When Halloween comes, we indulge our national sweet tooth with some of our most popular Halloween candies, although personal preference plays a role too.
October 31 ranks as the third largest party day in the United States, behind New Year’s Eve and the Super Bowl. The fact that we shell out $1.9 billion for the sweet side of Halloween speaks volumes about our propensity to put confectionery delight above calorie count.
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Here are some of the Top 5 most popular Halloween Candies:
10. Tootsie Pops
In the hard candy lollipop category, this is one of the most popular Halloween candies. The tootsie pop with its hard but sweet exterior and the chocolate filled interior was invented way back in 1931 by R “Luke’ Weisgram.
The original tootsie pop had chocolate on the outside and chocolate on the inside. But now there are varieties of other flavors from strawberry, watermelon, raspberry etc. but the inside of the tootsie pops still remains filled with only chocolate.
The licking exercise before getting to the soft chocolate-filled center involved makes it one of the most popular and favorite hard candy lollipops of Halloween.
This chewy fruit-flavored candy is also one of the most popular Halloween candies in the United States with about 1,705,007 pounds of Starburst bought for Halloween. The candy which is produced by the Wrigley company is a subsidiary of the company that produces Mars Chocolate.
Starburst was originally known as Opal fruits and were introduced in 1960 by Peter Phillips. The name “Opal fruits” was used in the United Kingdom but in the United States, it was known as M&M chewies before it eventually got its current name.
According to Wikipedia, Starburst in the United Kingdom is said to be suitable for vegetarians with no artificial colors or flavors but in the United States, it is said to contain on-vegetarian gelatin in its ingredients.
The pink flavored candy is actually one of the most popular favorite flavors of the candy. The flavor is so popular that starburst had to make a limited, individual special edition of the flavor.
8. Hershey Bars
Here’s how popular this candy is.
According to dailymeal.com, about 1,088,273 pounds of Hershey’s minis alone are sold for the season.
So, the Hershey Bar is up there among the most popular Halloween candies and also one of the oldest. This candy is so popular, it is sometimes referred to as the great American Chocolate Bar.
The Hershey Bar which began production in the earlier part of the 20th century is managed by the Hershey company. The chocolate which is said to be made from real milk has varieties like Hershey’s Gold Bars and it’s own Halloween specials like Hershey’s Halloween miniatures, spooky kisses.
7. Milky Way
This is a popular favorite for many on a regular day, so it is no surprise it is one of the most popular Halloween candies there is.
Milky Way is a chocolate covered bar made with chocolate-malt nougat topped with caramel but the European version of the Milky Way is said to be different as it has no caramel topping. The European version has a nougat center in the center which makes it lighter than the Mars bar.
No matter it’s history in another country, this coming Halloween, you are bound to receive at least one Milky Way, which is one of the most popular candies usually shared during Halloween.