot commodity, unlike candy corn. Candy corn simply did not age well.
A glass (or entire bottle) of dark-red Cabernet Sauvignon will perfectly complement the chocolate and peanut butter. We suggest choosing a bottle with profiles of blackberries and cherries.
Cab Sauv also pairs delightfully with Wunderbars, peanut M & Ms, Oh Henry! bars, and York Peppermint Patties.
B.C.-based Bodacious makes a smooth, medium-bodied Cabernet Sauvignon that can be found at liquor stores for less than $10.
Skittles and Sauvignon Blanc
For those who prefer sugary sweets over chocolate, the combination of Skittles and a dry Sauvignon Blanc can be truly mind-blowing.
Other popular Halloween candies like Sour Patch Kids, Jolly Ranchers, and gummy worms also go well with a bottle of fruit-forward white wine.
We suggest the Sauvignon Blanc by Fern Walk, crafted at the Black Sage Bench vineyards in the southern Okanagan Valley.
Snickers and Syrah
A heavily poured glass of rich, jammy Syrah is phenomenal when teamed up with a bowl of fun size Snickers. The sweet flavours and silky tannins in the wine pair well with the salty peanuts in the chocolate bar.
You can snag a bottle of Ontario-based Naked Grape Shiraz/Syrah from a nearby liquor or wine store for less than $10.
Twizzlers and a sparkling wine
Both of these sweet delicacies are divine on their own but become an utter game changer when combined. Twizzlers are suitable for candy lovers following a plant-based or vegetarian diet and are lower in fat compared to chocolatey Halloween treats.
If you’re feeling adventurous, bite the ends of the Twizzler off and use it as a straw. Few things are classier than drinking wine with a DIY candy straw.
Drinking an organic sparkling wine will make you feel less guilty about devouring an entire box of mini Twizzlers—life is all about balance. We recommend the aromatic, bubbly Rosé Organic from Anna Spinato.
Kit Kats and Pinot Noir
Pinot Noir boasts profiles of dark fruits like cherries, creating a scrumptious chocolate-covered-cherry taste when paired with a Kit Kat.
The light-bodied red wine can also be thoroughly enjoyed with Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups and other goodies made with milk chocolate. We suggest the 2017 Pinot Noir from Monte Creek Ranch in Kamloops.
Hershey’s Milk Chocolate bars and Zinfandel
Pairing Hershey’s milk chocolate with a glass of red Zinfandel can play down the sweetness of the snack-sized candy bar. The rich, medium-bodied wine will replace some the candy’s sugar with hints of jam berries.
A bottle of Ravenswood Old Vine Zinfandel from California can flawlessly elevate your date with a box of Halloween chocolates.
Maynards Swedish Fish and Rosé
This combination sounds somewhat juvenile, but it’s really meant for the most mature and developed palates. The vegan-friendly gummies are sweet and chewy with a slight aftertaste of cinnamon. The faint spice from the Swedish Fish pairs perfectly with a sip of chilled Rosé.
To stick with the vegan theme, pair a packet of the adorable fish with the Narrative Rosé Vegan from Okanagan Crush Pad.
Maynards Fuzzy Peaches and Pinot Grigio
Like always, we’ve saved the best for last. This match made in heaven will have you salivating before you even uncork the bottle or open the bag of candy. The flavours of lemon, nectarine, apple, and pear found in Pinot Grigio effortlessly compliment the tangy peach candies.
Couple Maynards Fuzzy Peaches with a dry white like the 2018 Pinot Gris from Hester Creek in Oliver.