Celebrate Halloween at Home with These Locally Made Treats

Sea glass jelly? Boba pearls? Chocolate baby heads? Weird flex, but OK.

By Katherine Chew Hamilton October 2, 2020 Published in the October 2020 issue of Portland Monthly

Image: Mike Novak

Trick-or-treating is off the table. Alas, no pillowcases stuffed with the usual suspects like Snickers bars, Reese’s pumpkins, Skittles, and the dreaded Tootsie Rolls gathered from your neighbors’ hands. But look on the bright side: these adult- and kid-approved Portland-made treats can satisfy that Halloween sweet tooth, and get delivered right to your doorstep. This year, focus on quality over quantity. If you can’t go trick-or-treating, why not hide them around the house like Easter eggs? As one day blends into the next, the holidays might as well, too.

Seven Chocolate Set

Milky Way’s celestial name might remind you of your place in the universe, but to get fully aligned with your center try Chakralot’s Seven Chocolate Set. This box of botanical chocolates comes with an accompanying audio meditation that guides you through the seven chakras, each paired with a different chocolate. The Curry Up aims to aid with digestion, while the Zen Mint is for clearing the mind. Turns out it’s easier to be mindful when there’s chocolate involved. $20,

Salty Black Licorice

While the Good & Plenty crowd (grandparents, historically) is sure to love it already, the chewy, creamy combo of Jacobsen Salt Co’s salty black licorice might even win over non-licorice fans. It mixes anise and sea salt harvested from Netarts Bay together with sugar, molasses, and butter toasted to a golden brown. $12,

Caramel Corn Clusters

Homemade popcorn balls from a stranger are a nonstarter. Enter the caramel corn clusters made with air-popped yellow popcorn covered in handcrafted caramel from How Sweet It Is, a Good Food Awards–winning confectionery run by local husband-and-wife team Brian and Pilar Vocker. All of the nostalgia, more of the flavor, none of the stranger
danger. $8,

Popping Boba Pearls

Why taste the rainbow with Skittles when you could make a colorful cup of bursting boba tea instead? Mamancy Tea’s founder, Anne Johnson, grew up in Kenya, where drinking tea was a shared act among family and friends. Try an assemble-your-own boba night among family or your quarantine pod, mixing boba flavors like lychee, passion fruit, green apple, coffee, and chocolate. Of course, Mamancy also offers the tea for the base of your drink, including strawberry, lychee, and mango matcha varieties. $15 for pearls,

Halva Balls

Chocolate and peanut butter may be a classic combo, but chocolate and sesame make for a next-level pairing. Margaux Muller is a pastry chef by training, but she’s also a longtime advocate for the power of healthy eating. Enter Margalaxy Snacks, her line of vegan, gluten-free, and non-GMO raw desserts and snacks free of refined sugars. These chocolate superfood tahini truffles are the newest addition to the Margalaxy lineup, made with cacao powder, dates, maple syrup, sea salt, and raw tahini all rolled in a sesame seed coating.
4 for $10,

Woodblock Chocolate’s seasonal dark chocolate baby heads.

Image: Mike Novak

Sea Glass Jelly Candy

Instead of grabbing the pink Starbursts and tossing the rest, try this vegan, gluten-free, fruit-flavored sea glass candy from Yume Confections. It’s almost too pretty to eat. Each glassy, rocky color, handcrafted in small batches by local wagashi artist Gena Renaud, corresponds to a mouthwatering, soft, and jelly-like flavor—pink grapefruit, green honeydew, purple plum. These Japanese sweets are meant to be paired with tea. $14,

Mystic Baby Heads 

There’s really no mass-marketed counterpart for these adorably creepy baby heads sure to haunt your dreams for weeks to come. Even those of us who can’t handle scary movies can probably stomach a haunted chocolate baby head or two. Made with solid 70 percent cacao dark chocolate, these bittersweet babies, available only in October, are celebrating their 10th anniversary this year as a Woodblock Chocolate favorite. $8 per head at

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