American’s love candy. Maybe not GOOD candy, as shown in this recent post by ABC News, but candy nonetheless. What else do we love? Beer. With Halloween just around the corner, it seems like a no-brainer to bring the two together. What are we up to Halloween night? Pairing awesome candy with amazing beer. Here’s how to do it:
Fat Tire & Twix
Fat Tire carries subtle notes of caramel and biscuit across the tongue, similar to the classic “Gimme a Break” candy bar. The added notes of Twix’s chocolate just enriches the pairing even more.
Abbey & Hershey’s Almond Chocolate Bar
The combo of chocolate and nuts marries neatly with Abbey’s dark fruit, candied banana and sweet caramel notes. Take a bite and a sip and you’ll be in heaven.
Pumpkick & Red Hots
You know what Pumpkick’s brewed with? Nutmeg, allspice, cranberry, lemongrass and….cinnamon. So have fun with this one. Pop in a couple Red Hots (or any cinnamon candy), take a swig of Pumpkick and feel the magic unfold.
Citradelic & Smarties
I don’t think I’ve ever seen Smarties outside the context of Halloween, but the brand’s assortment of Cherry, Strawberry, Orange, Pineapple, Grape and Orange-Cream flavors are always a welcome break from all the holiday chocolate. Eaten all together, they create a pleasantly vague fruity flavor that works great with Citradelic’s subtle tangerine fruitiness.
1554 & Dark Chocolate
It doesn’t matter the brand—dark chocolate and 1554 are a perfect match. The beer mirrors the candy with an initial wash of sweet-and-bitter dark chocolate before the beer’s spicy, peppery undertones kick in to add complexity to the pairing.
BONUS: Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Ale & Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Ice Cream
You read that right. We have a new Ben & Jerry’s collaboration out, and it tastes just like it sounds. So if you’re not planning on handing out candy this Halloween, hunker down with the lights off and enjoy a pint and a pint.