Stranded: Halloween Candy Edition

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It’s Stranded!

One Wednesday a month, Erika and I host a link up where we share 3 random things we would take with us on a deserted island.  They’re silly, funny, totally lighthearted things that we would hope to have with us should we ever be you know…stranded.

 So far, we’ve had these topics…

What 3 medicine cabinet items would you take?

What 3 books would you take?

What 3 Netflix series would you take?

What three famous people would you take?

What footwear would you take?

And today…what three types of Halloween candy would you take?


So…I thought.  I pondered.  I debated in my head.  I’m going to be honest, I’m not a real candy person.  Give me all the pie, cobbler and brownies too…but candy has never really been my thing.  There is one exception to the rule and that is my obvious first choice…English Toffee.


Me eating an English toffee cookie in Nantucket.

We trick or treat with the same big group of friends every year…


…and I shamelessly beg, bribe and borrow/steal their Heath bars (which is the closest thing you get on Halloween night).  Toffee is my love language.  I love toffee.  Give me all the toffee.  English toffee, you would be with me on that island.

And side note, if you love toffee too, then you should make one of my toffee recipes:

So, after toffee, I had to think long and hard and decided I would need the protein on the island, so I picked…


…because peanut butter cups are protein, right?  #itellmyselfthatsometimes

Whenever I’m tired of fish, coconut and leaves on the island, I’ll pull out a peanut butter cup.  #blessedness

Okay, am I the only one who thinks the holiday peanut butter cups are just so much better than the regular ones???  The pumpkin/heart/Christmas tree cups have way more peanut butter and (I know this is weird), but I think they’re better without the ridges around the top.  Is that weird?  Am I the only one?  Why don’t they make the big puffy ridge-less ones year around?  Sigh.

If you love a good peanut butter and chocolate recipe, I have you covered there too:

And then my third choice is just so random.  I can’t really explain it, but I love…

Hot Tamales.

Yes ma’am.  Give me those little red pieces of spicy heaven and I’m so happy.

Okay, what three pieces of candy would you want to take on a deserted island??? If you blogged, link up!  If you didn’t, just comment and tell me.  I don’t know why, but I find this so interesting ;).

Next time on Stranded…What 3 types of outerwear would you take?

And to see our other topics, look below…

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Happy Hump Day!

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  • Elizabeth October 12, 2016 at 4:58 am

    There is nothing better than a Reese’s! I think I would add something else sweet.. maybe skittles, or Starbursts?!

  • Erika Slaughter October 12, 2016 at 5:04 am

    I completely agree-the pumpkins, trees, and eggs taste way better. I also think they’re bigger so that helps too! Ha!

  • Carrie October 12, 2016 at 5:08 am

    I agree on the Reeses holiday edition being better than the regular. I also like the minis better than the regular size. 🙂

  • Leslie October 12, 2016 at 5:09 am

    Oh my goodness! You are SO right about the holiday Reeses! The pumpkins, Christmas trees, and Easter eggs are the bomb, and I normally don’t even like the normal Reeses. My three types of candy that I would have to bring are those
    Ferrero Rocher chocolates, Sour Punch Straws, and Kit Kats. Bring on delicious Halloween candy!

  • Jill October 12, 2016 at 5:11 am

    Even better than Heath bars?? Skor bars!!

  • Jenny October 12, 2016 at 5:17 am

    I have an unnatural love for mellowcreme pumpkins this time of the year. It grosses a lot of people out, but more for me!

    • julia October 12, 2016 at 9:41 am

      I LOVE candy corn, little pumpkins and Indian corn-you are not alone! 🙂 I even like the “new” pumpkin spice candy corn which really grosses people out!

  • Beth October 12, 2016 at 5:21 am

    I totally agree with you! I’m not a candy gal, but I will enjoy a PB cup and the holiday ones for some reason taste way better!!!

  • emily @ a little bit of emily October 12, 2016 at 5:30 am

    That is such a tough one! So many good candies out there. I think the Dark Chocolate “Midnight” Milky Ways would be a must, Skittles for something fruity and either white chocolate Kit Kats or little Reeses cups!

  • Sarah October 12, 2016 at 5:44 am

    Love this post!! I’m also a huge toffee fan and like you, I’m not big on other candy except Reeses! M&M’s are also delicious, but I’d never buy them at the store or anything. I much prefer baked goods 🙂

    Hope you have a wonderful day!!


  • Amy Heinl October 12, 2016 at 5:45 am

    I toi think the shaoed Reeses are way better than the others. My choices would be Hershey Bar with Almonds, Payday bar, and a Clark Bar

  • Sheaffer October 12, 2016 at 5:48 am

    100% YES! Get rid of those ridges!!!!!

    • Michelle B. October 12, 2016 at 10:30 am

      No way!! The ridges are my favorite!! 😉

  • Narci October 12, 2016 at 6:09 am

    You are so right! Toffee is delicious, and the holiday shapes are even better than the regular Reese’s cups! such a fun link up!! Thank you!!

  • Lindsay Jorgenson October 12, 2016 at 6:16 am

    I’m with you I’m not a big candy person, but My first candy would have to be See’s Scotchmallows its just the best follow by their Toffee Crunch (give me all the toffee)! And then lastly Reese’s peanut butter cups and yes the holiday ones are always so much better! Don’t forget about the Reese’s eggs at Easter those are my personal favorite!

  • Angie Sharp October 12, 2016 at 6:16 am

    We have the same conclusion at our house…..the holiday versions of Reeses Peanut Butter cups are WAY better! And the little egg shaped ones at Easter. 🙂

  • Nicole October 12, 2016 at 6:26 am

    So fun! Speaking of all these sweet treats, do you still end your day with a brownie? Or have you switched to something else? 🙂

    • Mix and Match Mama October 12, 2016 at 6:36 am

      Ha! Still a brownie :).

  • Tiffany October 12, 2016 at 6:27 am

    I agree with the Reece’s thing haha and they’re even better cold. They also make Reece’s pieces filled peanut butter cups. They are amazing.

  • Mary October 12, 2016 at 6:28 am

    Milk Duds, peanut butter M & M’s, and a toss up between red licorice (cherry) and Hot Tamales!

  • Loren October 12, 2016 at 6:29 am

    Don’t forget the reese’s easter egg!!!

  • Regine Karpel October 12, 2016 at 6:31 am


  • Tonya October 12, 2016 at 6:46 am

    I totally agree about the holiday Reese’s. They are SO much better. I had a pumpkin yesterday. If it wasn’t for hot tamales (and raspberry zingers) I don’t think I would have made it through college!

  • Leslie October 12, 2016 at 6:50 am

    Totally agree the holiday reese’a have more PB, especially the football ones for Fall and Christmas tree!

  • Amanda A. October 12, 2016 at 6:59 am

    Holiday Reese’s are the best! I am glad they started making them for every holiday and not just for Easter! The regular Reese’s just don’t compare anymore…

  • Aubrey October 12, 2016 at 6:59 am

    Our candy tastes are totally in line. Toffee and Reese’s FTW. And I think the eggs, pumpkins, and Christmas trees are sooooo much better than the cups.

  • Lizzie @ This Happy Life October 12, 2016 at 7:00 am

    Toffee is my jam, and yes! They do make the holiday reeses so much better!

  • Brooke Richardson October 12, 2016 at 7:04 am

    The bigger the better when it comes to Reese’s and I agree they should all be smooth on the outside! Way better that way!

  • Marcy October 12, 2016 at 7:08 am

    1. Brown & Haley Dark Roca
    2. Reese’s Holiday shapes (the peanut butter center seems creamier)
    3. Sour Punch licorice twists

  • Lindsey Morris October 12, 2016 at 7:16 am

    Holiday Reese’s are by far the best! I am a sucker for those!

  • Brittany October 12, 2016 at 7:16 am

    I’ve always thought the holiday Reese’s were so much better than normal ones! The normal ones usually sit in our fridge for a while but the holiday ones are gone within a couple of days. Same with the Easter Snickers bars shaped like eggs. SO MUCH BETTER!

  • Megan October 12, 2016 at 7:17 am

    Toffee is my all time favorite candy and I left it off my list!?! HOw!? Oh the shame. I’m swimming to your island. And hot tamales always remind me of going to Mariners games with my dad when I was little!!! Great picks!!!

  • Laci Murray October 12, 2016 at 7:21 am

    My MIL and I swear it’s because the holiday candy is fresh…but none the less we agree!! I am a Snickers girl, but it has to be the bite size. They taste better! Haha!

  • Jordan Meline October 12, 2016 at 7:32 am

    I said the EXACT same thing about the holiday Reese’s! I forgot about toffee and Heath bars…so so delicious!

  • Kathryn October 12, 2016 at 7:40 am

    I am also weirdly obsessed with hot tomales. And Heath bars.

  • Karen Ward October 12, 2016 at 7:49 am

    I totally agree that the holiday Reese’s are MUCH better than the everyday ones. My three candies would be: Holiday Reese’s, Skittles and Twizzlers.

  • Dana K. October 12, 2016 at 8:00 am

    Agreed on the Reeses; that would be my number 1; followed by dark chocolate KitKats and Swedish fish! :). Give me those three and I’m a happy camper.

  • heidi October 12, 2016 at 8:01 am

    Me and my hubby agree it’s a perk for all the sleepless nights that we can Halloween candy. It just tastes better on Halloween night lol
    My 3 would be
    Baby ruth

  • Debra October 12, 2016 at 8:06 am

    You are a woman after my own heart! Hot tamales are my absolute favorite! I’ve always loved peanut butter cups, until my husband converted me to peanut M&M’s. Also, you’ll need some fruit on that island, so Rasinettes should do the trick. In fact, if you could sneak some popcorn to mix with your Raisinettes, whoa, that is so much deliciousness all at one time! Sweet, savory and crunchy…YUM!

  • Melissa October 12, 2016 at 8:10 am

    Obsessed with reading all of the “McKinney mom blogs”!
    Love toffee, especially in a cookie. Everyone must try Justin’s dark chocolate mini peanut butter cups (Kroger and Target). My favorite reward (for maintaining sanity with adorable/hyper kids) and way better than Reese’s!

  • Angela Ellingson October 12, 2016 at 8:17 am

    This is so great. Yes toffee! Yes Reese’s! (And Ha! I have never thought about regular vs. holiday, but you’re totally right!) I think I’d sub out the Hot Tamales for caramels! Definitely too early to by Halloween candy for trick or treaters! It would never make it till the 31st! 😉

  • Erin October 12, 2016 at 8:24 am

    1. Candy corn. Obsessed. But not the brown ones.
    2. Nerds. My all-time favorite as a child to get in my Halloween bag (ok, it was a pillowcase, but that seems SO redneck now–what was my mom thinking?!?)
    3. Tootsie pops. Just so dang good!!

  • Alex T October 12, 2016 at 8:26 am

    I love heath and reese cups! Have you ever put the reese cups in the microwave for a few seconds so they are sort of melted?! HEAVEN!!!

  • Melissa in Texas October 12, 2016 at 8:36 am

    Totally agree on the holiday Reese’s!

    I’d also take Take 5 Bars and Raisinets.

    On a completely different topic… Following Madeley’s story has inspired me. I know I won’t be adopting any children myself, but I’d still like to do something. Is there any organization that assists families that are trying to adopt? Or a favorite charity that benefits children? I’d like to make a donation, inspired by your family.

  • Natalie Clark October 12, 2016 at 8:39 am

    Absolutely no doubt about the fact that the holiday Reese’s are so much better than the regular! They are so much puffier! I loved the days when those made their way into my lunchbox growing up!

  • Cara October 12, 2016 at 8:48 am

    I LOVE symphony bar brownies! Hot Tamales are my favorite, too.

  • Camille October 12, 2016 at 8:50 am

    oh my goodness! I agree about the speciality Reese’s! My friends know this about me! I am always saying the pumpkin to chocolate ratio is better in _____ which every seasonal shape is out 🙂 My favorite was the Egg, but recently the forms have changed

  • Debbie Lei October 12, 2016 at 8:57 am

    You’re SO RIGHT about the holiday Reese’s!!!!! I never thought about it like that. But more PB :’) = <3

  • Holly Hopkins October 12, 2016 at 8:58 am

    Oh my goodness you are soooo right on the PB cups not the same at all as the holiday ones! Give me all the mini bags of ketchup chips, sour patch kids, & any mini chocolate bar!

  • Melissa Frye October 12, 2016 at 9:00 am

    Ah, yes, the holiday Reese’s… I can eat the regular ones, but not the holiday ones because they are not gluten free… stinky, eh?

  • Liz October 12, 2016 at 9:00 am

    Swedish Fish, Heath, Milky Way!

  • Jessica October 12, 2016 at 9:03 am

    If you love toffee – you need to try Mrs. Weinstein’s Toffee (if you haven’t already) it is AMAZING. The almond is my very favorite. They make it at a place called Sweet Shop USA in my hometown in Mt. Pleasant, TX. They also sell it at Neiman’s (I think it is in NM packaging). Definitely worth a try if you haven’t had it!

    And you are not alone with the Reese’s – the holiday ones are hand downs the best.

    Happy Wednesday!

  • Fenny October 12, 2016 at 9:06 am

    Why no hot tamale recipes, lol?

  • Chrissy Scheiter October 12, 2016 at 9:07 am

    Yes, yes, yes, yes!!!! I agree on all counts. I’m not a big candy person myself. I was going to skip this link up because I don’t like candy. Then I read yours! I love toffee, mostly in my cookies. Reese’s are soooo much better on the holidays without the ridges. I won’t eat them any other time. And hot tamales are my favorite candy! You and I could hang on the island for sure!

  • Laurie S October 12, 2016 at 9:22 am

    If you like toffee, try Sees’s Candies’ Toffee-ettes. So much toffee with a light coat of chocolate and rolled in nuts. So good…

  • Jillian October 12, 2016 at 9:31 am

    100% agree about the holiday Reese’s. They just taste better in a festive shape, and the peanut butter to chocolate ratio is way better than usual! I am not a sweets person, I prefer salty to sweet, but this time of year when the fun size 100 Grand bars are out I can not leave Target without a bag in my cart. So those would be a requirement on my island

  • Marta October 12, 2016 at 9:42 am

    Macaroons a must and I know it is not Halloween candy…lol. Let’s see, if it had to come in a bag, it would be a Reese’s cup, MM’s and Twix.

  • Katie Compton October 12, 2016 at 9:45 am

    I love Hot Tamales!! They are my go to movie candy!!

  • Amy October 12, 2016 at 9:57 am

    I totally agree about the ridge-less Reese’s. I also love the white chocolate Reese’s pumpkins. Why can’t I have those all year long too??

  • Therese October 12, 2016 at 10:12 am

    You are so correct, the holiday peanut butter cups are waaay better. The peanut butter to chocolate ratio is better and the smooth edges!!!

  • Kacy October 12, 2016 at 10:12 am

    Read this while eating Hot Tamales…I’m not a candy person either, but I LOVE Hot Tamales. 🙂

  • Robin October 12, 2016 at 10:29 am

    Put the Reese’s in the freezer and they are EVEN BETTER!! 🙂

  • Brandye October 12, 2016 at 10:30 am

    Reece’s (like a truckload…but how to keep them from melting?); hot tamales (my hubby is the reason for my addiction), M&Ms (some peanut and some plain).

  • Leigh October 12, 2016 at 10:32 am

    I think these are three of my favorite too!! Good choices!

  • Jamie October 12, 2016 at 10:38 am

    You have to order a box of enstrom’s toffee.! Toffee is also my love language ????

  • Rebecca Jo October 12, 2016 at 10:48 am

    I legit tell myself the protein story too every time 😉 #whateverworks

  • Kelly McNellis October 12, 2016 at 12:16 pm

    You are SO right, Shay — I’ve always thought those PB shapes were so much better and felt crazy for thinking so! Now I know I’m not alone. If we’re being honest here, I tend to stock up around holidays too 🙂

  • Lindsay @ Lindsay's Sweet World October 12, 2016 at 12:42 pm

    GIRL – I LOVE HOT TAMALES!!!! I think we’re the only ones! I used to work at the movie theater when I was in high school and we never had to order those because they would just sit in the candy case and go bad because nobody ever bought them. Haha. I LOVE them, though!! Those and the FIRE Jolly Ranchers. Gimme gimme gimme!

  • Shannon Wood October 12, 2016 at 1:08 pm

    I’m totally with you on the Reese’s thing. The eggs at Easter are my favorite. And I don’t normally like the bigger peanut butter cups. Something about those just tastes different.

  • Kathi October 12, 2016 at 1:26 pm

    1. White chocolate Reeses pumpkins
    2. Kit Kats
    3. Reeses sticks

  • Valerie Patton October 12, 2016 at 2:33 pm

    Your Sticky Toffee Bundt Cake is one of my all-time favorites!

  • Maria October 12, 2016 at 2:47 pm

    I totally agree about the Reeses Pumpkins!!! Its all about ratios!!! Lots more peanut buttery goodness!! And, of course toffee is a MUST! Ha!! Sounds like lots of people are in agreement;)

  • Melissa Higareda October 12, 2016 at 3:17 pm

    I was just thinking the same thing! I need to stock up on the Reeses pumpkins because I love the chocolate to peanut butter ratio. With the cups I always discard the ridges! Haha!! I’m so happy I’m not the only one that noticed!

  • chelsea jacobs October 12, 2016 at 3:21 pm

    TOFFEE FOREVER! Brb while I make all of those recipes.

  • Shara October 12, 2016 at 3:27 pm

    I agree about the holiday Reeses. Unfortunately I have a candy problem. My top 3 are Whatchamacallit, Twix, and Kit Kat. I also love sour, gummy candy *hangs head in shame*

  • Chelsey October 12, 2016 at 4:06 pm

    Totally agree with you on the holiday Reese’s! They are much better than the regular cups, I prefer dark choc, so I think that’s why I don’t like the reg. ones.
    My 3 would be Sour Patch Kids, Heath Bar and SweetTarts!

  • Holly @ While I'm Waiting... October 12, 2016 at 4:12 pm

    I completely agree! The Reese’s Easter Eggs are the perfect ratio of peanut butter to chocolate. The pumpkins and trees are good but there’s something about those eggs! And, I completely forgot about Hot Tamales! Another favorite for me!

  • Wordshipper October 12, 2016 at 4:18 pm

    Total Reese’s snob here. Funny, we were just talking about this at the office today. I always thought it was just me who liked the shapes better but turns out just about everyone in my office does! And there is a specific shape that I love above all others – the Christmas bells…

  • Jeanie October 12, 2016 at 5:23 pm

    I love the English toffee, too. My very favorite candy, though, is a plain Hersheys bar (no nuts). I might choose a New York Mint Patty as my third choice, just to get a little refreshed.

  • Nicole October 12, 2016 at 5:50 pm

    Have you had Pumpkin Spice Hershey Kisses?! They are SO yummy!!

  • alyssa October 12, 2016 at 6:12 pm

    I was thinking the same thing about Reese’s the other day as I got into my stash (I stock up on holidays so I never run out). I hate the ridges-they’re too hard! Right now I’m in heaven because from now until Easter, the special Reese’s are in stock- then I fill my stash til fall!

  • Marsha October 12, 2016 at 7:21 pm

    In no particular order: (I guess I like chocolate!) ????
    1. 5th Avenue….similar to a Butterfingers, but better…kind of hard to find
    2. Skor…toffee….better than Heath in my opinion
    3. Reese’s cups, but I like the “ridges”…thicker chocolate, especially on the miniatures
    4. Also love peanut M&Ms, Snickers, Almond Joy, and Hershey’s Almond

    Holiday: okay, here’s some holiday candy you should try: Russel Stovers Santa truffle, and Milky Way Santa head…Milky Way is definitely not a favorite, but this one is”mousse-like” and wonderful

  • Jill Myers October 12, 2016 at 11:12 pm

    If you love toffee you really need to try a Cadbury Crunchie candy bar (sponge toffee covered in milk chocolate). They are primarily available in Canada. Seriously they are amazing!

  • Jill in California October 12, 2016 at 11:27 pm

    Oh Shay!!!!! Please tell me you’ve experienced ENSTROMS TOFFEE?!?!? Hands down, the best toffee on Earth!!!! So fresh, sooooo delicious. I order every year for my family and they can’t get enough. You might need to order some and try it out for yourself! I don’t think you’ll be disappointed, and it just may start a new tradition with you and your family!!!!

  • Ericka @ A Quiet Girl's Musings... October 13, 2016 at 7:19 am

    Hot Tamales are easily in my ALL TIME TOP 5. I have to be careful, though. Hot Tamales, to me, are what Lays potato chips are to others – I can’t eat just one. I’ve actually burned my mouth before eating so many of those tasty cinnamon nuggets! LOL! Fun list!

    Have a great day!