CHARLOTTE, NC – Bracketology is a favorite pastime when the NCAA Final Four rolls around each spring. Super Bowl office pools are also in the popularity chase, but a third member of this little triumvirate may be the toughest of the three to predict. Therefore, as a service to our loyal readers, Myth Trivia is provides links to and lists from intensive surveys of more than 30,000 respondents. The topic: Favorite Halloween candies.
The original surveys were conducted by candystore.com. They provide data on the top three choices for Halloween candy in each state. The results are pooled to come up with the National Top Ten Halloween candies list we provide for you here.
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Just how valuable is this information? Suffice it to say that knowledge is power. More importantly, knowing the results of this crucial survey could greatly reduce the odds of having your car egged. Or having your yard rolled on this, our scariest holiday of the year.
For example, who would have ever believed that salt water taffy would be the favorite confection in three states? Or that it would appear among the top three candies on four of the state lists?
More quirky surprises: Skittles was 1, 2 or 3 in 14 states. And Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups and M&Ms tied for the most total selections at 15.
Halloween candy sales this year are predicted to tally about $2.6 billion among 95 percent of the participating households. That translates to a considerable number of post-holiday tummy aches.
Other sources have gathered their own data. In many cases, the data disagree with the Candy Store’s findings. But it seems only logical that a poll conducted by an organization whose bottom line is directly affected by the results of the poll would be among the most accurate. So we’ll go with Candy Store’s research.
Candy Store’s 2019 Top Ten Halloween Confections
Accordingly, the Candy Store lists America’s Top Ten Halloween treats as follows.
- Reese’s Cups
- Candy Corn
- Hot Tamales
- Tootsie Roll Pops
- Sour Patch Kids
The most surprising aspects of this year’s list, to this observer at least, is the Number 1 Top Ranking for Skittles. Runner-up surprise: that Hot Tamales and Sour Patch Kids made this list at all.
On the other hand, there was no sign of wax lips or moustaches, candied apples or caramelized popcorn balls either.
The state of the Halloween candy business in America in 2019
Did you know that an estimated 172 million Americans celebrate Halloween. Nearly 25% of all purchases are now made online.
Online candy shopping is increasing about 15% each year according to industry analysts. As they shop for candies via the web, most consumers believe they are not only saving time, but money as well.
Shoppers do most of their Halloween shopping during the first two weeks in October. A whopping 95 percent of those who participate in Halloween events purchased candy. Their average investment in holiday sweets came to about $25.
For Baby Boomers who recall the days when full sized candy bars were the norm, you can still head to Oregon. That’s where the tradition still exists.
Nearly everyone seems to enjoy giving and receiving Halloween candies. But a number of these candies, including some venerable brands, have gradually shifted over to the “no-go” list for many families and their kids. Times still have a way of changing. So to be fair, since we’ve already listed the current favorites, we also have to list the worst offenders as well. After you take a look at this second list, the final choice is yours. Just remember: “Buyer beware!”
Chewy candies can be great, but there’s just something unappealing about having your teeth stick together and ripping out your fillings while you pull them apart. Or worse, develop a chewing headache in your temples while your overtaxed jaws try to soften the candy up. Bit-O-Honey was ranked #11 last year and moved into the number ten spot this year, replacing Mary Janes. Perhaps this confirms that some flavors just don’t mix well with chewy candies.
9. Good & Plenty
Since Good & Plenty is pretty much licorice, we see the reason why many people don’t like this one.
That makes two, more or less, in this category, if you count Good & Plenty. Note, this list does not include Twizzlers. The lists is referring to black licorice. Australian licorice, on the other hand, if you can get your hands on it, is great.
It’s inevitable that kids will get plenty of these on Halloween. At first they’re not so bad, but the human tongue can take only so many vaguely sweet, chalky candies.
6. Tootsie Rolls
Kids also get a lot of these because they’re an easy way out for people who don’t want to spend a lot of money. Oddly enough, Tootsie Roll Pops are in the Top Ten favorites. But the pops do have more flavor.
5. Necco Wafers
They’re like Smarties, but bigger, not as sweet, and more chalky. So yeah. These took the top spot on one list. Keep in mind however, that they’ve been off the market for a while since the Great Necco Wafer Panic, so maybe they weren’t even a consideration for many voters.
4. Wax Coke Bottles
The novelty is great the first time you get one when you’re five years old. Then the realization sets in: you’re biting through wax to get not even a mouthful of sugar water.
3. Peanut Butter Kisses
Jumping all the way to #3 from the #5 spot, these are neither Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, nor Hershey’s Kisses. Best advice, leave them in that wrapper and move onto the next candy.
2. Circus Peanuts, last year’s #1
They’re not a top drawer confection for sure and, in the right place, at the right time, they’re OK. Just not for Halloween.
1. Candy Corn, the New Worst Halloween Candy in 2019
Candy corn slid up into the #1 spot this year. Knocking circus peanuts off the throne. Most shocking is that Candy Corn is the only treat to make both the Best and Worst lists of Halloween candies. Sure, there are absolutely better candies out there, but there are just as many bad ones.
As Halloween approaches, purchase your treats with the same affection as Sammy Davis, Jr. After all, wasn’t he the real Candy Man?
— Headline image: A veritable plethora of Skittles. Image via Wikipedia entry on the candy. Modified to fit CDN format.
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