Likfehacker’s food blog Skillet has put together a guide to getting the best bang for your buck on Halloween candy. If you want to be the cool neighbor who gives out the good stuff, here are the four deals to consider:
1. Best for Full-Size Chocolate Bars: Costco. Thanks to an instant manufacturer’s rebate, $12.99 will get you thirty full-sized “units” of candy, which breaks down to six Snickers bars, five Twix, four 3 Musketeers, and three Milky Ways. (That’s $0.43 per bar and $8.54 per kilogram of candy.) Focusing on just one kind of bar raises the price just a little; you can get 48 Snickers for $27.99 ($0.58 per bar/$11.06 per kilogram) or 36 Almond Joy for $21.39 ($0.59 per bar/$13.04 per kilogram).
2. Best for “Snack-Size” and Mini Chocolate Bars: Target. For $14.99, you get 245 individually-wrapped mini chocolates (Twix, Snickers, 3 Musketeers, Milky Way), which comes out to $0.06 per candy or $7.76 per kilogram of chocolate.
3. Best for “Not Chocolate”: Costco. A 3 ½-lb bag of “Child’s Play” can be found at both Fred Meyer (a Kroger store) and Target for $7.99 ($5.03 per kilogram), but for just $0.33 more per kilo (so, $5.36 per kilogram), you can get Costco’s just-as-creepily-named bag of “Funhouse Treats,” which contains a wider variety of much better candy (count em: Skittles, Mike & Ike, Life Savers Gummies, Sour Patch Kids, Nerds, Starbursts, Hot Tamales, Twizzlers, Haribo Gummy Bears, Swedish Fish, and Everlasting Gobstoppers).
4. Best Place for Salty Snacks: Target. Pretzels are $0.10 per bag/$8.80 per kilogram, while Cheetos are $5.99 for 26, or $0.23 per bag/$12.50 per kilogram.