I thought for sure chocolate would rule them all, but it turns out, chocolate does not!

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Trick or Treat

Going trick or treating is a right of passage for most kids.  This year my son is two, and it's the first time he's going to get to go trick or treating, and I can't wait! We've been practicing saying "trick or treat" and I can't wait to walk with him around the neighborhood.   I have a lot of fond memories of going trick-or-treating when I was a kid, so I'm excited to start that tradition with my kid this year.

Photo by Haley Phelps on Unsplash
Photo by Haley Phelps on Unsplash

I live in a neighborhood where we get a lot of trick-or-treaters, so we always keep Halloween candy on hand to pass out to the kids, but we always buy the bags that have our favorites in them so if we have some leftovers, it won't go to waste. So which candy is the most popular for area trick-or-treaters?  One study answered that question and the answers surprised me.

Candy Store Findings

Every year CandyStore.com puts together a really cool interactive map of the most popular candy for each state in the United States. This year they said they gathered data from each state for the past 15 years and compiled it all into a really cool map, which you can see here.


Halloween Jack o Lantern pail, top view with spilling candy

The Most Popular Halloween Candy in Indiana

  • #1 Starbursts
  • #2 Hot Tamales
  • #3 Jolly Ranchers

No chocolate?  I'm shocked!

The most popular Halloween Candy in Kentucky

  • #1 Reese Cups
  • #2 Hot Tamales
  • #3 Swedish Fish

And while we're chatting about the Tri-State area...

The Most Popular Halloween Candy in Illinois

  • #1 Sour Patch Kids
  • #2 Kit Kat
  • #3 Starburst

The Most Popular Halloween Candy Nationwide

Candy Store even broke down the most popular Halloween candy across all 50 states:

  • #1 Reese Cups
  • #2 M&Ms
  • #3 Hot Tamales

Who knew Hot Tamales were so popular? You can see a further breakdown of the most popular Halloween candy across the United States, here.

LOOK: How Halloween has changed in the past 100 years

Stacker compiled a list of ways that Halloween has changed over the last 100 years, from how we celebrate it on the day to the costumes we wear trick-or-treating. We’ve included events, inventions, and trends that changed the ways that Halloween was celebrated over time. Many of these traditions were phased out over time. But just like fake blood in a carpet, every bit of Halloween’s history left an impression we can see traces of today.

Gallery Credit: Brit McGinnis

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