Halloween candy map: Which is your state's favorite?
Posted: 12:14 PM, Oct 25, 2017
Scripps National Desk
Nearly every child age 5-14 in the United States participates in a Halloween trick-or-treat event. That's according to the latest U.S. Census data that shows an estimated 41.1 million children in that age group seek treats on beggar's night. History shows Halloween dates back 2,000 years to the Gaelic holiday Samhain. It's an ancient tradition associated with images of witches, ghosts and vampires. But today the October holiday involves more child-friendly activities, including pumpkin carving, corn mazes and costumes.
'Tis the season for goblins and ghosts and — CANDY. Nearly $3 billion of it.
The U.S. is projected to spend that much on Halloween candy this year. Leaders in the candy industry say online sales of candy have increased 15 percent (last numbers were 2014-2015). Dark chocolate and chocolate-covered fruit
have increased in popularity.
Which candy is your state's favorite? This map shows a breakdown of the most pounds purchased in each state. In Ohio, people are buying up Blow Pops. Alabama and New Mexico are loving some candy corn. California has purchased more than 1,2 million pounds of M&M's, and Florida is Team Skittles all the way.
Hover over the map to find out which if your state's first, second, and third favorite candy to buy for Halloween.