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Oct 03, 2016 04:36PM ● By Elena Hutslar

By Julie Ross

When you share (steal) your kids’ Halloween candy, the first question that might come to mind is, “Now what am I going to drink with that?” 

Thanks to the website, help is on the way. Not only are there charts detailing recommended wines to pair with fried chicken, tacos, pizza, and hot dogs (!), there is also an extremely helpful infographic to assist you in selecting the perfect wine to enjoy with your pilfered Skittles and Butterfingers. Intrigued, I set out to try out some of the suggested pairings. Here are my results:

First up: Starburst and a sweet white wine. I selected a Riesling but was completely distracted from analyzing the flavor profile, fearing the loss of dental work or actual teeth. Did not go on to try the alternate suggestion of pairing Starburst with a light red for this reason. 

Next: What to try with Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups? Vivino suggests either a light or bold red. I went with a Gamay. Heavenly.

Sticking within the chocolate family, I then paired M&Ms with a medium-bodied red.  (Both medium and bold reds were suggested.) The Merlot I selected went well with the M&Ms, but I thought the crunchy candy coating sort of got in the way. I found a plain milk chocolate Hershey bar to be a better choice. OK, a Snickers was pretty good with it, too. Also, a Kit Kat. Moving on to avoid death by chocolate…

A fairly dry white, such as the Pinot Grigio I chose, paired nicely with Skittles, as Vivino said it would.

I had more trouble with the website’s suggestion to try candy corn with one’s choice of a sweet white, rich white, or sparkling wine. Who knew candy corn was so versatile! Have to admit I completely passed on this one because I did not know there was an actual food grade candy corn. I thought it was just for decoration, like those marshmallow Peeps at Easter. (What, don’t tell me you are supposed to eat those, too!)

OK, one last pairing because I love Butterfingers. The website suggests this candy goes well with either a rich white or dessert wine. I enjoyed a fresh “fun size” Butterfinger (although all the sizes are fun!) with Chardonnay, and that was yummy.

I will conclude with a cautionary tale. A couple of years ago, following the Facebook post of a friend, I tried pairing the Sour Patch Kids I was handing out for Halloween with Prosecco. Big mistake. My recommendation to you regarding pairing Prosecco is to alter the scenario a wee bit. First, give the bag of Sour Patch Kids to an eight-year-old. All of it -- this candy goes with nothing. Then, chill your nice bottle of Prosecco and pick up a round of triple crème cheese, which really goes so much better with the bubbly.

Salut and Happy Halloween!

You can reach Julie at [email protected]. Thanks to Margaret Miner of VinoCruising for the inspiration for this month’s column.