You’re likely to have said farewell to Halloween celebrations from your youth if you are over 21. The Halloween celebrations of adulthood might take many forms, including trick-or-treating with friends, burgling kids’ candy, or indulgently buying your own treat box.
Adults don’t have to stop at asking strangers for candy. You have many choices, including sweets and chocolate treats. But there’s one advantage: you can now give your candy the respect it deserves by pairing your sweets perfectly with any wine.
To combine wine and candy, you don’t need to be a sommelier. There are no rules to sommeliering. The following are some suggestions to help you narrow down the perfect pairing:
- Flavor: Strongly-flavored treats are best paired with strong-flavored wines. A rich, chocolate-covered caramel treat such as Snickers goes well with a full-bodied wine.
- Mouthfeel Some beverages have a soft, buttery texture while others have a sharp taste. Wines with a similar structure to chocolate or caramel are best matched with velvety candies, while wines that are bright and clean will work well with sour candies.
- Intensity Pair intensely flavored confections and a wine with intense flavor, or balance out strong candy with a less intense varietal.
Do you prefer a smooth, sweet brew? You’ll find all the beer pairings you need, including recommendations on how to balance flavor and intensity for the perfect brew-bonbon combination.
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Chocolate pairs well with heavier, richer beverages such as red wines with a solid foundation. Here are some ways to pair your Halloween chocolates with wine
Snickers, and Cabernet Sauvignon
Snickers is a strong-flavored snack that requires a robust wine. The vanilla and spice flavors from oak barrels that were used to age a good Cabernet sauv are well-known for their firm grip. They make the perfect accompaniment to the sweet, caramel-y, salty nuttiness in Snickers.
Twix’s caramel cookie crunch will be intensified by a full-bodied, buttery chardonnay.
Hershey’s Cookies N’ Creme and Red Blends
Combining the vanilla and chocolate flavors of Hershey’s Cookies ‘N’ Creme with a fruity, vanilla-rich red blend is a great way to enhance its strong flavors.
Kit Kat, Merlot
It’s time to take a break. You want to highlight the wafer’s nuts. Merlot’s soft, rich fruit flavors pair well with Kit Kat’s light, malty flavors.
Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, and Pinot Noir
Reese’s peanut butter filling is a perfect match for the light body and bright acidity that a pinot noir has. Cabernet Sauvignon has a rich profile of blackberry, blackberry and other jammy fruit flavors. This wine is also a great choice for grown-up PB&J.
Pair sweet and sour candy best with lighter, more fruity wines. Here are some ways to pair sweet and sour candy.
Sour-Patch Kids and Riesling
Sour Patch Kids have a sweet start and a sour finish, making them off-dry rieslings with sweet finish and sour a great alternative. Sauvignon blancs are a great alternative if riesling is not your preferred choice. They have similar fruity flavors. Are you looking for bubbles? This classic sour candy can also be enhanced by a fruity moscato.
Trolli Sour Brite Crrawlers and Riesling
As with Sour Patch Kids’ Sour Patch Kids, the tart and sweet taste of an off-dry Riesling is great when paired with tart candies.
Gushers & Sauvignon Blanc
A New Zealand sauvignon Blanc is crisp and full of passion fruit flavors. They are the perfect complement to the sweet taste of Gusher.
Haribo Gummi Bears and Rose
These gummies are best paired with neutral beverages that have just a hint of zest. Rose will enhance the variety of fruity flavors found in Haribo Gummi Bears bags. It comes in sweet strawberry, grape, and peach flavors.