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The Most Popular Halloween Candy in Every State

The Most Popular Halloween Candy in Every State

The Most Popular Halloween Candy in Every State

The Most Popular Halloween Candy in Every State

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, where 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 teamed up with our friends at CandyStore.com to find out what Halloween candies are the most sold in every state and Washington, D.C. The online candy seller combed 11 years of internal sales data to see how many pounds of different Halloween candy are bought in every locale. 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 Alabama, Iowa and Idaho sure do love it. Meanwhile, folks in Louisiana are busy sucking on Lemonheads and Illinoisans are breaking off pieces of Kit Kat bars. But what treat can you expect this festive season? Keep on reading to find out the most popular Halloween candy in your state.

Alabama: Candy Corn

Alabama: Candy Corn
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Candy corn may be a divisive treat for the Halloween season, but not in Alabama! People in this state love this stuff, or at least they buy a whole heck of a lot of it. Over 62,000 pounds of candy corn is sold here.

Alaska: Twix

Alaska: Twix
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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. A close second? Blow Pops, of which nearly 4,400 pounds are sold.

Arizona: Snickers

Arizona: Snickers
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People in Arizona feel satisfied every Halloween, as they get tons of Snickers in their plastic pumpkins. Nearly one million pounds of this candy is sold here for Halloween. That’s 200,000 more than the second most-bought candy, Hot Tamales.

Arkansas: Jolly Ranchers

Arkansas: Jolly Ranchers
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Did you know the state mascot of Arkansas is a mockingbird? It’s true! And if you didn’t know that, then you probably didn’t know this state’s favorite candy is Jolly Ranchers. It’s the most-sold Halloween candy, with over 240,000 pounds sold.

California: Skittles

California: Skittles
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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 1.6 million pounds of Skittles are sold in California.

Colorado: Twix

Colorado: Twix
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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 5,700 pounds sold.

Connecticut: Almond Joy

 Connecticut: Almond Joy
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The “sometimes you feel like a nut” jingle is an earworm for everyone in the U.S., but in Connecticut, this song is really going to get stuck in your heads. People in this state love Almond Joys and buy nearly 2,600 pounds of them for Halloween.

Delaware: Life Savers

Delaware: Life Savers
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Nearly 21,000 pounds of Life Savers are sold in Delaware, America’s first state. Folks in the Diamond State love these little ring-shaped hard candies, which were first sold in 1912.

Florida: Snickers

Florida: Snickers
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Did you know that the little tread mark on the bottom of a Snickers is not a nod to a tire but is instead just the pattern of the factory’s conveyor belt? It’s true! People in Florida are more likely to know this than you; Snickers is their favorite candy, and they buy over 660,000 pounds of them.

Georgia: Jolly Ranchers

Georgia: Jolly Ranchers
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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.

Hawaii: Skittles

Hawaii: Skittles
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Hawaiians can both see rainbows and taste the rainbow, thanks to their top Halloween candy, Skittles. Over 275,000 pounds of these chewy fruit candies are sold in the Aloha State for Halloween.

Idaho: Candy Corn

Idaho: Candy Corn
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Idaho may be known for their potatoes, but there are no candy potatoes for them to hand out for trick-or-treat, so they go for candy corn. They buy nearly 90,000 pounds of it for little goblins and ghouls to enjoy on Halloween.

Illinois: Kit Kat

Illinois: Kit Kat
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Whether they live in the Windy City or elsewhere, folks in Illinois can agree on one thing: They love Kit Kit bars. These shareable chocolate-covered wafers are the top-selling candy in the state, with almost 170,000 pounds sold.

Indiana: Hot Tamales

Indiana: Hot Tamales
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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 over 100,000 pounds of them.

Iowa: Candy Corn

 Iowa: Candy Corn
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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 nearly 62,000 pounds of candy corn.

Kansas: Reese’s Cups

 Kansas: Reese’s Cups
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Everyone loves the timeless combination of chocolate and peanut butter in a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup, but Kansas really loves them. They buy over 245,000 pounds of this confection.

Kentucky: Swedish Fish

Kentucky: Swedish Fish
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Swedish Fish flavor is its own thing, and Kentucky loves these mysterious little gummies. They buy close to 74,000 pounds of Swedish Fish for Halloween, 20,000 pounds more than the second most popular candy, Tootsie Pops.

Louisiana: Lemonheads

 Louisiana: Lemonheads
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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 108,000 pounds are sold.

Maine: Sour Patch Kids

Maine: Sour Patch Kids
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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 will be getting plenty of sassy Sour Patch Kids in their pillowcases.

Maryland: Milky Way

Maryland: Milky Way
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Maryland loves its chocolates. Its most-sold candies are Hershey Kisses, Reese’s and the top dog: Milky Ways. They love cocoa so much, they buy over 41,000 pounds of Milky Way for Halloween.

Massachusetts: Sour Patch Kids

Massachusetts: Sour Patch Kids
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Head on up to Massachusetts, and you can visit spooky Salem, where the infamous witch trials were held. While you’re there for a fall getaway, you’ll probably spot some Sour Patch Kids. These spunky little gummy candies are the top seller in Massachusetts, followed closely by Butterfingers.

Michigan: Candy Corn

 Michigan: Candy Corn
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Candy corn was originally sold under the name chicken feed. Did you know that? If you did, you just might be from Michigan, where this is the top Halloween candy. The Wolverine State buys nearly 151,000 pounds of this candy for trick-or-treat season.

Minnesota: Tootsie Pops

Minnesota: Tootsie Pops

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Whether you lick your Tootsie Pop or just bite it to get to that chewy chocolate center, you know this candy is a must-have for Halloween. That’s especially true in Minnesota, where this is the top-selling candy with over 202,000 pounds sold.

Mississippi: 3 Musketeers

Mississippi: 3 Musketeers
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3 Musketeers originally came in three whipped nougat flavors: chocolate, vanilla and strawberry. But due to rationing in World War II, the candy was cut down to the all-chocolate confection it is today. Mississippi isn’t missing the vanilla or strawberry, though. They love 3 Musketeers and buy over 115,000 pounds of them.

Missouri: Milky Way

Missouri: Milky Way
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To the rest of the world, Milky Way candy bars don’t have caramel. 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 46,000 pounds of them for Halloween.

Montana: Dubble Bubble Gum

Montana: Dubble Bubble Gum

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Montana is a big state, so it takes a lot of Dubble Bubble Gum to keep little witches and warlocks satisfied as they trick-or-treat from house to house. Just how much gum? Nearly 26,000 pounds of it!

Nebraska: Salt Water Taffy

Nebraska: Salt Water Taffy
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Landlocked Nebraska must dream of the seashore; their top candy is salt water taffy. Perhaps they love Laffy Taffy, that silly little Wonka confection with corny jokes. Either way, this stretchy sweet candy is a favorite, with nearly 109,000 pounds sold.

Nevada: Candy Corn

Nevada: Candy Corn
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If you’re trick-or-treating in Nevada, you better bet on candy corn! The Silver State buys nearly 340,000 pounds of this striped confection for the fall season.

New Hampshire: Starburst

 New Hampshire: Starburst
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We have a fact that will really burst your bubble — New Hampshire is a huge fan of Starburst! This state might be small, but their appetite for candy is mighty; they buy almost 68,000 pounds of these fruit chews.

New Jersey: Skittles

New Jersey: Skittles
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Skittles are known for their outrageous commercials and social media posts, and if you’re in New Jersey, you’re probably a fan. The Garden State embraces the rainbow with over 165,000 pounds of Skittles.

New Mexico: Candy Corn

New Mexico: Candy Corn
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Did you know candy corn is older than New Mexico’s U.S. statehood? It’s true! 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 340,000 pounds of it.

New York: Sour Patch Kids

New York: Sour Patch Kids
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New Yorkers have a reputation for being a little sour, and if their favorite candy is any indication, it’s true. Yes, the Empire State buys over 203,000 pounds of Sour Patch Kids for Halloween, double the amount of their second favorite, candy corn.

North Carolina: M&M’s

North Carolina: M&M’s
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M&M’s are a classic Halloween candy, and North Carolina knows how to appreciate a classic. These little candy buttons, based on the British Smarties, were brought to America in the 1930s. North Carolinians love these so much they buy nearly 102,000 pounds.

North Dakota: Hot Tamales

 North Dakota: Hot Tamales
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Hot dog! North Dakota sure does love Hot Tamales. How many of these spicy little red candies does the state buy? Nearly 70,000 pounds, that’s how much!

Ohio: M&M’s

Ohio: M&M’s
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What do North Carolina and Ohio have in common? A favorite Halloween candy: M&M’s. Yes, the Buckeye State loves their chocolate and not just their own chocolate and peanut butter invention. Ohioans buy 164,000 pounds of M&M’s for Halloween.

Oklahoma: Dubble Bubble Gum

Oklahoma: Dubble Bubble Gum
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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. They buy 20,500 pounds of the stuff for Halloween.

Oregon: Reese’s Cups

Oregon: Reese’s Cups
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White chocolate, dark chocolate or milk chocolate — it doesn’t matter which you prefer, Reese’s makes their iconic cups in all three flavors. The fine folks in Oregon know this, as Reese’s Cups are their No. 1 candy, with 92,000-plus pounds sold.

Pennsylvania: Skittles

Pennsylvania: Skittles
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Skittles are a relatively new confection to the United States; they weren’t introduced to the market until 1982! How did people in Pennsylvania get by before then? We’re not sure, because today they love Skittles and buy over 302,000 pounds for Halloween.

Rhode Island: Candy Corn

Rhode Island: Candy Corn
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Rhode Island may be America’s smallest state, and their population can agree on one thing: Candy corn is great! Yes, this candy is huge in the Ocean State with nearly 18,000 pounds purchased.

South Carolina: Skittles

South Carolina: Skittles
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Sour Skittles, Wild Berry Skittles, Tropical Skittles and the OG red bag are all good in South Carolina. These fruity candies are the top seller with 119,000 pounds sold.

South Dakota: Starburst

South Dakota: Starburst

Starburst are the second favorite candy of plenty of states, but it’s only the top seller in two: New Hampshire and South Dakota. Yes, South Dakota loves this chewy treats and buy 27,000 pounds of them.

Tennessee: Tootsie Pops

Tennessee: Tootsie Pops
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Over 60,000 pounds of Tootsie Pops are sold in Tennessee for Halloween, easily making it the Volunteer State’s top seller. Their second favorite, Skittles, doesn’t even come close (with just 34,800 pounds sold).

Texas: Reese’s Cups

Texas: Reese’s Cups
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Everything is bigger in Texas, including their appetite for Halloween candy. Just how much of their No. 1 candy does Texas buy? About 110,000 pounds of Reese’s.

Utah: Jolly Ranchers

Utah: Jolly Ranchers
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Did you know Jolly Ranchers’ initial flavors included “Fire Stix” upon their launch in 1949? It’s true. And while we can’t imagine that cinnamon flavor among watermelon, grape and blue raspberry today, maybe Utah can. Jolly Ranchers are their choice Halloween candy, with 483,000 pounds sold.

Vermont: Milky Way

Vermont: Milky Way
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Milky Ways are named after a popular malted milkshake, not the galaxy, but people in Vermont still think this candy bar is out of this world. They buy nearly 32,000 pounds for Halloween.

Virgina: Hot Tamales

Virgina: Hot Tamales

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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! They love these little oblong candies and buy over 160,000 pounds for devilish trick-or-treaters.

Washington: Salt Water Taffy

 Washington: Salt Water Taffy
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Washington State is known for its beautiful coastline, so it makes sense they would love the Pacific Ocean so much that their top Halloween candy is salt water taffy. Yes, this chewy, stretchable and addictive treat is sold en masse in Washington; they buy over 220,000 pounds.

Washington, D.C.: M&M’s

Washington, D.C.: M&M’s
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Washington, D.C., may be politically divided, but if Democrats and Republicans can agree on one thing it’s that M&M’s are pretty darn good. With nearly 27,000 pounds of these chocolate candies sold every Halloween, it’s the capital’s favorite by a landslide.

Wisconsin: Butterfinger

 Wisconsin: Butterfinger
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Don’t lay a finger on a Butterfinger that belongs to a Wisconsin resident. America’s Dairyland loves dairy so much, they even eat candy that has butter in its name. They buy nearly 119,000 pounds of these candy bars. But Starburst come in at a very close second with 118,500 pounds sold.

West Virgina: Blow Pops

West Virgina: Blow Pops
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West Virginians know how to get the most bang for their buck, which is why the bubble gum encased in a lollipop known as the Blow Pop is their top candy. The Mountain State loves Blow Pops so much they buy 44,000 pounds of them, nearly twice as much as their second most popular candy, Milky Way.

Wyoming: Reese’s Cups

Wyoming: Reese’s Cups
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Whether they come as pumpkins, bats, mini or full-size, Reese’s are a major favorite in four states, including Wyoming. They’re so wild about this classic chocolate confection that Wyoming residents buy upwards of 32,000 pounds of them every Halloween. And if you didn’t know how much people loved Reese’s Cups, you probably don’t know these other facts about your favorite Halloween candies.

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