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What’s the top Christmas candy in South Carolina?

File photo - PAUL VIDELA/
File photo - PAUL VIDELA/

Peppermint bark, candy canes and reindeer corn — all classic types of Christmas candy, but surprisingly unpopular in South Carolina during the “most wonderful time of the year.”

So, what is the Palmetto State’s favorite Christmas candy?

According to, an online bulk candy store, South Carolinians like Pez the most during Christmastime.

Source: surveyed over 50,000 customers to find out the top Christmas candies in each state and consulted with candy manufacturers and distributors to ensure the survey results corresponded with their seasonal observations.

Sales of M&M’s make that candy the second top in South Carolina, and Starburst comes in at third.

Piedmont Candy, located in Lexington, N.C., is famous for its corn syrup-free peppermints. Watch how they're made.

Candy sales are expected to be two percent higher this year, according to the, because of improved economic conditions and extra time between Thanksgiving and Christmas.

The National Retail Federation projects that the average consumer will spend $110 on candy and food, which is twice as much as they’ll spend on Christmas decorations.

Thousands of new residents move to the Carolinas every year. For those looking to send their friends back home a Christmas gift made in North or South Carolina, here are a few choices.

Michaela Broyles: 843-626-0281, @MichaelaBroyles