Not to start out this Holiday season as the Grinch or Ebenezar Scrooge of Christmas candies, but as they sing in Muppet Christmas Carol, “Here comes Mr. Humbug.”

A study was put out last year ranking each state’s favorite holiday candy and if New Jerseyans still have the same number one choice as last year then I may need to hold some sort of statewide intervention.


A bulk online retailer called surveyed 16,000 customers to determine what sweet treats are preferred during the holiday season.

The first thing that comes to mind when I think of holiday treats is either Candy Canes or Peppermint Bark. Between the two, they had ten number-one spots in the states’ rankings.

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Now personally, I would label those as “mints” and not “candy” in the traditional sense, but I trust to know what they’re talking about.

Then of course there are Chocolate Santas, which took the number one spot in five states.

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All of those make total sense to me as a favorite Christmas candy, so where did New Jersey go so wrong?

Our preferred candy during the month of December? I couldn’t believe it.


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When you picture rocking around your Christmas tree are you picturing a big ol’ bag of what are essentially jelly beans trying to look like M&Ms?

I shudder to even picture it.

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Nothing about Skittles screams "Christmastime is here," but apparently I'm in the minority. Are you guys getting rid of the colors that aren't red or green? I fear I'll never get to the bottom of this mystery.

Rounding out the top three for our favorite holiday candies were:
1️⃣ Skittles
2️⃣ Reeses Cup Minis
3️⃣ Candy Canes

Well at least we did something right by including Candy Canes as a favorite, we’re getting into the holiday spirit that way.

Candycanes a favorite treat at Christmas time

Some other Christmas candy trivia from

🍬 93% of people gift chocolate and candy for the winter holidays
🍬 1.76 Billion candy canes are produced every year for the holiday season.
🍬 31% of gift givers plan to give candy.
🍬 72% of people eat a candy cane starting on the straight end, the rest start on the curved end.
🍬 Approximately 150 million chocolate Santas are produced annually.

May your holiday season be as sweet as whatever candy you enjoy most!

Want a sure way to get into the Christmas spirit? Take a look at these displays from around the country. Some even put Clark Griswold to shame.

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The post above reflects the thoughts and observations of New Jersey 101.5's Kylie Moore. Any opinions expressed are Kylie's own. You can follow Kylie on Instagram.

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