Though the story is a cute, warm-fuzzy read, and a funny poke at "kid-math" I believe the Geek Dad missed the overall point.
What's really important about the Halloween candy bartering is that kids STILL know (as I did back when I was trick or treating) that the Peanut Butter cup (I would assume Reese's) is THE "golden goose," "the brass ring," "the platinum piece" of candy trading.
Look a little bit closer at the deals Johnny, Mikey and Frankie were making and you'll see that everyone was betting on that peanut butter cup.
6 pieces of chocolate... 14 pieces of candy corn... 4 gummi worms... those are some high-stakes. And all for the coveted [Reese's] Peanut Butter Cup.
I'll tell ya this: I agree with their pricing.
Tongue firmly planted in cheek he'd say "Yeah let's see what you got tonight. I need to go through it and make sure there's no poison."
What always wound up happening is he'd scan the table and pick up one of the Reese's single Peanut Butter Cups, open it and take a bite.
"Nope. No poison in this one."
Smarties, Tootsie rolls, Dum Dum pops, and more were all traded with reckless abandon. But the Reese's Peanut Butter cups... those were siphoned out and stacked to the side like $1000 dollar poker chips. When it came to trading for those... things got serious. Like Godfather serious.
Their "perceived Halloween value" isn't the only reason Reese's Peanut Butter cups remind me of Halloween most often. Just the wrapper itself is a Halloween treat: brown, black and orange. The colors of Fall. Halloween colors.
Ok, your turn: What was the tent-pole candy in your Halloween candy bartering?
The gold standard?
The opposite of a Charlie Brown "I got a rock?"
Sound off in the comments below.