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CANDY POWER RANKINGS: THE TOP 10 SWEET TREATS OF ALL TIME

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We love our candy here at Union at Carrollton Square, and we invite you to share in that love with our candy-counting contest on Feb. 26. Stop by the office and see if you can guess how many candies are in the jar. The closest guess gets a prize!

To get you in the spirit for this year’s sweet festivities, we came up with this list of the top 10 candies of all time. Enjoy!

1. Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups

Chocolate and peanut butter. It’s a glorious combination that’s hard to top. This beloved treat, introduced in 1928, is a runaway favorite among American trick-or-treaters. We think they’re awesome all year-round! Side note: If your love for peanut butter extends beyond Reese’s, be sure to circle National Peanut Butter Lovers Day on your calendar. It’s right around the corner – March 1.

2. Swedish Fish

You can’t go wrong with this sweet Scandinavian treat. They’re like a less chewy, more delicious version of gummy bears!

3. Snickers

Roasted peanuts. Nougat. Caramel. Milk chocolate. Such a simple lineup of ingredients. Yet so much taste appeal. Snickers has been wildly popular ever since it burst onto the snack scene in the 1930s. And its strong commercial game keeps the brand forever relevant.

4. Reese’s Pieces

E.T. put them on the map in the 1980s. Their hard-to-resist flavor – a delightful collision of sweet and savory – has kept them there. 

5. York Peppermint Patties

Like peanut butter, minty flavors are a force in the candy world (think Andes, Junior Mints, Mentos, After Eight, those Dutch mint ball things your grandma always kept in fancy jars around her house). But York’s patties – its sense-jolting peppermint center pairing perfectly with its dark chocolate shell – tower over the pack.

6. Butterfinger

Even if you don’t love this “crispety, crunchety, peanut-buttery” chocolate bar’s flavor, you’ve got to respect the genius marketing that props up the Butterfinger brand.

7. Gummy Bears

Haribo started the global gummy bear craze in 1920. These undeniably delicious treats have been a popular culture fixture ever since. Just think about it. We’ve seen everything from a Disney TV show to this musical atrocity.

8. Twix

A crispy bar of caramel-filled goodness. What’s not to love?

9. Kit Kat

Another smash hit from an advertising and flavor perspective, this chocolatey, wafery treat is one of the most iconic names out there. 

10. Skittles

Because there are few things better in life than going Beast Mode on a pack of Skittles. P.S. Marshawn Lynch is a national treasure.

Honorable Mentions

  • Starburst

  • Almond Joy

  • Caramello

  • Saltwater Taffy

  • Milk Duds

  • Toblerone

  • Dots

  • AirHeads

  • Mike and Ike

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