(NEXSTAR) What kinds of Halloween candy can you expect to get stuck in your molars this year? Well, it may depend on where you live.
A recent study from Candystore.com, an online candy retailer specializing in bulk, offers new insight into the most popular types of Halloween candy in every state, from the chocolate-covered coastlines of California and Florida to the sweet and sour plains. Nebraska and South Dakota. As expected, most major candy brands were well represented, but at least a few surprise contenders did “much better” than expected, according to the online retailer.
To come up with this year’s results, analysts at Candystore.com relied on 14 years of sales data, focusing primarily on bulk candy sales in the months leading up to Halloween. This data, supplemented with 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.
According to the study, the country as a whole appears to prefer Reese’s Cups over all other brands. Skittles, M&M’s, Starburst, and (perhaps surprisingly) Hot Tamales rounded out the top five.
However, the retailer’s case-by-case breakdown paints a slightly different picture, with six states favoring Reese’s Cups, Starburst and Sour Patch Kids. On the other hand, one country in particular appears to have bought a lot of Lemonheads, in relation to the rest of the nation.
A full list of every state’s favorite Halloween candy can be found below – according to Candystore.com.
|Alaska||sour patch kids|
|Hawaii||Hershey’s mini bar|
|Illinois||sour patch kids|
|Yeah||M & M’s|
|who||sour patch kids|
|Massachusetts||sour patch kids|
|Nebraska||sour patch kids|
|New Hampshire||M & M’s|
|New Jersey||M & M’s|
|New Mexico||Jolly Ranchers|
|New York||sour patch kids|
|North Carolina||Reese’s Cups|
|North Dakota||hot tamales|
|Oregon||M & M’s|
|Pennsylvania||Hershey’s mini bar|
|South Carolina||butter stick|
|Washington DC||M & M’s|
|West Virginia||Hershey’s mini bar|
In addition, 14 states preferred candy corn as the second or third most popular purchase, lending further credence to the idea that Some people actually eat this stuff.
Additional information about this year’s study, along with an interactive map, can be found on the website Candystore.com.