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The top Halloween candies per state ranges from traditional candy corn to Dubble Bubble Gum.

Caitlyn Truong, Editor

Deviating far from its religious, spiritual traditional roots, Halloween today is a child favorite; between donning a fun costume and receiving candy all night, October 31 is one of the best nights of the year. In the spirit of trick-or-treating, the blog Candy Store recently released the Top Halloween Candy by state, and the statistics are spooktacularly interesting.


America’s Top 10 Halloween Candies are ranked as Skittles, M&M’s, Snickers, Reese’s cups, Starbursts, candy corn, Hot Tamales, Hershey’s, Tootsie Pops, and Jolly Ranchers, according to the Candy Store blog. By state, the number one candies are most frequently candy corn, which is the state-favorite of Idaho, Nevada, New Mexico, Iowa, Michigan, Alabama, and Rhode Island. Another notable favorite is Hot Tamales, the number one candy in North Dakota, Indiana, and Virginia. Reese’s cups are popular in Oregon, Wyoming, Kansas, and Texas, while Skittles reign in California, South Carolina, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Hawaii.


Other candy favorites include salt water taffy in Washington and Nebraska; Jolly Ranchers in Utah, Arkansas, and Georgia; M&M’s in Ohio and North Carolina; Snickers in Arizona and Florida; Starbursts in South Dakota and New Hampshire; Tootsie pops in Minnesota and Tennessee; Milky Ways in Maryland, Vermont, and Missouri; Twix in Colorado and Alaska; Sour Patch Kids in New York, Massachusetts, and Maine; and Dubble Bubble Gum in Montana and Oklahoma. Unique state-favorites include Lemonheads in Louisiana, Butterfingers in Wisconsin, Kit-Kats in Illinois, 3 Musketeers in Mississippi, Swedish Fish in Kentucky, Blow Pops in West Virginia, Life Savers in Delaware, and Almond Joys in Connecticut.


Halloween in 2018 is expected to bring in $9 billion in candy sales, which buys 300,000 tons worth of candy, according to Vox. Halloween is undoubtedly one of the most candy-intensive holidays of the year, with the exception of perhaps Easter. While trick-or-treating is a fun, lighthearted event, children and parents should remain wary of suspicious items given out during the night. Ring the doorbell of familiar houses and throw out any bizarre candies.


With over 1.6 million pounds of the colorful sweets, the most popular candy in California this year is Skittles; in 2017, the winner was M&M’s, and in 2016, salt water taffy was the state favorite. Angelina Nguyen (11) agrees with this year’s candy favorite and exclaims, “I love Skittles! I don’t trick or treat very much anymore, but Skittles are still a definite favorite.”


Happy Halloween, Mustangs!