In the U.S., we’ve been celebrating Halloween with trick-or-treating since the 1800s. The 1950s ushered in the Halloween traditions that we’re most familiar with today, including many famous vintage chocolates. Halloween is now one of the most celebrated holidays, and people spend over $2 billion a year on candy alone – 72% of which is chocolate.
Among those individually wrapped, fun-size, sugar-filled pieces of candy, there are a number of memorable chocolates. They may not be as refined and pure as Delysia’s Halloween Truffles, but they do drum up fond holiday recollections from childhood.
Today we’re taking a look back at the best vintage chocolates from Halloweens’ past, some of which are still popular treats today.
Legend has it that the chocolate, taffy-like bar was so good people did a happy dance when they had one, which is how Charleston Chew got its name.
A Clark Bar is like a Butterfinger, but it was created long, long before Bart started warning people to keep their fingers off his candy. It gained a loyal fan base of chocolate lovers shortly after it was introduced in 1886.
Brothers Bob and Bill Boyer whipped up these chocolate-covered marshmallows, that closely resemble the shape of Reese’s cups, about a decade after their peanut butter counterpart was created.
Milk chocolate covered Oh Henry fudge bars dish up a double dose of cocoa flavor. They were first introduced by the Williamson Candy Co. in 1920.
Anything bite-sized is a big hit on Halloween. Rolos’ caramel-filled candies hit the market in 1937, making it easier to eat chocolate on the trick-or-treating trail.
Sky Bars are sort of like Delysia truffle collections in that they featured an assortment of chocolate-covered flavors. Each chocolate bar had one cube each of peanut butter, vanilla, fudge and caramel fillings.
White chocolate lovers will be familiar with this candy bar. It differentiates itself from the other chocolate option with a white fudge coating over a center of peanuts, nougat and caramel.
The original M&M’s candy was introduced in 1941. While it isn’t as popular in the snack size as it is in the standard size, M&M’s is still one of the best-selling chocolates during Halloween.
It’s hard to believe that this popular candy bar has been around for 85 years. To this day it is one of the most popular fun-sized chocolates in the U.S.
Chocolate-covered malt balls. Need we say more?
RockyRoad Candy Bar
Annabelle’s RockyRoad candy bar puts a spin on a classic chocolate combination. Instead of peanuts this chocolate bar is covered in cashews.
Another Annabelle’s classic is the Look bar. The packaging gives away that this chocolaty nougat candy bar was introduced in 1978.