The great supermarket Halloween taste off

Halloween has been a steadily growing phenomenon in the UK over the last few years, with many brands and retailers jumping at the opportunity for commercial success by hyping up the celebrations more and more every year. 

When we were little, witches capes were homemade with bin bags (please don't tell us it was just ours?) and Halloween treats were miniature Mars bars or Haribo. 2016, however, sees aisles of Halloween displays and even our supermarket bakeries bringing out their own spooky treats.

So it's on that note, that we at Brighton Girl saw a completely necessary opportunity to taste test the ghoulish goodies that our supermarkets are offering this Halloween. We ransacked M&S, Waitrose, Sainsbury's, Tesco, Asda and Co-op, rating each out of 5 for spookiness, taste and price.

Marks & Spencer

Being M&S, nearly everything is notorious for being bloody delicious, so we looked forward to this task. However, our hopes were dashed as there were no fresh Halloween bakes, instead finding a section consisting of mostly confectionery. There is a 3 for 2 offer on across the range, so we grabbed some witches fingers biscuits, sweet and sour ghost sweets, and ghostly crispy bites.

The witches fingers looked nothing like fingers or nails in any way, and there was nothing special about the taste; not to mention that at £1.50 for 5, they aren't of great value. Luckily, the sweet and sour gummy ghosts were ridiculously moreish and we loved the fruity flavours, whilst the ghost decorated caramel crispy bites were addictive - so much so that we had to ration these across a few days. At £3.60, these are also a pretty big spend just to give to trick or treaters (or you know, scoffing them yourself while pretending you're not home).

Witches Fingers biscuits, Ghostly Minibites and Gruesome Gargoyles

Witches Fingers biscuits, Ghostly Minibites and Gruesome Gargoyles

Price - 2/5

Taste - 4/5

Spookiness - 2/5

Waitrose

Arriving at Waitrose, you'd be forgiven for thinking Halloween had passed and Christmas was around the corner, as their seasonal aisle is full of Christmas Santa's with not a ghoul in sight.

After a good search, we managed to hunt down a spider cookie in their bakery aisle; this was one of only two Halloween offerings available, with the other being a skeleton cookie of the same flavour. The gingerbread biscuit wasn't baked very well and, when biting into it, felt stale and had no snap like you'd expect with a gingerbread biscuit. For £2 it's relatively expensive too!

Spider gingerbread cookie

Spider gingerbread cookie

Price - 2/5

Taste - 2/5

Spookiness - 1/5

Sainsbury's

With no obvious signs of Halloween happening anywhere in store, we made our way to the bakery and nearly gave up hope before discovering a box of Halloween cupcakes. Dark and rich looking, with chocolate pumpkins decorating the top, these cupcakes delivered in taste and were moist and indulgent. At £2 for 4 though, you'd have a very costly party on your hands.

Ghoulish cupcakes

Ghoulish cupcakes

Price - 2/5

Taste - 5/5

Spookiness - 3/5

Tesco

Tesco had a much better offering of Halloween treats, so we popped by and picked up a bag of Goulishly Gooey filled cookies and a pumpkin on-a-stick. The pumpkin consisted of a gingerbread cookie (baked well), covered in white chocolate and coated with orange & black sprinkles for the pumpkin face. Unfortunately, the white chocolate coating was too thin and mostly undetectable, and the biscuit broke off the stick before we could even open the packet!

Hoping for a pick-me-up after last week's Bake Off result, we reached for the filled cookies. Alas, we were not comforted. The filling was far too wet and seeped through, causing the entire cookie to become damp and fall apart when taking it out of the bag. The taste was peculiar, and it was only when we went to check the flavour that we realised it's not even listed on the packaging!

The range is priced well at £1 for each item.

Decorated pumpkin cookie on a stick

Decorated pumpkin cookie on a stick

Price - 5/5

Taste - 2/5

Spookiness - 4/5

Co-op

Co-op has a great selection of Halloween treats and we had trouble deciding what to pick, but settled on popping candy eyeballs, witches fingers and a milk chocolate monsters net. They've definitely gone all out with their range as it's spooky and tastes good! The popping candy eyeballs are milk chocolate with a centre of popping candy, filled with strawberry creme to give the look of an eyeball when biting into it. It's also covered in veins on the outside. Gross but great.

The witches fingers are milk chocolate fingers filled with peanut butter and jam flavouring and taste amazing. The milk chocolate monsters net was the least creative as they're basically the same as chocolate coins, but tasted good all the same.

The range is priced very well at just £1 per item.

Popping candy eyeballs, Witches Fingers and chocolate monster net

Popping candy eyeballs, Witches Fingers and chocolate monster net

Price - 5/5

Taste - 4/5

Spookiness - 5/5

Asda

Compared to the amazing Halloween display at the front of the store, I was a little disappointed when I reached the bakery to find little going on. Apart from some huge party cakes (which did look really cool but, lets face it, we're not made of money), the only other spooky bakes Asda had to offer were some 'creepy' mini cupcakes, unimaginatively decorated with green, purple and orange icing, and tasted like any supermarket party cupcake. Nothing spooky about these. £2 for 12.

Decorated pumpkin cookie on a stick

Decorated pumpkin cookie on a stick

Price - 3/5

Taste 3/5

Spookiness 1/5

And the winner is...

The clear winner of the test taste was a surprise, but we hereby crown Co-op the Ruler of the Halloween Supermarket treats, with commendation for originality! But a special mention has to go to Asda for putting the most effort in with their Halloween display!

Have you found your favourite spooky treats this Halloween?

This is a collaborative post written by Jess and Sammy.

You can check out more of Jess's work over on her blog or follow her on twitter @jessandjoshcook.

You can check out more of Sammy's work over on her blog or follow her on Instagram @thirdplacebtn.

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