We Bet You Didn't Know What Your State's Favorite Halloween Candy Is — But Now You Do

Take note, trick-or-treaters.

A lot of attention gets put on what people will dress up as for Halloween — but what about what they'll be eating? Costumes are important (especially pop culture-themed ones), but who could forget that Halloween candy is one of the most-treasured things about the spooky holiday.


An estimated $2.7 billion will be spent buying Halloween candy this year — but which types of sugary treats are most popular in your state (and Washington, D.C.)? One website, CandyStore.com, has created an interactive infographic map showing what trick-or-treaters will most want to receive after ringing your doorbell and showing off their costumes.

Not only has it figured out what the top Halloween candy is in each state, but you can see the top three favorites. The site figured all this out by looking at a decade's worth of sales data, from 2007 to 2016, and focused on what people most bought in the months leading up to October 31. Its findings were then confirmed by candy manufacturers and distributors it works with.

The most popular candy in the nation with six states — Alabama, Idaho, Michigan, New Mexico, Rhode Island, and South Carolina — listing it as their top candy is candy corn. The tricolored Halloween favorite is followed closely by Sour Patch Kids with five states then M&M's, Milky Ways, Reese's Peanut Butter Cups, Snickers, and Tootsie Pops each with four states. 

The state which consumed the most of its candy of choice is Texas with 1,952,361 pounds of Starbursts bought. Candies only making one appearance at the top of the list include 3 Musketeers (Mississippi), Almond Joy (Connecticut), Dubble Bubble Gum (Montana), Hershey Kisses (Nevada), Lemonheads (Louisiana), Life Savers (Delaware), Swedish Fish (Georgia), and Twix (Alaska).

Check out the map of each state’s favorite Halloween candy here:

Here's a list of each state's favorite candy:

Alabama: Candy Corn
Alaska: Twix
Arizona: Snickers
Arkansas: Jolly Ranchers
California: M&M's
Colorado: Milky Way
Connecticut: Almond Joy
Delaware: Life Savers
Florida: Skittles
Georgia: Swedish Fish
Hawaii: Skittles
Idaho: Candy Corn
Illinois: Sour Patch Kids
Indiana: Hot Tamales
Iowa: Reese's Peanut Butter Cups
Kansas: Reese's Peanut Butter Cups
Kentucky: Tootsie Pops
Louisiana: Lemonheads
Maine: Sour Patch Kids
Maryland: Milky Way
Massachusetts: Sour Patch Kids
Michigan: Candy Corn
Minnesota: Tootsie Pops
Mississippi: 3 Musketeers
Missouri: Milky Way
Montana: Dubble Bubble Gum
Nebraska: Sour Patch Kids
Nevada: Hershey Kisses
New Hampshire: Snickers
New Jersey: Skittles
New Mexico: Candy Corn
New York: Sour Patch Kids
North Carolina: M&M's
North Dakota: Hot Tamales
Ohio: Blow Pops
Oklahoma: Snickers
Oregon: Reese's Peanut Butter Cups
Pennsylvania: M&M's
Rhode Island: Candy Corn
South Carolina: Candy Corn
South Dakota: Starburst
Tennessee: Tootsie Pops
Texas: Starburst
Utah: Jolly Ranchers
Vermont: Milky Way
Virginia: Snickers
Washington: Tootsie Pops
Washington, D.C.: M&M's
West Virginia: Blow Pops
Wisconsin: Starburst
Wyoming: Reese's Peanut Butter Cups

With this knowledge, you are now ready to get yourself decked out in costume, curl up with a good scary movie, and enjoy some yummy treats. Go forth and snack!

See a state-by-state breakdown — including how many pounds consumed plus the rest of the No. 2 and No. 3 favorite candies — here.


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