What kind of candy are you handing out for Halloween?
Do you go for the classics like a Hershey’s chocolate bar, Snickers, or Reese’s peanut butter cup? Maybe you like supporting local farmers and drop apples, walnuts or yogurt-coated Sun-Maid raisins in the little goblin’s trick or treat bags.
Halloween candy has become big business. Analysts predict Americans will spend $2.7 billion this year.
And while we all have our favorites, the Candy Store – a bulk candy supplier – has calculated what Halloween candy is the most popular by state. You can find the entire list here or visit their website at www.candystore.com.
What do you think California’s favorite Halloween candy is? Well, if you said, M&Ms, you are right. These candy coated chocolate morsels beat out salt water taffy and Skittles to take the top spot.
Elsewhere, the answers may or may not surprise you. Perhaps it’s the wide open spaces and cowboys that makes people in Montana like Double Bubble Gum and in icy North Dakota it makes sense that they prefer Hot Tamales.
In the Southwest, New Mexico likes Candy Corn, Texas digs Starburst and Arizona prefers Snickers.
In the Midwest it’s all over the board, with people in Nebraska and Illinois making Sour Patch Kids their favorites, but Kansas and Iowa are solidly behind Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups.
On the East Coast, it’s Sour Patch Kids for New Yorkers and the folks in New Jersey prefer Skittles.