Halloween is drawing near, and you know what that means: treats, parties, goofy costumes, spooky decorations and Jack-o-lanterns. What’s not to love? If you’re hosting a party, going to one, or just looking to kick your Halloween game up a notch, here are 10 luxurious Halloween treats that would be perfect ways to indulge this year – whether it’s for a host or hostess gift, a party favor or just an indulgent sweet for yourself. ‘Cause that’s totally allowed.
Here are our top 10 picks for the best gourmet Halloween treats of 2018:
1. L.A. Burdick chocolates. The whimsical white chocolate ghosts from this New England-based chocolatier are a classic refined Halloween sweet — this year is the 18th birthday of the adorable little treats, which are filled with pumpkin spice cider dark chocolate ganache. You can buy them as individual party favors for $3.75 each, or spring for a box of five for $18. And there are many other options available by mail, as well: Halloween chocolate mice, chocolate bats, chocolate-covered marzipan pumpkins, and limited-edition bonbon flavors including mulled wine gingerbread , pecan bourbon, honey walnut, and licorice caramel. The Halloween “crate” is $68 and the “coffin” is $32. Halloween shipping began October 8, and will continue until the big day.
2. Jacques Torres. This French master chocolatier pulls out all the stops for every holiday, and Halloween is no exception. You’ll find handmade artisanal chocolate with a topping of dark humor: the “Midnight Soul” bar is 80% cocoa content ($6.50), and there are also chocolate “Jacques-o-lanterns,” ($29.99); white and milk chocolate Halloween lollipops; ghost and pumpkin marshmallow “peeps;” ($3.99) dark chocolate black cats ($34.99); and Wicked Hot Chocolate ($20.00).
3. La Maison du Chocolat. This French company specializes in chocolate truffles, but also offers other sweets. Their Halloween gift box of assorted dark and milk chocolates, watched over by a chocolate owl, is $65. This year there’s a new gift box with dark squash praline bouchees ($26.00, and available only in-store or by messenger delivery). If you want to keep the color palette of black and orange going, opt for the “Orangettes Box,” which contains 90 pieces of of candied orange peels covered in dark chocolate ($90.00).
4. Hotel Chocolat, the British chocolatier, has whimsical options for kids and adults for Halloween. The H-Box of Halloween Bites for £12 includes pumpkin salted caramels and “The Grim Treater,” a skull fashioned from 40% milk chocolate. Once the little ones are asleep, you can keep the party going with the boozy “Choose Your Poison” assortment of chocolates spiked with vodka, gin, triple sec, vermouth, absinthe and white rum: the Black Cat Martini, the Corpse Reviver, the Green Fairy and the Zombie, for £10 for 16 pieces. Or go all out with The Little Monster Halloween Hamper for £27. Just don’t plan to work the next day.
5. Sugarfina. Not in the mood for chocolate? If you’re more of gummy candy type, this is your luxury candy nirvana. For Halloween, the confectioner is offering a “Spooky Sweets” 3-piece “coffin candy bento box” that you can fill with any three of your favorite seasonal flavors for $28. Options include red Zombie Brains, pink Sugar Skulls, and orange Pumpkin Patch gummies; pumpkin pie and Fuji apple caramels; and other seasonal items like apple pie gummies and s’mores. Or you can go with the Pumpkin Surprise Box, $12, which contains mysteries that you’ll have to wait until the big day to explore.
6. Georgetown Cupcakes. If you’re not a candy type at all, you can still join in the sweet fun. The teenagers in our lives rave about DC-based Georgetown cupcakes, which can be ordered and shipped overnight anywhere in the US. For Halloween , you can order the Trick or Treat Dozen, which has 12 cupcakes with Halloween-inspired flavors and decorations, including a vanilla bat, a pumpkin spice haunted house, a chocolate ghost, a pumpkin cheesecake-flavored black cat, a salted caramel jack-o-lantern, and a peanut butter fudge witch. If your tastes run more to the macabre, the Haunted Dozen is a cupcake assortment in black and white; the Happy Halloween Dozen is as cheerful as it sounds; you could creep your visitors out with Spiders and Webs or Bats and Ghosts. So many choices, so little time. We find it kind of terrifying how much we want one of each of these.
7. The Sprinkles Halloween BOO Box. The Halloween assortment of 12 cupcakes from this Beverly Hills cupcake bakery (founder of the cupcake ATM) features four of the best-selling flavors: Vanilla Milk Chocolate; Red Velvet; Black and White; and Pumpkin cupcakes, adorned with cheerful sugar decorations. Why choose between East Coast and West Coast cupcakes? We say get both!
8. One Girl Cookies Whoopie Pies. A whoopie pie is a cross between a cupcake and a cookie; these are made fresh in Brooklyn with pumpkin cake filled with cream cheese frosting. A box of 12 is $37, and they can be shipped anywhere in the continental US.
9. Dylan’s Candy Bar Halloween Cake Pops. Not surprisingly, Halloween is a very big deal at Dylan’s, and there are sweets to satisfy just about everyone. We love these adorable cake pops – party-perfect treats dipped in Belgian chocolate, drizzled with dark chocolate and coated with chocolate chips, nuts and mini candies. A box of 10 is $40. There are lots of other elegant choices, too: Belgian-chocolate-dipped Twinkies, Rice Krispy treats, and handmade marshmallows, all decorated with ghoulish grins.
10. We Take the Cake’s Haunted House Cake, available from Williams-Sonoma. This statement dessert will . . . well, take the cake at this year’s Halloween party. It features chocolate cake filled with chocolate cream cheese frosting, covered in a layer of vanilla buttercream frosting, with a haunted house in black fondant (with just a touch of orange to create an eerie glow) -$69. They had us at chocolate. If that’s too scary for your crew, there’s also a sweet Candy Corn Cake; an adorable Spider Web cake; and a dramatic Gothic Black Rose Red Velvet Cake. More, please!
There you have it: 10 luxurious treats to help you celebrate Halloween like a boss, all available now. We’re calling dibs on whatever’s left in the morning. Happy haunting.