Trick-or-treat throwdown: New list ranks Halloween candies by state

Jennifer Cohron
Posted 10/20/17

Americans can’t reach a consensus on anything these days — even Halloween candy. recently released a map of the most popular Halloween candy by state.

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Trick-or-treat throwdown: New list ranks Halloween candies by state


Americans can’t reach a consensus on anything these days — even Halloween candy. recently released a map of the most popular Halloween candy by state.

The map shows 20 different candies in the top spot throughout 50 states and D.C.

Candy corn had the best showing. It was the snack of choice in six states, including Alabama. Over 55,000 pounds of candy corn was purchased here between 2007 and 2016.

In contrast, candy corn didn’t make the top three in Kansas, where 4.9 million acres of actual corn was harvested in 2016.

Hershey’s Mini Bars came in a close second in Alabama with over 54,000 pounds consumed. Tootsie Pops rounded out the top three.

Other states that favored candy corn included Idaho, Michigan, New Mexico, Rhode Island and South Carolina.

Alabama was one of several states in which a new winner was proclaimed in 2017. (Hershey’s Mini Bars had the edge last year.)

Californians traded out salt water taffy for M&M’s. In Colorado, Milky Way nudged out Twix, and Hershey’s Kisses fell to Skittles in Hawaii.

There was quite a shake-up in Illinois, where all three top candies changed from last year. Sour Patch Kids overtook Kit Kats for the top spot, and Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups joined the list at number three.

In Massachusetts, Butterfingers also fell to those meddling Sour Patch Kids. The Kids reined supreme in Maine, Nebraska and New York as well.

New Hampshire residents, however, had apparently had enough of them and replaced them with salt water taffy in their top three.

In two shocking developments, salt water taffy didn’t make the list in New Jersey, and Hershey’s Mini Bars struggled to hold onto the number three spot in Pennsylvania.

Hershey’s Minis had a better showing than Hershey’s Kisses, which are only favored in Nevada.

Mississippi, true to its rebel roots, was the only state to show a preference for 3 Musketeers.

Georgia, meanwhile, was the only state in the union where kiddies tore through their trick-or-treat bags in search of Swedish Fish.

Louisiana was the only state to show some love for Lemonheads. Delaware handed Life Savers its only victory, and Almond Joy wouldn’t have made the list if not for the good people of Connecticut.

As an aside, the rankings confirm a distaste for Whoppers that I uncovered when I brought a Halloween bucket full of them to my office earlier this month. The popcorn balls went fast, and I can’t seem to keep Reese’s or Kit Kats, but so far I’ve found only one co-worker who will admit to liking malted milk balls.

Speaking of bad Halloween candy, also has a list of the worst Halloween candies that includes licorice, Tootsie Rolls and circus peanuts (do people really give those out on Halloween?).

The Daily Meal website has another interesting list that ranks Halloween candies by decade.

The Roaring ‘20s belonged to Baby Ruth bars, introduced in 1921. Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups followed in 1928.

The 1930s brought my personal favorite, 3 Musketeers, and Snickers. Apparently Boston Baked Beans were also all the rage back then.

In 1941, candy lovers got their first taste of M&M’s. Other favorites during the war years were Bazooka Bubble Gum, Jolly Ranchers and Almond Joys.

The Cold War was in its infancy in 1954 when customers were stockpiling Atomic Fireballs.

In the 1960s, bright colors and sugar overtook the candy market. SweeTarts, Mike & Ike and Starburst all came out of this decade.

The psychedelic wave continued in the 1970s with Laffy Taffy, Fun Dip, Pop Rocks and Blow Pops.

In the 1980s, kids first started tasting the rainbow with Skittles, introduced in 1982. Nerds, gummy bears and the aforementioned Sour Patch Kids shared the spotlight during the Reagan years.

In the 1990s, millennials were introduced to Halloween via AirHeads, WarHeads and Push Pops.

Nerds Rope, invented in the 1990s, was in high demand in the 2000s.

Finally, in the divisive decade that has been the 2010s, we’ve all sought comfort in chocolate. According to the list, the most popular candy of late is Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, which now come in lots of cool shapes. One variation that has Reese’s Pieces inside comes highly recommended by my family of chocoholics.

Jennifer Cohron is the Daily Mountain Eagle’s features editor.