This Map Shows the Most Popular Easter Candy in Your State

From chocolate eggs and bunnies to marshmallow chicks and jelly beans—which classic Easter candy is the most popular where you live?

Easter comes with favorite traditions such as egg decorating, backyard egg hunts, beautiful brunches and delicious ham dinners. Easter also means plenty of great candy that isn’t available any other time of year. We’re talking jelly beans, chocolate eggs and of course, classic Peeps!

With so many great treats popping up for this springtime holiday, it may seem tricky to choose what to put in an Easter basket. But as it turns out, there are clear favorites across the United States. Curious about the most popular Easter candy where you live? Read on for surprising results.

This Is the Most Popular Easter Candy in America

Americas Favorite Easter Candies RankingCourtesy Instacart

What type of Easter candy is going into baskets most often? The top 10 candies purchased by volume might surprise you! Instacart ranked candies that showed 50% growth in sales in the two-week period leading up to and ending on Easter in 2021. With that information, it was possible to create a ranking of the candies being purchased the most around the holiday.

America’s Favorite Easter Candies

  1. Cadbury Easter Creme Egg
  2. Reese’s Peanut Butter Eggs
  3. Starburst Easter Jelly Beans
  4. Cadbury Chocolate Mini Eggs
  5. Hershey’s Milk Chocolate Kisses
  6. M&M’s Easter Milk Chocolate Candy
  7. Lindt Milk Chocolate Bunny
  8. Brach’s Jelly Bird Eggs
  9. PEEPS Yellow Marshmallow Chicks
  10. Hershey’s Milk Chocolate Candy Eggs

Marshmallow Chicks Vs. Jelly Beans

Marshmallow Chicks Vs Jelly Beans GraphicCourtesy Instacart

While chocolates such as Cadbury Creme Eggs and Reese’s Peanut Butter Eggs hold the top two spots, what about those who aren’t chocolate fans and are looking for something fruity in their Easter basket? Starburst Jelly Beans topped the favorites list in five different states. But why are classic Peeps so low on the list? These little marshmallow chicks have become an Easter staple for years. However, people may be buying them just for that reason, not because they actually love to eat them.

The survey found that 33% of Americans listed Peeps as their least favorite Easter treat. Those in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, West Virginia and New York would choose marshmallow chicks versus jelly beans, while those in South Dakota, Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin would choose jelly beans instead. Which Easter candy do you reach for first?

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Molly Allen
Molly Allen is a previous bakery owner and former event planner. Now, a freelance writer and editor focused on food and beverage, lifestyle, travel and parties, she brings her years of experience and industry knowledge to readers across a variety of platforms.