Have you ever wondered which candy is most popular in America at Halloween? Does candy corn beat out all other sweet and spooky treats?
Today’s post is for Halloween and candy lovers. It’s an interactive map exploring candy favorites throughout America.
Simply hover your mouse over the map below to discover the most popular Halloween candy for each and every state.
From hot tamales to peanut butter cups you’ll find unexpected variations from region to region.
CandyStore.com analyzed 11 years (2007-2017) of exclusive sales data to determine the #1 Best-selling Halloween candy in each state, as well as the runners up, in pounds of candy sold.
Who knew salt water taffy would be the most popular candy in Washington and Nebraska?
I think of salt water taffy as a summertime, vintage treat. But no! It’s still in high demand, even at Halloween.
When I was a little girl growing up in Ireland, my aunt who lived in New Jersey brought some salt water taffy from Atlantic City with her on vacation. I remember being amazed by the unique flavors, all completely new to my Irish palate.
Now I couldn’t find my favorite American candy anywhere on this list, probably proof my candy eating skills where honed in Ireland, not the US.
I have a deep seated weakness for Whoppers. Their honeycomb, malty centers bring back childhood memories of Maltesers, melting against the roof of my mouth. Sheer delight for my sweet tooth.
Let’s take a look at my home state of Kentucky.
A new winner has emerged in the past 2 years. Tootsie Pops previously took the honors in the Bluegrass State. Now, Swedish Fish have come out of nowhere to take the crown with over 73,000 pounds.
Still, over 53,000 pounds of those yummy lollipops with the Tootsie Roll center were consumed for the #2 spot. Reese’s Cups were #3, a favorite with my kids.
Insights into the results for all the states are available here.
Irish people love candy, or sweets as they are called in the Emerald Isle. In 2016 Ireland ranked second in the world behind Germany in a per capita consumption of candy rating by a London based company, Euromonitor.
Here’s a post I wrote comparing Irish sweets with American candy. I hope it helps you discover your favorite Irish chocolate bar, important information for chocolate lovers planning a trip to Ireland.
I hope you enjoy this state-by-state candy discovery map, as we all get in gear for Halloween. Now you have research driven information to help you choose the best three candies to please trick-or-treaters in your state. Happy candy purchasing in the coming weeks.
Slán agus beannacht,
(Goodbye and blessings)
Irish American Mom
P.S. CandyStore.com is an industry leader in online bulk candy sales in the United States and Canada, and offers candies of all shapes, sizes, colors, and brands. Featured on TIME, People, Martha Stewart Living, Huffington Post, The New York Times, and many more, these candy experts take pride in having an insatiable sweet tooth! Irish American Mom does not have a business relationship with CandyStore.com. I enjoyed this interactive map they shared with me, and thought you might too.