Halloween Candy & Drink Pairings That You Would Have Never Expected

By author Brandi Neal of Bustle

Ahh, Halloween. That special time of year when all of your favorite candies come in jumbo bags, and they’re usually on sale. If you want to up your Halloween candy and libation sophistication, you’ll want to try these Halloween candy and drink pairings for Halloween 2017. A few days ago, after a candy buying spree at the drug store (four boxes for $4!), I discovered that Skittles and Pinot Noir are a perfect pairing for a marathon of American Horror Story, My Roanoke Nightmare, which was just released on Hulu.

If you plan to serve candy as hors d’oeuvres at your Halloween bash you’ll want to pair them with beers, booze, and non-alcoholic beverages that will bring out the unique flavors of your Halloween 2017 favorites. A perfect candy-drink pairing can also ensure that your guests don’t go into sugar shock from drinking and eating too many sweets. There are a few things that can dictate if your candy-drink pairing will help your monster’s ball be a beastly upbeat bash or a bummer that has everyone going into a cranky sugar crash.

“What makes a good beverage pairing is similar to what makes a good friend,” Joshua David Stein reported for Esquire. “The ideal companion has considerable character, and that character will allow you to get the most out of your interactions.” Basically you want to bring out the best flavors of both your candy and your drinks. Check out these candy-drink pairings that you might have never expected for Halloween 2017. And, bonus — most of these drinks can also be made without alcohol.

1. Café Y’ Churro & Pumpkin Spice Candy Corn

This perfect fall pairing was brought to my attention by craft beer experts Growler USA, which sent Bustle their favorite candy and beer pairings compiled by craft beer experts who want to make sure you get the most out of your Halloween 2017.

If you haven’t heard of Café Y’ Churro, it’s a golden imperial coffee cream ale finished with vanilla and cinnamon from Carton Brewing Company. Pair this ale with some Brach’s Pumpkin Spice Candy Corn for a sweet Halloween 2017 that really does taste just like fall. If coffee-infused ale isn’t your jam, pair your candy corn with a can of Six Point Brewery Sweet Action. Made with Huell Melon hops, an innovative strain first bred in 2014, this cold brew has a unique melon-y aroma, and a smooth Canadian white-wheat finish.

Growler USA also recommended pairings 4 and 6 on author Brandi Neal’s list! Read her full story on Bustle.