Halloween is not just for children, but with some careful planning, adults can have a good time too. While the little ones are out trick-or treating, take this time to experiment with some candy and wine pairings. Make it a party and invite a few friends over. Pop in some scary music to create an eerie vibe. Costumes are optional. Here is a guide to pairing candy with wine.
Hersey's Milk Chocolate Bar: The milk chocolate bar is the standard and one of the best pairings is with something that is dry with some smooth tannins. Fruitier Merlots or Zinfandels are a good choice. Both are full-bodied with lots of berries, vanilla and spices that would melt in your mouth.
Chocolate-Covered Raisins: Big and bold Syrahs with dark fruit and peppery characters pairs very well with chocolate covered raisins. California Syrahs from riper vintages can bring out the "raisin" qualities when doing this combination.
Snickers: This classic nutty chocolate bar is one of the most sought after treats in the Halloween basket. A good Port with dried fruit, walnut and caramel flavors would be your top choice for all things chocolate, caramel and nuts. Save this one for the last, as this combination might bring your umani levels way up.
Baby Ruth or Peanut Butter Cup: The saltiness of the peanut butter pairs well with a California Cabernet Sauvignon. The red wine will give much depth to the chocolate and more complexity.
Truffles: The cherry and raspberry flavors in Pinot Noir is execellent for dark chocolate truffles. This is a pair made in heaven.
Caramel Apples: Whether in fruit or candy form, this sweetness is a good pairing for a Gewurztraminer or Sauternes. The toastiness, caramel and butterscotch will increase.
Candy Corn: A classic candy that is sweet and buttery flavored is excellent with a California Chardonnay that has some oakiness and fruitiness.
Lollipops or Hard Candy: Other super sweet candy is a good match with any sparkling wine. Try a range of styles from dry to demi-sec style sparkling wine.