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Wine and Candy Pairings Adults Will Love

In anticipation of All Hallows’ Eve, revelers secure bags of chocolates and sweets. Other tasks include affixing spooky décor to home exteriors, organizing neighborhood escorts for trick-or-treaters, and picking out pop-culture outfits for Saturday night parties. But aside from mindless munching while waiting by the door and sharing leftovers at the office, Halloween candy generally has limited appeal.

This holiday, why not flip that mindset with wine-friendly treats? Here are three pairings from Chile’s Casillero del Diablo and Sugarfina sure to get you through a night of ghouls and goblins. Which nowadays, feels like 365-days-a-year.

Casillero del Diablo Cabernet Sauvignon

Cabernet Sauvignon’s notorious tannins make it a difficult wine to match with sugar. However, Casillero del Diablo’s softer, fruit-forward version marries well with flavors of coffee and toffee. Capturing that delicious duo in bon-bon-style bites are Sugarfina Dark Chocolate Coffee Toffee candies from California. The treat’s coffee flavor accentuates the subtle cacao and arabica notes in the wine while buttery, caramelized sugar rounds out the Cabernet’s earthier notes.

Casillero del Diablo Pinot Noir

Soft and silky, brimming with red fruit flavors, Casillero del Diablo’s Pinot Noir practically begs for strawberries and chocolate. Sugarfina Aphrodite Strawberries feature a unique combo that fits the bill: candied Greek strawberries, dipped in milk chocolate, clad in a brittle, pretty-in-pink speckled sugar shell. Named for the Greek Goddess Aphrodite, the candy’s bright fruit notes match those of the wine, while the milk chocolate compliments the Pinot’s vanilla and oak flavors.

Casillero del Diablo Rosé

Playing on the recent wine-related coinage “but first, rosé” these But First Rosé Roses are gummies from Germany infused with pink wine, molded into the shape of a rose bloom. The candies prove a delicious match with Casillero del Diablo Rosé. The juicy Sugarfina gummy brings a touch of bright, acidic contrast to the subtle oak notes and berry-fruit flavors of the wine. With this combo, you don’t need an excuse like Halloween to enjoy them all year long.