January 27, 2023

It’s candy season, and every American state seems to have its own cravings as the holiday season approaches.

CandyStore.com, a Los Angeles-based wholesale candy website, believes it has narrowed down America’s best “Christmas candies” after surveying its customer base, candy makers and retailers, about seasonal orders and preferences.

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The online candy store said it received more than 16,000 responses to its Favorite Christmas Candy by State survey this year.

Twelve candies came out on top in the 50 states and Washington, DC

While peppermint bark is the top choice in eight states, CandyStore.com identified some surprising top fruit-flavored picks, like Skittles and Starburst.

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Candy canes are the number one choice in two states, while dozens of other states side with chocolate candy, including Chocolate Santas, Hershey’s Kisses, Kit Kat, M&M’s, Reese’s Cups and Reese’s Pieces.

Peppermint bark and candy canes are usually considered popular Christmas treats, but this year's CandyStore.com Favorite Christmas Candy by State poll may surprise you.

Peppermint bark and candy canes are usually considered popular Christmas treats, but this year’s CandyStore.com Favorite Christmas Candy by State poll may surprise you.
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The only vanilla-flavored candy to make CandyStore.com’s “Most Popular” list is Reindeer Corn, a festive tricolor candy corn treat made by various candy makers.

Here’s a state breakdown of CandyStore.com’s Christmas candy map.

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candy canes

Candy canes are tube-shaped mint-flavored candies.

Candy canes are tube-shaped mint-flavored candies.
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States that prefer candy canes: Louisiana and Oregon

Chocolate Santas

Chocolate Santas are seasonal Santa-shaped candies that are becoming increasingly popular around the holiday season.  Here's a row of chocolate Santas wearing protective face masks at Hungarian confectioner Laszlo Rimoczi's workshop in Lajosmizse, Hungary, during the 2020 pandemic.

Chocolate Santas are seasonal Santa-shaped candies that are becoming increasingly popular around the holiday season. Here’s a row of chocolate Santas wearing protective face masks at Hungarian confectioner Laszlo Rimoczi’s workshop in Lajosmizse, Hungary, during the 2020 pandemic.
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States that prefer chocolate Santas: Alaska, Mississippi, New Mexico, North Dakota and Ohio

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Hershey kisses

Hershey's Kisses are small, bite-sized pieces of chocolate in the shape of a teardrop.

Hershey’s Kisses are small, bite-sized pieces of chocolate in the shape of a teardrop.
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States that prefer Hershey’s Kisses: Arizona, Maine, Missouri, South Dakota and Utah

kit cat

Kit Kats are chocolate covered waffles with breakable pieces.

Kit Kats are chocolate covered waffles with breakable pieces.
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States that prefer the Kit Kat: Massachusetts and Oklahoma

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M&M’s

M&Ms were first introduced in 1941 by the candy company Mars.  The small pieces of candy with a hard shell have chocolate cores.

M&Ms were first introduced in 1941 by the candy company Mars. The small pieces of candy with a hard shell have chocolate cores.
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States that favor M&Ms: Iowa, Idaho, Kentucky, New Hampshire, South Carolina, Virginia and Wyoming

peppermint bark

Peppermint bark is a seasonal confection generally made with pieces of chocolate and candy canes.

Peppermint bark is a seasonal confection generally made with pieces of chocolate and candy canes.
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States that prefer peppermint bark: Illinois, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, Rhode Island, Tennessee and West Virginia

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reindeer corn

States that prefer reindeer corn: Alabama

Reese’s Cup Minis

Reese's Peanut Butter Cups are candy cups with a chocolate shell enclosing a peanut butter filling.

Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups are candy cups with a chocolate shell enclosing a peanut butter filling.
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States that prefer Reese’s Cup Minis: California, Colorado, Indiana, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Texas and Washington

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Reese’s pieces

Reese's Pieces were invented and published by Hershey in the 1970s.  The hard shell candies have a chocolate peanut butter core.

Reese’s Pieces were invented and published by Hershey in the 1970s. The hard shell candies have a chocolate peanut butter core.
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States that prefer Reese’s Pieces: Montana

skittles

Cones are hard-shelled fruit-flavored candies.

Cones are hard-shelled fruit-flavored candies.
(AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

States that favor bowling: New Jersey

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giggles

Snickers chocolate bars consist of nougat, caramel, peanuts and chocolate.

Snickers chocolate bars consist of nougat, caramel, peanuts and chocolate.
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States that prefer Snickers: Districts of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, New York and Vermont

starburst

States that prefer Starburst: Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, North Carolina, Nevada and Wisconsin

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CandyStore.com is reporting that Peppermint Bark is on a “Cooldown” and Candy Canes are on a “Reduction.”

Peppermint bark reportedly fell six points from a year ago, while candy canes fell four points.

“Candy canes are not the all-time favorite Christmas treats you might think,” CandyStore.com wrote in its report. “They’re actually often on the list of the WORST Christmas candies.”

“People who don’t like them cite being messy to eat, difficult to unwrap in one piece, and becoming spicy and dangerous after a while,” the report continued.

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CandyStore.com reports that approximately 150 million chocolate Santas are produced each Christmas.

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