Most Popular Christmas Candy by State [Interactive Map]

State-by-State Ranking of Favorite Christmas Candy
Top 3 Christmas Candies from Each State
32,000+ Customers Surveyed
Updated Nov 2019

Dec 1, 2019 By Ben George

Christmas time is unequivocably here. Let the festivities begin! Many Christmas family traditions involve candy. Candy may not be at the forefront of your holiday brain, but sales for Christmas candy are huge - over $2 Billion huge. This map breaks down which states are buying which candies. And perhaps gives some insight into regional traditions.

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Most Popular Christmas Candy by State

The map above reveals the results of our latest candy research: the top 3 most popular Christmas candies in each state. Hover over your state (non-mobile only) to see the goods.

Christmas may not seem like it’s all about candy, because frankly there is so much more to Christmas. But there is also a lot of candy happening. Think about all the baking and decorating and making fun crafts with kids that happens in the weeks leading up to Christmas.

Do you hang candy canes from your tree? Maybe you make chocolate lollipops shaped like reindeer? Or decorate snowman cookies with sprinkles and peppermint candy? Ok well, a lot of people do, ya know. :) And it all adds up.

So which Christmas candy do people like the most? It varies by state.

As a distinguished online bulk candy store, we reached out to CandyStore.com customers to find that out. We got over 32,000 responses this year. We also checked in with our friendly major candy manufacturers and distributors to be sure our survey corresponded with their seasonal observations.

You might be surprised by the results, illustrated above in the interactive candy map.

Here are some key takeaways:

Reindeer Corn Continues Bull Run

Reindeer corn had another banner year in 2019, finishing in the top 3 in 19 different states – 6 more than last year. It had 8 first place finishes this year, compared to 5 last year. States like Michigan and Alabama have been on the reindeer corn train for several years now, but others seem to been catching on.

Candy Canes Gain Market Share

Candy canes are hugely popular (and sometimes, weirdly, reviled). It commands the most showings in the top 3 than any other candy – 28 vs it’s next closest rival reindeer corn’s 19. While the first place showings for candy canes actually dropped this year, it showed up in the top 3 three more times than last year, making it the biggest mover overall and extending its dominance.

Colorado saw a big jump in candy cane preference, jumping from #3 to #1.

Peppermint Barking Louder

Peppermint Bark picked up 3 new first place states this year, making it’s new total 8. There seems to be a regional preference emerging for peppermint bark that extends from Wisconsin south to Mississippi, hitting several states in the Midwest and South.

Starburst Fading

Starburst is the big loser this year. It had 3 fewer first place finishes as well as 3 fewer overall showings in the top 3 of any state. To be fair, Starburst doesn’t really have an inherent holiday vibe, so it’s maybe more surprising they are in the running at all.

 

The National Retail Federation has said that holiday sales will go up between 3.8 and 4.2% this year. That puts total holiday candy sales over $2 Billion, using the National Confectionary Association’s $1.93 Billion estimate from 2017.

With Thanksgiving on the latest possible day this year, there’s a smaller time frame between Black Friday and Christmas. Add in a consumer confidence level that, while high, is slightly lower than last year, and you’ve got a reason to believe that sales could be slightly down this year, but not significantly.

However, the National Retail Federation projects that the average consumer will spend about $110 on candy and food – slightly up from last year – which is about twice as much as they’ll spend on decorations, and 5 times what they’ll spend on flowers and potted plants. So, we’ll have to wait and see how it pans out.

Which Christmas holiday candy does your state loves the most? Let us know what you think in the comments below.

State By State


StateTop Holiday Candy2nd Place3rd Place
AKHershey KissesCandy CanesReese's Pieces
ALReindeer CornCandy CanesPeppermint Bark
ARStarburstCandy CanesPeppermint Bark
AZReese's Cup MinisHershey KissesSkittles
CAReese's Cup MinisHershey KissesPeppermint Bark
COCandy CanesHershey KissesReese's Pieces
CTReindeer CornCandy CanesHershey Kisses
DCCandy CanesSnickersM&M's
DEReindeer CornCandy CanesHershey Kisses
FLSnickersSkittlesM&M's
GAReindeer CornSnickersCandy Canes
HIHershey KissesStarburstReindeer Corn
IAPeppermint BarkReese's Cup MinisM&M's
IDM&M'sHershey KissesChocolate Santas
ILReese's Cup MinisHershey KissesM&M's
INReese's Cup MinisHershey KissesCandy Canes
KSPeppermint BarkHershey KissesCandy Canes
KYPeppermint BarkM&M'sCandy Canes
LAPezReindeer CornCandy Canes
MACandy CanesHershey KissesReese's Cup Minis
MDReese's Cup MinisCandy CanesReese's Pieces
MECandy CanesHershey KissesChocolate Santas
MIReindeer CornReese's Cup MinisPeppermint Bark
MNReese's Cup MinisHershey KissesPeppermint Bark
MOHershey KissesPeppermint BarkStarburst
MSPeppermint BarkCandy CanesReindeer Corn
MTReese's PiecesReese's Cup MinisReindeer Corn
NCSnickersReindeer CornStarburst
NDReese's Cup MinisReindeer CornChocolate Santas
NEHershey KissesM&M'sPeppermint Bark
NHReindeer CornCandy CanesReese's Cup Minis
NJReese's Cup MinisSkittlesPez
NMPezChocolate SantasCandy Canes
NVPeppermint BarkCandy CanesStarburst
NYSnickersCandy CanesReese's Cup Minis
OHHershey KissesPezPeppermint Bark
OKCandy CanesReindeer CornSkittles
ORReese's Cup MinisCandy CanesSnickers
PAReese's Cup MinisCandy CanesReindeer Corn
RIReindeer CornPeppermint BarkM&M's
SCM&M'sPeppermint BarkPez
SDChocolate SantasHershey KissesReese's Cup Minis
TNPeppermint BarkCandy CanesStarburst
TXReese's Cup MinisPeppermint BarkCandy Canes
UTHershey KissesReindeer CornM&M's
VAReindeer CornCandy CanesM&M's
VTCandy CanesSnickersReindeer Corn
WAReese's Cup MinisCandy CanesSkittles
WIPeppermint BarkReindeer CornStarburst
WVPeppermint BarkPezJolly Rancher
WYChocolate SantasM&M'sReese's Cup Minis
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Does the list above match with what you like or your loved ones would like to receive as a gift?

If you get the wrong thing, just remember that – really – the holiday season is about family and friends. It’s the thought that counts, the gesture that matters. Unless you give me reindeer corn, in which case we are no longer friends.

Leave a comment and let us know your thoughts!

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Top Christmas Candy by State [Interactive Map]
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Comments

  1. Richard B. says

    I realize these lists are just for fun but this story is beyond ridiculous. Pez as the #1 Christmas candy in ANY state? In what alternate universe? Ditto Jolly Rancher. Your methodology is flawed, to say the least. I ordered candy for a Chicago based drug store chain that sold a ton of candy at Christmastime for many years and Pez and Jolly Rancher were never a part of the Christmas mix of candy, save a few Pez sets that never sold until they hit the deep discount table after Christmas. Your results for Illinois are way off the mark. Candy canes, Kisses, cheap chocolate covered cherries, thin mints-we sold cases and cases of those and I still see huge stacks of them at Christmas time in Illinois stores. Jolly Rancher indeed!

  2. Alison says

    I’m in Utah. I never knew raindeer corn was a thing until I read this. Eww! How funny and strange. I’ll take minty-choclolatey or nutty-chocolatey any day, but especially at Christmas!

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