An intimate romantic dinner out while the kids are with a sitter may not be in the cards for you this year, but one thing that the pandemic can’t take away from Valentine’s Day: all the sweet candy. This year Americans are buying up candy like they did toilet paper, and estimates from CandyStore.com say spending on candy this year could potentially top $2 billion. But what exactly are Americans buying to satisfy that sweet tooth? Read on to find out the most popular Valentine’s Day candy by state and what candy trends to expect this year.
Curious what the top candy is by state? From M&M’s to heart-shaped boxes of chocolates check out 10 states below and then hop over to CandyStore.com for the full list or click the interactive map below:
Alabama: Candy necklaces
Alaska: heart-shaped boxes of chocolates
Arkansas: Conversation hearts
California: heart-shaped boxes of chocolates
Colorado: heart-shaped boxes of chocolates
Connecticut: heart-shaped boxes of chocolates
Delaware: Hershey kisses
Florida: heart-shaped boxes of chocolates
Georgia: heart-shaped boxes of chocolates
Trends to look out for, according to CandyStore.com
• Conversation heart candy will make a comeback in 2021
• M&M’s ranked #1 in both Oregon and North Dakota. This year expect this chocolatey favorite to spike in popularity.
• Cupid Corn’s popularity may be fading away but only time will tell.
Some interesting Valentine’s Day candy facts, from Candystore.com:
• 47% of people said they will buy themselves a box of chocolates this year.
• 58 million pounds of chocolate are bought during Valentine’s Day week.
• The peak selling period for conversation hearts is only 6 weeks long. Wow!
• It takes manufacturers 11 months to produce enough for those 6 weeks.
• Vodka infused with candy remained popular with conversation hearts last year.
• Children receive 39 percent of all Valentine’s Day candy and gifts.
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