The Most Popular Halloween Candies by State Have Been Revealed

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It’s finally that sweet time of year when we step out of the house in the morning to sparkly, frost-covered grass. When the leaves start to fall in vibrant, autumn-colored hues. And when every store you enter has bags upon GLORIOUS bags of your favorite candy bars, miniature-sized for Halloween.

I usually make a beeline for the Snickers bars myself, but I know that isn’t everyone’s jam. In fact, according to a recent survey by Candystore.com, it only ranks No. 3 on the list of America’s Top 10 Favorite Candies — beat out by Skittles and M&Ms, which nabbed the No. 1 and No. 2 spots, respectively. Other noteworthy faves are Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups (yum), which came in at No. 4 and the highly controversial candy corn, which ranked No. 6.

Candystore.com also faithfully dug through 11 years worth of candy sales data to determine the most popular Halloween candies by state (because they’re clearly doing the good work over there), and let me tell you, it is riveting stuff.

Apparently, my home state of New York’s favorite candy is Sour Patch Kids. (Honestly, I will eat those things until my taste buds can’t take it anymore, but I was still surprised they nabbed the top spot.) We’re not alone, though — Maine and Massachusetts are also big fans of the sour sweets, since they came in at No. 1 there, too.

Hmmm … I guess it’s a regional thing? Northeast, baby! SPKs, REPRESENT!

Texas’  No. 1 seller on Halloween is the Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup, with over 1.1 million pounds put down last year. I repeat: Texas ate 1.1 MILLION POUNDS OF REESE’S PEANUT BUTTER CUPS FOR HALLOWEEN. (Okay, I guess that’s not super surprising, considering how insanely delicious they are.)

Meanwhile, the sunshine state of California loves tasting the rainbow, consuming some 1.6 million pounds of Skittles last year. Also not entirely surprising. Washington state appears to be rolling deep in … SALT WATER TAFFY? (What goes on, Washington state?) Even New Jersey, the actual home of salt water taffy, went with Skittles as its No. 1 fave. To each their own, I guess.

Floridians, on the other hand, seem to be most in-tune with my own taste buds, and reportedly went through over 660,000 pounds of Snickers bars last Halloween. Yum.

(To see the full list of of favorites, you can check out Candystore.com’s interactive map.)

Regardless of your state’s personal fave, there’s no doubt that Americans are big fans of all things sweet. Candystore.com reported that over 170 million Americans celebrate each October 31st with a night of tricks and treats, with TREATS being the operative word.

Another important finding that I’d like to point out to the old lady who lives down the street from me, is that according to the survey, 95% of Americans who celebrate Halloween hand out candy from their homes. (YOU HEAR THAT, LADY IN THE BLUE HOUSE WITH THE MEAN DOG?)

The survey also found that 50% of parents who buy Halloween candy stash a little bit away in secret place for later in the year. They did not, however, mention anything about people who start buying Halloween candy in August and proceed to go through about four bags before October even rolls around. But I mean, hey … they put it in the stores. Are we not supposed to buy it?

Whatever your Halloween treat of choice is, have fun stocking up on it now — you know, while it’s still socially acceptable to buy giant bags of candy for other people, and then eat most of it yourself.

Happy Halloween, y’all!

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