Taste of Halloween

When it’s trick-or-treat time, find out what makes these sweets perennial favorites.

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Pumpkin Muffins

Before all of the cavity-inducing candy, comes the pumpkin -- pumpkin muffins, pumpkin bread, pumpkin spice coffee, pumpkin pie. There's no limit to the delicious pumpkin recipes worth indulging in this time of year.

Candy Apples

Rather than bobbing for apples, we prefer to indulge in the caramel-covered candy kind. For the real thing try Chicago's Affy Tapple, developed by Mrs. Edna Kastrup in 1948.

Starbursts

Lovers of the soft taffy confection today may be surprised to learn that the candy was originally called Opal Fruits in the UK.

Halloween Peeps

Think peeps are just for spring? Think again. Pop into a Peeps & Company store in the Mall of America, MN, or National Harbor, MD, to pick up some orange-and-black marshmallow goodness.

Fun Size

These smaller 2-bite bars remain fun, because -- just like Lays chips -- we "betcha can't eat just one."

M&M's

You've probably heard that the candy shell on your M&M's keeps them from melting (making them popular with soldiers during WWII), but do you know who they were named after? The 2 “M”s stand for Forrest Mars, Sr., and Bruce Murrie of Hershey's, who created the candies in 1941.

Pumpkin Seeds

Wait! Stop! Don't throw out the seeds with the rest of the gunk after carving your jack-o-lantern. Toasted pumpkin seeds are seriously underrated and healthy Halloween snack.

Candy Corn

Philadelphia-based Wunderlee Candy Company's George Renninger invented Candy Corn in the 1880s, and the sugary "kernels" have become a Halloween staple.

Tootsie Rolls

This classic candy was invented in New York City in 1896 by Leo Hirschfeld, who named the treat after his daughter, Clara "Tootsie" Hirschfeld. It was later joined by the Tootsie Pop in 1931 and the chewy-candy manufacturer is now based in Chicago.

Candy Corn Oreos

Oreo released this limited-edition flavor with a lot of fanfare, but the so-sweet-it-hurts cookie has gotten mixed reviews. Candy corn fans, maybe it's better with milk?

Kit Kat

Beloved by trick-or-treaters and adults alike, did you know that the chocolate-covered wafer bar traces its roots back to a Kit Kat club in 17th-century London?

Pixy Stix

Pixy Stix were originally manufactured by the Sunline Company in 1952 in St. Louis. The powdered-candy straws come in fun flavors like Maui Punch and Shelly Belly.