somehow i've never considered chocolates as candies; in my head they are 2 separate categories.
as far as chocolate goes, first choice is a fine dark chocolate in the 80% to 90% range. second choice would be a good dark truffle. and by the way, speaking of lemon and chocolate, julienes of candied lemon or orange peel dipped in dark chocolate are pretty good.
i'm not really into hard candies, nougats, caramels, or even fudge.
licorice i do like. it's pretty hard for me to get here. i've attempted several homemade versions which have been good tastewise, but off the mark texturewise. if anyone knows how to make a good licorice, please let me know.
one time i brought back about a dozen packs of neco wafers to tile the roof of a gingerbread house but by the time christmas rolled around, all but a roll or two had mysteriously dissappeared.