Every State’s Favorite Halloween Candy, According to Online Shopping Data


(NEXSTAR) – What types of Halloween candy can you expect to get stuck in your molars this year? Well it can depend on where you live.

A recent study from Candystore.com, an online candy retailer specializing in bulk shipments, gives new insight into the most popular Halloween treats in every state, from the chocolate covered coasts of California and Florida to bittersweet plains of Nebraska and South Dakota. As expected, most of the big candy brands are well represented, but at least a few surprising competitors have appeared to be doing “much better” than expected, according to the online retailer.

To arrive at this year’s conclusions, analysts at Candystore.com drew on 14 years of sales data, primarily focusing on bulk candy sales in the months leading up to Halloween. This data, supplemented by statistics from major manufacturers and distributors, was then used to determine the most popular Halloween candy in America, as well as the three most popular candies in each state.

The country as a whole, according to the study, appears to prefer Reese’s Cups to all other brands. Skittles, M & M’s, Starburst, and (perhaps surprisingly) Hot Tamales round out the top five.


The retailer’s state-by-state breakdown, however, paints a slightly different picture, with six states each favoring Reese’s Cups, Starburst, and Sour Patch Kids. On the other hand, one state in particular has apparently bought way too many Lemonheads, as far as the rest of the nation is concerned.

A full list of each state’s favorite Halloween candy – according to Candystore.com – can be found below.

Alabama Star
Alaska Children’s sour patch
Arizona Hot tamales
Arkansas Nice breeders
California Reese’s cups
Colorado Hershey Kisses
Connecticut Almond Joy
Delaware Skittles
Florida Reese’s cups
Georgia Swedish fish
Hawaii Hershey’s mini bars
Idaho Star
Illinois Children’s sour patch
Indiana Star
Iowa M & M’s
Kansas Reese’s cups
Kentucky Reese’s cups
Louisiana Lemon heads
Maine Children’s sour patch
Maryland Hershey Kisses
Massachusetts Children’s sour patch
Michigan Star
Minnesota Tootsie Lollipops
Mississippi 3 musketeers
Missouri Milky Way
Montana Dubble Bubble Gum
Nebraska Children’s sour patch
Nevada Hershey Kisses
New Hampshire M & M’s
New Jersey M & M’s
New Mexico Nice breeders
new York Children’s sour patch
North Carolina Reese’s cups
North Dakota Hot tamales
Ohio Blow pops
Oklahoma Skittles
Oregon M & M’s
Pennsylvania Hershey’s mini bars
Rhode Island Twix
Caroline from the south finger of butter
South Dakota Star
Tennessee Tootsie Lollipops
Texas Star
Utah Tootsie lollipops
Vermont Skittles
Virginia Hot tamales
Washington DC M & M’s
Washington Tootsie Lollipops
West Virginia Hershey’s mini bars
Wisconsin finger of butter
Wyoming Reese’s cups

Additionally, a total of 14 states have promoted sweet corn as their second or third most popular purchase, lending even more credence to the idea that some people indeed eat this stuff.

Additional information on this year’s study, as well as an interactive map, is available at Candystore.com.


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