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What Is The Most Popular Halloween Candy? The Top Halloween Treat Every Decade For the Past Century

From the roaring 20s to today, Americans love our Halloween candy.

Our collective love affair with the sweeter (and occasionally sour) side of life can be traced back decades throughout history. Ancient Egyptians rolled dates, cinnamon, walnuts, and cardamon seeds in honey back in 1600 B.C. Wealthy families dipped cloves, ginger, aniseed, juniper berries, almonds, and pine kernels in melted sugar in the Middle Ages. Americans would occasionally enjoy the luxury of crystalized sugar, which we now call rock candy, in the 1800s.

While our collective sweet tooth has definitely shifted over the years, one thing is for sure: we love our candy. And what better time to indulge in your favorite sugary treats than Halloween?

Technically, October 31st didn't become synonymous with colorfully wrapped bites of deliciousness until the 1950s (making its debut with the holiday in the 1930s). Instead, the holiday was celebrated more as a harvest than a spooky night of ghost stories and costume parties. Rather than candy, families would hand out homemade cookies, cake, money, toys, soft drinks, and even little packs of cereal.

Today the candy scene is much different. In 2022, Americans spent a grand total of $3.1 billion—yes, billion—on Halloween candy alone. That's up just a tad from the $3 billion spent in 2021. Which is a pretty solid signal that our favorite sweet treats aren't going anywhere.

So, if Halloween candy has been around for the past several decades, which delights have been in high demand? While there's no record out there that says for sure what trick-or-treaters were after the most, here are the most popular candies of every decade that were surely a hit with kids and adults alike.

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