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What’s Your Favorite Halloween Candy? Pennsylvania’s Is …

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It’s Halloween and that means a candy haul for kids across Schuylkill County. And it means parents across the county will be pinching their kids’ Halloween haul to find pieces of their favorite Halloween candy.

This year, Americans are expected to spend $3 billion on Halloween candy, alone. That’s up over last year’s $2.4 billion, a number definitely affected by the COVID pandemic, which caused a lot of families to keep kids home from trick-or-treating.

So, what is your favorite Halloween candy? And what’s your least favorite?

America’s Favorite Halloween Candy

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Were you aware that different states in America have different tastes when it comes to their favorite Halloween candy? Some states prefer candies while others prefer chocolates.

But if there’s one thing almost all Americans can apparently agree upon, it’s their distaste for circus peanuts. They’re on no one’s list for favorite Halloween candy.

That’s what the folks at found when they crunched the numbers and analyzed all the data on candy sales and a survey of everyone’s favorite Halloween candy.

Based on sales over the last 14 years, here is America’s favorite Halloween candy:

  1. Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups
  2. Skittles
  3. M&Ms
  4. Starburst
  5. Hot Tamales
  6. Sour Patch Kids
  7. Hershey Kisses
  8. Snickers
  9. Tootsie Pops
  10. Candy Corn

Survey Takes Prefer Nerds went a step further and looked beyond sales numbers. After analyzing others’ lists of favorite Halloween candies and surveying its own readers, the site came up with a second list of favorite Halloween treats.

  1. Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups
  2. M&Ms
  3. Skittles
  4. Snickers
  5. Sour Patch Kids
  6. KitKat
  7. Twix
  8. Hershey bar
  9. Butterfinger
  10. Nerds

Least Favorite Candy in 2021

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The survey results weren’t as kind to candy corn as the sales figures suggest they should be. Based on the list of the least favorite candies, candy corn is the least liked at Halloween.

Like we noted previously, while America, as a whole, has its favorites, each state has its own choices for their favorite candies this time of year.

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These rankings are listed from worst (#1) to not as bad (#10):

  1. Candy corn
  2. Circus peanuts
  3. Peanut Butter Kisses
  4. Smarties
  5. Necco Wafers
  6. Wax Coke Bottles
  7. Mary Janes
  8. Tootsie Rolls
  9. Good & Plenty
  10. Black licorice

Favorite Halloween Candy By State

Each state has its own preferences when it comes to trick-or-treat treats.

Here in Pennsylvania, we apparently prefer chocolates over candies. Pennsylvania? Chocolate? Who would have thunk it?

Oh, right. Everyone.

According to’s data, Pennsylvania’s favorite spooky treats are Hershey Miniatures.

We buy more than 239,000 pounds of the little candy bar miniatures. The Keystone State’s second-most popular Halloween candy are M&Ms. We buy about 215,000 pounds of those. Number 3 on that list is Skittles, with 199,000 pounds bought.

Here’s a look at the favorites in each state:

  • Alabama – Starburst
  • Alaska – Sour Patch Kids
  • Arizona – Hot Tamales
  • Arkansas – Jolly Ranchers
  • California – Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups
  • Colorado – Hershey Kisses
  • Connecticut – Almond Joy
  • Delaware – Skittles
  • Florida – Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups
  • Georgia – Swedish fish
  • Hawai’i – Hershey Miniatures
  • Idaho – Starburst
  • Illinois – Sour Patch Kids
  • Indiana – Starburst
  • Iowa – M&Ms
  • Kansas – Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups
  • Kentucky – Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups
  • Louisiana – Lemonheads
  • Maine – Sour Patch Kids
  • Maryland – Hershey Kisses
  • Massachusetts – Sour Patch Kids
  • Michigan – Starburst
  • Minnesota – Tootsie Pops
  • Mississippi – 3 Musketeers
  • Missouri – Milky Way
  • Montana – Dubble Bubble Gum
  • Nebraska – Sour Patch Kids
  • Nevada – Hershey Kisses
  • New Hampshire – M&Ms
  • New Jersey – M&Ms
  • Mew Mexico – Jolly Ranchers
  • New York – Sour Patch Kids
  • North Carolina – Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups
  • North Dakota – Hot Tamales
  • Ohio – Blow Pops
  • Oklahoma – Skittles
  • Oregon – M&Ms
  • Pennsylvania – Hershey Miniatures
  • Rhode Island – Twix
  • South Carolina – Butterfinger
  • South Dakota – Starburst
  • Tennessee – Tootsie Pops
  • Texas – Starburst
  • Utah – Tootsie Pops
  • Vermont – Skittles
  • Virginia – Hot Tamales
  • Washington DC – M&Ms
  • Washington (state) – Tootsie Pops
  • West Virginia – Hershey Miniatures
  • Wisconsin – Butterfinger
  • Wyoming – Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups


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