Thanks to Halloween, October is a huge candy month. Yesterday, there was a report on the candies each state is “obsessed with” based on Google searches. Now there’s actual sales data.
CandyStore.com reviewed candy purchases from the past 14 years, and put together a ranking of the top three candies in every state. Of course, people buy candy for a lot of reasons throughout the year . . . so they focused on the months leading up to Halloween.
Here’s the Top 10 overall . . . along with the states where it was the top seller:
1. Reese’s Cups . . . #1 in: California, Florida, Kansas, Kentucky, North Carolina, and Wyoming.
2. Skittles . . . #1 in: Delaware, Oklahoma, and Vermont.
3. M&M’s . . . #1 in: Iowa, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Oregon, and D.C.
4. Starburst . . . #1 in: Alabama, Idaho, Indiana, Michigan, South Dakota, and Texas.
5. Hot Tamales . . . #1 in: Arizona, North Dakota, and Virginia.
6. Sour Patch Kids . . . #1 in: Alaska, Illinois, Maine, Massachusetts, Nebraska, and New York.
7. Hershey Kisses . . . #1 in: Colorado, Maryland, and Nevada.
8. Snickers . . . Despite the ranking, Snickers wasn’t the top-seller in any state.
9. Tootsie Pops . . . #1 in: Minnesota, Tennessee, Utah, Washington.
10. Candy Corn . . . #1 in: Our hearts. (???) Kidding. It wasn’t #1 in any state.
Outside the Top 10: Hershey’s Mini Bars are #1 in Hawaii, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia . . . Jolly Ranchers are popular in Arkansas and New Mexico . . . Butterfinger is tops in South Carolina and Wisconsin.
Connecticut buys Almond Joy . . . Mississippi buys 3 Musketeers . . . Missouri purchases Milky Way . . . Rhode Island loads up on Twix . . . and Louisiana is still into Lemonheads . . . while Georgia is all about Swedish Fish.
It’s unclear if typical gum was included as a candy, but Montana’s #1 is Dubble Bubble Gum . . . and in Ohio, people dig Blow Pops.
(Hit up CandyStore.com to see a map with the Top Three in each state.)