As households across America prepare for swarms of trick-or-treaters, Halloween candy will be flying off the shelves. Find out the most popular Halloween candy in your state—the results might surprise you!

By Emily VanSchmus
Updated October 02, 2019

Every year, Americans spend billions of dollars on Halloween candy—$9.1 billion in 2018, to be exact, according to The National Retail Federation. This year, the NRF has predicted that more than 118 million Americans will be purchasing Halloween candy ahead of the holiday. In fact, they anticipate 95% of Halloween shoppers will be stocking up on classics like Candy Corn, Snickers, and Tootsie Pops.

To help you decide which goodies to hand out in trick-or-treat bags, CandyStore.com put together a list of the most popular Halloween candy in every state, based on how many times each candy was purchased over the last several years. Their candy experts looked at sales data from the last 12 years to determine the candy-buying habits of consumers in all 50 states and put together an interactive map of their findings—including the second and third place candies, and the number of pounds of candy sold in each state.

Courtesy of Candystore.com

While some states’ favorite candies were no surprise (we’re looking at you, Nevada), others will probably have you shaking your head (Kentucky, really?). If you're overwhelmed by the number of candies pictured in the map—or if you disagree with your state's winner—along with the map, the candy experts also included the top Halloween candies nationwide. Over the last 12 years, Skittles holds strong as the top-selling candy during the Halloween season, with Reese's Cups, M&Ms, and Snickers following closely behind. Ready to find out if your state agrees with your candy preferences? Check out the full list below.

Most Popular Candies by State

These are the top three most-purchased candies in every state.

Alabama

  1. Hershey's Mini Bars
  2. Candy Corn
  3. Tootsie Pops

Alaska

  1. Twix
  2. Blow Pops
  3. Milky Way

Arizona

  1. Hot Tamales
  2. Snickers
  3. Hershey Kisses

Arkansas

  1. Skittles
  2. Jolly Ranchers
  3. Butterfinger

California

  1. Skittles
  2. M&M’s
  3. Reese’s Cups

Colorado

  1. Twix
  2. Hershey Kisses
  3. Milky Way

Connecticut

  1. Milky Way
  2. Almond Joy
  3. M&M’s

Delaware

  1. Skittles
  2. Candy Corn
  3. Lifesavers

Florida

  1. Skittles
  2. Snickers
  3. Reese’s Cups

Georgia

  1. Jolly Ranchers
  2. Swedish Fish
  3. Hershey Kisses

Hawaii

  1. Skittles
  2. Hershey’s Mini Bars
  3. Butterfinger

Idaho

  1. Candy Corn
  2. Starburst
  3. Snickers

Illinois

  1. Kit Kat
  2. Sour Patch Kids
  3. Snickers

Indiana

  1. Hot Tamales
  2. Starburst
  3. Jolly Ranchers

Iowa

  1. Candy Corn
  2. M&M’s
  3. Reese’s Cups

Kansas

  1. Reese’s Cups
  2. M&M’s
  3. Snickers

Kentucky

  1. Swedish Fish
  2. Tootsie Pops
  3. Reese’s Cups

Louisiana

  1. Lemonheads
  2. Reese’s Cups
  3. Blow Pops

Maine

  1. Sour Patch Kids
  2. Starburst
  3. M&M’s

Maryland

  1. Reese's Cups
  2. Milky Way
  3. Hershey Kisses

Massachusetts

  1. Butterfinger
  2. Sour Patch Kids
  3. Dubble Bubble Gum

Michigan

  1. Starburst
  2. Candy Corn
  3. Skittles

Minnesota

  1. Skittles
  2. Tootsie Pops
  3. Candy Corn

Mississippi

  1. Snickers
  2. 3 Musketeers
  3. Butterfinger

Missouri

  1. Milky Way
  2. Dubble Bubble Gum
  3. Almond Joy

Montana

  1. Dubble Bubble Gum
  2. M&M’s
  3. Twix

Nebraska

  1. Salt Water Taffy
  2. Sour Patch Kids
  3. Twix

Nevada

  1. Candy Corn
  2. Hershey Kisses
  3. Tootsie Pops

New Hampshire

  1. Starburst
  2. M&M’s
  3. Snickers

New Jersey

  1. Tootsie Pops
  2. Skittles
  3. M&M’s

New Mexico

  1. Candy Corn
  2. Jolly Ranchers
  3. Milky Way

New York

  1. Hot Tamales
  2. Sour Patch Kids
  3. Candy Corn

North Carolina

  1. Reese's Cups
  2. M&M’s
  3. Snickers

North Dakota

  1. Candy Corn
  2. Hot Tamales
  3. Jolly Ranchers

Ohio

  1. M&M’s
  2. Starburst
  3. Blow Pops

Oklahoma

  1. Dubble Bubble Gum
  2. Snickers
  3. Skittles

Oregon

  1. Reese’s Cups
  2. M&M’s
  3. Candy Corn

Pennsylvania

  1. Hershey's Mini Bars
  2. Skittles
  3. M&M’s

Rhode Island

  1. Twix
  2. M&M’s
  3. Candy Corn

South Carolina

  1. Skittles
  2. Candy Corn
  3. Butterfinger

South Dakota

  1. Starbust
  2. Jolly Ranchers
  3. Candy Corn

Tennessee

  1. Tootsie Pops
  2. Skittles
  3. Salt Water Taffy

Texas

  1. Reese’s Cups
  2. Starburst
  3. Sour Patch Kids

Utah

  1. Jolly Ranchers
  2. Tootsie Pops
  3. Candy Corn

Vermont

  1. M&M's
  2. Skittles
  3. Milky Way

Virginia

  1. Hot Tamales
  2. Snickers
  3. Tootsie Pops

Washington

  1. Salt Water Taffy
  2. Tootsie Pops
  3. Skittles

West Virginia

  1. Blow Pops
  2. Milky Way
  3. Hershey’s Mini Bars

Wisconsin

  1. Starburst
  2. Butterfinger
  3. Hot Tamales

Wyoming

  1. Salt Water Taffy
  2. Reese’s Cups
  3. Dubble Bubble Gum

Whether you buy your state's top candy or opt for another holiday favorite, make sure you stock up on all the sugary essentials before it's too late—and while you're shopping, don't forget to pick up a few non-food trick-or-treat prizes too!

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Comments (1)

barbmcdonough
October 26, 2018
Not sure where these results came from, but in my part of PA Skittles is not the most popular Halloween candy. I bought some for the kids with peanut allergies.