Here's America's Top Valentine's Day Candy By State

Expressing your love this Valentine’s Day will cost you, as Americans are predicted to shell out a whopping $1.8 billion on sweets for the holiday in 2019. According to the National Retail Federation, candy sales are expected to top jewelry and other popular traditional purchases.

After examining 11 years worth of sales data, Candy Store and has ranked America’s top three favorite Valentine’s Day candies by state. While conversation hearts have climbed the rankings over the past decade, they are no match for heart-shaped boxes of chocolate, which reign supreme in the most states. Not to mention, in 2019 Sweethearts conversation hearts are predicted to take an 80% hit in sales as their biggest distributor, Necco, closed its doors last year.


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Fifty-eight million pounds of chocolate are purchased around the Valentine’s holiday, while 43% of people revealed that they are buying the sweets for themselves. With that said, M&M’s have made it into more top-three slots across America than previously in 2017, while cupid corn has noticeably fallen off. Some unique outliers like Wild Berry Skittles and cinnamon bears have made it into the rankings as well. See what sweets top your state’s rankings, the results may shock you.

Check out the most popular Valentine’s Day candy choices in your state below:


Alabama


1st place: Candy Necklaces
2nd place: Conversation Hearts
3rd place: Heart Shaped Box of Chocolates


Alaska


1st place: Heart-Shaped Box of Chocolates
2nd place: Conversation Hearts
3rd place: Cinnamon Bears


Arizona


1st place: Conversation Hearts
2nd place: M&M’s
3rd place: Heart Shaped Box of Chocolates


Arkansas


1st place: Hershey Kisses
2nd place: Conversation Hearts
3rd place: Ghirardelli Gift Box


California


1st place: Conversation Hearts
2nd place: Heart Shaped Box of Chocolates
3rd place: Chocolate Roses

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Colorado


1st place: Conversation Hearts
2nd place: Heart Shaped Box of Chocolates
3rd place: M&M’s


Connecticut


1st place: Heart Shaped Box of Chocolates
2nd place: Conversation Hearts
3rd place: M&M’s


Delaware


1st place: Hershey Kisses
2nd place: Conversation Hearts
3rd place: Chocolate Hearts


Florida


1st place: Conversation Hearts
2nd place: Heart Shaped Box of Chocolates
3rd place: Chocolate Roses


Georgia


1st place: Conversation Hearts
2nd place: *Heart Shaped Box of Chocolates
3rd place: Chocolate Roses

*Last year’s winner


Hawaii


1st place: Conversation Hearts
2nd place: Heart Shaped Box of Chocolates
3rd place: Candy Necklaces


Idaho


1st place: M&M’s
2nd place: Conversation Hearts
3rd place: Hershey Kisses


Illinois


1st place: Conversation Hearts
2nd place: *Chocolate Roses
3rd place: M&M’s

*Last year’s winner


Indiana


1st place: Heart Shaped Box of Chocolates
2nd place: Conversation Hearts
3rd place: Chocolate Roses


Iowa


1st place: M&M’s
2nd place: Conversation Hearts
3rd place: Ghirardelli Gift Box


Kansas


1st place: Heart Shaped Box of Chocolates
2nd place: M&M’s
3rd place: Ghirardelli Gift Box


Kentucky


1st place: Conversation Hearts
2nd place: *Chocolate Roses
3rd place: M&M’s

*Last year’s winner


Louisiana


1st place: Conversation Hearts
2nd place: Heart Shaped Box of Chocolates
3rd place: M&M’s


Maine


1st place: Chocolate Hearts
2nd place: Ghirardelli Gift Box
3rd place: Conversation Hearts


Maryland


1st place: M&M’s
2nd place: Conversation Hearts
3rd place: Heart Shaped Box of Chocolates


Massachusetts


1st place: Heart Shaped Box of Chocolates
2nd place: Chocolate Hearts
3rd place: Conversation Hearts


Michigan


1st place: Conversation Hearts
2nd place: Heart Shaped Box of Chocolates
3rd place: Cupid Corn


Minnesota


1st place: Conversation Hearts
2nd place: Heart Shaped Box of Chocolates
3rd place: M&M’s


Mississippi


1st place: Heart Shaped Box of Chocolates
2nd place: *Conversation Hearts
3rd place: Chocolate Roses

* Last year’s winner


Missouri


1st place: Conversation Hearts
2nd place: Heart Shaped Box of Chocolates
3rd place: Hershey Kisses


Montana


1st place: Conversation Hearts
2nd place: Chocolate Hearts
3rd place: Heart Shaped Box of Chocolates


Nebraska


1st place: Chocolate Hearts
2nd place: Heart Shaped Box of Chocolates
3rd place: Cupid Corn


Nevada


1st place: Heart Shaped Box of Chocolates
2nd place: Conversation Hearts
3rd place: Chocolate Roses


New Hampshire


1st place: Heart Shaped Box of Chocolates
2nd place: Conversation Hearts
3rd place: Chocolate Hearts


New Jersey


1st place: Conversation Hearts
2nd place: M&M’s
3rd place: Heart Shaped Box of Chocolates


New Mexico


1st place: Heart Shaped Box of Chocolates
2nd place: Chocolate Roses
3rd place: Candy Necklaces


New York


1st place: Heart Shaped Box of Chocolates
2nd place: Conversation Hearts
3rd place: Cinnamon Bears


North Carolina


1st place: Heart Shaped Box of Chocolates
2nd place: Cupid Corn
3rd place: Conversation Hearts


North Dakota


1st place: Conversation Hearts
2nd place: M&M’s
3rd place: Heart Shaped Box of Chocolates


Ohio


1st place: Heart Shaped Box of Chocolates
2nd place: Conversation Hearts
3rd place: Wild Berry Skittles


Oklahoma


1st place: Conversation Hearts
2nd place: Heart Shaped Box of Chocolates
3rd place: Chocolate Roses


Oregon


1st place: Chocolate Roses
2nd place: M&M’s
3rd place: Heart Shaped Box of Chocolates


Pennsylvania


1st place: M&M’s
2nd place: Heart Shaped Box of Chocolates
3rd place: Conversation Hearts


Rhode Island


1st place: Chocolate Hearts
2nd place: Heart Shaped Box of Chocolates
3rd place: Conversation Hearts


South Carolina


1st place: Conversation Hearts
2nd place: Heart Shaped Box of Chocolates
3rd place: Ghirardelli Gift Box


South Dakota


1st place: Hershey Kisses
2nd place: Conversation Hearts
3rd place: Chocolate Hearts


Tennessee


1st place: Conversation Hearts
2nd place: Heart Shaped Box of Chocolates
3rd place: Wild Berry Skittles


Texas


1st place: Heart Shaped Box of Chocolates
2nd place: Hershey Kisses
3rd place: Conversation Hearts


Utah


1st place: Hershey Kisses
2nd place: M&M’s
3rd place: Conversation Hearts


Vermont


1st place: Conversation Hearts
2nd place: Heart Shaped Box of Chocolates
3rd place: Candy Necklaces


Virginia


1st place: Conversation Hearts
2nd place: Heart Shaped Box of Chocolates
3rd place: Cupid Corn


Washington


1st place: Heart Shaped Box of Chocolates
2nd place: Chocolate Roses
3rd place: Conversation Hearts


West Virginia


1st place: Conversation Hearts
2nd place: Cupid Corn
3rd place: Candy Necklaces


Wisconsin


1st place: Conversation Hearts
2nd place: Hershey Kisses
3rd place: Ghirardelli Gift Box


Wyoming


1st place: Chocolate Roses
2nd place: Conversation Hearts
3rd place: Heart Shaped Box of Chocolates


Lead image is a Patch composite by David Allen with photos by Pixabay/Shutterstock/Wikimedia Commons. Candy Store contributed to this post.

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