What Are America’s Favorite Valentine’s Candy

If I had to guess what America’s favorite valentine’s candy is, I would say chocolate. Any kind of chocolate.

However, that’s probably a given. For example, according to the National Confectioners Association, 92 percent of Americans plan to celebrate Valentine’s Day with chocolate or candy.

Ironically, February is not when we celebrate National Candy Month.

June is when we celebrate that food holiday.

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America’s Favorite Valentine’s Candy

In fact, we Americans love certain candy more so than ever. That’s why CandyStore.com did a roundup of America’s favorite Valentine’s Day candy, on a state-by-state basis.

How did they come up with the results? Using sales data from the past 14 years from the CandyStore.com online bulk candy store, along with industry partners.

Before I get into that state list, here are some interesting takeaways about our love for certain kinds of candy.

We love M&M’s

One, M&Ms continue to be super popular. I’m on board with this assessment.

But, why do we love M&Ms? Well, it seems because we can personalize them.

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Check out the Valentine’s Day options on the My M&Ms site.

Want custom M&Ms? You can customize your candies by color, text, personal image or even clipart.

Candy Corn for Valentine’s Day

People have really strong feelings about candy corn. Just ask trick or treaters at Halloween.

However, it appears that candy corn manufacturers are attempting to expand its demand by creating Cupid Corn. And residents of certain American states are gobbling it up–literally.

According to CandyStore.com, Cupid Corn even claimed a new #1 state in Nebraska. Also, it was up one spot to #2 in Michigan after falling to third place the prior year.

I’ve lived in Michigan. I’m not sure I agree with this assessment.

However, this isn’t about me and my candy preferences. Instead, this is about which candy Americans like the most for Valentine’s Day.

Therefore, onto the state-by-state list and the numbers one, two and three most popular sweets for February 14th. You may be surprised how my boxes of chocolates are a top choice.

Finally, in only two instances does something chocolate take the number one, two and three spots. Can you guess which states those are?

Here are the most popular subscription boxes by state.

Hint: some involve candy.

Alabama’s favorite Valentine’s Day candy

  1. Candy Necklaces
  2. Conversation Hearts
  3. Heart-Shaped Box of Chocolates

Alaska favorite candy for Valentine’s Day

  1. Conversation Hearts
  2. Heart-Shaped Box of Chocolates
  3. Cinnamon Bears

Arizona candy favorites

  1. M&M’s
  2. Heart-Shaped Box of Chocolates
  3. Conversation Hearts

Arkansas’ favorite Valentine’s Day candy

  1. Hershey Kisses
  2. Conversation Hearts
  3. Ghirardelli Gift Box

California candy faves for Valentine’s Day

  1. Conversation Hearts
  2. Heart-Shaped Box of Chocolates
  3. M&M’s

Colorado candy preferences for February 14

  1. Heart-Shaped Box of Chocolates
  2. Conversation Hearts
  3. M&M’s

Connecticut residents’ favorite Valentine’s Day candy

  1. Heart-Shaped Box of Chocolates
  2. M&M’s
  3. Conversation Hearts

Delaware top candy choices

  1. Hershey Kisses
  2. Conversation Hearts
  3. Chocolate Hearts

Florida’s sweet tooth

  1. Conversation Hearts
  2. Heart-Shaped Box of Chocolates
  3. Chocolate Roses

Georgia’s peachy keen candy choices

  1. Heart-Shaped Box of Chocolates
  2. Chocolate Roses
  3. Conversation Hearts

Hawaii’s favorite Valentine’s Day candy

  1. Conversation Hearts
  2. Heart-Shaped Box of Chocolates
  3. Candy Necklaces

Idaho loves this candy

  1. Conversation Hearts
  2. M&M’s
  3. Hershey Kisses

Illinois’ sweet treat preferences for Valentine’s Day

  1. Conversation Hearts
  2. Chocolate Roses
  3. M&M’s

Indiana candy favorites for Valentine’s Day

  1. Heart-Shaped Box of Chocolates
  2. Conversation Hearts
  3. Chocolate Roses

Iowa’s favorite Valentine’s Day candy

  1. M&M’s
  2. Conversation Hearts
  3. Ghirardelli Gift Box

Kansas chocolate choices

  1. M&M’s
  2. Heart-Shaped Box of Chocolates
  3. Ghirardelli Gift Box

Kentucky candy preferences

  1. Chocolate Roses
  2. Conversation Hearts
  3. M&M’s

Louisiana candy favorites for Valentine’s Day

  1. Conversation Hearts
  2. Heart-Shaped Box of Chocolates
  3. M&M’s

Maine’s Valentine’s Day sugar fix

  1. Chocolate Hearts
  2. Ghirardelli Gift Box
  3. Conversation Hearts

Maryland sweet treat for February 14

  1. M&M’s
  2. Conversation Hearts
  3. Heart-Shaped Box of Chocolates

Massachusetts favorite Valentine’s Day candy

FYI, the Necco company, based in Massachusetts, makes conversation hearts. So, no surprise they show up on this list of Massachusetts favorite Valentine’s Day candies, albeit the third favorite.

  1. Heart-Shaped Box of Chocolates
  2. Chocolate Hearts
  3. Conversation Hearts

Michigan candy loves

  1. Heart-Shaped Box of Chocolates
  2. Cupid Corn
  3. Conversation Hearts

Minnesota’s favorite Valentine’s Day candy

  1. Heart-Shaped Box of Chocolates
  2. M&M’s
  3. Conversation Hearts

Mississippi’s sweet tooth

  1. Heart-Shaped Box of Chocolates
  2. Conversation Hearts
  3. Chocolate Roses

Missouri chef’s kiss for candy

  1. Conversation Hearts
  2. Heart-Shaped Box of Chocolates
  3. Hershey Kisses

Montana hearts this Valentine’s Day candy

  1. Chocolate Hearts
  2. Conversation Hearts
  3. Heart-Shaped Box of Chocolates

Nebraska residents’ favorite Valentine’s Day candy

  1. Cupid Corn
  2. Heart-Shaped Box of Chocolates
  3. Chocolate Hearts

Nevada wins on Valentine’s Day with this candy

  1. Heart-Shaped Box of Chocolates
  2. Conversation Hearts
  3. Chocolate Roses

New Hampshire candy favorites for Valentine’s Day

  1. Heart-Shaped Box of Chocolates
  2. Conversation Hearts
  3. Chocolate Hearts

New Jersey hearts this candy

Not surprised that M&M’s are number one in New Jersey; that’s where the company is headquartered.

  1. M&M’s
  2. Heart-Shaped Box of Chocolates
  3. Conversation Hearts

New Mexico sweet favorites

  1. Heart-Shaped Box of Chocolates
  2. Chocolate Roses
  3. Candy Necklaces

New York doesn’t sleep on these candies

  1. Heart-Shaped Box of Chocolates
  2. Conversation Hearts
  3. Cinnamon Bears

North Carolina’s favorite Valentine’s Day candy

  1. Heart-Shaped Box of Chocolates
  2. Conversation Hearts
  3. Cupid Corn

North Dakota candy faves

  1. M&M’s
  2. Conversation Hearts
  3. Heart-Shaped Box of Chocolates

Ohio’s favorite sweet treats for February 14

  1. Heart-Shaped Box of Chocolates
  2. Cupid Corn
  3. Conversation Hearts

Oklahoma’s favorite Valentine’s Day candy

  1. Conversation Hearts
  2. Heart-Shaped Box of Chocolates
  3. Chocolate Roses

Oregon loves chocolate for Valentine’s Day

  1. M&M’s
  2. M&M’s (this is not a typo; M&M’s are the top 2 choices)
  3. Heart-Shaped Box of Chocolates

Pennsylvania Valentine’s Day candy choices

I’m surprised Hershey did not make the list, since Hershey is based in Pennsylvania.

  1. M&M’s
  2. Heart-Shaped Box of Chocolates
  3. Conversation Hearts

Rhode Island’s favorite Valentine’s Day candy

  1. Chocolate Hearts
  2. Heart-Shaped Box of Chocolates
  3. Conversation Hearts

South Carolina Valentine’s Day sweets

  1. Conversation Hearts
  2. Heart-Shaped Box of Chocolates
  3. Ghirardelli Gift Box

South Dakota’s favorite Valentine’s Day candy

  1. Hershey Kisses
  2. Conversation Hearts
  3. Chocolate Hearts

Tennessee candy faves for Valentine’s Day

  1. Heart-Shaped Box of Chocolates
  2. Conversation Hearts
  3. Wild Berry Skittles

Texas favorite confections

  1. Hershey Kisses
  2. Heart-Shaped Box of Chocolates
  3. Conversation Hearts

Utah’s undeniable Valentine’s Day favorites

  1. Hershey Kisses
  2. M&M’s
  3. Conversation Hearts

Vermont’s favorite candy

  1. M&M’s
  2. Conversation Hearts
  3. Candy Necklaces

Virginia candy choices

  1. Conversation Hearts
  2. Heart-Shaped Box of Chocolates
  3. Cupid Corn

Washington hearts these candies

  1. Heart-Shaped Box of Chocolates
  2. Chocolate Roses
  3. Conversation Hearts

Washington, D.C. favorite February 14th confections

  1. Heart-Shaped Box of Chocolates
  2. Conversation Hearts
  3. Cinnamon Bears

West Virginia’s top candy choices

  1. Cupid Corn
  2. Conversation Hearts
  3. Candy Necklaces

Wisconsin candy choices for Valentine’s Day

  1. Conversation Hearts
  2. Hershey Kisses
  3. Ghirardelli Gift Box

Wyoming residents’ favorite candy

  1. Chocolate Roses
  2. Conversation Hearts
  3. Heart-Shaped Box of Chocolates

Where to buy popular candy

Many of these top candy choices for February 14 are actually sold out on CandyStore.com. However, by the time you read this article, they could be back in stock.

Nonetheless, I’ve come up with alternate options for stocking up on these favorite candies.

Cupid corn

If you’re wondering what Cupid corn is, don’t make the mistake that I did. That is, I thought it was candy corn in the shape of Cupids.

Nope. It’s regular old candy corn but with Valentine’s colors instead–pink, red and white.

You can buy Cupid corn in bulk on Amazon.

Bulk M&M’s

I found M&M’s in bulk, in red and in pink, on Amazon. They come in two-pound bags.

Sweetheart Conversation Hearts

Target is one of my favorite places to shop for after Valentine’s Day sales. However, before the holiday, you can also find deals, including on Sweetheart Conversation Hearts.

Cinnamon Bears Candy

You know where I found a great price on cinnamon bears candy? Tractor Supply Company!

In case you didn’t know, Tractor Supply is one of the stores where you can take your dogs.

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