Half of American women aged 18 years and older are poised to present candy to the men in their lives on Valentine’s Day. What do their men want? Bacon infused chocolate truffles? Japanese citrus fruit? Freeze dried raspberries in white ganache?
Hardly. No, real men want Gummies, either the worms or the bears but preferably the sour ones. They want Jolly Ranchers and Skittles. They want Airheads and Life Savers. They want Jujubes and Snickers. This is according to an unscientific search of Internet men’s forums. Runners up are Milk Duds, chocolate-covered pretzels and M&Ms but only the kind with peanuts.
But it is the hard, sour, chewy, fruity “let’s all go to the lobby” movie treat of their childhood that tops the list. So, ladies, if you are among the one out of two women who are planning to make candy a V Day gift, I say give ‘em what they want tied up in a big bold red bow. Save the good stuff for us, or rather, let the man in your life know that you crave dark chocolate or chocolate with nuts and fruit. Because half of the men 18 years and older in this country also plan to make candy one of their Valentine’s gifts. Isn’t that sweet?
Amazon is a treasure trove of man candy if you cannot find it at your grocery store or drug store.
Haribo Gummi Candy Gold Bears at $14.59 for a 5-Pound bag is the Amazon Number 1 best seller in gummy candies.
The Number 1 best seller in hard candy is the Jolly Rancher Hard Candy Assortment at $11.16 for a 5-Pound bag.
Skittles Original Fruit Candy is $12.78 for a 54-ounce bag
Price for a 48-count package of the Snickers Chocolate Candy Bar is $27.54.
M&Ms Peanut Chocolate Candy costs $8.18 for a 42-ounce bag.
If he loves chocolate and single malts, sugarfina offers Single Malt Scotch Cordials with a small dose of real Scotch. The price is $20.
Snappers Pretzels are drizzled with milk chocolate and caramel and available for $12 for 24 ounces at Edward Marc Chocolatier.
Justin’s Milk Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups are a sophisticated rendition of the Reese’s kind. Gluten-free and organic, they are available for $23.88 for 12 packs of 2. The Fresh Market also stocks them.
And here’s one for the girls:
When only a heart-shaped box of chocolates will do, give her the Queen of England’s favorite. You can find the Prestat Heart Assortment of truffles for $24.95 here.
Thanks to Buzzfeed for collecting 21 of the best chocolates to give your valentine. For a look at their suggestions, you can find the list here.