No change in Arkansas’ favorite Halloween candy in 2023

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Arkansas residents purchased more candy in the months leading up to Halloween this year, but the state’s most popular spooky sweets remained the same.

For the second year in a row, Butterfinger candy bars took the top spot, according to the annual data announcement from Candy Store.

The company, which delivers and distributes bulk candy orders across the country, uses sales data to determine the most popular candy in each state.

This year’s data shows that over 210,000 pounds of Butterfinger bars were delivered or distributed to Arkansas for Halloween, up from 202,000 in 2022. Jolly Ranchers, which was the favorite in the Natural State two years ago, was second with over 204,000 pounds, an increase of 5,000 pounds from last year. M&M’s was in third pace at over 106,000 pounds, up from 103,000 pounds in 2022.

That’s the same top 3 as last year, but overall quantities in Arkansas increased by about 16,000 pounds.

That jump follows a nationwide increase, according to the National Retail Federation. The association’s most recent survey found that Halloween candy spending would hit $3.6 billion this year, which is a 16% jump over 2022 and a new all-time high.

Other states that favor Butterfinger include Massachusetts, Virginia and Wisconsin.

As for the United States as a whole, Candy Store says Reese’s Cups have again taken the top spot.

Total Halloween spending was estimated at $12.2 billion this year, exceeding last year’s record of $10.6 billion. A record number of people (73%) said they would participate in Halloween-related activities this year, up from 69% in 2022, according to the National Retail Federation.

America’s favorite Halloween candy in 2023

1. Reese’s Cups
2. M&M’s
3. Hot Tamales
4. Skittles
5. Sour Patch Kids
6. Starburst
7. Hershey Kisses
8. Candy Corn
9. Hershey’s Mini Bars
10. Snickers

Favorite Halloween candy by state for 2023

State Top Candy 2nd Place 3rd Place
AL Skittles Starburst Hershey’s Mini Bars
AK Twix Sour Patch Kids Milky Way
AZ Hershey Kisses Hot Tamales Snickers
AR Butterfinger Jolly Ranchers M&M’s
CA M&M’s Reese’s Cups Skittles
CO Milky Way Hershey Kisses Twix
CT Almond Joy Milky Way M&M’s
DE Sour Patch Kids Skittles Life Savers
FL Reese’s Cups Skittles Hot Tamales
GA Jolly Ranchers Swedish Fish Reese’s Cups
HI Hershey’s Mini Bars Skittles Butterfinger
ID Snickers Starburst Candy Corn
IL Sour Patch Kids Kit Kat Starburst
IN Starburst Hot Tamales Jolly Ranchers
IA Reese’s Cups M&M’s Hershey’s Mini Bars
KS M&M’s Sour Patch Kids Reese’s Cups
KY Reese’s Cups Hot Tamales Swedish Fish
LA Lemonheads Reese’s Cups Blow Pops
ME Sour Patch Kids Candy Corn Starburst
MD Hershey Kisses Hershey’s Mini Bars Reese’s Cups
MA Butterfinger Sour Patch Kids Dubble Bubble Gum
MI Starburst Candy Corn Butterfinger
MN Hot Tamales Tootsie Pops Skittles
MS 3 Musketeers Snickers Butterfinger
MO Almond Joy Milky Way Hot Tamales
MT Twix M&M’s Dubble Bubble Gum
NE Sour Patch Kids Salt Water Taffy Twix
NV Hot Tamales Hershey’s Mini Bars Hershey Kisses
NH Reese’s Cups M&M’s Starburst
NJ Tootsie Pops M&M’s Skittles
NM Hot Tamales Candy Corn Hershey’s Mini Bars
NY Sour Patch Kids Hot Tamales Candy Corn
NC M&M’s Reese’s Cups Hershey’s Mini Bars
ND Hot Tamales Candy Corn Jolly Ranchers
OH Blow Pops M&M’s Starburst
OK Skittles Dubble Bubble Gum Snickers
OR M&M’s Reese’s Cups Candy Corn
PA Hershey’s Mini Bars M&M’s Skittles
RI M&M’s Twix Candy Corn
SC Skittles Butterfinger Candy Corn
SD Starburst Jolly Ranchers Candy Corn
TN Tootsie Pops Salt Water Taffy Skittles
TX Sour Patch Kids Reese’s Cups Starburst
UT Candy Corn Tootsie Pops M&M’s
VT M&M’s Skittles Milky Way
VA Butterfinger M&M’s Hot Tamales
DC M&M’s Tootsie Pops Blow Pops
WA Tootsie Pops Salt Water Taffy M&M’s
WV Hershey’s Mini Bars Blow Pops Hot Tamales
WI Butterfinger Hot Tamales Starburst
WY Reese’s Cups Salt Water Taffy Dubble Bubble Gum