Last Updated: Apr 25, 2023 @ 11:05 am.

What is the best variety pack of candy? If you need candy for gift bags or just a treat, what are the best choices? In a brave move, we tried candy variety packs from a dozen brands. Which was the best for sour candy? Chocolate? Here are the winners.

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Buying the Best Variety Pack of Candy: Our Tests & Results

Yes, somedays our job here is tougher than others. Sure, we’ve tried a variety of foods for this series of articles, from spicy ramen to dragon fruit (the latter might even be considered slightly healthy).

So as we dived into this topic, rest assured we took this task seriously. After all, we know our parent readers take their candy seriously. 

As always, we asked our readers for their favorites . . . and we quickly realized candy enthusiasts fall into several camps. There are the fruit candy aficionados. Then there is the sour candy brigade. And we can’t leave out the chocolate candy lovers. There is significantly large number of folks in that last group.

So we surveyed a variety of candy genres, looking for the best variety packs—and the best bang for the buck.

Here are the winners: best variety pack of candy

Best Full-Size Candy Bars

Decent value
Forget fun-size bars—this box hits a home run with real-size bars. We like the Snickers best, but the Milky Way was a close second.

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Best Chocolate Candy

Individually wrapped
Love all the classic flavors here with Twix being the highlight. Yes, they are fun-size bars but good variety.

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Best Fruit Candy

Great for pinatas
The stars of this package are the Starburst and Skittles, but our testers liked just about all the flavors here.

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Best Sour Candy

Makes a nice gift
Great for parties, this bag has a good variety of candy, with the Sour Patch Kids as our favorite.

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About the Authors

Denise & Alan Fields are consumer advocates and best-selling authors. The Fields have authored 12 books with three million copies in print, including the best-selling guide to baby gear, Baby Bargains.

The Fields have been featured and quoted in the New York TimesWall Street Journal and Los Angeles Times.

As consumer products experts, the Fields have been guests on the NBC Today Show, Good Morning America and ABC’s 20/20.

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How We Pick Products To Recommend

We often turn to our readers (3 million strong!) to find products to recommend. We ask our parent readers for their favorites and consider their real-world experiences in our recommendations.

When we test a product, we always purchase it with our own monies. We do not take free samples, as we believe that compromises our independence.

We also fact check manufacturer information with our own measurements. If a maker claims a product weighs X pounds, we will weigh it to make sure. If the battery life is supposed to be six hours, we will see how it stands up in the real world.

In some cases, we will do interviews with experts in the field to get additional feedback on products.

To get hands-on time with products, we regularly meet one-on-one with gear companies and even tour manufacturing facilities. (When we do this, we pay our own travel expenses).

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Why Trust Us

We’ve been rating and reviewing products for the home and families since 1994. We do extensive research, evaluating products with an eye toward quality, ease of use and affordability.

We make our living from affiliate commissions, but we always recommend what we think are the best bets for our readers (not the ones that are the most expensive). We are always looking for products that offer the best bang for the buck.

Our independence is a key reason why we have been doing this so long. As we mentioned above, when we purchase a product for hands-on testing, we do so with our own money.

Here’s another key point: we don’t take money from the brands we review. No free samples, no sponsors, no “partnerships.” Our work is 100% reader-supported!

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