Trick Out Your Treats with Exotic Candies from the Asian Market


Halloween is a time for brilliance and creativity, for surprising looks and bold statements. But while fun and cleverness about in the costume and home decoration arenas, it seems like candy always gets left behind. Every year, it's the same old thing: Reese's cups and lollipops, Butterfingers and Tootsie Rolls, and that one house where they pass out candy corn.

This year, while you're planning a your exciting costume, why not give your candy bowl a facelift, too?

Asian grocery stores -- my favorite go-to source for creative sodas and innovative convenience foods -- are also a treasure-trove of strange and wonderful candies the kids in your neighborhood won't be seeing at every other house. As an added plus, most Asian candies don't contain high-fructose corn syrup, partially-hydrogenated oils, nor many of the other fake-food ingredients that plague American candy. Admittedly, they're a bit more expensive, but if there's one holiday that practically screams for a candy splurge, it's Halloween.

Here are a few great Asian candies that were taste-tested and reviewed by members of the DailyFinance staff:

Bruce Watson is DailyFinance's Savings Editor. You can reach him by e-mail at, or follow him on Twitter at @bruce1971.

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Uh? The article said "Asian" not "Chinese." This does include a few other countries. Actually, the Chinese are not that fond of sweets and the featured candies are from JAPAN.

October 23 2013 at 12:27 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

oh yes lets give out leaded candy to our children

October 23 2013 at 9:44 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

Stop doing ",,the same old thing...", this guy tells us. T & T'ing is for the kids, not the guys passing it out.

October 23 2013 at 8:48 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

So instead of killing our pets with food products from China, we should go after our kids? :)

October 23 2013 at 8:11 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply