Wine and candy pairing: Halloween vintage for big kids

What do you drink with Gummi Bears?

A fruity, high-acid Riesling goes well with SweetTARTS.

The earthy, eucalyptus flavors of a Cabernet Sauvignon? A good match for Junior Mints.

Or what about a Pinot Noir with the salty sweetness of a Snickers bar?

Grown-ups who plan on jacking some of their kids’ Halloween candy may be in search of just the right vintage to go with those Tootsie Rolls and Swedish Fish.

Strangely enough, the wine-makers have anticipated their thirst.

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“Whether you have leftovers from trick or treaters or are grabbing a handful of candy from someone’s bag, amp up your Halloween loot by pairing these sweet treats with witchy wines,” write the marketing folks at HobNob wines.

HobNob’s Wicked Red Blend, is suggested as good company for the “notes of hazelnut and mocha” in chocolate M&M’s.

Travel and Leisure suggests a variety of pairings, including Chateau Musar from Lebanon with Whoppers, an “(e)xtremely exotic and masculine taste to match with the malted milk balls.”

The wine-lovers website Vivino even has a handy chart to match your favorite candy with the proper pour. (A “rich white” like Chardonnay or Viognier complements Butterfingers, in case you’re wondering.)

The Daily Meal offers a video extolling the combination of Velvet Devil merlot with Snickers and Vouvray with candy corn.

(Beer lovers: take heart. Resurgence Brewing, and others, have got you covered, just in case you like to wash down those Skittles with an India Pale Ale.)

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