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What’s the most popular Christmas candy in each state?

Halloween has come and gone, but with Christmas right around the corner, we’re still living in the season of sweets. This month of the year we’re more about chocolate Santas than Snickers and candy canes than candy corns, but preferences vary from state to state. Online retailer Candystore.com recently asked 30,000 of its customers to vote for their favorite Christmas candy in order to see how America’s sweet too varies state to state. And the results show that where you live definitely plays a part in your Christmas candy tastes and traditions. Source: CandyStore.com. Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups gets love from 10 different states, but others are all about Christmas exclusive candies like peppermint bark and chocolate Santas. Eight states pick candy canes as their favorite Christmas candy. Six chose holiday-colored M&Ms, and five preferred red, green, and white “reindeer corn” — the holiday version of candy corn. PEZ was…

4 new M&M’s flavors on store shelves, including Orange Vanilla Cream

It’s hard to keep track of all the different flavor of M&M’s on store shelves, and it just got even more crowded with the release of four new varieties this spring. The newest addition is Vanilla Orange Cream … and it’s available exclusively at Dollar General. The white chocolate is flavored with orange and comes off eerily reminiscent of an orange creamsicle. Junk Male of junkbanter.com gave these a 10 out of 10 rating in a review: “Guys, I wasn’t prepared for this. Every argument I try to make such as “I would like these more if…”  or “These would be better with…” comes to a screeching halt when I realize there is nothing. There is nothing they could have done better, outside of choosing an entirely different flavor with more mass appeal than orange creamsicle. These SOARED past my expectations, and I suspect they will silence many skeptics.” Earlier this…

Survey reveals most popular Valentine’s Day candy by state

It’s no secret that people spend big bucks for gifts on Valentine’s Day. Flowers, perfume, jewelry, romantic getaways, and, of course, candy. It’s projected that Americans will spend about $1.8 billion on the sweet stuff in the weeks leading up to the holiday of love. But if you’re not sure what kind of sugar to buy your sweetie, a glance at this state-by-state map of favorite candies might give you some inspiration. CandyStore.com analyzed 10 years of online bulk candy sales from January 1 through February 14 every year to revel the trends. And it looks like there’s a new candy king in town. Conversation hearts are favored by more people than the traditional heart-shaped box of chocolates. Other lovable favorites like Hershey Kisses and chocolate hearts also made the list. So which candy does your state prefer? Does it sync with your own favorites? When it comes to Valentine’s Day…

Most popular Halloween candy in each state

Americans will spend $2.7 billion on Halloween candy this year, as estimated by the National Retail Federation. But what sweet treats you get in your loot bag will largely depend on where you live. Online bulk candy retailer Candystore.com combed through 10 years (2007-2016) of sales data to tell us what the best sellers in every state are in the weeks leading up to Halloween. They created this interactive map to show you the most popular candies, by sales, in each state — actually the top three. This map, of course, is limited to online candy sales, but it gives us a peek into what Halloween candy is popular where. It’s no surprise that Hershey’s M&M’s are popular in their home state of Pennsylvania, but most others seem pretty random. So, how does your state hold up? Judging by this map, you might be inclined to pack up the car and go treat-or-treat in a neighboring…

The unhealthiest Halloween candies

Halloween may be mostly for kids, but the calorie count of the candy-centric holiday affects everyone. The American Heart Association says that an adult woman shouldn’t have more than 25 grams of sugar per day; for men, it’s 37.5 grams. Many of the most popular candies of the season pack a huge amount of this sugar in just one or two fun-sized servings. The worst part is that sometimes we snack on these small sizes without much thought. Here are a few of the worst offenders: Reese’s Minis Per 3 pieces: 108 calories, 6.4 grams fat (2.2 grams saturated), 9.9 grams sugar One serving, or 9 Reese’s minis, packs half of your maximum daily about of sugar and tons of fat into just a few small bites. Hershey’s Take 5 Per snack-sized candy bar: 100 calories, 5 grams fat (2.5 grams saturated), 9 grams sugar The ingredients sound simple enough — chocolate, pretzels, peanut butter,…

Edible cookie dough 2 ways

There are two kinds of people in the world — those who can’t wait for warm cookies to come out of the oven and those who have no dough left when it’s time to make those cookies. If you’re part of the better half, try this recipe below. It’s completely safe to eat since it has no eggs, and it can keep for a few days if properly refrigerated. Cookie Dough Ingredients Servings: 4-6  2 cups flour 1 cup brown sugar 1 cup butter, softened 2 tablespoons milk 1 teaspoon vanilla 1 teaspoon salt Directions 1. Preheat oven to 350˚F. 2. Spread flour on a baking tray and bake for 5 minutes — this kills bacteria. 3. In a medium bowl, mix flour, sugar, butter, vanilla, milk and salt. 4. Refrigerate for 30 minutes. Then separate into 2 sections (or more if you want to make more varieties!). 5. Enjoy! Chocolate Chip M&Ms Cookie…