Candy and wine might sound like an odd pairing, but if wine works with chocolate, it can work with candy. There are some pairings that work especially well together, too. Plus this will give you something to do with all that candy that you hide from your kids after Halloween because they probably don’t need three bags worth, right?
Here are our best picks for pairing wine with candy.
1. Cherry Blow Pops
Sweet ripe cherry flavor tastes even better when you pair it with a wine that has a bright taste of lush fruit.
Brahm Callahan, MS, the Beverage Director of Himmel Hospitality Group, suggests a Spanish Traslacuestas Roble 2014 from Ribera del Duero: “The lush red and black fruit still pops with some bright acidity and subtle baking spices from a small amount of new oak.”
2. Sour Patch Kids
Tart and tangy, Sour Patch Kids love a wine that showcases lots of citrusy flavor. Think of the grapefruit, apple, lemon flavors you find in a Sauvignon Blanc.
3. Peanut M&M’S
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When you’re ripping open a bag of peanut M&M’S, make sure to have a bottle of wine that showcases flavors like dried red fruit and refined wood. A Barbaresco from Italy will be the perfect accompaniment.
This is another favorite for Callahan. “Man I love the sweet crunchy candy and that creamy nutty flavor balanced by sweet chocolate, great with white burgundy, I would recommend Henri Boillot’s Bourgogne Blanc 2015—it is rich, creamy and has a great nutty component.”
5. Twix Bars
Caramel and creamy chocolate is even more delicious with a slightly sweet and ripe wine like Reisling.
Try to pick one that has hints of honey and stone fruit notes so that you really get that caramel flavor coming out.
6. Hershey’s Chocolate Bar
It is a classic and simple candy, and the best pairing is a classic, vintage port. The ripe lush red fruits, lifted ripe black berries and notes of chocolate and a little bit of sugar all balance out the creaminess of the chocolate bar.
A sweet white wine like Moscato or a sweet Reisling will help the rainbow of fruit flavors in Skittles taste that much more pronounced.
8. Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups
If you’re a peanut butter lover, then a fruit forward Pinot Noir will be your new favorite wine.
A big candy bar like a Snickers needs a bold red wine to stand up to it. This is where a full bodied Malbec or Syrah will come into play.
The ripe flavors will complement the caramel and chocolate and dry tannins work well with the chocolate.
10. Candy Corn
Oh, candy corn. We all love to hate you so much, but really, a sweet Moscato pairs perfectly with the chewy, sweet candies. In this case, double the sweetness means double the delicious.