We all know that Halloween is a magical time of year. While of course that has something to do with all the witches and goblins walking among us, it is also because it is the one time of the year we are expected to gorge ourselves on candy. Diet be damned, there is nothing quite like bringing home an epic haul from your neighborhood rounds.
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But as fun as it is to go trick-or-treating, when you are on candy duty there is a slight bit of pressure. We will always remember the families that gave out "the good stuff," the ones who knew what we wanted and didn't give out lame tricks like pennies or apples. In order to be that beloved house on the block you have to know what the people want.
In order to discover what America's favorite sweet treats are, we asked our readers to take an eight-part survey and cast their vote for their favorite three candies in each category. We pulled together a list of contenders that ranged from gummy candies to nutty candies that can all be found on shelves today. Out of a selection of 74 candies, we ranked the voted top 30 - and the list might surprise you. Classic candies like Whoppers, Milk Duds, and even Reese's Pieces didn't make the cut. However, the survey did prove that decade's old candies, like Hershey's Bars and Twizzlers still have a place in our candy selection come this sweet holiday.
Coming in as the top five favorite American candy, Skittles hit the scene in 1979. The chewy candies with a colorful candy shell come in a variety of flavors and themes, though we prefer the classic for our Halloween treat.
4. Reese's Peanut Butter Cups
Is there anything more magical than the marriage of peanut butter and chocolate? Reese's Cups (and heck all Reese's products) are not only one of America's favorite candies to eat, but they are also one of America's favorite things to bake with! Getting a ton of them in your trick-or-treat bag, or getting the opportunity to swipe them from your kid's bag, is one of the many joys of Halloween gives us.
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Is it any wonder that a classic like Bazooka would still be a fan favorite after decades of production? This super fun gum even came with a mini-comic, Joe and the Gang, which always made for an extra-special treat during Halloween!
2. Tootsie Pops
When Tootsie Rolls were coated in a hard candy shell, the world asked itself just one question: how many licks does it take to get to the center of a Tootsie Pop? While it remains the country's top-selling candy-filled lollipop, the world may truly never know...
America's favorite Halloween treat is the decadent, chocolaty, nutty candy: the Snickers bar. It makes sense, as Snickers is one of the top-selling candies in the country and has had a long history of successful variations that include everything from energy bars to tasty ice cream. So if you want to give the neighborhood kids what they really want this Halloween, make sure you slip a lot of Snickers into your candy bowl!
-Lauren Gordon, The Daily Meal
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