Halloween candy is even sweeter when you're paying yourself for each treat you eat.
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However, investing in candy around Halloween can be a bit tricky. Mars Incorporated is responsible for Snickers, Skittles, Twix, Three Musketeers, Dove chocolates, Milky Way and Starburst. It is also one of the largest privately held companies in the world and isn't looking for investor feedback. Just Born, the makers of Mike and Ike, Hot Tamales, Peeps and Goldberg's Peanut Chews is also privately held. If you're looking to make a dime off the folks who both love and loathe candy corn, you're out of luck unless you're an executive with privately held Ferrara, which now owns the rights to Brach's candy corn, Lemondheads, Now and Laters, Chuckles, Jujyfruit and Trolli candies.
As it turns out, publicly traded candy is actually something of a rare breed in its corner of the industry. If you have a sweet tooth and want to become a shareholder in a company that feeds your fixation, you only have a handful of options to choose from. Around this time of year, in particular, that seems patently unfair.
If you're resisting the urge to disconnect the doorbell, dim the lights and play dead this Halloween, chances are you'll be investing in candy of some sort. (Unless you're that weird pennies and raisins house. Don't be that house.) Since you're splurging on sugar anyway, it may be worth investing a little extra in the candy companies selling you the stuff.
After all, Halloween is big business:
With that sweet incentive in mind, we took around the market and found a handful of candy stocks worth considering:
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