Which snacks made the cut? Vote in round two of our Halloween Bulk Barn Battle Royale

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Halloween is one of the best snacking holidays of the year—and in honor of a day of honor, we want our readers to tell us, Which junk food is your favorite? Instead of limiting the options to the usual big-name chocolate bars, we’re talking about bulk barn snacks, because everyone can find them at bulk food stores (from Kiss). i got it from twitter, Otherwise too.)

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Tournament-style, we’re going through four rounds of snarky bracket matchups to crown your Halloween Bulk Barn Battle Royale champion. Vote for your favorite bracket below, and by the end of the month, we’ll be able to see which Bulk Barn snack reigns supreme.

Thousands of votes came in for the first round of voting in two days and here’s what happened: Surprisingly puzzling, the classic gummy bear was best out of fruit juice berries (I’m guessing that’s because kids who love gummy bears regularly love gummy bears). There are no star readers).

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They’ll be going up against giant sour cola bottle gummies, which beat sour plum. In the salty snack category, honey roasted Sriracha cashews garlic sesame sticks will beat the ringolos.

The chocolate tournament favored more traditional options: dark chocolate-covered almonds and chocolate-covered coffee beans—both of which easily won their rounds.

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And in the wild card category, my attempt to throw in some chaos didn’t quite pan out as Cherry Blossom fizzled against Granola. Same for licorice cigars, which lost out to wasabi coated green peas.

Don’t let your favorite people run out of votes in the second round! Cast your vote by 10 am on Monday.

Here’s how it would work (all the time is ET):

  • Voting for the first round has now closed.
  • Voting for the second round is from 11 am on October 21 to 10 am on October 25

  • The semi-finals will run from 11 am on October 25 to 10 am on October 27
  • The performance of the last two contenders will be held on October 27 from 11 am to October 29 at 10 am. The grand top winner of all the snack aisles will be announced shortly, giving you plenty of time for Halloween weekend.

Meet Your Tasty Competitors:

Group 1: The Gummies

fruit juice berries

With a slightly denser chew than standard gummy bears and flavors centered on raspberry and blackberry (yes, you can taste the difference), fruit juice berries are a more distinctive gummy option that somehow gives off an air of elegance. Says, “I don’t need 10 flavors when it comes to gummies, just give me these two.”

Giant Sour Cola Bottle Gummies

It’s soda, but you chew on it! Fun fact: One can of these gummies contains 21 grams of sugar while a can of Coke has 39 grams.


Group 2: The Golden Savory Snacks

Honey Roasted Sriracha Cashews

The trio of spicy, sweet and salty flavors are achieved through these cashews, and are probably the best of all the snacks of this tournament to pair with beer. Word of advice: Always weigh the bag when buying nuts as they are not cheap.

ringolos

This potato snack with a mild BBQ flavor is not exclusive to bulk food stores. Ringolos are manufactured by Canadian snack company Humpty Dumpty and its bags can be found anywhere, which could give it an advantage in tournaments in terms of accessibility. Also: Who among us hasn’t tried (and failed from time to time) wearing it as a pinky ring even though we know they’re too small for someone who isn’t a kid?


Group 3: Coated Snacks

dark chocolate coated almonds

A somewhat sophisticated snack due to its health halo (I’ve lost count of all the headlines declaring dark chocolate healthy), dark chocolate earns a spot in the almond tournament because it walks the line between being an adult snack. But even as a kid I had no problem putting these in my mouth.

chocolate covered coffee beans

Remember when drinking coffee was considered peak adulthood, but as a child most of us thought coffee tasted terrible? Covering coffee beans with chocolate makes the bitter bean more flavorful while still providing a feeling of sophistication. Chocolate-covered jubs? No, thank you. I am an adult. I want my chocolate to cover the coffee beans, thanks.


Group 4: Wildcards

Love in a Bowl Granola

My new career goal is coming up with granola mix names at Bulk Barn, which currently include Currant-Lee Craving Cranberry Granola; Honey, I’m Home Granola and my favorite, the #Basic Granola which is just sweet plain granola without any fruit or candy. Love in a Bowl is one of the more popular flavors when I asked Twitter what to include in the snack bracket (it has dark chocolate, coconut, almond, freeze dried strawberries, maple syrup and cinnamon) but one vote for love It’s all for granola.

wasabi coated green peas

Green peas add a pop of color to the sea of ​​earthy savory snacks while wasabi adds more mustard rather than a chili-type heat to the tongue. If you’re a fan, check out my Chop Suey Snack Mix recipe that uses wasabi peas.


Below is a list of all the contenders in this snack bracket who could not make it to the second round. They’re still delicious, just not your favorite.

Albanese Gourmet Gummies

It’s hard to go wrong with classic gummy bears, but these especially stand out because they come in less common colors such as a minty green (fruity flavored in general), pink (pink lemonade is my best guess) and lapis blue (vaguely berry-like in taste) in addition to the standard yellow (lemon), orange (duh) and red (cherry). Place them in a mason jar and let the sun shine through them like a majestic sugared glass window.

Allan Sauer Jubs

A perfect sticky for those who like it sour but don’t want their fingers and clothes covered with sugar granules. The slightly chewy exterior taste may be an acquired taste compared to the smooth gloss of gummy bears, but if kids don’t want it, adults will.

Garlic Sesame Sticks

A coworker swears by these tempeh-looking bites that have a milder flavor than other savory snacks in this bracket. A savory flavor of sesame with a tinge of garlic, it wins points for being a handy snack, as it doesn’t have any dusty coating that hinders typing on the keyboard.

Spicy Banana Chips

I’m also not going to accept the existence of regular plantain chips when a spiced version exists. The best thing about these plantain chips, other than that satisfying snap with each bite, is that it’s really spicy and not the standard junk food seasoning, which is mild at best.

yogurt covered pretzels

The sweet and slightly tart yogurt coating on these salty salty pretzels makes for an interesting change from the standard chocolate coating. Plus, whoever persuaded us to add yogurt to anything is healthy, even if it’s loaded with sugar. It deserves a place in the tournament.

chocolate covered orders

Thanks to Twitter, I now know that there is a subdivision of chocolate-covered candy that includes gummy bears, gummy berries, and plums. The idea of ​​chewy chocolate may be unfamiliar to most snackers, but it’s no different than a bonbon with a nougat center. Keep a bowl of these for unsuspecting snackers because they’re the culinary equivalent of a candid camera prank: delectable, fun but ultimately nutritious.

Cherry Blossom

NS Cherry Blossom Basically a bon bon with a center of coconut, peanuts and a maraschino cherry. Made by the Canadian branch of Hershey’s, it’s a bit of a hometown relic (it was first produced at the Smith Falls plant before it was shut down) but it’s a dust magnet at most bulk barns (the ones I bought were literally dusty) ). Vote for Blossom if you’re one of the few people who really enjoy it, or vote for it because you want to throw some chaos at the tournament.

Licorice Cigars

You’ll either love black licorice or hate it, not in between. Even if you’re not a fan of old-timey candies with herbal-forward flavors (aniseed in this case), you may be tempted by licorice’s enduring endurance in the candy realm and its usefulness in decorating gingerbread houses or go-tos. Can’t deny. – Black candy for Halloween.

Karon Liu is a Toronto-based food reporter for Star. Reach him via email: [email protected]
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