Source: 10+ years bulk candy sales data from CandyStore.com.
(Arizona, Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Georgia, Michigan, Missouri, New York, Ohio, Texas)
Drum roll, please. The most popular jelly bean flavor in the country is buttered popcorn! It’s the best-selling flavor in a total of 10 states, including California, New York and Texas. This will be sure to raise eyebrows for some (myself included), but buttered popcorn was also the most popular Jelly Belly flavor back in 1998.
For more buttered popcorn goodness, check out the best brands of microwave popcorn.
(Alaska, Colorado, Kentucky, Minnesota, New Jersey, North Carolina, North Dakota, Tennessee)
This controversial flavor was one of the original eight jelly bean flavors that Jelly Belly debuted in 1976, and shockingly, sits pretty as the second-best flavor overall in the country. The folks who buy black licorice-flavored beans more than any other flavor live in Alaska, Colorado, Kentucky, New Jersey, North Carolina, North Dakota and Tennessee.
(Delaware, Kansas, Nevada, Virginia, Wyoming)
The sweet-and-spicy punch of cinnamon makes it amazing to bake with (here are our go-to cinnamon recipes) and it happens to make for a killer jelly bean flavor, too. The cinnamon beans seem to resonate with a lot of people—especially if they’re from Delaware, Kansas, Nevada, Virginia or Wyoming.
(Alabama, Florida, Hawaii, Oregon, Wisconsin)
Watermelon is grown in Southern states like Alabama and Florida thanks to hot weather all year long—so it only makes sense that watermelon is the best-selling flavor in those spots. But Hawaii, Oregon and Wisconsin love the watermelon-flavored beans, too.
(Iowa, Nebraska, New Mexico, South Carolina, Utah, Washington, D.C.)
Cherry is a simple flavor that’s perfect for everything from dump cake to cobbler. It turns out that cherry jelly beans are taking a break from their longstanding role as the most popular Jelly Belly jelly bean flavor, as this crowd-pleasing bean is now the best-selling flavor in only a handful of states.
(New Hampshire, Vermont, Washington)
It’s the hit-or-miss flavor of the jelly bean world. I would say that juicy pear-flavored jelly beans do a pretty good job of tasting just like the actual fruit, while still providing a satisfying burst of sugary sweetness.
You might be surprsied to hear that fruit-flavored jelly beans aren’t in high demand this year. But orange, however, makes its way to the top of the list for two states on opposite ends of the country, Maryland and Idaho.
(Maine, Mississippi, Oklahoma)
Pucker up! It’s anyone’s guess as to how they get all the sour flavor into every bean, but the green apple flavor is pretty dang delish. The South seems to agree, as green apple jelly beans were the best-selling in the states of Mississippi and Oklahoma.
One is the loneliest number, especially when it comes to coconut flavored jelly beans. The tasty, tropical-flavored treat is only the best-selling jelly bean flavor in Massachusetts.
Use your beans to make Jelly Bean Cookies!
(Louisiana, South Dakota)
Enjoyed as a sip of strawberry lemonade or devoured as a dessert, anything strawberry has a tart and syrupy taste like no other. Louisiana and South Dakota found strawberry-flavored jelly beans to be extra addicting.
Most of the United States is happy to be gobbling up cotton candy and other treats at the State Fair, but cotton candy-flavored jelly beans are a year-round treat in Montana.
(Indiana, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, West Virginia)
During President Ronald Reagan’s inauguration in 1981, three and a half tons of red, white and blue jelly beans were shipped by Jelly Belly to Washington, D.C.—of course, blueberry-flavored jelly beans were included in that mix. Today, blueberry jelly beans are beloved by states out east, including Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and West Virginia.
For real blueberry flavor, here are 30 recipes for fresh blueberry treats.
It might be an ingredient in all the best-ever snacks, but chocolate—at least in the form of jelly beans—doesn’t seem to be a good buy anywhere but the state of Illinois.
(Forget the beans. Don’t miss the recipes for our most decadent chocolate desserts.)