Halloween Is Coming... What's Your State's Favorite Candy?

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"Halloween was confusing. All my life my parents said, "Never take candy from strangers." And then they dressed me up and said, "Go beg for it." I didn't know what to do. I'd knock on people's doors and go, "Trick or treat."

... Rita Rudner


Halloween is fast arriving and store shelves are full of candy to purchase for the holiday. So many choices. How will you make sure you're buying what trick or treaters in your state like?


Some years ago when I checked out North Carolina's favorite candy for Halloween it was a complete surprise to me that Butterfingers were listed as our State's favorite candy. My personal experience with trick or treaters coming to my home was always a strong preference for KitKats, Reese's Peanut Butter Cups and Skittles. This year, I see that North Carolina's favorite candy is Reese's Peanut Butter Cups... much more to my expectations of several years ago.



Favorite Halloween Candy By State 2022

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America's Top 10 Favorite Candies

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10 Least Liked Halloween Candies In America

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(I just want to know what's wrong with Good & Plenty and Tootsie Rolls... loved them as a kid and still like a taste of them now and then today!)


Halloween candy sales are a big deal for candy manufacturers and 2022 is slated to have the highest ever spending on candy this Halloween season according to the National Retail Federation at $3.1 billion. Consumers plan to spend $100, on average, for Halloween candy, décor, cards and costumes. This is on par with the record of $103 set in 2021 and the second highest in the survey’s history.  


Halloween Candy Spending

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Alabama: Skittles

Alaska: Sour Patch Kids

Arizona: Hershey Kisses

Arkansas: Butterfinger

California: Reese’s Cups

Colorado: Hershey Kisses

Connecticut: Almond Joy

Delaware: Sour Patch Kids

Florida: Reese’s Cups

Georgia: Swedish Fish

Hawaii: Hershey’s Mini Bars

Idaho: Snickers

Illinois: Sour Patch Kids

Indiana: Starburst

Iowa: M&M’s

Kansas: M&M’s

Kentucky: Reese’s Cups

Louisiana: Lemonheads

Maine: Sour Patch Kids

Maryland: Hershey Kisses

Massachusetts: Sour Patch Kids

Michigan: Starburst

Minnesota: Hot Tamales

Mississippi: 3 Musketeers

Missouri: Milky Way

Montana: Twix

Nebraska: Sour Patch Kids

Nevada: Hot Tamales

New Hampshire: M&M’s

New Jersey: Tootsie Pops

New Mexico: Hershey’s Mini Bars

New York: Sour Patch Kids

North Carolina: Reese’s Cups

North Dakota: Hot Tamales

Ohio: M&M’s

Oklahoma: Skittles

Oregon: M&M’s

Pennsylvania: Hershey’s Mini Bars

Rhode Island: Twix

South Carolina: Butterfinger

South Dakota: Jolly Ranchers

Tennessee: Tootsie Pops

Texas: Starburst

Utah: Tootsie Pops

Vermont: M&M’s

Virginia: Hot Tamales

Washington, DC: M&M’s

Washington: Tootsie Pops

West Virginia: Blow Pops

Wisconsin: Butterfinger

Wyoming: Reese’s Cups



This information about Halloween candy is provided by Nina Hollander and Carolinas Realty Partners, Coldwell Banker Realty, Greater Charlotte  area  residential real estate experts. We've been providing a sweet experience for Charlotte area home buyers and sellers for 22+ years. 


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Comments (26)

Ed Silva
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

Nina, Almond Joy may have been a favorite at one time especially in our area as they were made at the Peter Paul plant in Naugatuck, CT.  As for me, I'm a KitKat, Twix and Reese's person and they are also the bags that get sold quickest at the local stores

Oct 05, 2022 02:56 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Hi Nina! Starburst??? for Texas??? I can't believe it!  And I like a few pieces of Candy Corn!  Love the stats and map!!!!

Oct 05, 2022 05:07 PM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Nina Hollander, Broker - interesting candy stats. I can't say Starbursts are a favorite for TX or whatever those candies were for Illinois. But hey! It's still good and interesting information. Everything is subjective. I like your blog post. I would have guessed M&M and Reese Peanut Butter Cups tops the national charts in most states. 

Oct 05, 2022 05:11 PM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

That is a timely post for October Nina. Thank you for sharing 😋

Oct 05, 2022 05:42 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Nina loved this interactive map, I could not help myself but had to click on CA before I even read your post:))Endre

Oct 05, 2022 10:36 PM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Ed Silva good morning, Ed... all I can say for your choices is 2 for Hershey and 1 for Mars in terms of preference scores!

Oct 06, 2022 03:46 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Kathy Streib hi Kathy... when I was at Mars we sold a ton of Starburst... kids seem to really like them. I never got why people are so anti-candy corn... I quite like it from time to time (along with Good & Plenty since I like licorice). My Dutch sister-in-law's grandchildren go crazy to find candy corn to take back to Holland when they are in the USA.

Oct 06, 2022 03:48 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP hi Patricia... these are based on 15 years of stats, so I'd guess there is some validity to these results. From my own experience, I know trick or treaters like M&M's and Reece's Peanut Butter Cups the most.

Oct 06, 2022 03:50 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS good morning, Paul... I was at BJ's the other day and the shelves were full of candy bags... it occurred to me that people might have a hard time deciding what would be most popular with trick or treaters.

Oct 06, 2022 03:51 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Endre Barath, Jr. ha-ha, Endre! My post did not say not to look till you read it first... I'd have probably done the same if I hadn't written the post!

Oct 06, 2022 03:52 AM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker/REALTOR® - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

Interesting. Supposedly Twix are #1 in Montana. I have no idea if that's true or not but I suspect these statistics come from the amount of bags of the stuff that are sold in each state. Wonder if there are just a few people buying up all the Twix. haha.

Oct 06, 2022 05:22 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Kat Palmiotti it's hard to say, Kat... these results were based on 15 years of sales history, so they must have something to back them up.

Oct 06, 2022 06:46 AM
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
Retired New Hampshire Home Stager

So NH is M&M's . I do enjoy them, but my first choice of all the candy listed would be Snickers or Milky Way.

Oct 06, 2022 09:26 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Sharon Tara hi Sharon... I'm just the opposite... I'll go for M&M's before I go for Snickers or Milky Way bars. 

Oct 06, 2022 09:37 AM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Nina Hollander, Broker - I enjoyed the map with all the candy pictured in each state.  Of course, not easy to make out in the small states. Haha. 

I fit right in with Hershey Kisses.  During the different holidays, I usually have a bowl full of them.   I like them because you can get a taste of chocolate anytime.

Oct 06, 2022 12:20 PM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Sheri Sperry - MCNE® hi Sheri... I'm not much of a fan of Hershey chocolate, but funny enough, I don't mind it in a Kisses format. Go figure!

Oct 06, 2022 01:54 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Nina:

What a fun, and appropriate post, for the Halloween season. CA's fave is Reese's Cups, which I like pretty well but can't say they are my favorite...but then anything chocolate works for me.


Oct 07, 2022 01:09 PM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Jeff Dowler, CRS hi Jeff... I've always loved a chocolate and peanut butter combination. While I'm happy to have a Reese's Cup now and then, I'm really all about the "gourmet" chocolate peanut butter cups.

Oct 07, 2022 01:20 PM
Buzz Mackintosh
Mackintosh REALTORS - Frederick, MD
“Experience, reliable, leadership”

 I would say your list is very accurate , my wife , Melissa is from NC and her 2 favorites are Reese’s Cups & Hershey Kisses. As for me, when it comes time for desert or candy I always say "I'm not a sweet person".

Oct 09, 2022 05:14 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Buzz Mackintosh good morning, Buzz... that's what my husband says... he'll eat some vanilla ice cream and Lindt milk chocolate, but out side of that he's not a sweets person. I'm originally from New York and have never had a Sour Patch Kids candy... of course, they weren't around when I was a kid growing up in NYC.

Oct 09, 2022 05:16 AM