The Most Popular Halloween Candy in Every State

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The Most Popular Halloween Candy in Every State CandyStore.com

Halloween candy is big business: According to the National Retail Federation, Americans spend $2.6 billion on seasonal sweet treats. But which ones are the most popular?

CandyStore.com, one of the largest bulk-candy retailers in the U.S., examined more than a decade's worth of data to determine the top Halloween candy in every state. (Did you know that more than a quarter of candy purchases are made online?)

To get the results, CandyStore.com looked at sales figures between August to October, the prime sales period for Halloween candy, and came up with a weighted average, favoring 2017 and more recent years. In addition to its own sales data, CandyStore.com also incorporated stats provided by distributors nationwide.

The results are surprisingly diverse: Skittles was the favorite in six states, but salt water taffy showed up a few times, too. Some of our country's most famous candy—Hershey Bars, Nestlé Crunch, Baby Ruth—didn't crack the list at all.

One of the top candies on the list is also one of the most polarizing: Candy corn.

For some, the waxy tri-colored treat is Halloween. For others, the only bag candy corn should be dropped in is the trash bag.

"People in states where candy corn was number one have been reaching out to express their outrage," CandyStore.com's Clair Robins told Newsweek. "Often in not so pleasant language."

In fact, candy corn also made it onto CandyStore.com's least favorite Halloween candies list. (It was the only treat to make both lists.) It's one of the oldest candies on the list, first introduced by Wunderlee Candy Company in 1880. Maybe more people would like it if still had its original name: Chicken Feed.

So what's the most popular Halloween candy in your state? Slide through for a real treat.

1 Candy Corn - Getty Images
Alabama: Candy Corn Alabamans love this tri-color candy the most, as do many other states on this list. Candy corn dates back to 1880, when it was called “Chicken Feed.” The Wunderlee Candy Company even put a rooster on the box, with the slogan “Something worth crowing for.” Getty Images
2 Twix - Getty Images
Alaska: Twix This is the second year in a row these chocolate-and-caramel biscuits were named Alaska’s favorite Halloween treat. Originally a British candy, it was first introduced to the U.S. market by Mars Inc. in 1979. Getty Images
4 Snickers - Getty Images
Arizona: Snickers When it comes to candy, Arizona loves that nougat and chocolate: CandyStore.com reports that more than 10 million Snickers bars were purchased by Arizonans in the three months leading up to Halloween.The candy gets its name from a horse owned by the Mars family, who also gave us M&Ms, Skittles, Twix and many other beloved sweets. Getty Images
5 Skittles - Wrigley Company
California: Skittles All that sunshine might explain why Californians prefer to taste the rainbow on Halloween.Originally a British confection, Skittles were introduced to the U.S. market in 1979. More than 180 million bags were sold in 2017 alone, making it the most popular non-chocolate candy in America. Wrigley Company
6 Twix - Mars Inc
Colorado: Twix In 2010, Colorado passed a sales tax on all candies—except those containing wheat. That means Twix is exempt from the sales tax (along with Kit Kats and Twizzlers). That might explain how Twix took the top spot back after falling to second last year to Milky Way. Mars Inc.
7 Almond Joy - Hersheys
Connecticut: Almond Joy Almond Joy has been been the most popular Halloween candy in Connecticut for three years running. Maybe that’s because it was invented here by the Peter Paul Candy company in 1946. Hershey Company
8 Life Savers - Wrigley Company
Delaware: Life Savers More than 21,000 pounds of Live Savers were sold between August and October 2017. The mints were introduced in 1912 as a summer candy because they could withstand the heat without melting. Wrigley Company
9 Snickers - Getty Images
Florida: Snickers More than 330 tons of Snickers were sold in Florida in the three months before Halloween. Fun fact: Snickers were known as Marathon bars overseas until 1990. Getty Images