These Treats Are Not Tricks

Wines for Halloween leftovers


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After Halloween, grown-ups can often be found dipping into kids' overflowing bags of Trick-or-Treat loot. Instead of sneaking around, embrace your inner child while throwing conventional wine rules out the window. Unwrap a couple of treats, and elevate the sweet experience with a glass of wine. When sipping wine with candy (or with any dessert, for that matter), try to select one with a similar sweetness to your chosen treat, or the wine may end up tasting too acidic. Here are some pairings to pique your sweet tooth this Halloween.

Sweet Tarts and Smarties: Tart and tangy, these treats work with a wine that has a decent amount of zesty acidity, like a semisweet Riesling.

Pez and Bottle Caps: These candies almost feel effervescent in your mouth, so try a Moscato d'Asti or other slightly sweet sparkling wine.

Snickers, Milky Way, Baby Ruth and other nut and caramel confections: Match the candy's nut and caramel flavors with a glass of Tawny Port.

Hershey's Special Dark and other dark chocolate candy bars: Slightly chilled Ruby Port balances the bitterness in these candies.

Reese's Peanut Butter Cups: Pairing wine with peanut butter can be tricky, but again, a slightly sweet Riesling whets the palate after the peanut butter dries it out.

Swedish Fish: White Zinfandel's sweet strawberry profile goes with these chewy, gummy creations.

Fireballs: The sugar in a late harvest Gewürztraminer will cool the fire in these red-hot treats, while the grape's signature spiciness pairs with the cinnamon flavor.

Popcorn balls: Though not a dessert wine, a buttery Chardonnay is the perfect companion when you are munching on one of these sweet and salty Halloween classics.

Kelly Magyarics is a wine writer and educator in the Washington, D.C. area. Kelly can be reached through her Web site, which is www.trywine.net.

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