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.
The map below 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.