Candy Crush

CandyStore.com has compiled a list of the most favorite candy listed by state. For once, my state came through with M&M’s. (They are nature’s perfect food.)

We took 10 years of sales data, looking in particular at the months leading up to Halloween. We sell to all 50 states so we broke down our sales by state. We also have relationships with major candy manufacturers and distributors – all of whom contributed and helped us verify that our data is on point

On this analysis, we were able to ascertain the best sellers in every state.

The National Retail Federation estimates that shoppers will spend $2.7 billion on Halloween candy this year. Industry research has shown that, in 2015, online candy sales increased by 15 percent. People are realizing they can save time and money by skipping the store and purchasing from the comfort of their home. But will you buy the right candy?

If you can’t determine your state’s preference, the list can be found at the link. Shout out to my (hopefully) future home Arizona, whose favorite is Snickers. Mmm… Snickers.

A Sweet Treat

police-thank-you-candyOn Friday, my daughter Julia – AKA Princess P – made candy gift packs for the 7th Police District’s officers. The 7th is located a few blocks from the school, and the bags were filled with candy, and the note on the left was attached. It was a terribly nice gesture for the local police.

After they completed the gift bags for the officers, Princess P’s teacher asked if anyone had parents who were cops. Julia raised her hand and said, “My dad is a detective.” The teacher – who taught all three of my boys – replied, “Are you sure?” Apparently, she did not remember me from last year’s Police and Fire Appreciation Day. After swearing up and down I am actually a detective – albeit a lousy one – Princess P was allowed to make a bag for me, and gave it to me after work Friday.

Most people in law enforcement do not ask for much on this job. We expect to be yelled at, assaulted, and hated by people just because of our chosen profession. Small things like these make all the nonsense so very worth it. I know Princess P loves me, and it’s nice to see others appreciate us, too.

Click the photo to read the note. It’s pretty humbling.

Oh, and here are my munchkins’ costumes this year…

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Kevin is a stick figure, Erik a soccer player, and Julia is a princess ballerina.

Strangers With Candy

Reese's Peanut Butter CupsBy now, most of you have awakened from your diabetic comas, and are ready to resume your lives. Of course, if you’re like me, you have a metric butt-load of candy sitting on your dining room table, calling out your name.

Resistance is futile. You will be broken, and you will seek out your favorite candy.

In that vein, Yahoo penned this story, detailing the link between candy and opinions on celebrities.

Research firm Ranker analyzed data collected from polling people about their favorite Halloween candy and cross referenced the results against its other consumer stats to see how people’s candy preferences correlated to their celebrity preferences.

Ranker found people who voted in favor of Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups are favorable to Ryan Gosling and Mila Kunis, but disliked Sarah Jessica Parker.

People who love Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups (like most of America) are the most likely to dislike the Kardashians. (H/TKari)

My all-time favorite candy is Caramel Creams, but since my rat bastard neighbors won’t dish them out, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups win by default. They are Heaven in a package. The Kardashians, on the other hand, are putrid cellulite-ridden meat in a package. I disapprove of their very existence.

I can take or leave Ryan Gosling, but being a red-blooded American male, I would like to give Mila Kunis the best thirty twenty ten seconds of her life.

The proof this analysis was rock-solid, however, lies with Sarah Jessica Parker. If loving PB Cups – and hating that horse-faced bush pig – is wrong, I don’t want to be right.