The Best Wines To Pair With Your Halloween Candy

When it comes to wine, we’ve all heard that white goes with fish and red with steak, but what about Skittles? With Halloween coming up next week, you may find yourself with some leftover candy after trick-or-treaters come, or maybe you snag a few fun size pieces from your kid’s pumpkin – and we’re not judging. So if you’re looking for the best thing to sip with your Halloween haul, wine experts suggest these pairings.

  • M&Ms and malbec – This classic chocolate candy goes great with a full-bodied red like malbec, which often has a “rich, velvet-like finish.”
  • Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups and California pinot noir – Always a Halloween favorite, Reese’s cups pair perfectly with pinot noirs from California, as they tend to have a jam-like or plum-like finish. So it’s almost like a grown-up peanut butter and jelly.
  • Skittles and New Zealand sauvignon blanc – The fruity candy is a good match for the fresh-cut-grass-like flavor of this type of white wine.
  • Sour Patch Kids and rosé – Fans of these tart-tasting gummy candies will find they pair nicely with a dry rosé, especially one from the Provence region in France.
  • Snickers and cabernet sauvignon – You can’t go wrong with a cab sav and snickers. It’s a classic wine for a classic candy bar.
  • Pop Rocks and prosecco – The candy that explodes in your mouth is definitely an acquired taste, but those who love them will find the Italian sparkling wine is a good match.
  • Jolly Ranchers and vinho verde – The ideal wine to sip with your fruity hard candies is this dry, white from Portugal.
  • Hot Tamales and Tuscany red wine – A spicy candy needs a big, intense wine, like a robust red from Italy’s Tuscany region.
  • York Peppermint Patty and chardonnay – What kind of wine goes best with this chocolate mint treat? A crisp, clean chardonnay that’s not too oaky.
  • Kit Kat and Rhone red wine – If you’re breaking off a piece of a Kit Kat bar, try pairing it with a red blend from France’s Rhone region.
  • Gummy Bears and Champagne – A dry, sparkling wine from the Champagne region of France pairs perfectly with the fruity gummies. One expert even recommends dropping a gummy bear in your Champagne flute to let it soak up some bubbles.

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