Oct 17, 2023

Question of the Day: What are the top 3 most popular Halloween candies?

Do your favorite spooky sweets make the list?


  1. Reese's Cups
  2. M&Ms
  3. Hot Tamales

A bowl full of mini candies.



  • How can setting a budget for Halloween candy purchases help you manage your personal finances?
  • What are some opportunity costs (other things you miss out on) of buying Halloween candy?
  • What are the pros and cons of spending money on consumable items like candy, as opposed to saving or investing?


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Behind the Numbers (Apartment Therapy):

1. Reese’s Cups

The classic combination of peanut butter and chocolate. It’s simple yet mouthwatering for adults and children alike. Reese’s is so beloved that it’s the top-selling candy brand in America, with more than $2 billion in annual sales.

2. M&Ms

It’s no surprise that M&Ms are on this list. The product is iconic, thanks to its button-shaped chocolates and anthropomorphic mascots. Plus, the brand is particularly a Halloween favorite, as its fun-size packs are just the right size for giveaways. 

3. Hot Tamales

Did you know that this spicy treat was the top-selling cinnamon candy of 1999? While it only comes in at third place on this list, it is the most popular sweet in Minnesota, New Mexico, and North Dakota.


Looking for more spooky statistics? Check out our past Halloween-themed blog posts.


NGPF's Budgeting unit will get your students thinking about how purchasing decisions impact their budgets

About the Author

Ryan Wood

Ryan grew up with and maintains a love for learning. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay with a degree in Business Administration and worked in sports marketing for a number of years. After living in Texas, Colorado, Tennessee, and Minnesota, the call of education eventually brought Ryan back to his home state of Wisconsin where he was a Business and Marketing teacher for three years. In his free time he likes to spend time with his wife and daughter, play basketball, read, and go fishing. Now with NGPF, Ryan is excited to help teachers lead the most important course their students will ever take.

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