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Survey: Canes are top Christmas candy in Keystone State

Jeff Himler
| Wednesday, December 12, 2018 8:09 p.m
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Pennsylvanians crave candy canes as their sweet treat of choice as Christmas draws nigh. That’s one of the findings of this year’s annual holiday survey conducted by online retailer CandyStore.com.

Based on more than 30,000 customer responses, the survey indicates Keystone State residents with a sweet tooth are in good company. The traditional red-and-white-striped peppermint canes ranked among the top three most popular Christmas candies in 24 other states.

In addition to Pennsylvania, states where candy canes are the favorite choice include Delaware, Georgia, Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont and Washington.

It’s a good thing so many people savor the candy sticks, since nearly 2 billion of them are made each year .

In the survey, Pennsylvanians ranked “reindeer corn,” an alternately colored version of candy corn, as their second most favorite candy, while Reese’s Cup Minis came in third.

The peanut butter cups jumped to the top spot in 10 states this year, up from three states in 2017. Reindeer corn finished among the top three places in 13 states, after appearing just three times last year.

Proving that tastes in treats are all over the map, a companion survey drew more than 13,000 responses to rank the worst Christmas candy — with peppermint canes coming in at no. 11 and candy canes of all other flavors claiming the no. 8 spot. Reindeer corn was deemed the second worst, just behind Christmas nougat candies.

According to the National Confectioners Association , candy canes are the second most popular edible stocking stuffer, behind foil-wrapped chocolates.

The group cites a survey indicating 72 percent of Americans begin eating a candy cane from the straight end while 28 percent start at the curved end.

Jeff Himler is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Jeff at 724-836-6622, jhimler@tribweb.com or via Twitter @jhimler_news.

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