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What is the ‘worst’ Halloween candy?

(NEXSTAR) — Is there a treat that makes you say “boo”? We all have our likes and dislikes when it comes to sweets — but according to data from, an online wholesale and bulk candy retailer, some are more likely to get “yucks” than “yums.”

To rank its “worst,” CandyStore surveyed over 15,000 customers and combined it with 12 other “best” and “worst” Halloween candy lists from outlets like Buzzfeed, Business Insider, and Bon Appétit.

Here is the 2022 list.

Ranking Candy
10. Good and plentiful
9. Black licorice
8. Tootsie Rolls
7. Mary Jane
6. Smarties
5. Wax cola bottles
4. Necco wafers
3. Peanut butter kiss
2. Candy corn
1. Circus Peanuts

CandyStore explains Circus Peanuts has previously been No. 1 on its “worst” list and was second last year.

Unfamiliar with any of these candies? Here’s a little rundown (flavor/year introduced, if known) for those you may not have heard of: Mary Jane (peanut butter-molasses-taffy, 1914); Smarties (sweet-hard coated chocolate, 1937); wax cola bottles (gummy cylinder containing sweet syrup in various flavors); and Necco Wafers (chalk wafers in various flavors, 1847).

Interestingly, two of the candies are on this list very the like.

Peanut Butter Kisses have no relation to Hershey’s Kisses, despite the name. However, they are a variant of Mary Jane candies, as explained by food historian Sarah Wassberg Johnson. Like Mary Janes, PBKs are peanut butter and molasses flavored. Unlike Mary Janes, PBKs come in orange and black wrappers—which may be part of why they’re so often associated with Halloween.

In case you’re wondering, CandyStore hasn’t reserved all of its research for finding candy people love to hate. The site also named its top 10 Halloween candies, with one big winner reigning supreme for one year: Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups.

“This is the perennial blowout of the century,” writes CandyStore.

It is important to note that likes and dislikes are subjective. All candy has someone who likes it. Enjoy your favorites this Halloween!

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