Most popular Halloween candy by state

Halloween is just around the corner, which means candy is flying off the shelves.

About $2.6 billion will be spent on sweets for trick-or-treaters this year, according to

According to the site, trick-or-treaters in Tennessee like to keep it traditional with a Tootsie Pop. Skittles and salt water taffy come in second and third respectively.

Across the river in Arkansas, Jolly Ranchers come in at the top followed by Hot Tamales and Butterfingers.  Down in Mississippi, the top 3 are 3 Musketeers, Snickers, and Butterfingers.

Our friends in the Blue Grass State like things a little fishy. The number one candy in Kentucky is Swedish Fish followed by Tootsie Pops and Reese’s Cups. Get this: over 73,000 POUNDS of Swedish Fish were purchased last year for all Hallows Eve.

Move your mouse over the map see what’s popular in other states:


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What should I put in my candy bowl?

Our friends at compiled a list of America’s top 10 choices based on 11 years of data.

  1. Skittles
  2. M&Ms
  3. Snickers
  4. Reese’s Cups
  5. Starburst
  6. Candy Corn
  7. Hot Tamales
  8. Hershey’s
  9. Tootsie Pops
  10. Jolly Ranchers

Suffice it to say, kids of all ages love chocolate! (And, let’s be honest. Kids just love candy. Especially when it’s free.)

Data shows that those that celebrate Halloween spend about $27 on sweets for the little ghosts and goblins.

And, parents, you’re not alone: the study found that more than 50 percent of parents admit to hiding some of those goodies to enjoy later in the year.

So, did your favorite make the list?

If not, maybe you should stock up on it this year to help grow its popularity. Just a thought.