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Hershey's Kisses are Utah's top Christmas candy, survey says

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A new survey states that Hershey's Kisses have every Utahn's sweet tooth this Christmas. (Photo: MGN)

A new survey states that Hershey's Kisses have every Utahn's sweet tooth this Christmas.

According to a recent survey conducted by CandyStore.com, the foil-wrapped chocolate bits were the No. 1 Christmas candy for Utah. Hershey's Kisses were also the top Christmas candies for Arkansas, Hawaii, Missouri, Nebraska and Ohio.

These were the top three holiday candies in Utah:

  1. Hershey's Kisses
  2. Reindeer corn
  3. M&M's

Though Christmas is not just about candy, the holiday is a major contributor to the candy industry.

Christmas candy sales are huge with the confectionary business making about $2 billion during the season, according to Candystore.com.

Here are some key takeaways that Candystore.com found in their survey:

  • Reindeer corn (a.k.a. Christmas-themed candy corn) finished in the top three in 19 different states - six more than last year. It had eight first-place finishes in 2019, compared to five in 2018. Candystore.com suggests that states like Alabama and Michigan have been in love with reindeer corn for several years and now others seem to have been hopping on the bandwagon.
  • Meanwhile, candy canes were surveyed to be the most popular, coming in on the top-three lists for 28 states. While the first-place showings for the Christmas staple have actually dropped this year, they showed up in the top-three lists more times than last year - making it the biggest mover overall and extending its "dominance," stated Candystore.com.
  • Additionally, peppermint bark picked up first-place showings in three new states, making this year's total eight. According to Candystore.com, there appears to be a regional preference for the candy that extends from Wisconsin to Mississippi, hitting several states in the Midwest and South.
  • Candystore.com found that Starbursts were the biggest losers this year. According to the survey, it had three fewer first-place finishes as well as three fewer overall showings in the top-three lists of any state. The candy blog believes that because the fruity candy's absent holiday vibe contributed to their lack of appearances on top-three lists.

According to the survey, the National Retail Federation said that holiday sales will go up between 3.8% and 4.2% this season, putting candy sales over $2 billion, in comparison to the National Confectionary Association's $1.93 billion estimate from 2017.

Here are some quick facts about Christmas Candy:

  • 93% of people gift chocolate and candy for the winter holidays.
  • 1.76 billion candy canes are produced annually for the holidays.
  • 72% of people eat candy canes starting on the straight end, while everyone else starts on the hook.
  • Approximately 150 million chocolate Santas are produced annually.
  • Switzerland holds the record for the longest candy cane produced - it was 51 feet long.
  • December 26 is National Candy Cane Day.
  • Canada spent $362 million on candy, confectionery and snack foods alone in December 2014.
  • 59% of holiday sales are expected to be made online.

However, the NRF projects that the average consumer will spend about $110 on candy and food, which is slightly higher than last year's projections and about twice as much as they'll spend on decorations and five times as much as what they'll spend on flowers and potted plants.