Halloween Tips: Favorite Candy by State

Candy and chocolate start to fly off the shelves at a few different times throughout the year. Valentine’s Day and Easter both lead to a collective rush of grocery stores’ candy aisles, but Halloween is also a lucrative time to be in the candy business. With costumed trick-or-treaters roaming the streets, you’ll want to be ready to put smiles on their faces when they see your candy offerings. If you’re looking to be the top house on the block this year, it’s important to think carefully about what you stock up on in October.

What if we told you that we had some insider secrets regarding the most popular types of candy in your state? CandyStore.com combed through more than a decade of their pre-Halloween sales data to determine which types of candy were purchased the most state by state. Here’s what they came up with.

Source: CandyStore.com.

To compare these findings with other sources, so we also looked at Influenster’s survey that asked over 40,000 users to share their favorite candy. After adding that information to CandyStore.com’s data, here are the results! Find your state in the list and see if the top candies match your own preferences.

Favorite Candy by State

Alabama: Hershey’s Mini Bars, Candy Corn, Tootsie Pops, AirHeads

Alaska: Twix, Blow Pops, Milky Way, Snickers

Arizona: Hot Tamales, Snickers, Hershey’s Kisses, Toblerone

Arkansas: Skittles, Jolly Ranchers, Butterfinger

California: Skittles, M&Ms, Reese’s, Lifesavers

Colorado: Twix, Hershey’s Kisses, Milky Way

Connecticut: Milky Way, Almond Joy, M&Ms, Reese’s Cups

Delaware: Skittles, Candy Corn, Lifesavers, 3 Musketeers

Florida: Skittles, Snickers, Reese’s Cups, Crunch

Georgia: Jolly Ranchers, Swedish Fish, Hershey’s Kisses, Pixy Stix

Hawaii: Skittles, Hershey’s Mini Bars, Butterfinger, 100 Grand

Idaho: Candy Corn, Starburst, Snickers, Butterfinger

Illinois: Kit Kat, Sour Patch Kids, Snickers

Indiana: Hot Tamales, Starburst, Jolly Ranchers, Reese’s Pieces

Iowa: Candy Corn, M&Ms, Reese’s Cups, Twix

Kansas: Reese’s Cups, M&Ms, Snickers, Twizzlers

Kentucky: Swedish Fish, Tootsie Pops, Reese’s Cups, Whoppers

Louisiana: Lemonheads, Reese’s Cups, Blow Pops, Swedish Fish

Maine: Sour Patch Kids, Starburst, M&Ms

Maryland: Reese’s Cups, Milky Way, Hershey’s Kisses, Almond Joy

Massachusetts: Butterfinger, Sour Patch Kids, Dubble Bubble Gum, Starburst

Michigan:  Starburst, Candy Corn, Skittles, M&Ms

Minnesota: Skittles, Tootsie Pops, Candy Corn, 100 Grand

Mississippi: Snickers, 3 Musketeers, Butterfinger, Hershey’s Kisses

Missouri: Milky Way, Dubble Bubble Gum, Almond Joy, Hershey’s Kisses

Montana: Dubble Bubble Gum, M&Ms, Twix, Kit Kat

Nebraska: Salt Water Taffy, Sour Patch Kids, Twix, Skittles

Nevada: Candy Corn, Hershey’s Kisses, Tootsie Pops, Jolly Ranchers

New Hampshire: Starburst, M&Ms, Snickers, Tootsie Rolls

New Jersey: Tootsie Pops, Skittles, M&Ms, Sour Patch Kids

New Mexico: Candy Corn, Jolly Ranchers, Milky Way, 3 Musketeers

New York: Hot Tamales, Sour Patch Kids, Candy Corn, Sweet Tarts

North Carolina: Reese’s Cups, M&Ms, Snickers, Butterfinger

North Dakota: Candy Corn, Hot Tamales, Jolly Ranchers, Sour Patch Kids 

Ohio: M&Ms, Starburst, Blow Pops, Milky Way

Oklahoma: Dubble Bubble Gum, Snickers, Skittles, M&Ms

Oregon: Reese’s Cups, M&Ms, Candy Corn

Pennsylvania: Hershey’s Mini Bars, Skittles, M&Ms, Swedish Fish

Rhode Island: Twix, M&Ms, Candy Corn, Reese’s Cups

South Carolina: Skittles, Candy Corn, Butterfinger

South Dakota: Starburst, Jolly Ranchers, Candy Corn, Laffy Taffy

Tennessee: Tootsie Pops, Skittles, Salt Water Taffy, Candy Corn

Texas: Reese’s Cups, Starburst, Sour Patch Kids, Candy Corn

Utah: Jolly Ranchers, Tootsie Pops, Candy Corn, Nerds

Vermont: M&Ms, Skittles, Milky Way, Almond Joy

Virginia: Hot Tamales, Snickers, Tootsie Pops, Reese’s Pieces

Washington: Salt Water Taffy, Tootsie Pops, Skittles, AirHeads

West Virginia: Blow Pops, Milky Way, Hershey’s Mini Bars, Oreos

Wisconsin: Starburst, Butterfinger, Hot Tamales, Laffy Taffy

Wyoming: Salt Water Taffy, Reese’s Cups, Dubble Bubble Gum, Candy Corn


Now that you’re armed with the knowledge you need to impress your trick-or-treaters, don’t forget to take your house’s game to the next level with a personalized Halloween candy bowl that can feature everyone in your family!

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