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Variety Packs of Candy Don’t Have Much Variety

My wife bought a gigantic 160-piece package of Halloween candy for us to give away.  She thought it would be a better deal to spend $13 on that than to buy two smaller package for $8. While there was five different kinds of candy in the variety pack, there was not much ‘variety.’

This big bag of candy contained Hershey’s chocolate bars, Reece’s peanut butter pumpkins, Reece’s Pieces, Hershey’s Cookies and Creme bars, and Whoppers. Looking through the window of the bag it looked like there was a lot of Whoppers and Hershey’s Cookies and Creme and not much of the rest. I couldn’t help myself, I had to count the bag.

First I wondered if there would even be 160 pieces in the bag. There was! One of the Whoppers was sealed with only one Whopper in it, but whatever, they’re Whoppers.

Then I counted the individual kinds of candy.  Here’s the breakdown of what was inside:

Reece’s Pieces – 11 (7%)
Reece’s PB pumpkins – 15 (9%)
Hershey’s Chocolate Bars – 22 (15%)
Hershey’s Cookies and Creme – 33  (21%)
Whoppers – 77 (48%)

So almost half of the bag is Whoppers. $6.50 worth of Whoppers. Would anyone other than hardcore Whoppers fans buy $6.50 worth of Whoppers? Probably not. So they pawned them off on my unsuspecting wife in a ‘variety pack’ that has no variety.

110 of the 160 pieces are things that the average kid banging on my door doesn’t want. So that’s what I’ll give them and keep the good stuff for myself.

When you go to buy your Halloween candy, just buy what you actually want to give away. You’ll be happier when you’re eating the leftovers.


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