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Written by Patti Pauley

Halloween is right around the corner and America has been prepping for the holiday we call “Christmas for the horror fans” since as early as August. We get a little giddy as soon as the first spooky bat is seen hung high in our local department stores, the over-abundance of pumpkin spiced everything, and of course the glorious fun size pieces of delight encased in one-ten pound bags- Halloween candy!



Yeah we’re a gluttonous bunch on October 31st, and that’s OK. Especially after the heat wave of Summer, and a lot of us struggling to resist sweet temptations in an attempt to get that “perfect pool-side build” going on. We deserve to indulge a little, and hey, we gotta inspect our kiddo’s candy right? It’s our duty to make sure it’s not poisonous! We’re such great parents! Putting ourselves at risk like that..



Candy is KING on Halloween and Americans are estimated to spend about 2.5 BILLION dollars on Halloween candy alone according to Wall Street reports. And we all have our favorites. Milk or dark chocolate. Skittles or M&Ms. Reese’s or Snickers. One surely prefers one over the other depending on who you’re talking to. Website Influenster took matters into their own hands at the question at large, what is America’s favorite Halloween candy? The site surveyed over 40,000 readers in an attempt to figure out which candy reigns supreme in each state in America and the results are in folks. Behold, a map of America’s favorite Halloween candy state by state!



For me personally, it’s no surprise that the candy that pulled in the highest number of votes was indeed Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups. Along with the delectable Kit Kat and Butterfinger, the three candies in particular are heavily favored by ALL 50 states according to the report. In an unexpected twist of events, Candy Corn, the Halloween staple you either love or loathe entirely, was voted as Queen Bee of Halloween Candy in Oregon, Wyoming, Tennessee, Texas, and South Carolina. As it turns out, not EVERYONE hates the little orange, yellow, and white Halloween treats eh?

Here’s the full list breakdown alphabetically state by state.


Alabama – AirHeads

Alaska – Snickers

Arizona – Toblerone

Arkansas – Skittles

California – Lifesavers

Colorado – Milky Way

Connecticut – Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups

Delaware – 3 Musketeers

Florida – Nestlé Crunch Bar

Georgia – Pixy Stix

Hawaii – 100 Grand Bar

Idaho – Butterfinger

Illinois – Snickers

Indiana – Reese’s Pieces

Iowa – Twix

Kansas – Twizzlers

Kentucky – Whoppers

Louisiana – Swedish Fish

Maine – Starburst

Maryland – Almond Joy

Massachusetts – Starburst

Michigan – M&M’s

Minnesota – 100 Grand Bar

Mississippi – Hershey’s Kisses

Missouri – Hershey’s Kisses

Montana – Kit Kat Bar

Nebraska – Skittles

Nevada – Jolly Ranchers

New Hampshire – Tootsie Rolls

New Jersey – Sour Patch Kids

New Mexico – 3 Musketeers

New York – Sweet Tarts

North Carolina – Butterfinger

North Dakota – Sour Patch Kids

Ohio – Milky Way

Oklahoma – M&M’s

Oregon – Candy corn

Pennsylvania – Swedish Fish

Rhode Island – Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups

South Carolina – Candy corn

South Dakota – Laffy Taffy

Tennessee – Candy corn

Texas – Candy corn

Utah – Nerds

Vermont – Almond Joy

Virginia – Reese’s Pieces

Washington – AirHeads

West Virginia – Oreos

Wisconsin – Laffy Taffy

Wyoming – Candy corn

District of Columbia – Twix


Do you agree with these findings? Is your home state represented by the right candy? In any event whether you agree or disagree, huge shout-out to Influenster for providing us with this very important scientific study! Comment below with your thoughts on this map and your favorite Halloween candy!