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Under-The-Radar Palmer Chocolates Break Up Halloween Monotony

Halloween is a time of glorious gorging, but just because you can eat 55 Almond Joys in a row doesn't mean you can't inject a little variety into your onslaught. To be sure the major name brands are indeed the ones you love most, why not try the lesser knowns and see how they compare?

This Halloween, try R.M. Palmer.

They've got witches. They've got monsters. They've got foil-wrapped chocolate eyeballs dubbed "Creepy Peepers." These chocolates are undeniably different from your Hersheys or your Snickers—with a pretty prominent seam running around the circumference of the chocolate balls—but it's a little mellower, not too rich, and at the very least proves that mass-produced chocolate has some range. (Besides, none of you ever seem to complain about the cardboard flavor of your Advent calendar chocolates.) And as previously mentioned, Palmer chocolate is bright and colorful, so instead of settling for an orange-and-yellow Reese's wrapper, you can eat a peanut butter cup pumpkin whose chocolate is the actual orange and yellow of a jack-o'-lantern.

If this all sounds defensive, that's because you have to fight for your right to enjoy R.M. Palmer. Its availability jumps around from store to store each season, landing this Halloween in Family Dollar locations nationwide, Meijer in the Midwest, and Sherm's in Oregon. Luckily, you can also head to Amazon for a two-pound bag of chocolate Trick Or Treat Mix, which comes with four varieties: double-crisp witches, fudge-filled skeletons, Cookies & Creme zombies, and peanut butter cup pumpkins.

Our ranking:

4. Double-Crisp

3. Cookies & Creme

2. Fudge-Filled

1. Peanut Butter Cup

See which one you think is the best. Or, if you miss out, just wait until the same varieties are pressed into heart shapes for Valentine's Day.