Totally Sweet Facts About Halloween Candy

Trick or treat?

At Bite Squad, we’re all about celebrating holidays that revolve around food (obviously). And Halloween is no different—only, the food is mostly… candy!

While it’s important to nourish our bodies with wholesome meals—and that’s where Bite Squad comes in—we also enjoy indulging in sugary confections from time to time. Especially when it’s in the form of community bonding like during trick-or-treating!

Trick-or-treating goes way back

Legend has it that the custom of trick-or-treating began in Scotland and Ireland and is rooted in the belief that the souls of the dead roamed the earth and were pacified with the offering of food and drink. Eventually, people started to impersonate the spirits by dressing up in creepy costumes to receive the treats on their behalf.

When immigrants came to the United States during the Irish Potato Famine in the 1840s, their Halloween customs caught on among their neighbors and friends. And now, trick-or-treating—walking from door-to-door in costume in search of candy on Halloween—has been an American tradition for nearly a century.

For a complete history of Halloween, visit History >>

How to be the most popular house on the street

If you want to win over your neighbors, give out candy that people actually like. Variety is key, but here are the top 10 candies to give out to trick-or-treaters (and of course, offering full-sized candy bars is always one way to please a crowd).

M&MsHalloween candy
Twix bars
Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups
Almond Joy bars
Skittles
Snickers bars
Milky Way bars
Sour Patch Kids
Swedish Fish
Starbursts

Halloween candy by the numbers

Americans love their sugar. And during Halloween, that love grows… to more than $2.7 billion worth of candy sold in the United States in the month of October.

The average household spends $44 on Halloween candy each year—and a lot of that is on Reese’s and M&Ms, as $500 million is spent on these two candy brands each year. That isn’t shocking since Reese’s is the most popular Halloween candy, second only to… you guessed it, M&Ms.

Recipes for leftover Halloween candy

Snickers Cheesecake dip
Snickers Cheesecake Dip by The Love Nerds

If you’re having trouble eating up all that leftover candy (and don’t really want your kids to go to town on it), whip up one of these sweet recipes. From chocolate bars to candy corn and Skittles, you can find a recipe to use up nearly any candy you have hanging around.

Candy Corn Poll

There are two types of people in the world: those who love candy corn and those who hate it. Nevertheless, according to the National Confectioners Association, 35 million pounds of candy corn are produced each year—so someone is eating it…