@shahnm I gotta go with Valentine’s Day also. There’s no other holiday that they sell pizza boxes filled with bite sized chocolates with stuff inside. Of course they never sell all of them so there are tons on sale later. Plus, the weather in February is usually conducive to sitting at home stuffing your face. What could be better?
Chocolate Easter Bunny just can’t be beat, and then you have those Cadbury Eggs. I am in heaven, until I try to get in my pants again. Let me add, working from home really has its perks (or hidden secrets).
Had to go with Christmas because it’s the only holiday I can justify buying lots of “the good stuff”. You know, hand made, gourmet concoctions you would never buy for yourself or give away to the weird kids on the street you only see once a year when they come to your door with pillowcases in hand.
I figure we’ll have at least 3 or 4 dinners, an outing or two to the movies when wearing bulky coats with inside pockets doesn’t look suspicious, and multiple other opportunities with at least 15 to 20 other people, so we shouldn’t have any trouble getting rid of 40 or 50 pounds, should we?
@ybmuG Chocolate and candy Advent calendars for the win. Also Hershey’s Peppermint Kisses and the Cherry Cordial kisses. Also Aldi Christmas truffles. Also the Christmas Petits Fours that Gordons Food Service used to carry and I’m still searching for. Plus all the home-made stuff.
Halloween is ok for commercial stuff (though when we were kids, neighborhood trick or treating still brought in some home-made wonders too).
Also had to go with Christmas. When I was a teen (and before and after, but especially then), we would go to New York most every Christmas to visit my mother’s family and her old friends. During the two weeks or so we were there, at least every other day we would be at someone else’s house with their family all there (often at least 3 generations), and food and candies and drinks, and more food and candies and drinks. I think I would eat more chocolates in that two weeks than all of Halloween and Easter seasons combined.
Also, it was common for regular grocery stores and supermarkets there all to sell candies and chocolates of various kinds from their bulk jars. Most had sponge candy, a chocolate confection hard to find anywhere in the south, and which I was extremely fond of. (I would particularIy load up on that at a Wegman’s in the Buffalo area.)
I also had a cousin who was darned good at making some homemade. He gave me his recipe, which I have unfortunately lost. Also lost the necessary candy thermometer.
@phendrick Sponge candy is the best! I was in a candy store in Wisconsin once that had it labeled as “fairy food.” No idea of the provenance of that, but it’s a great name. Sometimes you can find Cadbury Crunchie bars at World Market. I was in London probably fifteen or sixteen years ago and they had Crunchie McFlurries at McDonald’s and they were so good. I guess those two are all of my sponge candy stories.
Man Halloween was my favorite. I went trick or treating till I was 18, I’d still go if they would give me candy. Why does there have to be an age? It should be if you put on a costume you get some friggin candy.
@star2236 Yup. As young teens we’d see if we could blast through all the houses up and down both sides of the street. 1.5 miles round trip. As older teens we’d canvas the neighborhood to see who wanted us to take their younger children trick or treating. At some houses would give us candy too.
We’d end up with a fair bit. We’d then dump it all out and trade. Because I didn’t like most of us they’d “price” the stuff I did like for 3 or 4 of the ones I didn’t. My parents would let us pig out that night then make us put it in the freezer being allowed one a day. What would happen every year as that some would vanish from our bags. My now accountant sister knew exactly what was in her bag as she created a list and checked off each one she ate LOL. Four kids accusing each other of eating each others’ candy… It turns out, as we found out years later, the candy thieves were our parents who would threaten us they’d take it all away if we kept fighting over who stole who’s candy.
I’m thrown by the inclusion of the word “solely” in the question. For example, Christmas has gift-giving and that whole thing about Jesus being born. I don’t think you can say any of these holidays are solely based on candy. I don’t think you can even say any of them are primarily based on candy.
I’m not being pedantic, I am genuinely confused by the question. I am not sure what other holidays might qualify, as I don’t know why the given choices do.
@DrWorm I think the idea is “throw out any other consideration of why you like or don’t like a particular holiday and only consider the candy part of it”. I know, not really possible, but it’s just a fun exercise.
@DrWorm“Best holiday based solely on traditional candy:” Well, I took the question to consider the word “Traditional” As in, Easter candy has a lot of traditional candies such as: peeps, cadberry eggs, chocolate rabbits, etc. Based on the presumption that’s what the question asks, for me, Easter racks up the highest score in the “traditional candy” category.