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What’s your favorite Halloween candy?


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Whether you hand out full-sized candy bars (kids look for your house) or break open a giant Costco bag of fun-sized treats (small is still good), candy is on the agenda for trick-or-treaters on Halloween night.

However, we all know that adults tend to dip their hands into the candy bowl as well.

So, we decided to find out which candy eyecare professionals like to hand out as well as to eat.

Our two-question survey was shared with our Editorial Advisory Board, on ODs on Facebook, and on ODwire.

We had 140 respondents over a five-day period, so clearly we aren’t the only ones who are interested in candy.

Both questions included the same list of candy as choices:
• 1000 Grand
• 3 Musketeers
• Almond Joy
• Butterfinger
• Candy corn
• Chewing gum
• Gummy candy
• Jolly Rangers
• Junior Mints
• KitKat
• Life Savers
• M&Ms peanut
• M&Ms plain
• Milk Duds
• Milky Way
• Nestle’s Crunch
• Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup
• Skittles
• Snickers
• Sour Patch Kids
• Starburst
• Swedish fish
• Tootsie Rolls
• Twix

What is your favorite candy to give to trick-or-treaters on Halloween?
This question also included several additional response choices:
• I give out a non-food treat, like glow necklaces
• I give out something lame, like pretzels
• I’m a crank who keeps the light out on Halloween

The winner of favorite candy to give out-by a nice margin-is Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup.

KitKat held a strong lead (why??) during the survey collection time, but Reese’s pulled out the win at the end.

Snickers was a strong third place winner.

Sadly, a solid fourth-place goes to cranks to keep the light out.

See Figure 1 (click image to view larger) for a breakdown of the top 10 favorites.

What is your favorite Halloween candy to eat?
This question included one additional response choice:
• I have awesome willpower and eat zero sugar on Halloween

By a huge margin, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup took the lead of favorite candy to eat.

Snickers came in second, followed by KitKat and Butterfinger.

In a tie for fifth place are Twix, Almond Joy, and M&Ms peanut.

Those with awesome willpower to avoid any candy on Halloween grabbed a top spot early on, but dropped to 11th place at the survey’s close.

See Figure 2 (click image to view larger) for a breakdown of the top 11 (had to include those with willpower!) favorite Halloween candy to eat.

We wish everyone a Halloween filled with ghosts and goblins, scary good fun, and full trick-or-treat bags!

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