This week, the website Candy Store released an interactive map of the most popular Halloween candies by state.
Six US states should be ashamed of themselves, because they gave out more candy corn than any other candy.
Alabama, Idaho, Michigan, New Mexico, Rhode Island, and South Carolina, I’m disgusted with you. Candy corn is vile and is best relegated to the bottom of a dumpster rather than the bottom of a trick or treater’s bag. The six state total was the highest among all candies used in the data.
My home state of Pennsylvania also embarrasses me by ranking M&Ms and Skittles #1 and #2. Each of those candies are produced by Mars, based in Virginia. The far superior Hershey Company is based in Pennsylvania, and creates by far the greatest Halloween candy – Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, which is the most popular candy in four states – Iowa, Kansas, Oregon, and Wyoming.
The candy given out in the second-most states is my favorite movie theater snack – Sour Patch Kids. Take a bow, Illinois, Maine, Massachusetts, Nebraska, and New York.
A handful of treats are only the most popular in one state – 3 Musketeers (Mississippi), Almond Joy (Connecticut), Dubble Bubble (Montana – seriously?), Hershey Kisses (Nevada), Lemonheads (Louisiana), Life Savers (Delaware), Swedish Fish (Georgia), and Twins (just Alaska, which seems low to me).
The most popular second place candy is M&Ms, coming in second in eight states. Reese’s Cups, Salt Water Taffy (really?), and Skittles are all the second-most popular candy in five states.
The vile candy corn also ranks as the third-most popular candy in five states, tied for the most among third place candies with Reese’s Cups and Skittles.
Just remember, folks – it’s not too late to rectify your mistake if you’ve already bought candy corn to give to trick or treaters. Take the hit, get rid of the candy corn, and get a superior candy for the kids this year.