This Map Shows the Most Popular Halloween Candy in Every NY DMA

After last year’s socially distanced Halloween, we’re due for a big comeback this upcoming season. Luckily with the majority of New Yorkers getting their vaccinations, people are feeling more comfortable about trick-or-treating.

Our market research company in New York wants you to be prepared for what candy is most popular in your DMA. Whether you live in Albany or New York City, we have the data to support what Halloween candy is most popular in your area.

Drive Research surveyed over 500 people across all NY DMAs and asked, “What is your favorite Halloween candy?”

Here are the results.

This Map Shows the Most Popular Halloween Candy in Every NY DMA

Overall, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup was the most popular Halloween candy by 60% of respondents. The two outliers were New York DMA and Plattsburg DMA.

  • New York DMA: 53% of respondents said Kit Kat was their favorite Halloween candy.
  • Plattsburg DMA: 55% of respondents said M&Ms was their favorite Halloween candy.

About the Study

Survey Methodology

  • The survey received 502 responses
  • Fieldwork was conducted with adult residents (18 years or older) of New York State.
  • Fieldwork for the survey began on September 7th and lasted united September 10th, 2021.

Survey Questions

  • What is your favorite Halloween candy?

Our market research company also asked questions regarding favorite NFL teams and seasonal coffee brands. Read the results by clicking each link below.

Respondent Profile (By Gender)

  • 18% of respondents were male.
  • 81% of respondents were female.
  • 1% of respondents were nonbinary.

Respondent Profile (By Age)

  • 7% of respondents were Generation Z.
  • 31% of respondents were Millennials.
  • 20% of respondents were Generation X.
  • 38% of respondents were Baby Boomers.
  • 4% of respondents were Traditionalists.

Other Interesting Stats for Halloween 2021

According to the National Retail Federation, consumer spending on Halloween-related items is expected to reach an all-time high of $10.14 billion.

In comparison to previous years, this dollar amount is up from $8.05 billion in 2020.

What are Americans spending money on as it pertains to Halloween? Here are some additional findings from the NRF and Prosper Insights & Analytics 2021 Halloween Survey.

  • Costumes: $3.32 billion (compared to $2.61 billion in 2020)
  • Decorations: $3.17 billion (compared to $2.59 billion in 2020)
  • Candy: $3 billion (compared to $2.14 billion in 2020)
  • Greeting cards: $0.66 billion (compared to $0.44 billion in 2020)

About Drive Research

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A SUNY Cortland graduate, Emily has taken her passion for social and content marketing to Drive Research as the Marketing Manager. She has earned certificates for both Google Analytics and Google AdWords.

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