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October 19, 2017

Think About It: Candy For Boys & Ghouls

Adults locally really do have a fixation with Halloween. Whether it be dressing up for parties, dressing up their work cubicles, putting guillotines on bank teller areas, September sales, this ghoul-den day celebration o starts earlier and evolves into a more ornate festival every year here. So the timing was good last week when wholesale candy shipper, CandyStore.com, announced the top three selling Halloween candies in each state.

Being a state of warm people, in general, it is no surprise that Hershey's Kisses have been a perennial favorite here, coming in at #1 in 2015. But last year the chocolate domes dropped a notch to #2 and were replaced by Skittles. Yes, "taste the rainbow" indeed. You can not only see rainbows in Hawaii on a regular basis, but you can actually eat them, too- to the tune of 34-tons of Skittles consumed here over the past ten years in October, according to CandyStore.com. Milky Way is our #3 choice, but it is scarfed in only about half the tonnage of Skittles and Hershey's Kisses, no doubt influenced by the on-going controversy surrounding the Thirty Meter Telescope on the Big Island and its effect on the real Milky Way.

Florida has a jones for Skittles, and so does New Jersey. #1 in both states. I always wondered what we had in common with the Garden State, and now I know- sugary, multi-colored, crunchy and chewy particles. Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Michigan, Delaware, and Minnesota made Skittles their #2 choice. By the way, CandyStore.com points out that from east-to-west, Hawaii geographically is the widest state in the country. Widest state? Perhaps the Skittles, Kisses, and Milky Ways have something to do with that. Think about it…

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