It’s Halloween, and kids everywhere will be ringing doorbells and saying “trick or treat" on Wednesday. If you want to hand out some of the most popular Halloween candies, the Daily Mail reports Skittles is one of the most “liked” brands on Facebook. Maybe the London-based news source is partial to the chewy fruit-flavored candies because they were introduced in Britain in 1974. For whatever reason, Skittles is listed as the number one Halloween candy, followed by M&M’s, Snickers, Reese’s Cups and Starburst.
Rounding out the Top Ten are candy corn, Hot Tamales, Hershey’s Mini Bars, Tootsie Pops and Jolly Ranchers.
Not everyone agrees on a favorite. Candy corn somehow manages to make both the favorite and least favorite lists every year.
Forbes.com offers a totally different Top 10 list, citing CandyStore.com: Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, Snickers, Twix, Kit Kat, M&M’s, Nerds, Butterfinger, Sour Patch Kids, Skittles (in ninth place!) and Hershey bars in all flavors.
The 10 least popular Halloween candies on the CandyStore.come list: Circus peanuts, candy corn, wax coke bottles, Necco wafers, peanut butter kisses, Tootsie Rolls, Smarties, licorice, Good & Plenty and Mary Janes (which may be the same thing as peanut butter kisses).
Five things you may not know about Skittles
1. The chewy fruit-flavored candies were introduced in Britain in 1974, and came to America in 1979. The original flavors were lime, lemon, grape, orange and cherry.
2. New flavors introduced over the years include Skittles Riddles in 2012 and Dark side Skittles in 2013. Other varieties that exist today include Tropical, Wild Berry and Smoothie Mix.
3. Pro football player Marshawn “Beast Mode” Lynch with the Oakland Raiders became a spokesman for Skittles after he claimed the candy had helped him to get where he is today. This year the company released special-edition packages in his honor.
4. The successful slogan “Skittles, taste the rainbow,” was created in 1994 by New York advertising agency D’Arcy Masius Benton & Bowles.
5. Skittles can be used in school science fair projects. Some experiments children have created include Which Solution Dissolves Skittles Fastest? and What is the distribution of each color of Skittles in a bag?