The Most Popular Halloween Candy in Every State

Want to be the most popular house on the block this Halloween? Stock up on trick-or-treaters’ favorite candies.

halloween candy mapCourtesy candystore.com

Get this: The National Retail Federation estimates shoppers will spend $2.6 billion on Halloween candy this year. If you’re spending that much money on goodies, you might as well make sure you’re the most popular house on the block. But how will you know which candy to buy to land those coveted bragging rights?

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Thankfully, you don’t have to crunch the numbers because somebody already did. Researchers at Candystore.com analyzed ten years’ worth of sales data, paying close attention to sales in the months leading up to Halloween. Then they identified the best-selling treats, state-by-state.

Skittles took the No. 1 spot in seven states: Arkansas, California, Delaware, Florida, Hawaii, Minnesota and South Carolina. Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups and Candy Corn were the top picks in five states. And while trick-or-treaters in California devour nearly 1.6 million pounds of Skittles each year, Texans consume almost 1.1 million pounds of its most popular candy, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups. Plus, check out these spooktacular tips for how to throw the best Halloween party.

Without further ado, here are the top candies in every state plus the District of Columbia, or find them on this interactive map.  If you’re running short on time to get your home in the Halloween spirit, check out these last-minute Halloween home and yard décor items.

Alabama: Hershey’s Mini Bars.

Alaska: Twix.

Arizona: Hot Tamales.

Arkansas: Skittles.

California: Skittles.

Colorado: Twix.

Connecticut: Milky Way.

Delaware: Skittles.

Florida: Skittles.

Georgia: Jolly Ranchers.

Hawaii: Skittles.

Idaho: Candy Corn.

Illinois: Kit Kat.

Indiana: Hot Tamales.

Iowa: Candy Corn.

Kansas: Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups.

Kentucky: Swedish Fish.

Louisiana: Lemonheads.

Maine: Sour Patch Kids.

Maryland: Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups.

Massachusetts: Butterfinger.

Michigan: Starburst.

Minnesota: Skittles.

Mississippi: Snickers.

Missouri: Milky Way.

Montana: Double Bubble Gum.

Nebraska: Salt Water Taffy.

Nevada: Candy Corn.

New Hampshire: Starburst.

New Jersey: Tootsie Pops.

New Mexico: Candy Corn.

New York: Hot Tamales.

North Carolina: Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups.

North Dakota: Candy Corn.

Ohio: M&M’s.

Oklahoma: Dubble Bubble Gum.

Oregon: Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups.

Pennsylvania: Hershey’s Mini Bars.

Rhode Island: Twix.

South Carolina: Skittles.

South Dakota: Starbursts.

Tennessee: Tootsie Pops.

Texas: Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups.

Utah: Jolly Ranchers.

Vermont: M&Ms.

Virginia: Hot Tamales.

Washington: Saltwater Taffy.

Washington, D.C.: Tootsie Pops.

West Virginia: Blow Pops.

Wisconsin: Starbursts.

Wyoming: Salt Water Taffy.

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Originally Published on Reader's Digest