Minnesota's new favorite Halloween candy: Tootsie Pops

No offense, Skittles, but we like the new champ better.
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We're OK with Skittles. 

But the news that Tootsie Pops surpassed them this year to take over the title of "Minnesota's favorite Halloween candy" made us smile. 

What are we talking about? 

Well, there's a company called CandyStore.com that tracks its sales for the past 10 years and annually announces the most popular Halloween candies in each state. 

Their 2017 numbers (so these are sales from 2007 through 2016) show that in Minnesota Tootsie Pops were the most popular, with Skittles finishing second and Almond Joy third.

In support of Tootsie Pops

If you like fruit-flavored candy, (and yes, that's a big if) having it last longer is a good thing.

Skittles may well be gone in sixty seconds. But the urge to chew is suppressed when you're working on a Tootsie Pop. 

Things slow down when you've got a Tootsie Pop. Whichever fruit flavor you've got (skip the chocolate ones), you can savor it and make it last. You know you're getting your money's worth. 

Once you've worn down the hard candy to the point that it might cut the roof of your mouth, it's time to bite. Granted, the "chocolate-y" center doesn't really taste much like chocolate. 

But chewing through it and reaching the stick is a definitive way to wrap up your treat and emerge from your reverie refreshed and ready for what's next.

Are they really Minnesota's favorite?

Having just defended them, we have to admit there are some weirdnesses about the idea that Tootsie Pops are the state's favorite. 

For one thing, this is a seriously old-school candy. They were invented in 1931

And isn't chocolate everyone's favorite candy?

For that matter, what's Almond Joy doing in the top chocolate spot?

All of which makes us a little suspicious of CandyStore.com, who is not very specific about its methodology. (In analyzing sales figures they say they were "looking in particular at the months leading up to Halloween.")

Well, this same company did tell us last spring that the black licorice ones are Minnesota's favorite jelly beans.

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