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Map shows your favorite Christmas candies

The favorite Christmas candy in Virginia: M&M’s. This according to CandyStore.com, which has a ranking of the top three Christmas candies in each of the 50 states.

Number one in Virginia didn’t surprise me, M&M’s being M&M’s, a staple candy year-round. Number two did come a bit out of left field: Pez.

Third on the Virginia list is candy canes, which I can do without, honestly.

But back to #2: come to think of it, yeah. My mom used to give me fun Pez dispensers as a Christmas gift. The one I remember most, from a few years ago, was a collection of presidential Pez-heads, which I dutifully filled up, as hard as that was to do, because the inclination with Pez is to just eat the little candies and be done with it.

The Christmas season is a big one for sugary foods, as we know. Baked goods like cookies, cakes, pies are all over the place.

The candy business is also big. According to the National Confectionary Association, holiday candy sales will be an estimated $1.93 billion this year, a 2 percent increase over 2016.

One more stat: the National Retail Federation projects that the average consumer will spend $110 on Christmas candy and food, which is twice as much as they’ll spend on decorations.

Side note: I imagine this goes hand in hand with how many of us end up getting new gym memberships on Jan. 1.


Favorite Christmas candies: Map

Source: CandyStore.com