Food & Nutrition

The Most Popular Halloween Candy in Every State

Want to be the most popular house on the block this Halloween? Stock up on trick-or-treaters’ favorite candies.

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Get this: The National Retail Federation estimates that shoppers will spend $ 2.7 billion on Halloween candy this year. If you’re spending that much money on goodies, you might as well make sure you’re the most popular house on the block. But how will you know which candy to buy in order to land those coveted bragging rights? Check out even more mind-blowing things you didn’t know about Halloween candy.

Thankfully, you don’t have to crunch the numbers—because somebody already did. Researchers at analyzed 10 years’ worth of sales data, playing close attention to its sales in the months leading up to Halloween, in particular. Then, they identified the best-selling treats, state-by-state. But make sure to avoid the worst Halloween candies on the market.

Candy corn took the No. 7 spot in five states: Nevada, New Mexico, Iowa, Idaho, Minnesota, Alabama, and Rhode Island. Milky Ways and Reese’s Cups were the top picks in three and four states each, respectively. And while trick-or-treaters in California devour nearly 1.6 million pounds of Skittles each year, Texans consume almost 1.1 million pounds of its most popular candy, Reese’s Cups.

Without further ado, these are the top candy in your state—or check them out in this interactive map.  If you purchase too much, you can always steal one of these clever ways to use leftover Halloween candy.

Alabama: Candy Corn

Alaska: Twix

Arizona: Snickers

Arkansas: Jolly Ranchers

California: Skittles

Colorado: Twix

Connecticut: Almond Joy

Delaware: Life Savers

Florida: Snickers

Georgia: Jolly Ranchers

Hawaii: Skittles

Idaho: Candy Corn

Illinois: Kit Kat

Indiana: Hot Tamales

Iowa: Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups

Kansas: Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups

Kentucky: Swedish Fish

Louisiana: Lemonheads

Maine: Sour Patch Kids

Maryland: Milky Ways

Massachusetts: Sour Patch Kids

Michigan: Candy Corn

Minnesota: Tootsie Pops

Mississippi: 3 Musketeers

Missouri: Milky Way

Montana: Classic Dubble Bubble

Nebraska: Salt Water Taffy

Nevada: Candy Corn

New Hampshire: Starburst

New Jersey: Skittles

New Mexico: Candy Corn

New York: Sour Patch Kids

North Carolina: M&M’s

North Dakota: Hot Tamales

Ohio: M&M’s

Oklahoma: Dubble Bubble Gum

Oregon: Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups

Pennsylvania: Skittles

Rhode Island: Candy Corn

South Carolina: Skittles

South Dakota: Starbursts

Tennessee: Tootsie Pops

Texas: Reese’s Cups

Utah: Jolly Ranchers

Vermont: Milky Way

Virginia: Hot Tamales

Washington: Saltwater Taffy

Washington D.C.: M&M’s

West Virginia: Blow Pops

Wisconsin: Butterfinger

Wyoming: Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups

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