Halloween may be the ultimate kid holiday. There are kooky costumes, spooky decorations, and, of course, candy. Candy as far as the eye can see. Most of the year, we were limited to how often we could enjoy candy's sucrose pleasures, but on Halloween, those rules went out the window. Moreover, we got to bang on the doors of complete strangers and demand it.
So there's little wonder that, even as adults, we're nostalgic for the sugar-laden aspects of the season. It's hard to resist a fun-sized candy bar (or ten) even if we're not dressing up as Power Rangers anymore. But if you're only indulging candy favorites of your youth, you're missing half the fun. When we think about the types of candy there are, we tend to divide them into categories like chewy vs. hard, chocolate-y vs. fruity, and sour vs. sweet. But, we're missing one vital signifier: boozy vs. not.
Alcohol-infused candy has come a long way since the liqueur-filled cordials that only your grandparents seemed to like. From beer all the way to gin and tonics, there's a sugar rush equivalent of your favorite drink. Some can actually get you buzzed after a few handfuls, while others are merely infused with enough of the spirit to give the treat the essence of the tipple that inspired it.
Either way, these are treats best enjoyed by your adult self. Consider it a toast to the candy-obsessed inner child of your trick-or-treating days, updated for someone who understands the joy of a stiff drink after work.