Fourth-graders rank cheap candy by taste

Candy can be costly, with premium brands ringing up for as much as $9 for a Halloween-size bag. Still, there are budget alternatives -- candy that might not have the marketing might of a famous chocolatier behind it.

But is it any good?

It's a question The Augusta Chronicle posed to the most discerning and well-versed of candy critics -- two fourth-grade classes at T.W. Garrett Elementary School. Betty Prather's and Sabrina Rose's classes were relieved from math duties recently and asked to give honest opinions of some low-cost sweets. They rated each confection on a scale from 1 (boo) to three (yeah). All candy was purchased at the Publix supermarket on Furys Ferry Road. Here's how the results played out:


The pupils rated candy on a scale from one (boo) to three (yeah)

Candy Cost Score
Kraft Caramels Two bags for $2.39 1.93
Publix brand Candy Corn $1.67 a bag 2.17
Brach's Mellowcreme Pumpkins $2.49 a bag 2.36
Goetze's Caramel Creams $2.15 a bag 2.43
Tootsie Roll Midgees $2.19 a bag 2.60
Now & Laters $2.19 a bag 2.68
Charms Zip-A-Dee Mini Pops $3.99 a bag 2.85

Pupils explain how they increase the amount of candy they receive on Halloween night.

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