Each State’s Favorite Halloween Candy (Spoiler: Somehow Candy Corn Makes The List)


Want to get ahead at work?

Sure, you could impress with your hard work, perseverance and talent, but have you considered bringing in candy instead?

People love food, whether it’s bringing in morning doughnuts, a baked treat, or seasonal goods- it’s sure to win you friends and influence people in the workplace. After all, who wants to fire the doughnut guy?


To assist you in your quest for office domination, we did the pesky work of finding each state’s favorite Halloween candy for the second year running, so you know what to bring to impress. Warning: Some of these states’ have pretty crummy taste in candy.

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  • Last year’s favorite Starburst was dethroned by Kit Kats and Twix bars.
  • Halloween staple and not tasty candy Candy Corn is loved best in West Virginia.
  • The winner is in, and between chocolate and non-chocolate candy, chocolate narrowly wins.
  • 28 states prefer chocolate candies while 22 prefer gummies, fruit-flavored candies, and other non-chocolate candies.
  • Shout out to Ohio for knowing Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups are the TRUE reason for the season.
  • If you ever wondered who likes those little orange and black wrapped candies deceptively titled “peanut butter kisses,” the answer is, while not their favorite, South Dakota likes them best.
  • Oklahoma isn’t much better, loving Circus Peanuts more than anyone other than my grandma.
  • Some other weird choices? Tennessee munching on Runts and Colorado’s passion for Black Liquorice.
  • Unsurprisingly, candy searches soar in October.
  • Idaho, Maine, and Mississippi are for Dum Dums. The stick candy that is.


Using Google Trends, we determined which states were the most avid fans of each candy. We examined 50 different popular (and some infamously unpopular) candies, given us a range of candies that puts any grocery store shelf to shame.

From there, we determined what candy is searched a disproportionately, high amount. For example, while Tennessee eats all the candies the rest of the country does, the search interest in runts is excessively higher than the remaining states- making runts more popular in Tennessee than anywhere else.

We, being sane reasonable humans, excluded gum from our candy list. Gum isn’t a candy. Similarly, we excluded raisins, fruit snacks, and other things people try and pass off as candy to unfortunate trick-or-treaters. There is a reason some houses get egged on Halloween and it’s because they aren’t giving out treats.


While we did some candy-shaming in this article (much deserved, circus peanuts? Peanut butter kisses? Runts? Really?), at the end of the day candy is candy. Especially when it’s free.

And if you’re buying it for yourself, buy all the gross-to-most candies you want if they bring you joy. It’s 2021, if Circus Peanuts make you smile, buy a big ol’ bag.

With that being said, if giving out candy to trick-or-treaters, maybe skip the peanut butter kisses. Those black and orange wrapped candies are not only tasteless but might take out a kid’s tooth. Why not consider a snickers or skittles or literally any other candy in the world?

It might just save your house a new toilet paper ‘do.

See Also: National Food Holidays

Each States’ Favorite Candy

State Favorite Candy
Alabama Skittles
Alaska Milky Way
Arizona Kit Kat
Arkansas Skittles
California Jolly Rancher Hard Candy
Colorado Black Liquorice
Connecticut Kit Kat
Delaware Smarties
District of Columbia Sour Patch Kids
Florida Jolly Rancher Hard Candy
Georgia Skittles
Hawaii Crunch
Idaho Dum Dums
Illinois AirHeads
Indiana Peanut M&Ms
Iowa Tootsie Pop
Kansas Peanut M&Ms
Kentucky 100 grand bar
Louisiana Starburst
Maine Dum Dums
Maryland Kit Kat
Massachusetts Twix
Michigan Kit Kat
Minnesota Twix
Mississippi Dum Dums
Missouri 100 grand bar
Montana Baby Ruth
Nebraska Tootsie Pop
Nevada Nerds
New Hampshire Milky Way
New Jersey Sour Patch Kids
New Mexico Kit Kat
New York Reese’s pieces
North Carolina Twix
North Dakota Whoppers
Ohio Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups
Oklahoma Circus peanut
Oregon 100 grand bar
Pennsylvania Good And Plenty
Rhode Island Heath bar
South Carolina Sour Patch Kids
South Dakota Snickers
Tennessee Runts
Texas Jolly Rancher Hard Candy
Utah Twix
Vermont 3 Musketeers
Virginia Reese’s pieces
Washington Nerds
West Virginia Candy corn
Wisconsin Twix
Wyoming Swedish Fish


Source: Zippia.com