Americans eat more than 16 billion jelly beans every year on Easter, and while some people happily gobble them down by the handful, others are more particular about their flavor choices.
Candystore.com analyzed more than 10 years of sales data as well as SurveryMonkey and Facebook polls of more than 12,000 candy consumers to determine the most loved flavor in each of the 50 states and the most loved flavors overall.
With the results in, it’s clear that Buttered Popcorn is America’s favorite jelly bean flavor. It’s smooth, salty flavor is an interesting cross of savory and sweet.
Despite the number of people who despise black licorice, the controversial flavor came in second place.
Other top polling flavors included cinnamon, watermelon, cherry, juicy pear, orange, and green apple.
Individual states could either love or loathe their results.
Alaska, Minnesota, North Dakota, Colorado, Kentucky, Tennessee, North Carolina and New Jersey all put black licorice on the map, while cinnamon is most predominate out west. Montana is the only state leaning toward cotton candy jelly beans.
Fruity flavors gave a strong showing. Southerners in Alabama love their warm weather crops — watermelon being one of them, just like their favorite jelly bean.
Maybe its their beloved Orioles, but Marylanders love orange flavored jelly beans the most.
Blueberry has a strong following in the Northeastern part of the country. Pennsylvania, Indiana, West Virginia and Rhode Island all give it their approval.
Strawberry places in Louisiana and South Dakota, while apple, green pear and cherry can all find fans in all corners of the country.
But the king of the country, Buttered Popcorn came in first in 11 states from coast to coast. Mouse over the graphic below for first, second, and third place finishers in every state.
Source: 10+ years bulk candy sales data from CandyStore.com.
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