I was talking to a group of friends recently about the best summit reward. Once we got around all the gimmies we were able to get down to brass tax. This article is not taking the view, or the personal growth, or exercise for granted, but once we get beyond the more abstract rewards we have the opportunity to delve into the concrete. Our conversation quickly (d)evolved into ‘what is the best candy to represent the cherry-on-top of a summit run/climb/hike/bike/walk/etc…’
While there was no consensus pick between us, there was consensus that the most popular pick worldwide would be the classic Snickers Bar. Hindsight suggests that this is probably based more really good advertising than any actual evidence or rationale.
We bickered back a forth a little before we agreed that objective arguments on the best summit candy was a flawed idea, and subjective arguments on the best summit candy was essentially pointless. So we decided to come up with a simple solution based on a points system. For the record, my solution was a field study where we would make several summits, trying a different candy bar upon each summit and then we’d analyze the data to determine which is the best summit candy. This was quickly rejected due to flawed research methods based on confounding variables. I staunchly rejected this rejection, because I just want a reason to climb and eat candy with my friends!
We each pick our top four candies (not necessarily our favorite candy, just the best for a summit reward). We then rank them in descending order from favorite to least favorite, where the top choice receives a value of four points and our last choice holds a value of one point. Finally we add up all the points to determine The SUMMIT Candy Winner!
|Whatchamacallit||Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups||Starburst||Runts|
|Cherry Laffy Taffy||Twix||M&M’s||Jelly Beans|
|Reese’s Pieces||Cookies and Cream Hershey’s||Snickers||Skittles|
- Twix = 8 Points
- Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups = 4 Points
- Runts= 4 Points
- Snickers = 4 Points
- Starburst = 4 Points
- Whatchamacallit = 4 Points
- Gummi Bears = 3 Points
- M&M’s = 3 PointsCherry
- Laffy Taffy = 2 Points
- Jelly Beans = 2 Points
- Reese’s Pieces = 2 Points
- Cookies and Cream Hershey’s = 2 Points
- York Peppermint Patties = 1 Point
- Skittles = 1 Point
- Junior Mints = 1 Point
- Heath bars = 1 Point
- Skittles = 1 Point
- Honey Stinger Chews = 1 Point
- Lidl’s Candy Floss Grapes = 1 Point
- Jelly Babies = 1 Point
We’d love more data…if you comment with your top four summit candies I’ll add them to the list, and amend the results. On our next summit trip, I’ll make sure to pack the overall winner along with my gear, and toast the sunset with that candy!