Most popular Halloween treat by state? Contentious candy corn

Candy corn lovers, you're not alone.

In a survey of more than 40,000 people around the USA to determine the most popular Halloween candies, candy corn claimed the top honors in the most number of states.

Oregon, Wyoming, Tennessee, Texas and South Carolina all picked the polarizing treat as their favorite candy.

Elizabeth Scherle, co-founder and president of Influenster, the website that surveyed its users to determine the top candies by state, said candy corn's victory surprised her.

"It’s such a divisive candy that many people love to love or love to hate during trick-or-treat season — I guess it has more lovers than we thought," she said.

Other top treats included Reese's Peanut Butter Cups, Kit Kat and Butterfinger — the only candies to receive votes in all 50 states.

Scherle advised folks to stock up on Reese's classic peanut butter candy since it got the most total votes across the USA.

The Hershey's brand also won big, taking the top spot in 10 states with its iconic candies including Hershey's Kisses, Reese's Peanut Butter Cups, Almond Joy, Whopper Malted Milk Balls, Twizzlers and Jolly Rancher.

Influenster, a marketing website for product discovery and reviews, surveyed 42,238 users in September 2015 to collect the data.

A full list of the winners by state:

Alabama - AirHeads

Alaska - Snickers

Arizona - Toblerone

Arkansas - Skittles

California - Lifesavers

Colorado - Milky Way

Connecticut - Reese's Peanut Butter Cups

Delaware - 3 Musketeers

Florida - Nestlé Crunch Bar

Georgia - Pixy Stix

Hawaii - 100 Grand Bar

Idaho - Butterfinger

Illinois - Snickers

Indiana - Reese's Pieces

Iowa - Twix

Kansas - Twizzlers

Kentucky - Whoppers

Louisiana - Swedish Fish

Maine - Starburst

Maryland - Almond Joy

Massachusetts - Starburst

Michigan - M&M's

Minnesota - 100 Grand Bar

Mississippi - Hershey's Kisses

Missouri - Hershey's Kisses

Montana - Kit Kat Bar

Nebraska - Skittles

Nevada - Jolly Ranchers

New Hampshire - Tootsie Rolls

New Jersey - Sour Patch Kids

New Mexico - 3 Musketeers

New York - Sweet Tarts

North Carolina - Butterfinger

North Dakota - Sour Patch Kids

Ohio - Milky Way

Oklahoma - M&M's

Oregon - Candy corn

Pennsylvania - Swedish Fish

Rhode Island - Reese's Peanut Butter Cups

South Carolina - Candy corn

South Dakota - Laffy Taffy

Tennessee - Candy corn

Texas - Candy corn

Utah - Nerds

Vermont - Almond Joy

Virginia - Reese's Pieces

Washington - AirHeads

West Virginia - Oreos

Wisconsin - Laffy Taffy

Wyoming - Candy corn

District of Columbia - Twix 

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