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Can You Guess the Candy Without Its Wrapper?

You can surely identify every candy by its wrapper but how many can you guess correctly when the candy is naked?

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It may take more than a few licks, but this fruity flavored lollipop has a surprise in the center that will “blow” you away!

Answer: Blow Pop

We started with an easy one to give you confidence but the real test is of your patience of getting to the center of a Blow Pop. Once you do, there’s a piece of sugary gum with crackly texture. Just don’t try to make a bubblegum bubble right away because it won’t work until you “chew” out the sugar and make it stretchable. You’ll also want to try the best Halloween dish from every state.

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Twin biscuits

You could eat one chocolate covered cookie with a layer of gooey caramel and save the other one for later, but why?

Answer: Twix

The Brits sure know biscuits (we call them cookies stateside!) and created a delicious identical set in each wrapper to eat yourself or share. Twix made its debut under the name Raider in the United Kingdom in 1967 and was happily received in the United States in 1979. It wasn’t until 1999 that Raider changed its name to Twix: twin combined with stix. Check out the best deals on Halloween candy.

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Refreshingly cool

A shiny coat of dark chocolate encases the cool minty confection underneath.

Answer: Peppermint Patty

The first bite could evoke the sensation of “cold crisp mountain air against your face.” At least that’s what the commercials in the 1980s touted. And it’s spot on because these perfectly portioned coin-shaped York Peppermint Patties are a perfect combo of dark chocolate and sweet peppermint goodness. Delicious peppermint patties weigh in at 60 calories each—this Halloween, try out these non-candy treats your kids will love!

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Sugary rainbow

Brightly-colored coated shells with a chewy and fruity center—unless you opt for the sour variety, they pack a pucker-power punch.

Answer: Skittles

This candy became super popular in the 1990s in part from the “Taste the Rainbow” ad campaign. They are just as fun to eat as they are to “play” with, like during a Skittle sorting racing game. Interestingly, these small candy confections actually made their debut as a British import in 1979. In 1982 production started stateside. Has candy been sitting on top of your fridge for weeks? Here’s how long Halloween candy is good for.

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Let’s get fired up!

A chewy texture with an intense cinnamon flavor that packs a burst of heat in each pellet-size piece.

Answer: Hot Tamales

You’re more likely to spot this boxed candy at the movie theater next to the boxes of Mike and Ike. Just Born Candy Confections, the company that makes these two varieties, says they are two of the best-selling boxed candy options at theaters. And hey, if the movie is a snore fest, you can keep yourself awake with a box of Hot Tamales. Read up on these fun candy corn facts.

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There’s no licorice in this twist

The war of these two brands will go on forever but no matter which one you prefer, licorice isn’t in the ingredients. So, here’s a hint—one brand has just five ingredients while the other has 14.

Answer: Red Vines and Twizzlers

That was a tricky one! A true Red Vines lover knows there are only five ingredients, compared to Twizzlers. Fun fact, Jimmy Kimmel dropped little mesh bags of Red Vines via parachutes over the star-studded audience when he hosted the Oscars in 2017. You probably don’t know these 12 things about Halloween.

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Sweet and stretchy

Not quite as sticky as taffy but you can still pull it, tear it apart to share, or roll it up into balls. It a unique combo of sweetness at first bite followed by a tangy, almost sour finish.

Answer: Air Heads

The original stretchy Air Head’s boasts eight flavors, with blue raspberry as the fan favorite. But everyone is still scratching their heads when it comes to figuring out the flavor of the White Mystery Air Head. Chew on these mind-blowing facts about Halloween candy.

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Nobody better lay a finger on this!

No pretentious ribbons of chocolate cascading down the side, just a plain chocolate coating on the outside. The real treat is when you bite into the super crispy peanut butter core.

Answer: Butterfinger

If the heading helped you guess, we’re OK with that. Bart Simpson gave everyone fair warning when the grocery store announced they were down to one Butterfinger. After successfully claiming the last one he warned, “Nobody better lay a finger on my Butterfinger.” Amazingly enough, some people actually have leftover Halloween candy. Here are some clever ways to use it up.

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How many licks will it take you?

A chocolate lollipop with a chewy chocolate center. You can lick your way to the center but no one has that kind of patience! Heck, even the wise old owl in the 1970s commercial took just three licks before he took a bite to get to the center.

Answer: Tootsie Pop

We tried to make it a little more difficult by showing just one flavor, but the first Chocolate Tootsie Pop, created in 1931, was the original flavor. All Tootsie Pops have a Tootsie Roll surprise in the center. But please, save your teeth and lick your way to the chewy center. Learn about how Halloween is celebrated around the world.

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One of two sisters

Both candy bars in this family have a sweet coconut filling but this one has two distinctive bumps on the top covered in milk chocolate, whereas its sister has dark chocolate and a smooth top.

Answer: Almond Joy

Sometimes you feel like a nut, and sometimes you don’t! In 1946, Almond Joy created the younger, nutty sister of the Mounds bar. It was a creation welcomed into the Mounds family when the sugar and coconut rations of WWII were lifted. Find out which candy was most popular when you were born.

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Sour and sweet is this popular Halloween treat

These “kids” are seemingly sweet with that crystal-like sugary coating but pop one in your mouth and BAM! The sour flavor kicks in and just when you’re about to spit it out, it gets all sweet on you.

Answer: Sour Patch Kids

You know you can’t eat just one of the Sour Patch Kids. The sweet and sour duo flavors are a candy phenomenon unlike any other. You see the sugar coating has tartaric acid and citric acid that reacts with the saliva on your tongue resulting in a powerful sour kick. Once the covering is melted it turns sweet.


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A candy and ’90s rock band

These tiny hard candies start with a sweet beginning and finish with a soft sour center and share a name with a band well-known for its cover of the Simon and Garfunkel hit, Mrs. Robinson.

Answer: Lemonheads

According to the, Lemonheads are the favorite Halloween treat for Louisianians the last three years running. Perhaps the lemon pucker is a welcome contrast to the spicy jambalaya? Whatever the reason, these little gems pack a wallop of a pucker. And how cute is the little box they come in? It’s like a festive mini noisemaker for a party when you shake it. Here’s the most popular Halloween candy in the other 49 states.

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A short twist to chew on

You’d be in good company if you misspell the first part of this chewy treat that has the ability to stretch into ginormous bubbles.

Answer: Dubble Bubble Gum.

Blowing a bubble would be easier than saying this one three times fast! A man from Alabama set a Guinness World Record in 2014 by blowing a 20 feet bubble chewing three pieces. Next, check out the 11 candy factories you can actually visit.

For more fun facts, costume ideas, traditions, candy inspiration, spooky entertainment, and updates on how October 31 will look different this year, check out our Halloween Guide.

Lisa Marie Conklin
Lisa Marie Conklin is a Baltimore-based writer who writes regularly about pets and home improvement for Reader's Digest. Her work has also been published in The Healthy, HealthiNation, The Family Handyman, Taste of Home, and, among other outlets. She's also a certified personal trainer and walking coach for a local senior center. Follow her on Instagram @lisamariewrites4food and Twitter @cornish_conklin.