Halloween might be behind us, but America’s rabid sugar consumption hasn’t slowed much. Now that the holiday season has rolled around, consumers are set to spend a whopping $1.3 billion on candy this Christmas. Yes, billion with a “b.” Between stocking stuffers, Chanukah candy, and gingerbread house-construction, candy stores get a lot of traffic in the winter. In advance of the holiday season, Candystore.com looked into the most popular Christmas candy in each of the 50 states (plus D.C.). The resulting interactive map, compiled through a survey of more than 50,000 CandyStore.com customers and a few major candy manufacturers and distributers, definitely has a few surprises.
For the most part, states tend to stay in the holiday spirit when buying candy, while others veer way off course. Candy Canes as Washington’s most popular treat? Checks out. But Florida, on the other hand, ranks Skittles as number one, begging the question, in what world are Skittles considered Christmas candy? It doesn’t really matter if Skittles puts “Holiday Mix” on the front of the package just to make it festive, they’re still Skittles. And Florida isn’t alone. Looking at you, too, Montana and New York. Weird stuff. And what’s up with Texas’ love of Pez? That chalky nonsense is barely candy, let alone a Christmas candy. For shame, Lonestar state. M&M’s predictably are also extremely popular across the country, along with Candy Canes, which Candystore.com calculates 1.76 Billion of will be produced this year for the holiday season.
Check out the full list of the most popular Christmas candy state-by-state to see if your favorite made the cut: