Friday, October 29, 2010

Wine and candy: pretty sweet

Posted By on Fri, Oct 29, 2010 at 10:16 AM

click to enlarge The skull on the left has clearly had too much.
  • The skull on the left has clearly had too much.

Halloween is over. The kids didn't come in the numbers you expected. And now you've got a ton of leftover candy.

So if you're a wine lover, what are you to do? You could avoid the problem altogether and hand out those wax-coated mini babybel cheeses. Better yet, you could realize that leftover candy isn't a bad problem to have, uncork a few bottles and have yourself a tasting. Slashfood and Holidash both have some suggestions for pairing wine and candy.



For example, if you're got surplus Kit Kats -- one of the five candies trick-or-treaters hope most to see in their bag -- here's what SlashFood recommends:

The flavors inside a Kit Kat are actually quite complex. There's chocolate, of course, but also some toastiness, nuttiness and a crisp finish. A glass of sparkling wine -- whether you splurge on French Champagne or save a few bucks by opting for Spanish Cava or Sonoma sparklers -- adds just as much complexity. Those light, delicate flavors in a bubbly wine are a contrast until you reach an equally crisp finish.

Or if you went the route of something tiny you could give out by the handful, Holidash has this unexpected suggestion from Master Sommelier and Director of Wines at Kimpton Hotels and Restaurants Emily Wines:
Tootsie Rolls are delicious with Tawny Port. Wines suggests a 20-year-old port, which will taste like nuts and orange peel.

Both sites also have recommendations for candy corn, although surprisingly neither one says Boone's Farm. You're on your own, however, if you've got a bowl of candy-covered scorpions to get rid of.

[Image via grapeinabottle.com]

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