Halloween candy: The best sweets and where to find them in LA

Trick or treat! From nostalgic to gross to handmade in LA, we've picked the best Halloween candies—and where to find it.

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Halloween candy loot!

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Gross candies
Box of Boogers, $4, Brain Bits, tube $5. Both available at Dylan's Candy Bar.

Fancy some boogers? Brain bits, perhaps? Gross out on these sugary edibles that kids and grown-ups can snicker at.

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Compartés Chocolatier blood orange truffle
Available at Compartés Chocolatier. Each $2, 10-piece box $25.

Sink you teeth into blood—blood orange-filled truffles—handmade and packaged in Brentwood.

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Ghost caramel pretzels
Available at Joan's on Third. Each $4.50.

Set these fun and elegant pretzel sticks out for Martha Stewart who'll love the caramel-filled, white chocolate-covered salty-sweet combo.


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Wax candy
From left: Wax fangs, available at World Market, each $1.29; Wax lips, available at Galco's Soda Pop Stop, each $1.29; Wax moustache, available at Galco's Soda Pop Stop, each $1.29.

The obligatory Halloween candy may be more wax—bite into cherry or grape-flavored—than sugary sweet, but it makes for an easy, in-a-pinch prop that never gets old.

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Pez
Available at World Market. Each $1.99.

As associate editor Kate Wertheimer explains about the appeal of these dispensable chews, "Here's the thing: Pez is delicious." 'Nuff said.

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Pop Rocks
Available at Dylan's Candy Bar. Each $1.49.

Snap, crackle, pop. The fizzling, interactive candy is a party in your mouth. Beware mixing with soda, lest you become the victim of an urban legend.

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Spider web cotton candy
Available at Dylan's Candy Bar. Each $3.50.

The fluffy (and densely-packed) cotton candy is reminiscent of Charms' sour apple lollipop—tart, sweet and tastes of childhood.

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Candy Buttons
Available at Galco's Soda Pop Stop. Each $1.29.

This oldie favorite may have little effort to reward return—bits of paper in your mouth doesn't help either—but the bright colors and tiny buttons? They get us every time.

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Chewing Gum
Big League Chew, available at Galco's Soda Pop Stop, each $1.89; Bazooka, available at Dylan's Candy Bar, each $3.50; Razzles, available at Galco's Soda Pop Stop, each $1.29.

Big League Chews made us feel like our favorite MLB hitter, while bubble gum makes a kid out of anyone. Razzle's appeal? Two-in-one value: the fruit-flavored chews turn into gum.

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Spicy Mexican hot chocolate skull
Available at Compartés Chocolatier. Each $6.

This cinnamon and cayenne pepper chocolate-molded skull has got some serious bling with a gold-glittered grill.

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Lollipops
From left: Day of the Dead skull gummy, available at Dylan's Candy Bar, each $2.50. Skull lollipop, available at Little Flower Candy Co., each $4; Dracula gummy, available at Little Flower Candy Co, each $2; Dîa de los Muertes marshmallow lollipop, available at Dylan's Candy Bar, each $3. Mummy lollipop, available at Dylan's Candy Bar, each $4.50.

These yummy-spooky lollipops are so festive, we're tempted to display rather than devour them. (Almost.)

 

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Caramels
From left: Pumpkin seed caramels, available at Valerie Confections, 8-ounce bag $16. Vanilla caramels, available at Little Flower Candy Co., 1/4 lb. bag $7. Marshmallow caramels, available at Joan's on Third, each $1.10.

These caramels are all handmade in LA. Valerie Gordon offers her dense, buttery caramels with autumn pumpkin seeds, while Christine Moore packages vanilla-flavored caramels from her Pasadena storefront. We can't get enough of Joan's on Third's addictive marshmallow-filled variety.

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Boiling eyeballs
Compartés Chocolatier chocolate cauldron,available at Compartés Chocolatier, each $10; bag of chocolate eyeballs; available at World Market, bag $2.99.

Double, double toil and trouble; fire burn and cauldron bubble. Cast a Halloween spell with this chocolate-molded cauldron and chocolate eyeballs.

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Chocolate Dracula
Available at Compartés Chocolatier. Each $5.

He may not sparkle like Edward, but ladies will still want to eat him up.

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Time Out
Available at Dylan's Candy Bar. Each $3.50.

Because we had to...Take a bite into these English chocolate–covered wafers that are reminiscent of the familiar Kit-Kat bar.

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Retro candy

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Boyer Smoothie butterscotch peanut butter cup
Available at Galco's Soda Pop Stop. Each $1.29.

A favorite of long-standing Galco's Soda Pop Stop's proprietor John Nese, these rich and creamy chocolate and peanut cups beat Reese's out of the water.

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Skybar
Available at Dylan's Candy Bar. Each $1.50.

Necco's retro Skybar has four different fillings—caramel, vanilla, peanut, fudge—for the modern day candy discerner.

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Charms
Available at Galco's Soda Pop Stop, each $.99.

Unwrap a bit of the past with these retro hard candies. Each pack has 10 squares from lime, grape, orange, lemon, raspberry and cherry-flavored.

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Zotz
Available at Galco's Soda Pop Stop. 4-pack, $.99.

A nostalgic favorite with our staff who exclaimed, "I love Zotz!" The fruit-flavored hard candies—wait for it—fizz in your mouth with a puckery center.

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Gummy tarantula
Available at Dylan's Candy Bar. Each $2.50.

Arachnophobes avert your eyes, or just eat up this giant blackberry-flavored creepy crawler.


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Food candies
From left: E. Frutti gummy pizza, $2, E. Frutti gummy hot dog, $.50. Both available at Dylan's Candy Bar.

Take fake a sugar break with a gummy everything pizza and hot dog, complete with ketchup, mustard and relish.

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Candy rings
Available at Dylan's Candy Bar. Box set $3.

Bejewel yourself with these sugary rings, perfect for those going as Liz Taylor (or a bag lady).

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Peeps
Available at World Market. Each $.99.

Yep, this beloved marshmallow Easter bunny's going in costume—pumpkin-shaped and chocolate-dipped—for Halloween.

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Cute sweets
From left: Hello Kitty candy corn, $2.59; Hello Panda, $.49; Jo's Candies' s'mores cookies $0.99. All available at World Market.

Kawaiiiii. Perfect for little tykes (and delicious for parents who raid their loot). Hello Kitty upgrades an otherwise ordinary bag of pumpkin-shaped candy corn, while cartoon bears say "eat me!" on these small-pack cookies, chocolate-filled and s'mores. 

 

Whether you're a sucker for nostalgic Halloween candy that takes you back to your childhood, or you want to gross out with brain bits and boogers, or maybe you're in the mood for downright kitsch—these trick-or-treat sweets please tots to adults alike. From chocolates, gummies, lollipops and chewing gum to handmade-in-LA caramels, fill up with Halloween loot. We scoured the city to round up the season's best candy.

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