What We Love: Candy With a Boozy Kick


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I am an adult, and Halloween is one of my favorite holidays. I can’t help it. I love the jack o’lanterns (and roasting pumpkin seeds), the marvelous and macabre decorations, the festive and fun costumes, and the perfectly-acceptable-eat-all-the-candy-you-want-in-one-evening mentality. I mean, how can you not love a holiday that encourages you to indulge your sweet tooth? You can’t. It’s not possible.

As a kid, I vividly remember sitting cross-legged on the floor with my brother as we haggled over the best candy bars we scored during trick-or-treating. I was a sucker for Charleston Chew, and pretty much would have traded anything for one. He was wise to this, of course, and would walk away with a king’s ransom of goodies from his gullible little sister. That, however, just made me love the holiday even more. And though I do have fond memories of the candy bars I loved as a child, my taste for treats has changed quite a bit. I now crave something that captures the essence of the day and includes its own spirits in every bite.

With the help of some very devious and wise food bloggers, I’ve created a list of treats that will make you scream … in delight. These candies are meant for adults only, as they have a bit of booze, and are sure to make your (or your loved ones, as these all make fantastic gifts) holiday, or any day, extra sweet. A quick note for my brother: Trading of these treats is non-negotiable, but I might make you your own batch just because I love you. 

Red Wine Lollipops (pictured below): You may never look at candy-on-a-stick the same way again. And that’s just fine. (from Sprinkle Bakes}

Mudslide Marshmallows: Can you imagine these in coffee? Hot chocolate? S’mores? Just by themselves? All of the above, please. {from Bakers Royale}

SprinkleBakes Red Wine Lollipops

Boozy Chocolate Bon Bons: Also known as rum balls, these bon bons are decadent and divine gifts. {from Vanilla and Bean}

Liquor Lollipops: Bourbon, tequila, rum. You choose which one and let the fun begin. {from Leite’s Culinaria}

Salted Bourbon Caramels: You had me at salted. Ok, maybe it was bourbon. Though I do love caramel. Thank goodness for all  three. {from The Kitchen Paper}

Red Wine Chocolate Truffles (pictured below): When kindred souls meet, the results are truly intoxicating. {from Eat Boutique}


Beer Pretzel Caramels: Pretzels and beet and caramel? This must be a trick. No? Happy treat to me! {from Cookie Named Desire}

Bourbon Caramel Peanut Butter Cups: Who knew being an adult could be this much fun? {from Kitchenette Blog}

Salted Caramel and Whiskey Truffle: Proof that chocolate makes everything better, especially boozy caramel. {from Bakers Royale}

Tequila Slammer Marshmallows: These fluffy treats may have you rethink tequila in a good way. {from Gourmet Traveller}

First and third photos courtesy of Heidi Murphy/White Loft Studio; second photo courtesy of Heather David.

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