Level Up Your Halloween Candy with these Winning Beer Combos
There’s no right or wrong way to pair beer with candy, but there are some useful guidelines to keep in mind when adding a pint to the mix
If you’re over the age of 21, you’re almost certainly too old to go trick or treating. So what? Candy doesn’t care how old you are. Candy is there to support you no matter what, whether you’re indulging in 100 mini chocolate bars that are all just for you, pilfering your kids’ haul of treats, or simply taking your cut after a night of trick or treating.
As an adult, there are many candy-acquisition options available to you, including chocolate and other candy bars, with one added advantage: now you can level up your candy consumption by adding a pint to the mix.
There’s no right or wrong way to pair beer with candy, but there are some useful guidelines to keep in mind. To concoct a winning combination that will elevate your Halloween treat, consider the following:
- Flavor: Strongly flavored treats often pair best with other strongly flavored beverages. For example, a chocolate-covered caramel treat like Snickers pairs nicely with a chocolatey, caramel-y beer like a milk stout. Of course, there are also circumstances where opposites attract. Like we said, there’s no right or wrong way to pair booze with candy ¯\_(ツ)_/¯.
- Mouthfeel: Some beverages are smooth and buttery while others pack a fizzy punch. Velvety candies like chocolate and caramel pair best with similarly thick, creamy beverages, while sour candies tend to be balanced out by heavily-carbonated libations.
- Intensity: Double down by pairing intensely flavored candies with intensely flavored drinks, or balance out a high-octane candy with a more neutral beverage.
Prefer a nice glass of vino? Here are our favorite Halloween candy wine pairings.
At goPuff, we don’t think a little thing like turning 21 shouldn’t stop you from enjoying Halloween to your haunted heart’s content. With goPuff beer delivery, you can get your favorite beer pairing delivered right to your door—no age cap*, and no door-to-door expedition required. But we know the candy is calling you, so let’s get down to business.
As a general rule, chocolate pairs best with richer, heavier beverages like stout. Here’s how to pair your favorite Halloween chocolates with beer:
Pair Snickers with: Milk stout, such as Guinness
Snickers’ iconic combination of caramel, chocolate, and peanuts presents a strong flavor profile that calls for an equally strong beverage. Milk stouts like Guinness are known for their creaminess and chocolatey sweetness, and are guaranteed to elevate your Snickers experience to the next level.
Pair Twix with: Hefeweizen or White Beer, such as Blue Moon
The banana and clove notes of white beer enhance the caramel shortbread flavors of both left and right Twix bars.
Hershey’s Cookies ‘N’ Creme
Pair Hershey’s Cookies ‘N’ Creme with: Pale Ale, such as Sierra Nevada
Often called the “world’s most food-friendly beer”, the toasty malts and bright hops of a pale ale will deliver floral, citrusy aromas that will help cleanse your palate after indulging in this extra-sweet treat. More candy, please.
Sweet and sour candies often call for a lighter, fruity libation. Here’s how to pair some of the most popular sweet and sour candies with their beer BFF.
Sour Patch Kids
Pair South Patch Kids with: Pilsner, such as Miller Lite
The refreshing sweet and sour citrus flavors and carbonation of pilsner balance out the iconic tartness of Sour Patch Kids.
Pair Nerds Rope with: American Lager, such as Coors Light
The fruity flavor of Nerds Rope pairs perfectly with the malty sweetness and hoppy whack of classic American lagers.
Trolli Sour Brite Crawlers
Pair Trolli Sour Brite Crawlers with: IPA, such as Lagunitas IPA
These intense candies call for an equally fierce beverage. The bitter floral taste of traditional IPAs delightfully counters the sharpness of these sour gummies.
Pair Gushers with: Cider, such as Angry Orchard
No longer just for your lunchbox, this classic juicy candy is begging to be leveled up. Dry, tart apple ciders enhance the tangy zest of Gushers. Bonus points for being gluten-free.
Door-to-door trick or treating may be out of the question for revelers over the age of 21, but one new, exciting possibility awaits: pairing your favorite Halloween treats with a tastefully matched pint.
With goPuff beer delivery, you can get the perfectly paired libations you need without interrupting your candy consumption. Our online store stocks a wide selection of beer choices (and candy too, of course), and we can deliver any time of day, with no price hikes and no surge fees. All you have to do is place your order and wait for our delivery people to do their thing.
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