There’s nothing tricky about keeping Halloween local. Philadelphia region has a rich history of turning out Halloween candy—A recent Philadelphia Inquirer story revealed that our city is actually the original home of those buttery little nuggets known as candy corn.
In the last century, neighboring Hershey Chocolates have pretty much defined the contents of trick-or-treat bags. And then, of course, there are the classic teeth-gluing cult favorites, the Peanut Chews once known as Goldberg’s.
Here are some other locally made sweets to hand out—or hoard:
Traditionalists might be pleased to note that not only are Mike and Ikes and Hot Tamales manufactured by Bethlehem, PA’s Just Born, so are Peeps, which have introduced a whole line of Halloween-themed marshmallow fluffballs—pumpkins, ghosts and chocolate mousse cats.
Another classic: Mallo Cups, the gooey alternative to having peanut butter in your chocolate and vice versa (they actually predate Reese’s) have been made in Altoona since the Great Depression.
Asher’s, based in Souderton, is best known for chocolate-enrobed pretzels and nut barks, but the company also makes pre-packaged bags of orange and brown chocolate nonpareils and crispy, rice-studded choco-pops.
Mueller, the classic chocolatier located in the Reading Terminal Market, sells chocolate brains and hearts, both of which are just realistically gory enough to win over an eight-year-old boy or a med student.
On a similarly gross-out tip are the vibrantly hued Gummy Body Parts made by Frankford Candy Company.
And for the more discerning palate there are always John and Kira’s pumpkin pie caramels. These artisan confections are probably too delicate to be stuffed into a sack but could instead be discreetly nibbled on the front steps in the lulls between Dum-Dum seekers.