The Best Halloween Boo-ty

Everyone's favorite Halloween chocolates.

When the ghosts and goblins come knocking at your door on Halloween, don't forget to stock up on the traditional chocolate treats everyone loves in their trick or treating loot.

In case you're wondering, chocolate remains a favorite of most trick-or-treaters, according to a number of web surveys already appearing on sites like yelp.com and Yahoo! Answers. In an unscientific survey of websites I recently conducted, here are the top 7 Halloween chocolate treats mentioned over and over again by respondents:

M&M'S®

"Melts in your mouth, not in your hand." Whether your favorite is the plain, the peanut, or the almond, M&M'S® are still tops with anyone contemplating Halloween candy. Legend has it that, while on a trip to Spain, Forrest Mars Sr., founder of the Mars Co., met soldiers who were eating pellets of chocolate with a hard coating that prevented the chocolate from melting. Mars went back to his kitchen and invented M&M'S®. They were chosen by the first space shuttle astronauts to be included in their food supply, and are on permanent display at the space food exhibit of the National Air & Space Museum in Washington D.C.

3 MUSKETEERS®

Introduced in 1932, the 3 MUSKETEERS® Bar takes its name from the original design of the product, which was three pieces and three flavors: vanilla, chocolate, and strawberry. Today’s 3 MUSKETEERS® Bar is made of chocolate-flavored nougat covered with milk chocolate. It’s so comforting to know that the 3 MUSKETEERS® minis have only 5 grams of fat per 7-piece serving!

SNICKERS®

The Snickers® bar has been around since 1930 and is the candy bar with the peanuts! Among notable chapters in SNICKERS® history: It sponsored The Howdy Doody Show from 1949 to 1952, was the "Official Snack Food" of the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles, and is the official sponsor of NASCAR and NFL Football. It changed Halloween trick-or-treating forever in 1968, when the Fun Size bar was introduced.

REESE'S Peanut Butter Cups

Another Hershey's creation, the classic REESE'S Peanut Butter Cup is a combination of peanut butter in a milk chocolate cup – irresistible. Big news from Hershey's, just in time for Halloween 2007: Reese's Whips, a new chocolate-covered candy bar with a center made of whipped nougat and peanut butter. It also has 40 percent less fat "than the leading chocolate candy." All the yum with less of the guilt.

Twix Bars

Twix = cookie + caramel + milk chocolate. Twix was created in 1979 and is typically packaged in pairs (double the Halloween fun!). Twix was called Raider in other countries for many years before its name was changed in 1991.

MILKY WAY®

The MILKY WAY® Bar was created in 1923 with the idea of putting "a chocolate malted milk in a candy bar." The nougat center of a MILKY WAY® is made by whipping egg whites with other ingredients until it becomes light and frothy. Then cocoa and malt flavorings are added to create the signature flavor. It's an astounding fact that in 2005, Americans ate more than 200 million MILKY WAY® Bars.

Tootsie Roll

This national institution, 109 years old, still looks almost exactly the same as it did back when it was introduced in 1896. The round piece of chewy, chocolate candy still sells for one penny, the original price. Tootsie Roll Industries, which also makes Tootsie Roll Pops, Andes chocolate mints and Sugar Babies, produces more than 60 million Tootsie Rolls each day. That's a lot of chocolate!

Have a great Halloween, and I hope you find these chocolate treats in your boo-ty bag.

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