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:
INEXPENSIVE CANDY TASTE TEST
The pupils rated candy on a scale from one (boo) to three (yeah)
|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.