The Most Popular Halloween Candy in Every State

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There's nothing small about how much the people of Alabama love Hershey's Miniatures. Close to 50,000 pounds of the candy is sold in the state to pass out to trick-or-treaters.


Alaska: Twix

It's all in the mix for Alaskans. This cookie, caramel and chocolate confection is the top-selling Halloween candy in the Last Frontier. Almost 5,000 pounds of this candy are sold to Alaskans for trick-or-treat season each year. A close second? Blow Pops, of which nearly 4,300 pounds are sold.


Arizona: Hot Tamales

As if parts of Arizona aren't already hot enough, the most popular Halloween candy in the state is Hot Tamales with just over 750,000 pounds sold. The cinnamon-flavored candy barely beat out second place Snickers, which comes in at about 742,000 pounds.


Arkansas: Skittles

Did you know the state mascot of Arkansas is a mockingbird? It's true. And if you didn't know that, then you probably didn't know this state's favorite candy is Skittles. It's the most-sold Halloween candy with over 200,000 pounds sold.

California: Skittles

Skittles are the most popular Halloween candy in the United States, so it only makes sense it's the biggest candy in the most populous state. Over 1.5 million pounds of Skittles are sold in California alone on average each year.


Colorado: Twix

What do Colorado and Alaska have in common? Beautiful state parks for one, and also a favorite Halloween candy. Twix are also huge in the Centennial State, with 124,000 pounds sold.


Connecticut: Milky Way

Connecticut is home to more than Katharine Hepburn's seaside estate and the best pizza in the country; it's also home to people who really love Milky Ways. The winning candy clocks in at almost 3,000 pounds sold on average each spooky holiday season.


Delaware: Skittles

Nearly 22,000 pounds of Skittles are sold in Delaware, America's first state. Folks in the Diamond State love these colorful little candies.


Florida: Skittles

Not that it's copying Delaware, but Florida also loves Skittles. So much so that the state's almost 564,000 pounds sold eclipses many other states' top sellers.  


Georgia: Jolly Ranchers

Georgians don't just love peaches, they love fruit-flavored candies as well. Jolly Ranchers are their favorite candy; nearly 143,000 pounds of them are sold in the state every year. The second most popular candy is also a fruit-flavored treat: Swedish Fish.


Hawaii: Skittles

Hawaiians can both see rainbows and taste the rainbow thanks to their top Halloween candy, Skittles. Over 276,000 pounds of these chewy fruit candies are sold in the Aloha State every Halloween.

Idaho: Candy Corn

Idaho may be known for its potatoes, but some could see giving spuds to trick-or-treaters as strange. Enter candy corn. People in the state buy nearly 90,000 pounds of it for little goblins and ghouls to enjoy on Halloween.

Illinois: Kit Kat

Whether they live in the Windy City or elsewhere, folks in Illinois can agree on one thing: They love KitKit bars. These shareable chocolate-covered wafers are the top-selling candy in the state, with almost 173,000 pounds sold every year.


Indiana: Hot Tamales

Indiana likes to keep things spicy. Hot Tamales, chewy little cinnamon-flavored candies, are the favorite Halloween treat in the Hoosier State. How much do Indiana residents love Hot Tamales? A lot. They buy just shy of 100,000 pounds of them every Halloween.

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Iowa: Candy Corn

Even the sweetest Iowa sweet corn isn't as sweet as candy corn, the state's most popular Halloween candy. Yes, Iowans even love corn in sugar form; they buy about 63,000 pounds of candy corn.

Kansas: Reese's Peanut Butter Cups

The timeless combination of chocolate and peanut butter in a Reese's Peanut Butter Cup is a well-known crowd pleaser, but people in Kansans really love it. The state collectively buys over 245,000 pounds of this confection each Halloween season.


Kentucky: Swedish Fish

Swedish Fish flavor is its own thing, and Kentucky loves these mysterious little gummies. Residents buy close to 79,000 pounds of Swedish Fish for Halloween, almost 20,000 pounds more than the second most popular candy, Tootsie Pops.

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Louisiana: Lemonheads

While many states share favorite Halloween candies, Louisiana is quite unique in its love of Lemonheads. These sugary citrus-flavored hard candies are big on the bayou; over 112,000 pounds are sold.


Maine: Sour Patch Kids

Folks in Maine like to have fun, and not just by sitting by the seashore and eating lobster rolls. Like all Americans, they like to trick or treat, and when they do, Maine kids should be getting almost 60,000 pounds of sassy Sour Patch Kids in their pillowcases.

Maryland: Reese's Peanut Butter Cups

Maryland loves its chocolates. Its most-sold candies are Hershey's Kisses, Milky Way and the top dog: Reese's. Marylanders buy almost 39,000 pounds of Reese's Peanut Butter Cups for Halloween.


Massachusetts: Butterfinger

Head on up to Massachusetts and you can visit spooky Salem, one of the 50 best American towns to visit in the fall. While you're there for a getaway, you'll probably spot some Butterfinger bars being handed out - almost 70,000 pounds every year to be exact.


Michigan: Starburst

While Michiganders may disagree over which college football team is the best, the Wolverine State certainly can agree on a candy. Residents buy nearly 115,000 pounds of Starburst every year for trick-or-treat season.


Minnesota: Skittles

It may get cold in Minnesota, but the more than 190,000 pounds of Skittles residents buy will keep them warm.


Mississippi: Snickers

When Mississippians are hungry, they grab a Snickers - almost 100,000  pounds on average during the Halloween season.


Missouri: Milky Way

Internationally, Milky Way candy bars don't actually contain caramel and more closely resemble 3 Musketeers. But in Missouri and the rest of the U.S., this candy bar is a three-in-one treat. Missouri would probably riot if the caramel was taken out of Milky Ways; they love the candy bar and buy an average of 44,000 pounds of them for Halloween.


Montana: Dubble Bubble

Montana is a big state, so it takes a lot of Dubble Bubble to keep little witches and warlocks satisfied as they trick-or-treat from house to house. Just how much gum? Nearly 29,000 pounds of it.

Nebraska: Salt Water Taffy

Landlocked Nebraska must dream of the seashore; its top candy is saltwater taffy. Perhaps Nebraskans love Laffy Taffy, that silly little Wonka confection with corny jokes. Either way, this stretchy sweet candy is a favorite, with 96,000 pounds sold per year.

Nevada: Candy Corn

If you're trick-or-treating in Nevada, you better bet on candy corn. The Silver State buys nearly 312,000 pounds of this striped confection for the fall season.

New Hampshire: Starburst

We have a fact that will really burst your bubble - New Hampshire is a huge fan of Starburst. People in the state buy almost 69,000 pounds of these fruit chews.


New Jersey: Tootsie Pops

Trick-or-treaters get a two-in-one treat with Tootsie Pops, so kids in New Jersey are extra lucky. The Garden State embraces the pops by buying about 140,000 pounds every year.


New Mexico: Candy Corn

Did you know candy corn is older than New Mexico's U.S. statehood? Candy corn was invented in the 1880s, long before New Mexico was a state. But that doesn't matter, New Mexicans love candy corn and buy almost 78,000 pounds of it per year.

New York: Hot Tamales

New Yorkers may have a reputation for being a little cold, but their favorite candy is hot. The Empire State buys over 194,000 pounds of Hot Tamales for Halloween.

North Carolina: Reese's Peanut Butter Cups

Reese's are a classic Halloween candy, and North Carolina knows how to appreciate a classic. North Carolinians love the candy so much they buy nearly 90,000 pounds of it.


North Dakota: Candy Corn

North Dakota sure does love candy corn. How many of these little candies do residents buy? Nearly 62,000 pounds per year.

Ohio: M&M's

The Buckeye State is home to one of the best regional desserts everyone should try. When Ohioans aren't mixing up chocolate and peanut butter, they're buying 166,000 pounds of M&M's for Halloween.


Oklahoma: Dubble Bubble

Is there any treat more iconic to childhood than a barrel of bright pink bubblegum? There certainly isn't in Oklahoma, where Dubble Bubble gum is the top treat. Oklahomans buy 18,700 pounds of the stuff for Halloween.

Oregon: Reese's Peanut Butter Cups

White chocolate, dark chocolate or milk chocolate - it doesn't matter which you prefer, Reese's makes its iconic cups in all three flavors. The fine folks in Oregon know this as Reese's Cups are their No. 1 candy, with 90,000-plus pounds sold per year.


Pennsylvania: Hershey's Miniatures

People in Pennsylvania love their Hershey's Miniatures, with about 280,000 pounds sold for Halloween.


Rhode Island: Twix

Rhode Island may be America's smallest state, but its population can agree on one thing: Twix. Yes, this candy is huge in the Ocean State with nearly 18,000 pounds purchased per year.

South Carolina: Skittles

Sour Skittles, Wild Berry Skittles, Tropical Skittles and the original red bag are all good in South Carolina. These fruity candies are the top seller with 123,000 pounds sold per year.

South Dakota: Starburst

Starburst is the second-favorite candy in plenty of states, but it's only the top seller in a few, including South Dakota. The lower Dakota loves this chewy treat and buys 25,000 pounds of it on average.

Tennessee: Tootsie Pops

Over 54,000 pounds of Tootsie Pops are sold in Tennessee for Halloween, easily making it the Volunteer State's top seller.

Texas: Reese's Peanut Butter Cups

Everything is bigger in Texas, including the appetite for Halloween candy. Just how much of its No. 1 candy do Texans buy? More than 1 million pounds of Reese's.

Utah: Jolly Ranchers

Did you know Jolly Ranchers' initial flavors included "Fire Stix" upon their launch in 1949? It's true. And while we're not used to that cinnamon flavor among watermelon, grape and blue raspberry today, maybe Utah can. Jolly Ranchers are the choice Halloween candy, with 412,000 pounds sold.

Vermont: M&M's

Vermont really knows how to enjoy a classic. People in the Green Mountain state buy nearly 34,000 pounds of M&M's each year for Halloween.


Virgina: Hot Tamales

You may think that Hot Tamales, a fiery hot cinnamon candy, would be a divisive treat up there with candy corn, but not in Virginia. Halloween fans love these little oblong candies and buy over 160,000 pounds a year for devilish trick-or-treaters.

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Washington: Salt Water Taffy

Washington State is known for its beautiful coastline, so it makes sense that residents would love saltwater taffy. Yes, this chewy, stretchable and addictive treat is sold en masse in Washington; residents buy over 225,000 pounds a year on average.

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Washington, D.C.: Tootsie Pops

Washington, D.C., may be politically divided, but if Democrats and Republicans can agree on one thing it's that Tootsie Pops are pretty good. With nearly 26,000 pounds of these chocolate candies sold there every Halloween, it's the capital's favorite by a landslide.

Wisconsin: Starburst

Is Wisconsin ready to trade cheeseheads for Starburst heads? The candy is the top seller in the state with 110,000 pounds sold.

West Virgina: Blow Pops

West Virginians know how to get the most bang for their buck, which is why the bubble gum lollipop known as the Blow Pop is the top candy. The Mountain State loves Blow Pops so much that residents buy 43,000 pounds of them.

Wyoming: Saltwater Taffy

The state may not be near large bodies of saltwater, but that doesn't stop Wyoming from scooping up all of the saltwater taffy it can find. Residents buy upwards of 25,000 pounds of the candy every Halloween. While each state has a favorite, most of the time trick-or-treaters will love whatever you drop in their buckets - as long as it's not these things you should never hand out.More From The Daily Meal:

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