Remember that time you wore a mask and went out trick-or-treating, insisting you were just a really tall kid? Or when you turned out the lights, hid in the dark and crushed all the candy you’d bought to hand out? Halloween brings out some weird human behavior, so this year we went with it, too, creating and then steering through a candy bracket to determine the holiday’s ultimate stomach stuffer.
Fifteen Weekly staffers did the voting, and early on form held, with 3 Musketeers and an overseeded Twizzlers the only real favorites toppled in Round 1. By Sweet 16’s end the trend was so clear: Chocolate reigns immortal; only Skittles prevented a full fruit wipeout. Then we got serious—Twix and Kit Kat ran over Skittles and M&M’s, respectively; Snickers smacked Hershey’s; and Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups squeaked by Peanut M&M’s by the slimmest of margins, 8-7. The Final Four found Reese’s shaking off the malaise and rolling past Twix, while Kit Kat pulled off our tourney’s signature stunner, a takedown of top-seeded Snickers by a solitary vote. But in the end it was Reese’s, breaking off Kit Kat for the crown, an epic 8-7 win worthy of a true title fight. “If I was at the vending machine and it just had Reese’s and Kit Kat, I’d go with Reese’s, every time,” said cartoonist Mike Smith, who cast the decisive, final vote.