Halloween Candy Facts

While I realize Halloween is over, I still thought this would be an interesting post for today. I don’t know about you guys, but I now feel completely sugared out! My kids’ trick or treat candy has turned from temptation to revulsion. These statistics can easily explain why. So, if you like to learn random trivia, read on and enjoy this guest post.

As the holiday that blissfully celebrates the consumption of sugar and chocolate, Halloween remains one of the all-time favorites among both children and adults. From handing out candy to consuming each morsel, people cannot get enough of the Halloween sugar high, and the following facts back this statement. For example, did you know that the average American east 24 pounds of candy per year, with a large amount devoured around Halloween?

Anyway, let’s get right down to talking about the ever-popular act of eating Halloween candy:

  • The average American household spends approximately $44 year on Halloween candy. Think about that: $44 of Halloween candy. That’s a big heaping mound of candy.
  • Out of all the months of the year, October holds the record for most candy sold, which really makes sense. However, the one day of the year with the most candy sales is October 28, proving that many individuals really do wait until the last minute to make candy purchases.
  • According to Google’s search data, more individuals search for “gluten-free candy” than “sugar-free candy,” the difference being approximately 20%. You can take the gluten out of candy, I suppose, but people want to keep that sweet, sweet sugar.
  • Glancing at Google’s national search data, the state that searched most for “organic candy” is Colorado, while Oregon searched most for “gluten-free candy” and Kentucky ranked highest for “sugar-free candy” searches.
  • Which state loves candy corn the most? Well, that’s be Alabama, the state that searched for “candy corn” more times than any of the other states.
  • Speaking of candy corn, this delicious morsel is the most search-for candy phrase in Google, beating out gummy worms, candy pumpkins and even candy apples. Also, candy corn is consistently the top-selling candy in America, with over 20 million pounds sold per year.
  • As for the top chocolate sellers, the crown is worn by Snickers, Reese’s, Kit Kat, and M&M’s. Moreover, of the $1.9 billion spent on Halloween candy sold each year, $1.2 billion is spent on chocolate candy.
  • Approximately 10% of the year’s candy sales happen the week leading up to Halloween, translating to roughly $2 billion in sales.
  • During the week leading up to Halloween, an incredible 90 million pounds of chocolate candy is sold, exceeding the 65 million pounds sold during the week of Easter and 48 million during the week preceding Valentine’s Day.
  • Lastly, Americans purchase around 600 million pounds of candy per year, much of it for Halloween. That’s a ton of candy.

Obviously, these statistics change each year, the numbers growing as America’s hunger for sweets continues growing. At least now you can join a Halloween conversation with an interesting bit of information regarding the holiday.

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