Since I write more about wine than candy, I'll explore some pairing ideas for various types of Halloween candy with sherry. With trick-or-treating presumably at a minimum this year due to the pandemic, just break open the candy bags for you and the kids and pop the cork on a sherry for yourself. Safer at home.
Gonzalez Byass Alfonso Oloroso -- SRP $25
Nick Africano, Founder of En Rama LLC New York, says he finds one candy-and-sherry pairing to be a no-brainer. "Reese's Peanut Butter Cups are a classic American candy," he says. "Now try them alongside a sip of another classic: Oloroso Sherry." Africano believes that Oloroso is sherry's "gateway to the American palate." "The Alfonso Oloroso from the iconic Gonzalez Byass family with its dark notes of toasted pecan, old wood, and burnt orange is not only a harmonious match for the nutty, chocolatey, Reese's cups, but simultaneously serves as a poignant introduction to one of the world's best beverages: Sherry!"
Peanuts also play a role in the pairing for Washington DC-based Chantal Tseng, Founder of Custom Cocktails for the End of Times and US Sherry Week Ambassador. She recommends Gonzalez Byass Alfonso Oloroso and PayDay Bars, a salted peanut bar held together with nougat-caramel.
Gonzalez Byass Nectar PX -- SRP $25
A more adventurous pairing comes from Cheryl Wakerhauser, Owner, Executive Chef and Wine Director of Pix Patisserie and Bar Vivant, in Portland, Oregon. "The full-bodied opulence of the Pedro Ximénez is calling for something to contrast it with, such as the crunchy outer shell of a Good & Plenty," she says. "The licorice flavor of the candy brings forward the hint of savory, black olive notes in the wine."
Harveys Bristol Cream -- SRP $20
"So, you want to feel responsible with your candy cravings?" remarks Kat Thomas, Wine Goddess LV from Las Vegas. "I've got the perfect treat (no tricks here). Unwrap a Chunky Bar and let yourself find the flow in a nutty, sweet, and responsibly balanced bite. Dried fruit and sweet chocolate find their safe place nestled in this Sherry's 'legs'... and if you can't do peanuts, feed the flow with Raisinettes." Pair the goodies with Harveys Bristol Cream.
Hopefully your Halloween will be a safe one, a happy one, and one full of candy - and sherry.