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The Most Popular Holiday Candy In Every State

(Source: forbes.com)

The holidays are about as good an excuse to binge on sugar as any, and what better way to celebrate the end of the year than with candy. Lots of candy. In fact, the National Confectioners Association estimates that candy sales hover around $1.93 billion for the holiday season– that’s a lot of candy canes! With the National Retail Federation expecting a 4.1% increase in Americans’ holiday spending for this year, that can mean over $2 billion in candy sales alone. But with all the tempting minty, chocolatey and less traditional seasonal options, it can be hard to please every sweet tooth on your list with their winter candy of choice. That’s where data comes in.

CandyStore.com surveyed 30,000 candy lovers across America over the past year to officially determine which candy each state loves the most. And plenty of Americans across the country aren’t ready to give up on Halloween yet. Reese’s takes the top spot in 10 of the fifty states (that’s 20 percent!) and compared to past surveys, nostalgic candy like Pez is falling out of favor. Candy canes and peppermint bark still rank in top slots —  1.76 billion candy canes are produced annually in anticipation of the holiday season (plus National Candy Cane Day on December 26).

See the results below and aim to please out-of-town holiday guests with their state’s favorite seasonal treats.

Alabama: Reindeer Corn

Alaska: Hershey Kisses

Arkansas: Starburst

Arizona: Reese’s Cup Minis

California: Reese’s Cup Minis

Colorado: Hershey Kisses

Connecticut: Reindeer Corn

Delaware: Candy Canes

Florida: Snickers

Georgia: Candy Canes

Hawaii: Starburst

Iowa: M&M’s

Idaho: M&M’s

Illinois: Reese’s Cup Minis

Indiana: Reese’s Cup Minis

Kansas: Peppermint Bark

Kentucky: M&M’s

Louisiana: Pez

Maine: Candy Canes

Maryland: Reese’s Cup Minis

Massachusetts: Candy Canes

Michigan: Reindeer Corn

Minnesota: Reese’s Cup Minis

Mississippi: Snickers

Missouri: Starburst

Montana: Reese’s Pieces

Nebraska: Hershey Kisses

Nevada: Peppermint Bark

New Jersey: Reese’s Cup Minis

New York: Snickers

New Hampshire: Candy Canes

New Mexico: Pez

North Carolina: Snickers

North Dakota: Chocolate Santas

Ohio: Pez

Oklahoma:  Starburst

Oregon: Reese’s Cup Minis

Pennsylvania: Candy Canes

Rhode Island: Reindeer Corn

South Carolina: M&M’s

South Dakota: Reese’s Cup Minis

Tennessee: Peppermint Bark

Texas: Reese’s Cup Minis

Utah: Reindeer Corn

Vermont: Candy Canes

Virginia: M&M’s

Washington: Candy Canes

Washington D.C.: M&M’s

West Virginia: Peppermint Bark

Wisconsin:  Peppermint Bark

Wyoming: Chocolate Santas

More Info: forbes.com

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