The Most Popular Candy Bar in Every State
Need a break with a Kit Kat? Craving a Snickers? Surprisingly enough, your favorite candy bar may also be beloved by the rest of the state you live in. Our curiosity got the best of us and we decided to look at the data to find the best candy bar in every single state in America. Perfect for Halloween!
Remember, a candy bar is different than the broader definition of "candy." A candy bar is something larger you typically hold with most of your fingers, instead of reaching for handfuls of candy in a bag. This means some favorites like M&M's, Skittles, and Sour Patch Kids did not make the list.
How we determined the best candy bar for each state
To determine the top in every state, we looked at data collected by CandyStore.com in 2019. They collected sales data over the past year to see what was the most sold candy from their store and determined the "best" based on the number of pounds sold for that particular candy. While the top Halloween candy for some states isn't always a candy bar, most states had a candy bar listed in their top three. The best candy bar from that list is the one we chose.
However, if the top three from Candystore.com's data pull did not have a candy bar, we turned to Google Trends to determine the most popular candy for that state—based on popular search terms.
Now, see what candy bar was the most popular in your state, and learn a fun fact or two about your favorites. And for more, check out these 15 Classic American Desserts That Deserve a Comeback.
Hershey's Mini Bars
We think a Hershey's bar would be great in homemade edible cookie dough, don't you?
Who can resist that crunchy cookie snap when you bite into a Twix? Clearly, Alaska can't.
This candy bar is known as the most popular candy bar in the U.S. (you'll see it quite a few times on this list)—and for good reason.
This famous, peanut-buttery candy got a taste makeover this past year, and clearly, everyone in Arkansas loves what it's become.
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We all know the sweet and salty combination of chocolate and peanut butter is top-notch, and California would agree. There were 977,453 pounds of Reese's Cups sold to California residents in the past 12 months.
The real question is, are you a left Twix or a right Twix?
Outside the U.S., the candy called Milky Way is more similar to our version of a 3 Musketeers bar.
In the U.S., we have traditional Kit Kats. But in Japan, there are more than 200 different flavors of the candy, including fun flavors like aloe yogurt and ginger ale.
Between nougat, peanuts, and creamy caramel, we can see why the Sunshine State prefers this bar.
By the way, do you know how to pronounce caramel?
This bar's been around since 1930 and has been go-to for a whopping 90 years.
Hershey's Mini Bars
Yes, the s'mores classic candy bar reminiscent of cool nights around a fire is the top candy of choice for the tropical state.
Have you ever frozen a Snickers? It's another fun way to enjoy the most popular candy bar.
Give us a break so we can enjoy a Kit Kat bar!
Fun fact: The name Snickers comes from one of the Mars family's favorite horses.
May 18 isn't just any other day—it's I Love Reese's Day. We bet Iowa residents celebrate a bit more often than that, though.
If you're looking for a fun s'mores upgrade, swap a Hershey's bar for a Reese's for a melty, peanut buttery delight.
Whether they reach for minis, jumbos, or anywhere in between, Kentucky residents love the PB&C treat.
Yes, Reese's cups are very popular on this list, in case you can't tell.
According to Google Trends, Maine's favorite candy bar is the Kit Kat.
If you live in Maryland and love peanut butter, we bet you helped contribute to the candy's popularity in the state.
Seriously, who can resist the taste of peanut butter and chocolate?
If you love sweet and salty treats, there's a reason you love Snickers: There are about 16 peanuts in each bar.
As you can imagine, this is one of the top Halloween candies.
The first 3 Musketeers bar came out as a package of three individual mini candy bars of chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry flavors. Now, isn't it more obvious how it earned its name?
You won't find Milky Way bars outside the U.S.—at least, not under that name. Outside of America, they're called Mars Bars.
Yes, Snickers is once again tops in another state.
Whether you eat the left Twix first or the right, there's no denying that Nebraska loves these bars either way.
According to Google Trends, Nevada's favorite candy bar is Kit Kat.
Who wouldn't want to enjoy a classic candy bar like a Snickers? They might have new flavors now (Snickers Almond, anyone?), but you'll never be over the original.
According to Google Trends, New Jersey's favorite candy bar is the Kit Kat.
Though the classic Milky Way bar is forever a favorite, the Milky Way Midnight bar is underrated, too.
With an endless supply of high-end candy creations and inventive treats, even New Yorkers can't resist a good classic candy bar.
A bit of sweet trivia: When Reese's were first created, they were known as penny cups, which was the going price for them when they came out.
According to Google Trends, North Dakota's favorite candy bar is Snickers.
Yep, Ohio loves this chocolaty candy, too!
Whether you like them frozen or room temperature, there's no wrong way to eat a Snickers.
Ditch the chocolate chips the next time you're baking, and try using chopped-up Reese's for a next-level upgrade.
For more peanut butter goodness, try one of these 20 delicious peanut butter dessert recipes.
Hershey's Mini Bars
Whether you bite into this bar or break it into bite-sized pieces, there's no wrong way to enjoy a Hershey's bar. Candystore.com sold 274,927 pounds of Hershey's Mini Bars to Pennsylvania residents, but it's no wonder, thanks to Hershey headquarters.
Rhode Island is the smallest state in the U.S., but it has a huge love for Twix.
No one can say no to peanut butter and chocolate, especially when it's in such a tasty candy.
According to Google Trends, South Dakota's favorite candy bar is Snickers.
Can you tell people across the U.S. love Snickers by this point?
Candystore.com sold 1,022,847 pounds of Reese's Cups to Texas residents. That's a LOT of chocolate and peanut butter!
According to Google Trends, Utah's favorite candy bar is Snickers.
Fun fact: Milky Way candy bars were designed to taste like malted milkshakes.
For a next-level dessert, try topping homemade chocolate bark with Snickers for a double chocolate, extra salty treat.
Not in the mood to bake? Here are some easy desserts you can buy instead!
According to Google Trends, Washington's favorite candy bar is Snickers.
Did you know Milky Ways were the first-ever filled candy bars?
This "crunchety, peanut-buttery" treat is tops in Wisconsin.
Who can turn down a Reese's?
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