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Most Popular Christmas Candy by State

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.

The online candy store said it received more than 16,000 responses for its “Most Popular Christmas candy by state” Opinion poll.

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.

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.

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.

candy canes

Candy canes are preferred in two states.
Candy canes are preferred in two states.
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States that prefer candy canes:

Louisiana

-Oregon

Chocolate Santas

Chocolate Santas topped the list in five states.
Chocolate Santas topped the list in five states.
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States that prefer chocolate Santas:

Alaska

-Mississippi

-New Mexico

-North Dakota

-Ohio

Hershey kisses

Hershey's Kisses was also favored by five states.
Hershey’s Kisses was also favored by five states.
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States that prefer Hershey’s Kisses:

Arizona

-Maine

-Missouri

-South Dakota

-Utah

kit cat

Massachusetts and Oklahoma prefer KitKats.
Massachusetts and Oklahoma prefer KitKats.
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States that prefer the Kit Kat:

Massachusetts

-Oklahoma

M&M’s

Seven states say M&M's are the best Christmas candy.
Seven states say M&M’s are the best Christmas candy.
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States that favor M&Ms:

Iowa

-Idaho

-Kentucky

-New Hampshire

– South Carolina

-Virginia

– Wyoming

peppermint bark

Peppermint bark is most popular in eight states.
Peppermint bark is most popular in eight states.
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States that prefer peppermint bark:

Illinois

-Kansas

-Michigan

-Minnesota

-Nebraska

-Rhode Island

-Tennessee

-West Virginia

reindeer corn

Alabamans consider reindeer corn to be the best Christmas candy.
Alabamans consider reindeer corn to be the best Christmas candy.
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States that prefer reindeer corn:

Alabama

Reese’s Cup Minis

Seven states enjoy Reese's Cup Minis.
Seven states enjoy Reese’s Cup Minis.
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States that prefer Reese’s Cup Minis:

California

-Colorado

-Indiana

-Maryland

-Pennsylvania

-Texas

-Washington

Reese’s pieces

Big Sky Country enjoys Reese's plays.
Big Sky Country enjoys Reese’s plays.
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States that prefer Reese’s Pieces:

Montana

skittles

Fruity cones are enjoyed in New Jersey.
Fruity cones are enjoyed in New Jersey.
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States that favor bowling:

New Jersey

giggles

New Yorkers voted Snickers their favorite Christmas candy.
New Yorkers voted Snickers their favorite Christmas candy.
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States that prefer Snickers:

District of Columbia

-Florida

-Georgia

-New York

-Vermont

starburst

Seven states are snacking on Starburst this holiday.
Seven states are snacking on Starburst this holiday.
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States that prefer Starburst:

Arkansas

-Connecticut

– Delaware

-Hawaii

-North Carolina

-Nevada

-Wisconsin

CandyStore.com is reporting that Peppermint Bark is on a “cooldown” and that candy canes are on a “drop.”

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 that they’re messy to eat, difficult to unwrap in one piece, and become spicy and dangerous after a while,” the report continued.

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

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