The average trick or treaters nets about 50 pieces of candy, but if you’re not sure what your kid’s favorite is, just wait. Soon it will literally be written all over their faces. But as for the rest of the U.S., their preferred Halloween pick is anyone’s guess. More specifically, it’s website Influenster’s guess, because they polled 40,000 of their readers and mapped the most popular candies accordingly. You might want to consult with it before shopping for your trick-or-treaters, or risk having egg on your face (and house).
Appropriately frightening, the top candy choice in most states was candy corn — a sweet that’s orange and polarizing enough to be the Donald Trump of candies. Fortunately, the sweet treat with the most votes overall was Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup, which along with Kit-Kat and Butterfinger, were the only 3 candies that were popular in all 50 states (so you can call off that move to Canada). And yet somehow that waxy sugar kernel from the 1880s was still the favorite treat for Halloweeners in Oregon, Wyoming, Tennessee, Texas, and South Carolina. It’s like The Joker said, “It doesn’t have to be good to be a classic.”
If you’re actually into candy corn, you have your work cut out for you: 9 billion kernels of the stuff were manufactured last year. If you’re more interested in weird outliers, check out California, where Los Angeles likely scared residents away from anything over 15 calories voted for Life Savers, and Arizona, where Swiss chocolate from the Alps is most popular. Too bad all those kids have to do their trick-or-treating in duty-free gift shops.