Can you guess what your state's favorite Halloween candy is? You might be surprised!

Halloween is less than two weeks away. Even though coronavirus is changing how we celebrate, it’s clear Americans won’t be giving up candy this year. According to data from the  National Retail Federation, candy sales are expected to hit $2.4 billion this year, down only slightly from last year. Candy preferences vary from state to state, and once again has put together an interactive map that shows each state’s top three favorite Halloween candies.

The online candy retailer creates the list based on the types and amounts of candy it distributes to each state. California gets the most candy by weight at 1,009,388 pounds. Chocolate is not as popular as you think when it comes to Halloween. A majority of the states prefer gummies, lollipops, and other hard candies. If you want to get the biggest candy haul, visit Oregon where mostly full-size candy bars are given out.

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In the DMV area, chocolate seems to be favored. Maryland is all chocolate with Reese’s peanut butter cups, Hershey’s kisses in second, and Milky Ways in third place. Virginia loves Snickers but also loves Hot Tamales and Tootsie pops. Washington, D.C., prefers M&M’s (the White House influence maybe?), but seconds Tootsie pops and blow pops.

The most popular candy nationwide is Skittles. Also listed in the top 10 are Resse’s peanut butter cups, Starburst, and Snickers. Oddly enough, candy corn comes in at No. 6. There must be a lot of people that won’t admit to liking those sugar corn kernels.

Despite the CDC recommendations on Halloween, the National Confectioners Association reports 80 percent of Americans are planning on celebrating the holiday in a safe way. Using a candy sled, placing treat bags at the end of driveway, or having costume parades are just a few of the ways to safely trick-or-treat. Click here for more information on celebrating safely. 

What's your favorite Halloween candy? Do you have any creative ways you're planning to safely celebrate Halloween this year? Leave a comment and let us know!