America’s Favorite Halloween Candy Revealed! And 9 More Spooky Facts


Candy overload is around the corner. Photo: Lew Robertson/StockFood

As the annual sugar high known as Halloween fast approaches, Yahoo Food is hard at work dishing up recipes for ginger-spiked pumpkin cheesecake, salted caramel Snickers cake, and even crimson-hued cocktails fit for Dracula. But let’s get real, we all know the holiday’s real draw: candy.

To better understand our collective sweet tooth, Yahoo conducted a survey to learn how we like to stuff our faces on Oct. 31. Here’s what we learned:

1. Your favorite Halloween candy is the peanut butter cup.
A strong 21 percent of respondents prefer the creamy, peanut-buttery treat above all else. Snickers came in at second place with a respectable 16 percent of the vote.

2. You really hate licorice.
Like, a lot. Eighteen percent of respondents turn their nose up at the candy (both red and black varieties), although both candy corn and raisins garnered their fair share of dislike with 13 percent of voters saying they couldn’t stand either. On the upside, only nine percent said getting fruit was a total bummer. Good news for dentists everywhere!

3. You’re only into Halloween for the candy.
To heck with creepy decorations and scary movies! The greatest number of people said candy is their favorite part of Halloween, followed closely by costumes. Speaking of which, might we interest you in a foodie dog costume?

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Costumes and scary movies have their place, but most people love Halloween for the candy. Photo: Melanie DeFazio/Stocksy

4. Less than a quarter of you will hand out healthy treats.
Not that we’re surprised. A whopping 95 percent of respondents said they’ll dole out candy to trick-or-treaters, while only 16 percent said they’ll give out healthy snacks. It makes sense, considering that 86 percent of people said neither calorie count or fat content will play a role in determining which treats they’ll pick. You can always kickstart that diet in January, eh?

5. You’re willing to shell out the big bucks for candy.
Forty percent of people said they’ll spend between $20 and $50 on this year’s treats. That’s a lot of peanut butter cups!

6. Self control is not completely dead.
A majority (40 percent) of respondents said they’ll eat five treats or fewer on Halloween, which seems like a reasonable indulgence to us. In fact, 40 percent of people said they plan to cut down on their sugar intake this Halloween. However, 18 percent of people said they’ll scarf down 20 pieces or more, which makes our stomachs hurt just thinking about it.

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Peanut butter cups were named readers’ favorite candy. Photo: Magdalena Paluchowska/StockFood

7. You’re concerned about allergies.
Twenty percent of people said they’re worried about their kids eating something that might trigger an allergic reaction. It’s more of a problem now than ever, as food allergies are on the rise.

8. Homemade treats are a no-no.
Maybe you’ll conjure a batch of cute Halloween-themed brownies at home, but most respondents — 70 percent of them — said they won’t let their kids tuck into homemade or unpackaged treats given out while trick or treating.

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Most people said they wouldn’t let their kids eat homemade items given to them while trick-or-treating. Photo: Jeff Wasserman/Stocksy

9. You’re totally going to eat your kids’ trick-or-treating haul.
Sixty-eight percent of readers came clean and admitted they plan to steal some of their kids’ hard-earned candy after they pass out from sugar exhaustion. Thirty-two percent said they wouldn’t… or they’re lying about it.

10. Sharing is caring when it comes to candy.
Fifty-six percent of people said they’ll make their kids share their treats with siblings in the event that they rake in more than expected. If you think that’s unfair, reconsider — 10 percent of people said they’d throw out the surplus altogether. Say it ain’t so!

What are your plans for Halloween candy? Tell us your thoughts below!