Swapping Halloween candy is hands-down the best part of the night. So, how do popular candies stack up to each other on the trading floor? Allrecipes conducted our own highly unscientific research to find out.

The Definitive Halloween Candy Exchange Rate Guide
Infographic by Tyrel Stendahl | Allrecipes

What emerged is a points system that you might find useful come fright night. Each candy in a group is assigned a certain number of points. (Click on an image to see what's in the group.) Combining several lesser candies together earns you enough points to trade for a candy with a higher point value. That is, of course, if you can get everyone else in your candy exchange to agree. Good luck with that.

When the trick-or-treating's over, the trading frenzy starts. Here's how to (sort of) guarantee a fair and equal exchange.


Participants from a range of age and household demographics sorted a variety of candies into groups and assigned point values to determine, say, how many of this equals that. Unbiased? Maybe. Divisive? You bet. (People have such a love/hate thing for Almond Joys.) And while everyone measures a candy's relative worth by personal taste, there are some constants that seem to drive the Halloween candy exchange. For example, chocolate is always, always worth more than bubble gum.

Bag of Halloween Candy
Photo by Meredith
  • Disclaimers
  • 1) We couldn't include each one of the bazillion varieties of candy out there. If yours isn't listed here, you can always customize your own exchange rate.
  • 2) You may completely disagree with everything on our exchange rate. See disclaimer #1.
  • 3) We did try to include an apple, but the crowd wasn't having any of it. Besides, if someone gives a trick-or-treater an apple, it's an open invitation to have your houseTP'd.
  • 4) We are NOT endorsing TP-ing. Because that would be wrong.