We’ve all seen that chart of Halloween candies and the best wines to pair with them on social media. This year, I’ve created a list of the best PRP wines to pair with popular, leftover Halloween candy!
Being a parent often means there is lots of candy in the house after Halloween. It can be hard to resist the temptation of all the nostalgic candy favorites from childhood! I find myself digging into the kid’s candy stash at night while enjoying a glass of wine after dinner... it’s not stealing, I call it a “Dad Tax” and it’s just good parenting to help prevent them from eating too much sugar! Now that I’ve made it justifiable to eat your kid’s candy, check out my pairings to enhance the enjoyment like an adult.
Peanut Butter Cups + Monterey Chardonnay
An oaky, buttery chardonnay is the perfect complement to a smooth, chocolatey peanut butter cup. The higher acid content cuts through the richness of the chocolate while the oak, sur lie aging, and malolactic fermentation of this Chardonnay give the wine it’s creamy texture to match the peanut butter cup. However, if you are a fan of PB&Js try pairing with your favorite fruit forward red!
Twizzlers + Casa Nueva Merlot
Merlot is just the thing to eat with a bag of Twizzlers. The red fruit flavor matches the Twizzlers, while the acid cuts through the gummy texture. If you really want to make the tasting fun, bite off the ends of the Twizzler and use it as a straw for the wine. You’ll find the flavors marry well.
Snickers + Confidences d'Ortion
A Snickers bar is rich with the flavors of nougat, chocolate, caramel, and nuts. Each bite is decadent and luxurious. To balance out the richness, sip some bubbly. The fruity and nutty flavors will play up and match with the caramel, nougat, and nuts of a Snickers while the acidity will help cut through the rich textures and flavors.
Candy Corn + Ingenheimer Pfaffenberg, Beerenauslese, Ortega
The candy with likely the most sugar deserves the wine with the highest RS. A Beerenauslese features bright, mature fruit, honey flavors, and the most natural residual sugar of all PRP’s current wines. It is ideal for sipping while nibbling on candy corn since the sugary flavors are so similar. The high acid content in the BA means each sip cleanses the palate and helps the richness of the candy. Together they make the ideal fall dessert!
Twix + Jumilla, Monastrell (Mouvèdre or Mataro as it is known as outside of Spain)
A Twix — with its rich chocolate, buttery shortbread cookie, and indulgent caramel — pairs well with Jumillia. This wine features flavors of dark, herbal berry fruits that are earthy and stony, with a peppery, lightly herbal finish, which makes it a delicious partner with such a decadent candy.
Starburst + Delicius White, Moscato
A Starburst deserves a fruity wine like Delicius White, Moscato, the wild honey and lively fruitiness of the wine dovetail marvelously with the candy. The high acidity along with the effervescence will also help ease the chewiness of the candy while keeping the combination light and refreshing.
Butterfinger + Romanet Unoaked Chardonnay
A Butterfinger features a signature butter flavor wrapped in milk chocolate, making it ideal to be served with a light, yet slightly creamy wine like the Romanet Chardonnay. It won’t overwhelm the taste of the candy and will nicely enhance the buttery flavor.
Skittles + Chevalier de Bayard, Carignan, Grenache, Cinsaut…
Skittles have such a diverse range of flavors, and you rarely get a handful of one flavor (no matter how hard you try). How can you match a wine with a candy of such varying flavors? Leave it to PRP’s wine for every occasion! Chevalier de Bayard is known for featuring flavors of ripe red fruit and being lower in tannins. This makes it work with fruity Skittles.
Dark Chocolate Kit Kat + Deepwood Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon
A darker chocolate treat deserves a heavier wine. The flavors of dark chocolate match beautifully with this Cabernet Sauvignon. This wine features notes of black current, blackberries, a hint of smoke, and cocoa. The pairing will dance in your mouth and make a delectable, rich dessert.
Gummy Bears + Duca D'Amalfi, Valdadige Bianco, Chardonnay, Nosiola, Pinot Bianco
Gummy Bears are bright, fruity, and slightly unctuous with very little fat. This is ideal for eating while enjoying a glass of Duca D’Amalfi. This vibrant unoaked white is refreshing with just enough acidity, and fruit to keep the palate feeling light while you indulge.