Top Valentine’s candy (continued)

Valentine’s Day Candy

Quick Facts

• More than 40 million heart-shaped boxes of chocolate will be sold for Valentine’s Day.

• Caramel-flavored chocolates are the most popular in those boxes.

• Chocolate-covered nuts were a close second, according to the National Candy Association.

• Approximately 8.2 billion conversation hearts will be produced this year.

• Conversation heart candy vodka infusions became trendy last year.

• 69 percent of people prefer chocolate over flowers as a Valentine’s Day gift.

You might be surprised by the results, illustrated in the candy map. So, which Valentine’s Day candy does your state love the most?

Western States

Arizona

The Petrified Forest in northwest Arizona is a unique and beautiful sight to behold. If you are petrified of telling your Valentine how you feel, try some of Arizona’s favorite Valentine’s Day candy, conversation hearts, to get your message across. Don’t be a fossil. Go tell her how you feel. M&M’s came in second place.

California

Conversation hearts are the number one Valentine’s Day candy in California. “I, like, totally love you,” is not something that appears on the hearts currently. So we Californians will have to settle for something a little more traditional. Or not.

A whopping 513,000-plus boxes are sold to Californians leading up to Valentine’s Day. So let’s fill up the Hollywood Bowl with conversation hearts and all swim

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around. Heart-shaped chocolate boxes were No. 2, followed by chocolate roses.

Colorado

Colorado is home to more than 70 percent of all the land in the United States above 10,000 feet. Pretty crazy. Just a little tidbit to start a conversation. Maybe you Coloradans can use that to break the ice with your secret crush. Or maybe you just give them a conversation heart, the number one candy in your state. Over 1,986 pounds are purchased for V Day. Box of chocolates was No. 2; No. 3 was cupid corn, which is the Valentine’s Day version of candy corn.

Idaho

Idaho is the home of world famous Lava Hot Springs. I can’t think of a better place to test whether M&Ms really don’t melt in your hand than when sitting in the hot springs. Science experiments aren’t the most romantic ways to spend Valentine’s Day, I will concede. M&Ms were the most popular candy in Idaho, followed by conversation hearts and Hershey Kisses.

Montana

Oh, give me a home where the conversation hearts roam, and the deer and the antelope play. That home would likely be in Montana, since there are 1.4 elk, 3.3 deer and 1.4 antelope per square mile in Montana. And Montana is the fourth biggest state, so that’s a lot of four-legged friends. Oh, and their favorite Valentine’s candy is conversation hearts. Nearly 9,000 pounds around V-Day. That would only be about 1 ounce per square mile (like I said, Montana is very big). Not much for the animals to fight over.

Nebraska

Nebraska used to be the Tree Planter’s State. For some reason in 1945, they renamed it the Cornhusker State. Big Agro flexing their influence? Wasn’t that around the time when we all got sold on eating cereal for breakfast? I guess it worked. Nice job Nebraska P.R.

Corn did pop up in this state’s Valentine’s Day favorites as well. Cupid corn, the Valentine’s Day version of candy corn, was the No. 3 candy. Chocolate hearts took home the gold and heart-shaped boxes of chocolates came in second.

Nevada

Nevada is the largest gold-producing state in the US. And No. 2 in the world, only behind South Africa. That’s not even counting all the gold coming out of Vegas slot machines. But there’s nothing more golden on Valentine’s Day in Nevada than a good ol’ box of chocolates. Conversation hearts are No. 2, with chocolate roses coming in No. 3.

New Mexico

Santa Fe has the highest elevation of any U.S. capital. 7,000 feet. At that height, the amount of chocolate roses New Mexicans purchase during Valentine’s Day would go from sea level to three times as high as Santa Fe.

North Dakota

Conversation hearts are the top candy in North Dakota. And did you know that in 1987, North Dakota passed a law making English the official language of the state. What the heck they were speaking all that time before then? And what did they have on their conversation hearts? Native American sayings?

Oregon

Whoa, I just learned that Oregon’s state flag is different on either side. It’s the only flag that has two separate designs like that. On the backside, they put a beaver on it.

Chocolate roses are the biggest Valentine’s Day candy in Oregon. Over 32,000 pounds will be purchased this year.

South Dakota

Belle Fouche, South Dakota is the exact geographical center of the United States. You would think it would be further south and to the east. But that would not be taking into account Alaska and Hawaii. They love their Hershey Kisses in South Dakota too. Kisses were number one, followed by conversation hearts and chocolate hearts.

Utah

Utah has a sense of humor when naming cities. Levan is in the middle of the state, kind of like your belly button. What’s another word for belly button? Now spell it backwards… It’s like a secret map code joke. Good one, Utah.

Hershey’s Kisses are the number one candy in Utah with nearly 167,000 pounds sold. M&M’s and conversation hearts are runners up.

Washington

The world’s largest building is in Everett, Washington. It’s the final assembly plant for Boeing. I wonder how much Valentine’s Day candy it would take to fill that sucker up. Would 80,000 pounds of boxes of chocolates do the trick? (That’s how much the state of Washington buys.) Actually, I doubt it would.

Wyoming

Wyoming is gorgeous. It also has the lowest population of all U.S. states. The fact that they still order over 10,00 pounds of chocolate roses is pretty astounding.

So which candy does your state prefer? Does the list above match with what you like or your loved ones would like to receive as a gift?

If you get the wrong thing, just remember that – really – the holiday season is about family and friends. It’s the thought that counts, the gesture that matters. Unless you give me reindeer corn, in which case we are no longer friends.

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