It wasn't all that long ago that Gut Check was donning our finest
Disney princess Star Wars character drag outfit and joining the swarms of greedy American children on the hallowed Halloween quest for candy. So we remember well the post-trick-or-treat ritual of sorting the bounty into two piles, i.e., Good Stuff and Crap.
Then we'd head back out and t.p. all the houses where we'd been handed lame candy. We considered the act to be a hint to the clueless to maybe bust out the Snickers next year instead of those execrable homemade popcorn balls. A community service, if you will.
Now we're on the other side of the door, trick-or-treatily speaking, and we're also working from a position of strength when it comes to stamping out Halloween-candy imbecility.
Want to avoid having your happy home t.p.'ed this year? Check back each weekday between now and the Big Day as we count down the 21 Best Halloween Treats and the 21 Worst Halloween Treats...
Best Halloween Candy Countdown, No. 3: Caramel Apple Pops Walking into the grocery store around late September and seeing caramel apples is one of the best feelings ever. It's a sure-fire sign that summer is over, and it's time for sweater weather and pumpkin-flavored stuff. Fortunately, that awesome feeling has been formed into another awesome thing: caramel apple pops. Few things can compare to the marriage of sweet, soft caramel and tart, bright green apple candy. Caramel apple pops are a cleaner, more convenient way to enjoy one of the best treats autumn has to offer.
Click through to reveal No. 3 on the Worst Halloween Candy list...
Worst Halloween Candy Countdown, No. 3: Butterscotch Seeing those weird, yellow cellophane-wrapped butterscotch candies excites exactly zero trick-or-treaters around Halloween. It's not that it necessarily tastes bad, it's just that when thrown into a bag with things like Starbursts, Sour Patch Kids and Milky Ways, butterscotch is guaranteed to get overlooked every time.