What’s the most popular Christmas candy? Hint: it’s not candy canes

Posted at 11:19 AM, Nov 30, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-30 11:19:20-05

When you think of Christmas sweets, baked goods like cookies, cakes and fudge may come to mind, but let’s not forget about the Christmas candy! Thanks to a study by we know what sweet treats each state is munching on!

The interactive map below shows the most popular holiday candy in each state:

So which candy do people like the most? Each state has their own.

The results were compiled by a survey of more than 30,000 people this year. also checked in with major candy manufacturers and distributors to be sure the survey corresponded with their seasonal observations.

Last year, Reese’s Cup Minis took the top spot in just three states. This year it was top in 10 states.

Reese’s Pieces’ count remained at one state, though it changed from Maryland to Montana.

“Pez was all over the place last year. It was the top candy in eight states, confounding our readers and us writers too. Was Pez truly that popular, was there some flash phenomenon that boosted them temporarily? In 2018, Pez was the top candy in only three states and only showed up in the top 3 five times total!”

Reindeer corn finished in the top 3 in 13 different states. Last year, it showed up three times total.

The National Retail Federation says that holiday sales will go up by 4.1 percent this year. That puts total holiday candy sales at more than $2 billion, using the National Confectionery Association’s $1.93 billion estimate from 2017.

What’s your favorite holiday candy?