The place you live says a lot about you. For example, people in Denver, Colorado are more likely to love hiking and skiing, while people in San Diego, California are more into surfing and being tan (we love you California)!
Connecting states with their common activities is pretty easy if you know something about the landscapes in each state. But here’s something that isn’t as obvious . . . people living in each state statistically prefer different candies!
We aren’t exactly sure why each state prefers the candy it does, but we’re making some guesses.
West Virginians are into Push Pops. Could that be because West Virginia is home to a large number of manufacturing and agricultural businesses? Hear us out–when you want a sweet treat in the middle of your work day, but your hands are covered with evidence of a hard day’s work, you might not want to touch the candy you’re eating. Push Pops make that possible.
And what about Georgia? They’re way into Pop Rocks. Are Georgians just extra and they like their candy to reflect that fact?
Help us out. What do you think the connections are? Also, is the candy associated with your state your favorite?
York Peppermint Pattie: Pennsylvania
The York Peppermint Pattie was invented in 1940 by Henry Kessler. As the name hints, the candy was first produced in York, Pennsylvania.
Up next is a favorite among Midwestern kids…
Pixy Stix: Missouri
You might not have ever guessed it, but Pixy Stix were first created in St. Louis, Missouri, the gateway to the West. In 1942, the candy’s creator, J. Fish Smith, came up with Pixy Stix when he saw children eating powdered drink mix. Today, there are a multitude of flavors, including cherry, orange, raspberry, and grape.
According to a poll from Zippia.com, Alabama favors Starbursts the most out of all other candies. The website used Google Trends to determine this, and they found six states love this fruity treat!
The following candy is also pretty sweet…
The same poll from Zippia.com concluded that Alaska favors Smarties, a candy that’s been around since 1949. The name Smarties originated from the verb “to smart,” which apparently means to pucker one’s face. That makes sense, considering Smarties do have a tangy taste.
This next candy is a bit on the spicy side…
Hot Tamales: North Dakota
Hot Tamales are one of the most popular cinnamon candies around, and it turns out, North Dakotans love them the most out of all fifty states!
Don’t mistake the following candy for an actual bottle cap…
Bottle Caps: Nevada
Bottle Caps are a true nostalgic candy. Just like their name, they’re shaped like actual bottle caps, except they’re actually edible. Though rarer today, they’re enjoyed across the United States, including Nevada.
The great state of Washington favors this next candy most…
Blow Pops: Washington
The Blow Pop sucker was first created in 1988 and was first produced under The Charms Candy Company. Today, these suckers are made under the Tootsie Roll Industries and remain popular across the country, especially during Halloween.
Washington residents actually despise the following candy, due to a previous concern it would explode their stomachs when combined with soda…
Pop Rocks: Georgia
Today, Pop Rocks are manufactured in Atlanta, Georgia, making them the state’s most-favored candy. These sparkly candies were invented by two food chemists, Leon T. Kremzner and William A. Mitchell in 1962. They’ve caused a lot of controversy since their creation, specifically in Seattle, where people actually believed their stomachs would explode if they ate Pop Rocks with a soda!
Ready to learn about the Big Apple’s favorite candy?…
Ring Pop: New York
The Ring Pop first came to be in 1977 when an engineer was tired of watching his daughter suck her thumb. Because of the Ring Pop’s history of creation starting at the Topps Company, based out of New York, we believe New Yorkers have a special appreciation for this childish candy.
Ready to see which state likes to “taste the rainbow?” Keep reading…
Oddly enough, Skittles originated in Europe, and they have been used symbolically throughout the country, specifically in London for Pride appreciation. In America, Skittles also have a bit of a political meaning. Trayvon Martin, a 17-year-old Black Floridian, was carrying Skittles when he was shot. Afterward, protestors carried Skittles as a nod to Martin’s innocence. So, Skittles definitely have a different meaning in Florida.
This next candy has a lot to do with one of the most popular movies from the 80s…
Reese’s Pieces: California
Ever wonder how Reese’s Pieces got so popular? The answer: E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial. The movie, set in California, involves a young boy who meets E.T., an extraterrestrial creature who has lost his way on Earth. In the movie, Reese’s Pieces is features, and it became extremely popular across the country, especially in California.
This next candy originated in the state with the big bean…
In 1983, Chicago-based company, Willy Wonka Candy Company, created Nerds. The candy, basically made from straight sugar, is extremely popular among Illinois residents, particularly because the production site is in the state.
With a joke on every wrapper, this next candy is most popular in the great state of…
Laffy Taffy: South Dakota
In 2016, Dakota News reported Laffy Taffy was the most popular candy in South Dakota. Lucky for South Dakotans, Laffy Taffys come in all different flavors, including banana, cherry, strawberry, and even sour apple.
The next candy on our list is so good, its sour, sweet, then gone…
Sour Patch Kids: Delaware
These cute little creatures are not only delicious, but they’re also extremely popular in the great state of Delaware, according to the popular website, The Daily Meal. Since their debut in the 1970s as “Mars Men,” Sour Patch Kids have expanded into all sorts of new flavors, like watermelon and blue raspberry.
This next candy might go best with a bet at the Kentucky Derby…
Even though AirHeads originated from a Dutch-Italian company, they remain extremely popular in the United States, specifically in Kentucky. In 1979, the same Dutch-Italian company, Perfetti Van Melle, began AirHead production in Erlanger, Kentucky, making it the state’s most-favored candy of all.
Although this next candy is primarily manufactured in Illinois, we think it might be most popular in the great state of…
Bubble Tape Gum: Indiana
Bubble Tape Gum became extremely popular across American in the 90s, especially for its fun packaging. Currently, most Bubble Tape Gum is produced by Wrigley, a Chicago-based company, but the gum is likely still popular in nearby states, like Indiana, too!
You’ll have to push this next candy in order to enjoy it…
Push Pop: West Virginia
When West Virginians aren’t enjoying chocolate sweets, they’re bound to try the classic Push Pop. Mostly, Push Pops are branded for kids because they’re super messy, but some adults might get away with eating these sugary treats!
Pretzel M&Ms: Rhode Island
One article from Patch.com states that Pretzel M&Ms are the favorite candy in Rhode Island. We have to agree that this M&M variation is pretty tasty, but it’s not the only candy that’s popular…
18 years after Warheads were created in Tawaiin, an Iowa-based company called The Foreign Candy Company imported them into the United States. Warheads are known for their incredibly sour flavor, so if you eat them, be prepared for a wild taste!
If you enjoy caramel, then you’re bound to appreciate Maryland’s favorite candy…
Goetze’s Candy, Caramel Creams: Maryland
Goetze’s Candy is a popular candy manufacturer based out of Maryland. One of their most famous candies is the Caramel Cream, a small vanilla and caramel candy. Both chewy and creamy, these caramels are easy to eat in multiples!
If you’re not a fan of milk or dark chocolate, then this next candy is definitely for you…
Hershey’s Cookies ‘n’ Creme: Wyoming
Most people enjoy white chocolate, especially when it’s mixed with Oreos! This candy bar is Hershey’s take on the classic cookies ‘n’ creme flavor. Surprisingly, though, this candy bar no longer has white chocolate in its ingredients, but rather, cocoa butter and oil substitutes
Baby Bottle Pop
Baby Bottle Pops were first made by a company called Topps in the year 1998, and they became an instant hit. There are many flavors of Baby Bottle Pops, including strawberry, bubblegum, watermelon, grape, green apple, blue raspberry, cherry, and even one named ghost rust.
Hershey Kisses: Colorado
Hershey Kisses are one of the most common candies around, especially around Valentine’s Day, but apparently Coloradoans love them the most.
Twizzlers: New Mexico
For almost 30 years, from 1970-1999, a manufacturing plant manufactured Twizzlers, until transportation costs rose. These sweet sticks originated in Pennsylvania, but we awarded their favor to New Mexico.
Speaking of popular candies…
M&Ms: New Jersey
M&M’s were first produced in the U.S. in 1941 in New Jersey, which is why so many people in New Jersey appreciate this classic chocolate treat. Fun fact: each ‘M’ stands for the last names of the two creators, Bruce Murrie, who founded the Newark production company, and William F. R. Murrie.
Ever heard of gum with caffeine in it? Don’t knock it until you try it because plenty of people in the following state enjoy it…
Jolt Energy Gum: Rhode Island
Joly Energy Gum is not easy to find. Most states don’t sell it anymore, likely because it lost its popularity, and most people don’t prefer caffeinated gum. But, you can still find it in certain states, like New York, New Jersey, and Rhode Island, all of which favor the gum, despite its decline in popularity.
You’ll never guess which state loves Halloween treats the most…
Candy Corn: Michigan
According to CandyStore.com’s 2020 favorite candy survey, Michigan favored candy corn the most, which made one Detroit Free Press writer pretty disappointed. Apparently liking candy corn is controversial, otherwise, he likely wouldn’t have called it “garbage.”
Thankfully, the following candy is most definitely less controversial…
Lollipops originated in New Haven, Connecticut, which is why we’ve paired them with this state. Today, there are countless variations of the lollipop, including ones with gum in them.
This next candy turns out not to be a dud in South Carolina…
Milk Duds: South Carolina
If you ask around, most people will say they don’t particularly like Milk Duds. Too bland? Too chewy? Who knows, but regardless, Milk Duds are most popular in South Carolina, according to one survey. Maybe they don’t mind the extra chew of these classic candy!
The next candy is also chewy, except its shape is much cuter…
Gummy Bears: Wisconsin
Gummy bears originated in Germany, not the United States. Still, they’re popular among lots of Americans, especially those who live in Wisconsin, where a new Haribo factory opened in 2020.
If you enjoy Milky Ways, you’d be interested to know its production also didn’t start in the U.S….
Milky Way: Minnesota
In 1923, candy creator and Mars, Incorporated spearhead, Frank C. Mars, began Milky Way production in Minneapolis, Minnesota. This was an attempt to create an American version of the candy, which is popular in different countries across the world. Minnesotans must have a lot of pride in the Milky Way because it’s one of the most popular chocolate candies to stand the test of time.
Crunchy, savory, and sweet, Virginians enjoy this next candy on our list…
Peanut Brittle: Virginia
Though some people might not consider peanut brittle a proper candy, it’s one of the most popular treats in Virginia. This is because Virginia is known for their peanuts. Mix that with caramel, sugar, and even chocolate, and you’ve got yourself some delicious peanut brittle. What’s not to love?
This following candy mixes well with a famous Southern recipe…
If you’ve never heard of Mississippi mud pie, then you’re missing out. Perhaps one of the most famous desserts in Mississippi, the mud pie is frequently topped with crushed Snickers bars, making Snickers the most popular candy in the state. For an added sweetness, add a drizzle of caramel on top!
This next candy should probably be reserved for kids, as it can change the color of your mouth…
Dubble Bubble Painterz Mouth Coloring Bubble Gum: Pennsylvania
Dubble Bubble Painterz Mouth Coloring Bubble Gum is manufactured by Fleer Chewing Gum Company, a company based out of Philadelphia. Though this candy has not been too popular due to the color-changing capabilities it can have on your tongue, we think it’d still be pretty popular in Pennsylvania, where it’s produced.
But which state is breaking off the most of a Kit Kat bar?
Kit Kat: Maine
According to Eat This, Not That!, Maine fovors KitKats the most. Maybe it’s because the chocolate is too irresistable people in Maine can’t help but buy it in bulk?
The next candy is particularly popular in…
One 2019 poll discovered that Butterfingers were the most popular and best-selling candies in Massachusetts. This candy bar originated just outside of Chicago in 1923, but it’s definitely spread its popularity around the United States and abroad.
The following candy has been around for quite some time…
Tootsie Roll: New Hampshire
According to an Influenster poll, the Tootsie Roll, which has been around for over a century, is most favored in New Hampshire. The Tootsie Roll was created in 1907 and was nicknamed the “penny candy.” It remains popular to this day and can bode well for a quick, chocolatey treat.
Influenster also named the following Vermont’s favorite candy…
Almond Joy: Vermont
According to the same Influenster poll, Almond Joy was named Vermont’s favorite Halloween candy. Mixed with coconut, almonds, and chocolate, the Almond Joy is a perfect treat for people of all ages.
The next candy comes in all kinds of flavors, but it might be hard on your teeth…
Jolly Ranchers: Utah
According to The Salt Lake Tribune, CandyStore.com recently reported that Jolly Ranchers are Utah’s favorite candy to enjoy. These candies come in all different flavors, including grape, watermelon, cherry, and green apple. They’re great to suck on, but be careful if you try to chew them because they’ll likely stick to your teeth!
Jolly Ranchers aren’t the only candy that stick to your teeth, though…
Goo Goo Cluster: Tennessee
In 1912, Howell Campbell and the Standard Candy Company created the Goo Goo Cluster in Nashville. Most people outside of Tennessee have likely never heard of this gooey treat, but Tennesseans enjoy it frequently. Inside the chocolatey outer later, each Goo Goo Cluster is filled with marshmallow, caramel, and peanuts.
The following state also favors chocolate candies…
Oregonians must prefer the finer things in life, and chocolate is not exempt. Moonstruck Chocolate, a company based out of Portland, makes “handcrafted” and “superior” chocolates. We can tell just by looking at the pictures, their chocolate looks delicious.
If you like to mix chocolate and peanut butter, you’ll appreciate Ohio’s favorite candy…
Buckeye Candy: Ohio
Buckeyes are arguably the most popular candy in Ohio, but if you’re not from the state, there’s a good chance you’ve never heard of them. Buckeyes are composed of peanut butter fudge dipped in chocolate. Ironically, they’re named after the buckeye tree, which produces nuts that look similar to the candy.
Continuing with local-made candies, the following sugary treat is a New Orleans tradition that can’t be missed…
If you ever visit New Orleans, whether it’s for Mardi Gras or just a quick getaway, you’ve got to try pralines. They come in different flavors, like chocolate or nut, and they’re a combination of salty and sweet. Visit any candy shop in Louisiana, and you’re likely to find some pralines!
Next up on our list is Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup’s twin…
Kansas-based candy company, Russell Sifers Candies, first created Valomilk chocolates in 1931. Ever since, these chocolates have been extremely popular among Kansans, and for good reason. Inside the chocolate shell, there is a mix of vanilla and marshmallow.
The next candy is filled with chocolate and nuts…
Baby Ruth: Oklahoma
If you search Google for most popular candies in Oklahoma, you’ll likely notice multiple recipes with nuts in them. Similarly, the Baby Ruth candy bar is filled with peanuts, which is why we’ve ranked it as one of Oklahoma’s favorite candy bars.
Traveling to sunny Hawaii? You might want to check out this local candy when you’re there…
Hawaiin Host Chocolates: Hawaii
Hawaiians enjoy the traditional candy bar here and there, but they also take pride in their local sweets. Hawaiian Host chocolates are among locals’ favorite candies. They come in different flavors to try, too!
For a more traditional candy bar, keep clicking…
Nebraskans love their chocolate, so it’s no surprise why we’ve ranked the ever-famous Crunch bar as their favorite candy. The Crunch bar came to be in 1928, and it has remained one of the tastiest, cheapest candy bars to-date.
Sure, M&Ms are one of the most common and popular candies across America, but they’re likely the most popular in Arizona. We’re not entirely sure why, other than the chocolatey, crispy goodness, but this cactus state enjoys M&Ms a lot!
If you love peanut butter, then you’ll want to know which state favors this next candy…
Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups: Texas
Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups was originally created by H. B. Reese, who lived in Pennsylvania. We believe, however, Reese’s popularity is highest in Texas, based on how popular peanut butter is there, and how big the state is. You know what Texans like to say: go big or go home!
Idaho Spud: Idaho
Locally, the Idaho Spud is one of the most famous candies in Idaho. It may not be known by other Americans, but in Idaho, this chocolate, coconut, and marshmallow treat is extremely popular. It first came to be in 1918, when the Idaho Candy Company came up with the idea to create “The Candy Bar That Makes Idaho Famous.”
Dark Cherry Razz Delights: Michigan
Sure, everyone’s heard of chocolate-covered cherries, but no one makes them as good as Michigan does. These dark chocolate Benjamin Twiggs cherries are local and a true favorite for everyone in Michigan.
Jelly Belly: Arkansas
Jelly Belly jelly beans have been around for quite some time. As early as 1869, the business that first manufactured these sweets, Gustav Goelitz, was formed. Today, there are a variety of flavors for all holidays and occasions.
This next candy is best enjoyed when you’re wanting to chew on something for a while…
Montana’s favorite gum happens to be Dubble Bubble gum, according to one report.
For one final candy…
Red Bird Peppermint Puffs: North Carolina
Finally, for our last candy, the Red Bird Peppermint Puff is North Carolina’s favorite and most well-known candy. This candy makes for a perfect treat all year round, but especially around Christmastime.