Reindeer corn, candy canes and peppermint bark took top honors among the most popular holiday candies across the United States.
Los Angeles-based CandyStore.com, an online bulk candy distributor, generated 32,000 responses this year in polling what the most popular Christmas candy selections were for 2019.
Conferring with its major candy manufacturers and distributors to reinforce its own findings, the online provider found that reindeer corn had another banner year, finishing in the top three in 19 states, six more than 2018. This selection registered eight first place finishes this year compared to five last year. (Each state listed its top three candy preferences.)
States such as Michigan and Alabama have been on the reindeer corn bandwagon for several years, according to the survey, and other states are now catching the wave.
Candy canes gained market share, commanding the most showings in the top three than any other candy—28 vs. its next closest, reindeer corn, with 19. While first-place showings for candy canes actually dropped this year, the candy compensated by landing in the top three a total of three more times than last year, making it the biggest mover overall and extending its dominance.
Peppermint bark is also trending, picking up three new first-place states in 2019 to amass eight in all. There seems to be a regional preference emerging for peppermint bark that extends from Wisconsin south to Mississippi, hitting several states in the Midwest and South.
The National Retail Federation projects that the average consumer will spend about $110 on candy and food this Christmas, slightly up from last year, which is about twice as much as they’ll spend on decorations and five times what they’ll spend on flowers and potted plants.
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