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What’s The Most Popular Halloween Candy In Each State?

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It’s not Halloween without candy – tons and tons of candy.  In fact, more than 172 million Americans celebrate the pagan-rooted holiday and, of that amount, almost 95 percent will buy some sort of candy leading up to it.  And Americans go big, spending $2.6 billion on the sugary treats.  The only problem is that candy, like pizza toppings, is hard to agree on, especially this time of year.

There’s the typical traditional favorites such as Reese’s Cups, the newer fruit-based stuff such as Sour Patch Kids and then candy corn, which people have strong opinions on one way or the other.  Whatever your preference, it certainly beats the hell out of getting fruit. More than a century ago, fruit was typically enjoyed at all Halloween festivities, specifically grapes and oranges, and given to trick-or-treaters before smaller versions of candy bars changed everything in the 1960s.  Nowadays, the amount of candy available is staggering, with new variations constantly being created. Take M&Ms, for instance, which now offer more than a handful of full-time flavors, like pretzel and caramel.

With so many different candies, it’s always fun to see what particular kinds are ranked among the favorites.  Well, the folks at CandyStore.com took it a step further, figuring out the favorite candy of every state, based on 12 years of data from shipping candy throughout the country – combing through a lot of its sales.  And there are plenty of sales both on that website and in stores nationwide, with Americans spending $25 on average for candy, most of which is purchased in the first two weeks of October.

So, what was the most popular candy across the United States? 

That honor goes to Skittles – currently made by Wrigley Co., a division of Mars – which was the most popular candy in six states: California, Delaware, Florida, Hawaii, Minnesota and South Carolina.  Candy corn was surprisingly second, as it is the most popular in five different states. The most unusual candy would have to go to Montana and Oklahoma for Dubble Bubble chewing gum, though salt water taffy in Washington and Wyoming is a close second.  Here’s a list of each winner from all of the 50 states:

Alabama: Hershey’s Mini Bars

Alaska: Twix

Arizona: Skittles

Arkansas: Hot Tamales

California: Skittles

Colorado: Twix

Connecticut: Milky Way

Delaware: Skittles

District of Columbia: Tootsie Pops

Florida: Skittles

Georgia: Jolly Ranchers

Hawaii: Skittles

Idaho: candy corn

Illinois: Kit Kat

Indiana: Hot Tamales

Iowa: candy corn

Kansas: Reese’s Cups

Kentucky: Swedish Fish

Louisiana: Lemonheads

Maine: Sour Patch Kids

Maryland: Reese’s Cups

Massachusetts: Butterfingers

Michigan: Starbursts

Minnesota: Skittles

Mississippi: Snickers

Missouri: Milky Way

Montana: Dubble Bubble

Nebraska: salt water taffy

Nevada: candy corn

New Hampshire: Starbursts

New Jersey: Tootsie Pops

New Mexico: candy corn

New York: Hot Tamales

North Carolina: Reese’s Cups

North Dakota: candy corn

Ohio: M&M’s

Oklahoma: Dubble Bubble

Oregon: Reese’s Cups

Pennsylvania: Hershey’s Mini Bars

Rhode Island: Twix

South Carolina: Skittles

South Dakota: Starbursts

Tennessee: Tootsie Pops

Texas: Reese’s Cups

Utah: Jolly Ranchers

Vermont: M&M’s

Virginia: Hot Tamales

Washington: salt water taffy

West Virginia: Blow Pops

Wisconsin: Starbursts

Wyoming: salt water taffy