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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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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
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 275,000 pounds of these chewy fruit candies are sold in the Aloha State for Halloween.
Idaho: Candy Corn
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
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 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
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
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
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.
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
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 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
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
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.
Mississippi: 3 Musketeers
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
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.
Nebraska: Salt Water Taffy
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
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
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
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
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 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
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
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!
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
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
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.
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 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
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.
Tennessee: Tootsie Pops
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
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
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
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.
Washington: Salt Water Taffy
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., 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.
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 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
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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