Halloween Candy to Buy If You Live in a Neighborhood Full of Insufferable Foodies

Step your sweets game up this year with the best small-batch candies across the country.

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  • Brooklyn Hard Candy Co. These are just simple, old-school hard candies made the right way—i.e., in a copper kettle, without any artificial ingredients. The handsome little glass jars and upgraded flavors (Meyer lemon, concord grape) make them perfect for handing out to the 10-year-old dressed like a "sustainable butcher."
  • Big Picture Farm caramels. Goat's milk from a Townshend, VT farm gives these chewy caramels a distinct tang that'll knock the socks off all the little lactose intolerant dorks in your 'hood.
  • Liddabit Sweets. This Brooklyn-based confectioner makes all sorts of good treats, from honeycomb candies to maple-apple lollipops, but the star of the show is the beer caramels. The caramel itself is made from Ronnybrook heavy cream and cane sugar, and it gets a satisfying crunch from bits of Martin's pretzels, as well as a balancing hit of bitterness from Brooklyn Brewery's Brown and East India Pale ales.
  • Quin. Trust Portland to make artisanal gumdrops. Before you laugh though, order some of the sour tangerine and smoked cola ones—straight crack.
  • This Charming Candy. This Seattle-based operation has the lollipop game on smash, ditching the boring varieties your used to in favor of offbeat fruit flavors like tart pluot, and quince with honeysuckle.
  • Katherine Anne Confections marshmallows. If you're used to Kraft Jet-Puffed marshmallows, prepare to have your world rocked. These corn syrup-free behemoths are plump, pillowy, and laced with exotic ingredients like wildflower honey and loose-leaf tea.
  • Nunu Chocolates. Mast Brothers gets the most Brooklyn artisanal chocolate love, but we prefer the snacking potential offered by Nunu, which has trick-or-treat-friendly satchels of chocolate-covered ginger, potato chips, and more.
  • Lollyphile. Give your lollipop game an adult upgrade with these cheeky suckers, which are not only marketed salaciously, but also come in flavors like absinthe, Chardonnay, and chocolate-bacon. If any kids show up, just give them the breast milk one.
  • Tcho beer chocolate. Tcho is the San Francisco tech scene's answer to the chocolate industry, with neat  packaging and user-friendly flavor guides in place of esoteric cacao percentages. The collabo with Sam Adams is a nice thing to put out at an adult Halloween party.
  • Jonboy Caramels. The do-gooder ingredients—Smith Brothers cream, Organic Valley butter, organic cane sugar, and organic brown-rice syrup—give these Seattle-made caramels an edge, and the funky flavors seal the deal (think whiskey and smoked salt, and absinthe with black salt).

This week, sugar-addled kids around the country have been busy digging their grubby little hands into plastic jack-o’-lanterns filled with mini Snickers, Tootsie Rolls, and other everyman Halloween treats. But if you live in a place like Brooklyn Heights—where children shamelessly rock Safety Tats claiming they’re allergic to corn syrup—or your friends who are coming over on Thursday are the type of people who are more afraid of GMOs than axe-wielding murderers, you’ll need to step your game up. Don’t worry—the artisan revolution isn’t above gorging on sweets, and indie brands everywhere are turning organic brown sugar and sustainable cacao into next-level candy that’ll satisfy food snobs and five-year-olds alike.

Click through the gallery above to see our favorite small-batch sweets across the country.


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