In the animated television special, “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown,” poor Charlie inevitably found a rock in the bottom of his trick-or-treat bag. Barring you, too, received a rock, what is the worst candy you ever received at Halloween?

Think about that for a minute.

Now, let’s see if your candy made it on the Top 10 Worst Candy list for Halloween.

These are the WORST Halloween candies.


In descending order, the candy consumers no not want to find in their sack is:

10. Mary Janes

9. Good & Plenty

8. Licorice

7. Smarties

6. Tootsie Rolls

5. Peanut Butter Kisses

4. Necco Wafers

3. Wax Coke Bottles

2. Candy Corn

Drum roll, please. The No. 1 candy trick-or-treaters did not want to find in their trick-or-treat sack is Circus Peanuts.

Who knew?

Emphasis is important because people, frankly, get pretty heated about this, according to Clair Robbins with With Halloween just around the corner, the strong opinions come out full force. It’s been written about and voted on, but never to this level.





The candy company surveyed more than 40,000 of its own customers. Then, we put the best and worst candies into a spreadsheet. In Column A candy specialists had a number value. They weighted each list, so a candy that got listed as the worst gets 10 points, while one that ranks 10th worst gets one point. Same idea goes for the best list. We they tallied up the points and created their worst candy list.

On the yummier side of things, also compiled a list of the 10 most popular Halloween treats.

America’s Top 10 Halloween candy this year are:

  • Skittles
  • M&M’s
  • Snickers
  • Reese’s Cups
  • Starburst
  • Candy Corn
  • Hot Tamales
  • Hershey’s
  • Tootsie Pops
  • Jolly Ranchers

This year, the National Retail Federation is estimating that shoppers will spend $2.6 billion on Halloween candy. That is lower than their $2.7 billion estimate last year.

If you’re spending a bundle on treats for the trick-or treaters at your door, don’t waste your hard-earned cash on the worst candy. You now know what to avoid.


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