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Where to Get Grown-Up Candy

katherine anne confections pumpkin truffles!

Halloween candy can be scary (we’re looking at you, sugar boogers). Take your fright fete up a notch with our top picks (ha) from local chocolatiers and bakers.

Killer Filler
Katherine Anne Confections’s pumpkin truffles (pictured) elevate the lowly gourd. Each chocolate bite is filled with fresh roasted pumpkin, rum-soaked dried apricots, maple syrup, and hearty spices, and dotted with a roasted pumpkin seed.

Don’t dare leave Mayana Chocolate’s gourmet takes on classic candy bars on your porch. Sugar fiends will swipe the Twix (fleur de sel caramel with Brittany shortbread), Mars bar (almond nougat and fleur de sel caramel), and Kitchen Sink (peanut butter, milk chocolate, Rice Krispies, fleur de sel caramel, and pretzels dipped in dark chocolate and decked out with artful cocoa butter) faster than you can say boo. Delivery is available for large orders; for details, contact daniel@mayanachocolate.net.

Dead Bread
Break the sweet mold with Bleeding Heart Bakery & Cafe’s dense, doughy, slightly sweet mini Pan de Muertos (Day of the Dead) skull-shaped bread. Chocolate lovers can indulge in chocolate rats and devil’s food eyeball cakes.

Macabre Macarons
Galit Greenfield took her treats to the street when she launched the Sweet Spot macaron truck earlier this month. Her newest concoction, Reese’s-inspired chocolate ganache with peanut butter, hits every sweet and salty note. Follow @sweetspotmac on Twitter.

Frightening Fluff
Leave it to Truffle Truffle to debunk the myth that marshmallows belong exclusively in cocoa. Eat the candy corn marshmallow trio (vanilla bean, pumpkin spice, and cinnamon) straight from the box. Scaramallows (a.k.a. caramel- and chocolate-wrapped mallows) come in two festive flavors, while mallow ghosts make great table toppers (and late-night snacks).

Scary Spice
Pastry wizard Malika Ameen of ByMDesserts just unveiled her latest popcorn collection (by custom order only). Spiced with cayenne and brown sugar, the caramely goodness puts popcorn balls to shame.

Rich’s Brew
Cast a spell over your guests with Rich Chocolates & Candies’s eerily delicious seasonal specialties, like decorated dark or milk Swiss chocolate Day of the Dead skulls and spiced pumpkin pie truffles rolled in crushed gingersnaps.

Creepy Cup
Salted Caramel’s new hot cocoa mix is a monster mash-up of chocolate, caramel, and salt. (Spike it with rum for a tipsy-good time.)

Brain Food
Vosges may be ubiquitous, but there’s no denying its deliciousness. Skulls on a stick pack a punch with Mexican ancho and chipotle chiles, Ceylon cinnamon, and dark chocolate. The new Day of the Dead lolli collection includes Barcelona (hickory-smoked almonds, gray sea salt, deep milk chocolate) and Leche (pink Himalayan sea salt, deep milk chocolate).

Trick or treat.

Photo: Grant Kessler / Courtesy of Katherine Anne Confections

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