There are some really good things about Halloween, one of the spookiest holidays of the year. One of those really good things is candy that fills houses – and pillowcases, if you know what happens – after a trick or treat. And with the holidays just around the corner, parents will soon find themselves pulling treats out of their kids’ Halloween bags after falling asleep. But if you’re thinking about candy to leave on your porch on Monday, October 31, and thinking about what might come home in your own child’s candy bag, we have some answers. Because we now know each state’s top three favorite candies, thanks to a handy map. And we have a few questions.
CandyStore.com knows a thing or two about candy, and they recently released a map showing which candy is the favorite in each state. They’ve been tracking candy data for a long time.
“We looked at 15 years of sales data (2007-2021), looking specifically at the months leading up to Halloween,” CandyStore.com writes. “We sell nationally (and in Canada), so we’ve broken down our sales by state. We also have relationships with major candy manufacturers and distributors – all of whom contributed and helped us reach our conclusions. »
After collecting all of this data, they inserted each state’s favorite candies into an easy-to-read map. The map not only shows the 1st place winners – none of which are too controversial, although a number of states seem to really like Hot Tamales – but also the 2nd and 3rd place winners. And this is where things get really weird.
California, Florida and Kentucky are all lined up – the tri-state favorite candy is Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, a classic candy that needs no introduction. The peanut butter and chocolate candy was also the top dog in North Carolina and Wyoming. It was the second choice in five other states, including Texas and Kansas.
Skittles took second place, being the number one candy in Alabama and Oklahoma. It was the second most popular candy for Delaware, Florida, Hawaii, South Carolina and Vermont.
Third place overall went to M&Ms, a heavy favorite in Iowa, Kansas, New Hampshire, Ohio, Oregon, Vermont and Washington, DC.
But most shocking of all? A large number of states, nine of them, ranked Candy Corn as their third favorite candy, and two states ranked Candy Corn as their second favorite. What’s going on? Are you doing well ? This is, uh, disgusting! And way too many. Sweet corn is just not good and never will be. And the number of states where it’s even featured as a popular candy is borderline disruptive!
To see the full list of candy favorites, check out CandyStore.com.