When it comes to candy, Christmas can't compete with Halloween or Easter - two holidays that are centered around sweet treats. But make no mistake, there is plenty of candy to be found this time of the year. In fact, CandyStore.com estimates that 93 percent of us give chocolate and candy as gifts each winter.

And in South Dakota when you want to make sure you are giving out the local favorite, go for good old St Nick.

The latest survey says that sweet lovers in the Mount Rushmore State prefer Chocolate Santas over all other candy at Christmas time. Wyoming is the only other state that shares our affinity for that foil-wrapped treat.

As for the rest of the country, their favorites are still most of the old stand-bys.

40 of the 50 states (80%) prefer Reese's Peanut Butter Cup Minis (12 states), Reindeer Corn, the Christmas equivalent of Halloween's Candy Corn, (eight states), Peppermint Bark (eight states), Hershey Kisses (six states), and Candy Canes (six states).

The National Retail Federation says we'll be buying more candy this holiday season, with sales increasing by about four percent. Overall that's more than $2 billion in sales.


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