After extensive research (ie. eating a lot of candy and drinking a lot of cider, all in one night) I have compiled six delightful cider and Halloween candy pairings for you to try!
All of these ciders are available in Edmonton! You can check Liquor Connect to find out where to get them, but Sherbrooke Liquor is usually the safest bet. If you live in British Columbia or the USA you will have no problem finding these.
Sea Cider Witch’s Broom Cider & Candy Corn
First up is Sea Cider Witch’s Broom paired with candy corn. Witch’s Broom has lovely fall spices like cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger with just a hint of orange. It has the perfect name for Halloween, but is actually named after Scotch Broom, as part of their Canadian Invasion Series. This series raises awareness about invasive plants that are threatening natural areas on the West Coast of Canada. This cider is only slightly sweet so it can handle the caramel sweetness of the candy corn.
Sonoma Cider The Anvil Cider & Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups
Next is Sonoma Cider The Anvil paired with Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups. This is a crisp cider rounded out with the flavour of bourbon. This flavour combination goes so well with the peanut butter and chocolate. I’m not a huge fan of fruity flavours with chocolate so I wanted to find a cider that balanced the fruit flavours with something different. The Anvil has does this with nice a wood and smoky notes and a flavour that isn’t too sweet so you can handle eating it with a peanut butter cup (or 2!). It also smells really good!
Reverend Nat’s Sacrilege Sour Cherry Cider & Sour Patch Kids
Reverend Nat’s Sacrilege Sour Cherry & Sour Patch Kids were a surprise combination. Sacrilege Sour Cherry is actually tart and not too sweet. It has a combination of a blend of sour cherries, granny smith apples, pear juice and even a bit of ghost chili pepper. The sourness is matched with the initial flavour of the Sour Patch Kids, but then the sweetness that develops as you eat the candy really married well to the cider. I feel a bit crazy talking about Sour Patch Kids like this, but it really was a delicious combo.
Wards Picker’s Hut Cider & Popcorn Balls
The flavours in Wards Picker’s Hut pair so well with popcorn balls. Popcorn balls are a tradition in my family. I remember eating the chewy sticky mess that gets so stuck in your teeth from the time I was really little. I messaged my aunt to ensure she was making popcorn balls this year because they are my favourite Halloween treat! This cider has a very crisp apple taste that combined with the caramel in the popcorn balls gives that classic caramel apple flavour. The hints of cinnamon and ginger give it a little something extra too.
Finnriver Habanero Cider & Tootsie Rolls
Let’s be honest… Tootsie Rolls aren’t your favourite candy to receive while trick or treating. But combining the Finnriver Habanero Cider with Tootsie Rolls elevated them to another level. We learned our lesson with this cider – be careful when you smell it! It sent me into a coughing fit because the spicy chili aroma was that strong. But drinking this straight out of the bottle, you get a warmth without an overwhelming spice and the sweetness of the candy really tames the heat. It goes great with the cocoa flavour of the Tootsie Rolls.
Snakebite Cocktail: Hitachino Cidre, Medicine Hat Brewing Co. Boomtown Lager & Rockets
Finally, we finish off with a cider cocktail. The kind of cocktail that I can make without requesting Nathan’s help. A Snakebite Cocktail is half cider and half lager. For the cider I chose Hitachino Cidre which is a sour cider from Japan. For the beer, I went a little closer to home with the Medicine Hat Brewing Co. Boomtown Lager. Mix these together and enjoy with Rockets, as we call them in Canada, or Smarties, as they call them in the USA. The Rockets have a fruity and creamy flavour that goes well with the sourness of the cider, but is really rounded out by the lager.
Do you have any favourite cider and candy pairings? What’s your favourite Halloween candy? Let me know what you think in the comments! Or check out some of our favourite ciders on What We’re Picking.