Fall is here, and with the cool, long nights and crisp days, thoughts are turning to the holidays. Leading the charge of fall occasions is Halloween. It’s the time for cobwebs, costumes and of course, candy.
In the digital age, every purchase is a data point, and Halloween sweets are no different. Bulk candy dealer Candystore.com has combed through 10 years of sales data and come up with the top Halloween candies in each state.
Idaho is something of a traditionalist when it comes to favorite treats. The top-selling holiday candy in the Gem State? The love-it-or-hate-it classic: candy corn. Almost 86,000 pounds of the tri-color cones are sold for the holiday. The fall candy dish staple was the favorite in the Gem State last year as well.
While candy corn can be polarizing (and that’s putting it mildly), other top treats Idahoans buy for Halloween are less divisive. Fruity and chewy Starbursts are the second most-purchased candy. Surprisingly, chocolate doesn’t enter the picture until third place. Rounding out the top three is old, reliable (and personal favorite) Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups. The Hershey confection was first introduced in 1928.
Two consistent favorites around the country are Skittles and M&Ms which are the top sweets in multiple states. Outliers include Alaska’s love affair with Twix, Connecticut hopping on the coconut train favoring Almond Joy and Georgia’s (very) questionable taste for Swedish Fish.
Finally, Montana’s most-purchased Halloween candy is Dubble Bubble Gum. Seriously, Montana – gum?