Most Popular Halloween Candy by State [Interactive Map]

State-by-State Ranking of Favorite Halloween Candy
Top 3 Halloween Candies from Each State
Using 12 Years Bulk Candy Sales Data
Updated Sept 2019

Sept 25, 2019 By Ben George

They're saying Halloween candy sales this year will be about $2.6 Billion. Ninety-five percnet of households will buy candy for Halloween. As with any investment, you will want to do your homework. We gathered 12 years of data for this map of 2019's Most Popular Halloween Candy in the US by state help you get it right.

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Most Popular Halloween Candy State-by-State

The map above reveals the results of our data mining, the top 3 most popular Halloween candies in each state. Hover over your state to see the goods. (Apologies, it’s not interactive on mobile devices).

Do your state’s choices surprise you? The top Halloween candy in your state are not always what you think they were. Salt water taffy and Hot Tamales performed much better than some expected, for example.

For over 12 years, we’ve been delivering tons of bulk candy around the country. As bulk candy retailers and distributors, we’ve got a lot of candy sales data to comb through. Including some we shipped to New York not too long ago…

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We have seen a lot of surprising favorites and least favorites over the years. That’s why working with unbiased data is so much fun. We looked at 12 years of sales data (2007-2018), looking in particular at the months leading up to Halloween. We sell nationwide (and to Canada) so we broke down our sales by state. We also have relationships with major candy manufacturers and distributors – all of whom contributed and helped us reach our conclusions.

Then we charted the best sellers in every state for Halloween. And we present it to you in the above spooky HTML5 interactive map of the most popular Halloween candy. If you’d like to see the nationwide winners, we made a graphic for that too:


Top Ten Halloween Candy in America

This year, the National Retail Federation is estimating that shoppers will spend $2.6 billion on Halloween candy. Same as last year.

Consumer confidence is not quite as high this year, fueled mostly by uncertainty surrounding the impact of tariffs and interest rate changes on the domestic economy. Feels like 2019 sales will be steady but not a break-out year.

Industry research showed in 2015 that online candy sales were increasing by 15 percent. People are realizing they can save time and money by skipping the store and purchasing from the comfort of their home. But will you buy the right candy?

Have a look at the candy your state loves. Let us know what you think in the comments below.

State by State Data Table

StateTop CandyPounds2nd PlacePounds3rd PlacePounds
AKTwix5002Blow Pops4278Milky Way4082
ALHershey's Mini Bars49755Candy Corn47882Tootsie Pops39822
ARSkittles203647Jolly Ranchers189462Butterfinger76353
AZHot Tamales750322Snickers741779Hershey Kisses611877
CASkittles1574770M&M's1188726Reese's Cups977453
COTwix123646Hershey Kisses108326Milky Way89273
CTMilky Way2893Almond Joy2087M&M's1287
DCTootsie Pops25643M&M's21392Blow Pops19827
DESkittles21336Candy Corn16703Life Savers11987
FLSkittles563882Snickers532998Reese's Cups403785
GAJolly Ranchers142876Swedish Fish123827Hershey Kisses60728
HISkittles27641Hershey's Mini Bars24567Butterfinger19274
IACandy Corn63472M&M's51987Reese's Cups32872
IDCandy Corn86352Starburst67929Snickers42883
ILKit Kat172663Sour Patch Kids136257Snickers102364
INHot Tamales98275Starburst83620Jolly Ranchers67291
KSReese's Cups248726M&M's212884Snickers187363
KYSwedish Fish78262Tootsie Pops60917Reese's Cups32878
LALemonheads112883Reese's Cups98273Blow Pops76239
MAButterfinger69223Sour Patch Kids63728Dubble Bubble Gum47626
MDReese's Cups38726Milky Way30287Hershey Kisses20188
MESour Patch Kids59873Starburst51899M&M's32747
MIStarburst114879Candy Corn106295Skittles86221
MNSkittles191826Tootsie Pops176038Candy Corn118745
MOMilky Way44327Dubble Bubble Gum35664Almond Joy30657
MSSnickers963523 Musketeers93227Butterfinger68683
MTDubble Bubble Gum28736M&M's18873Twix14757
NCReese's Cups89454M&M's86337Snickers72464
NDCandy Corn61837Hot Tamales56745Jolly Ranchers49883
NESalt Water Taffy96362Sour Patch Kids82938Twix37829
NJTootsie Pops140763Skittles136782M&M's127894
NMCandy Corn78623Jolly Ranchers73425Milky Way56772
NVCandy Corn311876Hershey Kisses223826Tootsie Pops190765
NYHot Tamales194762Sour Patch Kids134828Candy Corn75263
OHM&M's166398Starburst145223Blow Pops112844
OKDubble Bubble Gum18773Snickers13756Skittles11788
ORReese's Cups90213M&M's72937Candy Corn56986
PAHershey's Mini Bars274927Skittles246722M&M's178992
RITwix17543M&M's15776Candy Corn12788
SCSkittles123847Candy Corn112987Butterfinger57723
SDStarburst25748Jolly Ranchers18944Candy Corn12846
TNTootsie Pops54882Skittles47621Salt Water Taffy37648
TXReese's Cups1022847Starburst987873Sour Patch Kids612942
UTJolly Ranchers412745Tootsie Pops267545Candy Corn221894
VAHot Tamales162987Snickers146282Tootsie Pops78298
VTM&M's33947Skittles23463Milky Way18722
WASalt Water Taffy225463Tootsie Pops192217Skittles89847
WIStarburst109826Butterfinger97635Hot Tamales60253
WVBlow Pops43728Milky Way35755Hershey's Mini Bars28644
WYSalt Water Taffy25864Reese's Cups24790Dubble Bubble Gum18776


So, what candy do people in your area like? If you get the wrong thing, the consequences could be dire. The inverse of treat is trick, as we all know. Streaming TP from your tree limbs? Ok hopefully kids in your neighborhood wouldn’t do that. But the adults might :|

So how did we do?  Did your personal favorite match your state?

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  1. Stu Artmonde says

    “We sell to all 50 states – plus Canada – so we broke down our sales by state.”

    Where’s the breakdown by province?

  2. Halloween Knight says

    Awesome map! I hope you make this an annual thing. I am sharing this to see what my friends in different states will say. :)

  3. Brad Wimmer says

    Let’s remember ‘most popular’ candy isn’t the same as ‘favorite candy’ because many of these #1’s (I’m looking at your candy corn, Alabama) are candies that are purchased to give out to trick-or-treaters and many are on a budget so they go with the most affordable option to give away. Trust me, every kid in Birmingham would prefer a Reese’s over candy corn. Every. Single. One. LoL

  4. Michael James Cappello says

    Hot Tamales may be the rage for NY City. There is a whole lot more to New York than New York City. I wish they would have done due diligence and surveyed the rest of the state. Then again candy corn is the third place in NY State. Please. Go ahead and give the kiddies candy corn and Hot Tamales. See what happens to your house.

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