Last blog holiday cocktails, this one Christmas candy!
Americans sure love their candy. Numerous holidays involve massive amounts of it… Halloween of course, and Easter, and Valentine’s Day.
Christmas is no slouch, either. Holiday shoppers will plunk down $2 billion for Christmas candy.
Perhaps the most iconic of all Christmas candy, the beloved candy cane, is a good indicator. Confectioners produce 1.76 BILLION candy canes for consumption each holiday season.
Here’s a fun fact: “72% of people eat a candy cane starting on the straight end, the rest start on the curved end.”
And of course they aren’t just peppermint anymore. It seems candy cane flavors get more extreme and bizarre each year. Why not pick up some macaroni and cheese candy canes, pizza candy canes, “hamdy canes,” or kale candy canes (with “the bitter grassiness of your favorite vegetable). Ew!
150 million chocolate Santas are made each year. Ho ho ho!
The happy people at CandyStore.com track candy data for all occasions. They love to rank favorites (and least favorites) by state, like they did for Halloween, which I blogged about here. It’s always an interesting read.
Most Popular Christmas Candy by State
Go to CandyStore.com, which has a giant interactive map. Just click one of the fifty states, and up pops the top three Christmas candy among residents. Their survey is based on more than 32,000 customers, and it was updated in November of this year.
By the way, here in South Carolina, the favorite is red & green M&M’s, followed by peppermint bark and Pez.
And then there’s the naughty list. Here are the LEAST favorite kinds of Christmas candy, starting with the worst:
- Christmas Nougat Candy
- Cherry Cordials
- Reindeer Corn (like candy corn but red, green and white)
- Christmas Peeps
- Lifesavers Storybooks
- White Peppermint M&M’s
- Peppermint Bark
- Old-fashioned Hard Candy Mix
- Non-Peppermint Candy Canes (see above for proof)
- Ribbon Candy
I actually kind of like those peppermint nougats with the little trees on them. But the cherry cordials and hard candy mix are truly awful, IMHO.
Read all about Christmas candy here.
May you have a very Merry Christmas and blessed holiday season. By the way, a stay in a Charleston beach house makes a perfect Christmas present. Just give us a call, and we’ll get you on the calendar.
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