There’s no holiday that’s quite as centered on candy as Halloween. The top tradition for this spooky fall occasion is trick-or-treating, in which little goblins and ghouls of all ages go from door to door to collect sugary goodies. But depending on what state you and your kids live in, the candies that end up in your pillowcases, plastic pumpkins and pretty princess purses may vary wildly.
We checked in with online candy seller CandyStore.com to find out what Halloween candies are the most sold in every state and Washington, D.C. The online candy seller combed 12 years of its internal sales data to see how many pounds of different Halloween candy are bought in every state during the Halloween holiday season. While the most popular candies in America are some expected favorites (like Skittles, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups and M&M’s), the favorite treat in each individual state is actually pretty surprising.
For instance, candy corn is one of the most divisive candies in the country, but people in states like Iowa, Nevada and Idaho sure do love it. Meanwhile, folks in Louisiana are busy sucking on Lemonheads and Illinoisans are breaking off pieces of KitKat bars. Keep on reading to find out the most popular Halloween candy in your state.
There’s nothing small about how much the people of Alabama love Hershey’s Miniatures. Close to 50,000 pounds of the candy is sold in the state to pass out to trick-or-treaters.
It’s all in the mix for Alaskans. This cookie, caramel and chocolate confection is the top-selling Halloween candy in the Last Frontier. Almost 5,000 pounds of this candy are sold to Alaskans for trick-or-treat season each year. A close second? Blow Pops, of which nearly 4,300 pounds are sold.
As if parts of Arizona aren’t already hot enough, the most popular Halloween candy in the state is Hot Tamales with just over 750,000 pounds sold. The cinnamon-flavored candy barely beat out second place Snickers, which comes in at about 742,000 pounds.
Skittles are the most popular Halloween candy in the United States, so it only makes sense it’s the biggest candy in the most populous state. Over 1.5 million pounds of Skittles are sold in California alone on average each year.
What do Colorado and Alaska have in common? Beautiful state parks for one, and also a favorite Halloween candy. Twix are also huge in the Centennial State, with 124,000 pounds sold.
Nearly 22,000 pounds of Skittles are sold in Delaware, America’s first state. Folks in the Diamond State love these colorful little candies.
Not that it’s copying Delaware, but Florida also loves Skittles. So much so that the state’s almost 564,000 pounds sold eclipses many other states’ top sellers.
Georgians don’t just love peaches, they love fruit-flavored candies as well. Jolly Ranchers are their favorite candy; nearly 143,000 pounds of them are sold in the state every year. The second most popular candy is also a fruit-flavored treat: Swedish Fish.
Hawaiians can both see rainbows and taste the rainbow thanks to their top Halloween candy, Skittles. Over 276,000 pounds of these chewy fruit candies are sold in the Aloha State every Halloween.
Idaho may be known for its potatoes, but some could see giving spuds to trick-or-treaters as strange. Enter candy corn. People in the state buy nearly 90,000 pounds of it for little goblins and ghouls to enjoy on Halloween.
Whether they live in the Windy City or elsewhere, folks in Illinois can agree on one thing: They love KitKit bars. These shareable chocolate-covered wafers are the top-selling candy in the state, with almost 173,000 pounds sold every year.
Indiana likes to keep things spicy. Hot Tamales, chewy little cinnamon-flavored candies, are the favorite Halloween treat in the Hoosier State. How much do Indiana residents love Hot Tamales? A lot. They buy just shy of 100,000 pounds of them every Halloween.
Even the sweetest Iowa sweet corn isn’t as sweet as candy corn, the state’s most popular Halloween candy. Yes, Iowans even love corn in sugar form; they buy about 63,000 pounds of candy corn.
The timeless combination of chocolate and peanut butter in a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup is a well-known crowd pleaser, but people in Kansans really love it. The state collectively buys over 245,000 pounds of this confection each Halloween season.
Swedish Fish flavor is its own thing, and Kentucky loves these mysterious little gummies. Residents buy close to 79,000 pounds of Swedish Fish for Halloween, almost 20,000 pounds more than the second most popular candy, Tootsie Pops.
While many states share favorite Halloween candies, Louisiana is quite unique in its love of Lemonheads. These sugary citrus-flavored hard candies are big on the bayou; over 112,000 pounds are sold.
Folks in Maine like to have fun, and not just by sitting by the seashore and eating lobster rolls. Like all Americans, they like to trick or treat, and when they do, Maine kids should be getting almost 60,000 pounds of sassy Sour Patch Kids in their pillowcases.
Maryland loves its chocolates. Its most-sold candies are Hershey’s Kisses, Milky Way and the top dog: Reese’s. Marylanders buy almost 39,000 pounds of Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups for Halloween.
While Michiganders may disagree over which college football team is the best, the Wolverine State certainly can agree on a candy. Residents buy nearly 115,000 pounds of Starburst every year for trick-or-treat season.
It may get cold in Minnesota, but the more than 190,000 pounds of Skittles residents buy will keep them warm.
When Mississippians are hungry, they grab a Snickers — almost 100,000 pounds on average during the Halloween season.
Internationally, Milky Way candy bars don’t actually contain caramel and more closely resemble 3 Musketeers. But in Missouri and the rest of the U.S., this candy bar is a three-in-one treat. Missouri would probably riot if the caramel was taken out of Milky Ways; they love the candy bar and buy an average of 44,000 pounds of them for Halloween.
Montana is a big state, so it takes a lot of Dubble Bubble to keep little witches and warlocks satisfied as they trick-or-treat from house to house. Just how much gum? Nearly 29,000 pounds of it.
Landlocked Nebraska must dream of the seashore; its top candy is saltwater taffy. Perhaps Nebraskans love Laffy Taffy, that silly little Wonka confection with corny jokes. Either way, this stretchy sweet candy is a favorite, with 96,000 pounds sold per year.
If you’re trick-or-treating in Nevada, you better bet on candy corn. The Silver State buys nearly 312,000 pounds of this striped confection for the fall season.
We have a fact that will really burst your bubble — New Hampshire is a huge fan of Starburst. People in the state buy almost 69,000 pounds of these fruit chews.
Trick-or-treaters get a two-in-one treat with Tootsie Pops, so kids in New Jersey are extra lucky. The Garden State embraces the pops by buying about 140,000 pounds every year.
Did you know candy corn is older than New Mexico’s U.S. statehood? Candy corn was invented in the 1880s, long before New Mexico was a state. But that doesn’t matter, New Mexicans love candy corn and buy almost 78,000 pounds of it per year.
New Yorkers may have a reputation for being a little cold, but their favorite candy is hot. The Empire State buys over 194,000 pounds of Hot Tamales for Halloween.
Reese’s are a classic Halloween candy, and North Carolina knows how to appreciate a classic. North Carolinians love the candy so much they buy nearly 90,000 pounds of it.
North Dakota sure does love candy corn. How many of these little candies do residents buy? Nearly 62,000 pounds per year.
The Buckeye State is home to one of the best regional desserts everyone should try. When Ohioans aren’t mixing up chocolate and peanut butter, they’re buying 166,000 pounds of M&M’s for Halloween.
Is there any treat more iconic to childhood than a barrel of bright pink bubblegum? There certainly isn’t in Oklahoma, where Dubble Bubble gum is the top treat. Oklahomans buy 18,700 pounds of the stuff for Halloween.
White chocolate, dark chocolate or milk chocolate — it doesn’t matter which you prefer, Reese’s makes its iconic cups in all three flavors. The fine folks in Oregon know this as Reese’s Cups are their No. 1 candy, with 90,000-plus pounds sold per year.
People in Pennsylvania love their Hershey’s Miniatures, with about 280,000 pounds sold for Halloween.
Rhode Island may be America’s smallest state, but its population can agree on one thing: Twix. Yes, this candy is huge in the Ocean State with nearly 18,000 pounds purchased per year.
Sour Skittles, Wild Berry Skittles, Tropical Skittles and the original red bag are all good in South Carolina. These fruity candies are the top seller with 123,000 pounds sold per year.
Starburst is the second-favorite candy in plenty of states, but it’s only the top seller in a few, including South Dakota. The lower Dakota loves this chewy treat and buys 25,000 pounds of it on average.
Over 54,000 pounds of Tootsie Pops are sold in Tennessee for Halloween, easily making it the Volunteer State’s top seller.
Everything is bigger in Texas, including the appetite for Halloween candy. Just how much of its No. 1 candy do Texans buy? More than 1 million pounds of Reese’s.
Did you know Jolly Ranchers’ initial flavors included “Fire Stix” upon their launch in 1949? It’s true. And while we’re not used to that cinnamon flavor among watermelon, grape and blue raspberry today, maybe Utah can. Jolly Ranchers are the choice Halloween candy, with 412,000 pounds sold.
Vermont really knows how to enjoy a classic. People in the Green Mountain state buy nearly 34,000 pounds of M&M’s each year for Halloween.
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You may think that Hot Tamales, a fiery hot cinnamon candy, would be a divisive treat up there with candy corn, but not in Virginia. Halloween fans love these little oblong candies and buy over 160,000 pounds a year for devilish trick-or-treaters.
Washington State is known for its beautiful coastline, so it makes sense that residents would love saltwater taffy. Yes, this chewy, stretchable and addictive treat is sold en masse in Washington; residents buy over 225,000 pounds a year on average.
Washington, D.C., may be politically divided, but if Democrats and Republicans can agree on one thing it’s that Tootsie Pops are pretty good. With nearly 26,000 pounds of these chocolate candies sold there every Halloween, it’s the capital’s favorite by a landslide.
Is Wisconsin ready to trade cheeseheads for Starburst heads? The candy is the top seller in the state with 110,000 pounds sold.
West Virginians know how to get the most bang for their buck, which is why the bubble gum lollipop known as the Blow Pop is the top candy. The Mountain State loves Blow Pops so much that residents buy 43,000 pounds of them.
The state may not be near large bodies of saltwater, but that doesn’t stop Wyoming from scooping up all of the saltwater taffy it can find. Residents buy upwards of 25,000 pounds of the candy every Halloween. While each state has a favorite, most of the time trick-or-treaters will love whatever you drop in their buckets — as long as it’s not these things you should never hand out.
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