Grocery-delivery service ranks DC’s most popular Halloween candies

Shattered homemade chocolate with cocoa powder
Grocery delivery service Peapod examined its sales information to determine which Halloween candies are most popular in the D.C. area. As it turns out, nine out of the top 10 candies are chocolate. Fun size Milky Way and 3 Musketeers bars ranked seventh and eighth on the list. Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups ranked ninth; Dove Promises Silky Smooth dark chocolate ranked 10th. (Getty Images/iStockphoto/grafvision)

York Peppermint Patties mini big bag ranked sixth on Peapod's list of Halloween candy sales in D.C. (Getty Images/iStockphoto/lisinski)
York Peppermint Patties mini big bag ranked sixth on Peapod’s list of Halloween candy sales in the Washington, D.C. region. (Getty Images/iStockphoto/lisinski)

Fun size Nestle Butterfinger bars ranked No. 5 on Peapod's list of top-selling Halloween candy in the Washington, D.C. region. The full-size bar is shown here. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
Fun size Nestle Butterfinger bars ranked No. 5 on Peapod’s list of top-selling Halloween candy in the Washington, D.C. region. The full-size bar is shown here. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Peapod examined its sales information to determine which Halloween candies are most popular in the D.C. area. (AP Photo/Dan Goodman)
Hershey’s miniatures assortment family bag is pretty popular for Halloween, coming in at No. 4 on Peapod’s list. (AP Photo/Dan Goodman)

Snickers ranked No. 3 on Peapod's list of top-selling Halloween candy. (Getty Images/iStockphoto/Roman Samokhin)
Snickers ranked No. 3 on Peapod’s list of top-selling Halloween candy. (Getty Images/iStockphoto/Roman Samokhin)

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Candy corn is a big seller, ranking second on Peapod’s list of Halloween candy sales in the D.C. region. (Getty Images/iStockphoto/tab1962)

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The snack size version of Hershey’s Kit Kat candy bars topped the list of the grocery delivery service’s rankings of Halloween candy sales in the D.C. region. (Getty Images/Hemera/Anke Van wyk)

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Shattered homemade chocolate with cocoa powder
York Peppermint Patties mini big bag ranked sixth on Peapod's list of Halloween candy sales in D.C. (Getty Images/iStockphoto/lisinski)
Fun size Nestle Butterfinger bars ranked No. 5 on Peapod's list of top-selling Halloween candy in the Washington, D.C. region. The full-size bar is shown here. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
Peapod examined its sales information to determine which Halloween candies are most popular in the D.C. area. (AP Photo/Dan Goodman)
Snickers ranked No. 3 on Peapod's list of top-selling Halloween candy. (Getty Images/iStockphoto/Roman Samokhin)
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(Getty Images/Hemera/Anke Van wyk)

WASHINGTON — When it comes to Halloween candy in the D.C. area, many shoppers are reaching for the chocolate to distribute to trick-or-treaters.

Grocery-delivery service Peapod examined its Halloween candy sales so far through October and found that Hershey’s Kit Kat bars ranked No. 1 among its users — and nine out of the top 10 are chocolate.

Coming in at No. 2 in the D.C. area is candy corn — a seasonal favorite that sees a huge uptick in October in all cities Peapod studied, said Peapod spokeswoman Peg Merzbacher.

“It’s very popular. It’s got the No. 2 ranking in Washington, and that’s similar to New York. It’s a little lower in New England and Pennsylvania at 3 and it comes in at 5 in Chicago,” Merzbacher said. “I guess Halloween isn’t Halloween without candy corn.”

While candy corn has its place as a Halloween staple, chocolate has been a beloved snack for trick-or-treaters since Peapod began evaluating its D.C.-area data in 2001.

“Chocolate is among the most popular thing for most trick-or-treater and I don’t think most of the people buying the candy this year want to disappoint them,” Merzbacher said.

Peapod declined to give WTOP details about quantities sold for each candy or how many purchases were included in the data.

Below is Peapod’s ranking of the top 10 most popular candies:

  1. Hershey’s Kit Kat candy bars snack size
  2. Brach’s Candy Corn
  3. Snickers candy bars fun size
  4. Hershey’s miniatures assortment family bag
  5. Nestle Butterfinger bars fun size
  6. York Peppermint Patties mini big bag
  7. Milky Way bars fun size
  8. 3 Musketeers bars fun size
  9. Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups snack size
  10. Dove Promises Silky Smooth dark chocolate

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