Christmas without candy is like a Christmas tree without tinsel. And while in the tinsel world, at least in my little universe, it's blasphemous to put handfuls on at a time...in the candy world, it's an absolute must!

While it may not seem like a big thing, almost 2 billion dollars gets spent on Christmas candy. Yeah..Billion...with a B. Of course, all across the country everyone has their own tastes and their favorites (see the map below). Here in New York, what candy do we like the most?

Snickers. Snickers bars were the favorite, followed by Candy Canes and Reese's Mini Cups (a personal favorite). But we all know that if the rest of New York knew what we know, Sponge Candy would have won out.

Here are some other quick Christmas Candy facts -

🎄Red and green M&M's took the top candy spot in eight states. Christmas Pez dispensers and candy also took eight states.

🎄The most traditional Christmas candies finished close behind. Candy canes won seven states, and peppermint bark won four states.

🎄Alabama, Michigan, and Utah showed how disturbing they can really be by eating the most "Reindeer corn." Which, let's face it, is the candy corn industry's way of staying relevant for an extra month.

🎄I'm not sure what this says about living in North Dakota, but they were the only state where when it comes to candy, they think the best way to celebrate Christmas is to bite the heads off of chocolate Santas.

🎄1.76 Billion candy canes are produced every year for the holiday season.

🎄Approximately 150 million chocolate Santas are produced annually.

🎄The largest candy cane in the world was made in Switzerland. It was 51 feet long.

🎄December 26th is National Candy Cane Day.

You can check out the full interactive map at CandyStore.com.

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