MINTIES. Not too hard and not too soft, perfectly chewy, not too sweet and they never leave a sour or gross aftertaste in your mouth.
Unless of course you're eating a bar of soap instead.
This was the reality for a Coast family.
It was the day after Halloween with kids beginning to rejoice in their spoils, the one time of year they can consume their bodyweight in sugar.
But what should have been a minty fresh treat for a five-year-old child, was a mean trick - as the child bit into a cubed piece of soap.
Mum Michelle Jackson took to social media to express her outrage at the 'joke'.
She warned other parents who had children trick-or-treating in Buddina to check their wrapped lollies.
"Some genius thought it funny to hand out soap to my five-year-old and my boyfriend's daughter," she said.
"To the person who did it - you might think it was funny but little kids actually ate this - seriously, I know the exact house.
"You need to rethink your jokes."
It sparked a varying response from the Coast community - some were just as outraged, others said it wasn't a big deal.
However, several residents agreed that parents who let their children go trick-or-treating were taking the risk.
Zoe West said it baffled her how people could be so trusting.
"It's terrifying how many parents are fine with it (trick-or-treating) and think nothing of (their) young children missing for hours in dark streets, doorknocking," she said.
"Any crazy could snatch them."
Several residents said it was part of the "trick" tradition at Halloween, but resident Stephanie Birch couldn't agree.
"So, because it's Halloween it makes it okay to put children's lives and health at risk?" she said.
"You can find countless cases of kids in emergency from eating and swallowing not only dangerous things but things that wouldn't taste pleasant.
"They're kids. They don't have common sense like the adults do.
"The fact that a grown man/woman thinks it's funny to give kids soap in place of a lolly is pathetic and far from funny."
Jodie Burke said there was a lesson to be learnt for everyone.
"Well you are taking treats from strangers...what do you expect?" she said.
"Not everyone is trustworthy. We teach our kids not to take lollies from strangers then send them to stranger's doors..."
The Sunshine Coast Daily has contacted Ms Jackson for comment.
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