What's your favorite candy? Do you give it out on Halloween?
J. H. Osborne
Oct 23, 2018 at 2:52 PM
This year, the National Retail Federation is estimating that shoppers will spend $2.6 billion on Halloween candy, according to candystore.com, an online supplier of bulk candy at wholesale prices.
The company has shipped tons of bulk candy nationwide since 2007 and recently combed through its sales data — and got input from major candy manufacturers and distributors — to compile a state-by-state list of the most-sold candies leading up to Halloween. Read on to see if you agree with their “most popular candy” findings for our region.
• Tennessee loves Tootsie Pops. Nearly 61,000 pounds of Tootsie Pops are consumed around Halloween. The treat retains the No. 1 spot in the Volunteer State again this year, followed by Skittles (34,832 pounds) and salt water taffy (17,251 pounds).
• Virginia’s most popular Halloween candy has again changed this year. Hot Tamales have reclaimed the crown. More than 160,000 pounds of Hot Tamales candy is consumed in the commonwealth. But Virginia has not lost sight of its heritage. It was the first place in the United States where peanuts were grown, and Snickers came in second place (132,370 pounds) – falling from the top spot last year. Third place for Virginia: Tootsie Pops (64,494 pounds).
Halloween candy quick facts
• 179 million Americans celebrate Halloween.
• Nearly one-fourth of all Halloween purchases are made online.
• Among those who celebrate Halloween, 95 percent will purchase candy.
• They will spend about $27 on average.
• In Oregon, full-sized candy bars are the norm for trick-or-treaters to receive.
• More than 50 percent of parents stash some Halloween candy to enjoy later in the year.
You can check out candystore.com's interactive state-by-state map on its website.