Among other things, Halloween is about candy. So with candy on our mind, we started thinking about which candies go best with some of our favorite books. If you’ve wondered the same thing (and who hasn’t?), you’re in luck. We’ve put together a list of book and candy combinations. Tell is which one is your favorite and add your suggestions in the comments section.
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Part costume, part candy: wax lips can be kind of creepy. Though they aren’t as creepy as Stephen King’s horrific creation Pennywise, the murderous clown from It, that exaggerated wax lips smile this treat will give you is very clownish!
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving + Werther’s Original
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There’s something timeless about Werther’s Original, the hard candy one often finds at the bottom of a purse or long lost in a seldom-used pocket. Like Washington Irving’s short masterpiece, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, the Werther’s Original may seem like something from long ago, but it pops up at least once every year and is always a treat.
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We don’t need rainbow-related word play to make this one an obvious choice. The popular children’s novel tells the story of Dorothy, who finds herself in the magical world of Oz, a place populated by vibrant and colorful characters. Skittles are the perfect compliment.
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Alas, Bertie Bott’s Every Flavor Beans are an invention of JK Rowling (although you can actually buy them, even though they’re made by Muggles.) Thank goodness we have another alternative: jelly beans. Though you won’t be able to find every flavor imaginable, you might be able to find enough to feel like you’ve stepped into the pages with your favorite wizard.
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If you’ve ever opened the wrapper of a Hershey’s Bar and peeled away hoping to reveal, inexplicably, a Golden Ticket, then you’ve already made the connection between the immensely popular chocolate bar and the wonderful world of Roald Dahl’s beloved classic. Like Bertie Bott’s Every Flavor Beans, you can now also buy Wonka Bars—but, of course, Willy doesn’t really make them.
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Okay, okay, hear us out! Yes, there is perhaps a more obvious choice here, but really the Kit Kat Bar is the most appropriate. Though the book is called The Three Musketeers, there are four musketeers featured in Alexandre Dumas’s historical masterpiece. There are also four pieces to a Kit Kat Bar. And of course, the pieces are connected. In other words: one for all, and all for one!
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The rich shade of red in these licorice sticks make them look like a creation of Dracula himself. We know that the connection between blood and red vines may not make them appetizing, but hey, it’s Dracula we’re talking about.
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Back in the roaring twenties, they didn’t have the health resources and facts we do now. So if you want to immerse yourself in the world of the Great Gatsby, we suggest candy cigarettes. They’re good for a puff or two, and the gum afterwards can be chewed as long as you’d like to keep the party going.
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Pixie sticks are sort of timeless, reminiscent of childhood, and, therefore, something Holden Caulfield would probably endorse. Also noteworthy is the candy’s simplicity, making it altogether very un-phony.
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Saleem Sinai, the protagonist of Salman Rushdie’s novel, is one of Midnight’s Children, those born at the exact moment of India’s independence. He’s not the only member of this club. The children of midnight are a large group, running the gamut from sweet to sour, like the range of flavors one experiences when eating Sour Patch Kids.
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The circus peanut is notorious for being a candy most people don’t like. It’s big and orange, but kind of bland. For those who don’t like circus peanuts, imagine if that’s all you ate, day in and day out, and you’d probably get a taste of what it’s like being under the strict, cold watch of Nurse Ratchet.
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