For those “too old” for trick-or-treating, living Halloween vicariously through your children is a great way to stock up on some free sweets and treats this fall. Be it candy corn, chocolate bars, sour snacks or delicious gummies, Halloween is the absolute best day of the year for those with active sweet tooths. Read on as we detail America’s candy craving and what it could mean for the shipping and logistics industry.
Because of this annual rush on all things sweet, shipping and logistics providers around the country are already busy moving these treats to market. According to a new interactive from CandyStore.com, one of the country’s largest bulk candy providers, millions of pounds of candy are shipped across the country each year. In fact, according to the National Confectioners Association, 75 percent of Americans buy candy for their households, including what they eat and to give away.
Our local area’s love for Halloween treats is no different. Kansas’ favorite treats include Reese’s Cups (231,476 pounds), M&Ms (230,082 pounds sold) and Dubble Bubble Gum (159,092 pounds sold). Missouri’s favorite candies include Milky Way (42,739 pounds sold), Dubble Bubble Gum (34,751 pounds sold) and Butterfinger (24,780 pounds sold). Nationally, candy corn, the sugary substance colored and shaped to look like tri-colored kernels, is the most popular Halloween candy in five states, making it the candy with the most states.
This year, USA Today is reporting that candy sales may break an all-time record! Specifically, Halloween spending is expected to reach a record $9.1 billion, an increase from the previous all-time high of $8.4 billion in 2016, according to the National Retail Federation.
That said, dentists shouldn’t fret. All these sugary statistics aside, the National Confectioners’ Association reports that 90 percent of parents who took part in its survey say that they teach their children moderation when it comes to their sack of sweet loot.