I have a confession: I’ve never been a big fan of Halloween.
I don’t love, or even like, being scared. Scary movies still give me nightmares and the sight of blood makes me queasy.
But there is one thing I do love about Halloween: candy. I have a serious sweettooth (just ask my dentist). I don’t really discriminate. I love it all, chocolate, fruity candy, taffy, lollipops, chocolate . . .
I do admit that the little ghouls and goblins are pretty adorable Oct. 31. And I’m on the pumpkin train. I love everything pumpkin, which means I carve pumpkins even if it’s only to roast the seeds in Worcestershire sauce and devour them.
But back to candy. Did you know that approximately $2.7 billion will be spent on Halloween treats this year?
The other day, I received an email with an interactive state-by-state ranking of favorite candy, based on 10 years of bulk sales data. So of course, I tried to decide where I should live based on my candy preference.
Louisiana would be a top contender, with Lemonheads in first place, at 102,833 pounds sold last year; followed by Reese’s Cups, 89,738 pounds; and Jolly Ranchers, 45,092 pounds.
I also might like to live in a state where candy corn fared well (first place), such as Idaho, New Mexico, Michigan, Alabama or South Carolina.
Missouri’s top three candies last year were Milky Way, 42,739 pounds; Double Bubble Gum, 34,751 pounds; and Butterfinger, 24,780 pounds.
Texans purchased almost 2 million pounds of Starbursts! That’s a lot of Starburst.
I don’t really think of Hot Tamales as Halloween candy, but they ranked No. 1 in both North Dakota (65,782 pounds last year) and Indiana (95,092 pounds).
Growing up in Washington (and Union, but most of my trick-or-treating was before I moved to Union), I remember visiting the fire station and getting a candy apple every year.
As a child, you never forget which houses gave full-size candy bars. My brother, sister and I would trick-or-treat for hours, filling pillowcases with sweet treats.
Of course, we couldn’t eat any of them before we brought them to the police station to be scanned for any nefarious objects like razor blades or needles. (Apparently that was a thing?)
Those little orange and black wrapped peanut butter candies were so popular. I traded them for “better candy” back then, but quite enjoy them as an adult.
Now, my son has braces, but he still wants to trick-or-treat. I guess I’ll take one for the team and help him eat all the candy he isn’t allowed for 1 1/2 more years.
Be safe out there, and have a happy Halloween!
To see the digital interactive map of favorite candy, visit https://www.candystore.com/blog/facts-trivia/halloween-candy-map-popular.