Who says Halloween is just for kids?

October 1, 2014
Hilary Berg , Oregon Wine Press

Ever played the word association game? I am going to play the game right now. A little awkward, I know. Oh, well. The word is: Halloween.

Costumes! Candy! Witches! Pumpkins! Ghosts! Scary! Candy! Kids! Trick or treat! Full moon! Candy! Bats! Haunted house! Candy!!

Whoa, it’s clear I have sweets on the brain — as always. I admit it, as an adult, I am still bewitched by the bags of candy corn, Mellowcreme pumpkins and all things chocolate relentlessly taunting me from the orange- and black-covered grocery store shelves.

Now that I don’t have to go door to door for my candy fix — I just go buy it myself — I am even more spellbound by all kinds of candy, especially when it is made locally and by hand.

The following items can be devoured any day of the year, but now is the time to sample these sweets, perhaps, starting a new tradition of treating yourself — no tricking — to Oregon-made (or sourced) goodies during this season of spooks. Add wine, and you’ll have yourself a party — missed that word — fit for friends who also appreciate the spirit of Halloween.

Mother Peach Hazelnut Caramels

What do you get when you take smooth, buttery caramel and add roasted hazelnuts grown in the Northwest? Sweet indulgence. With more than 25 years of professional food experience, Mother Peach owner Cheri Swoboda has been making caramels since the age of 10. Her Portland company also crafts Hazelnut Salted Chocolate Caramel Corn and other goodies. $12 (5 oz.)