The Annual Candy-By-State Map Has Plenty Of Surprises (Who’s Eating All The Candy Corn?)


It’s that time of year again! Halloween is finally here and if you haven’t figured out what your costume will be, you still have time. For the ladies, if you want to go low budget, you can always go as a cat and for the fellas a construction worker is easy peasy. Costumes are simple, what you can’t skimp on is the candy. Whether you choose to dress up or not, one thing is for certain: Kids are going to be knocking on your door expecting some sweets.

According to around $2.7 billion will be spent on Halloween candy this year alone, and The National Retail Federation notes that online sales of candy has increased by 15 percent since 2015. With that being said, you don’t want your hard earn cash going to waste; meaning if you are going to give out candy you might as well give out the most popular stuff.

We did a quick tally of the 1st place candy in the US according to The Candy Store’s data and here are the top 3:

  1. Candy Corn — We don’t get it, but apparently a lot of people like it. A total of six states say it’s their number one candy. They purchase around 664, 936 pounds of the stuff.
  2. Sour Patch Kids — Totally makes sense. Other states agree. A total of five states purchased around 596,446 pounds of Sour Patch Kids.
  3. Reese’s Cups — Have you ever heated these in a microwave for 15 seconds? Heaven. Four states purchased around 414,165 pounds of this chocolate goodness.

There are also a few mysteries on the list:

  1. Montana is really holding it down for Double Bubble! 24,675 lbs.
  2. Utah like Jolly Ranchers best? Have they never heard of Sour Warheads?
  3. Stop it Minnesota. How are you still buying 200K lbs worth of Tootsie Roll pops? Is this cultural?

Check out the map and see what’s the most popular candy in your state. If you want to be a hit with the kids definitely go by the list. However, if you don’t want to the kids to come back, choose the candy that is the least favorite. Be aware, you may pay the consequence by getting your house egged (do kids still do that?). Choose wisely!