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Make vs. Buy: Halloween Candy + A Giveaway!

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Over at Provisions, we're all about collections of beautiful, useful products to help make the most of good food -- and we don't want you to miss out on the fun.

Today: Learn which Halloween candy to make, and which to buy. Also, in the spirit (pun intended) of sugar-fueling the right way, we're giving away some of our favorites from our shop (like PB&J bars!) to one commenter!

We continue to look forward to Halloween, despite that fact that most of us are far beyond the acceptable age for trick-or-treating. But that doesn’t stop us. If there is a holiday out there dedicated primarily to eating candy, we are damn well going to celebrate it.

This year, instead of picking your candy up from the drugstore, here’s a little advice about what to make in your own kitchen and what to leave to the experts:


Making candy at home is definitely a project that requires some time and effort, but it’s worth it. You can replicate most classic confections, and you should -- they’ll taste better and, as a bonus, will impress your friends. Halloween staples like Tootsie Rolls, Almond Joy bars, and Cow Tales are actually surprisingly easy to make right at home. 

The candy to buy is the creative, interesting, twist-on-a-classic kind: A king size dark chocolate peanut butter cup laced with spicy cinnamon, or a beet-pistachio caramel. Or a PB&J candy bar with layers of raspberry preserves, smooth peanut butter, and shortbread cookie, all coated in milk chocolate. This is the candy that's worth treating yourself to.


Come Halloween, you'll find us making our own marshmallows and truffles, and stocking up on unusual, habit-forming candy  (like salty black licorice and banana bread caramels) from our Provisions shop. We'll be carrying all of that candy in custom designed Dot & Army trick-or-treating bags (pictured above)! To start the Halloween celebration early, we’re giving away a package of our favorite candies from our Halloween collection to one commenter. 

To win, tell us by Monday, October 13th at 5 PM: What is your Halloween candy of choice? 

Top photo by James Ransom; all other photos by Alpha Smoot

Tags: The Shop, DIY Food, Provisions