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All the Halloween candy you should — and shouldn't — buy

Halloween candy
Halloween candy
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Every year, certain sweets are gobbled up while others linger in your office's communal plastic pumpkin.

What Halloween candy should you buy? Now, you have science — or at least the hive mind — on your side.

We asked KPCC listeners to rate more than 50 items in our Ultimate Halloween Candy Ranker. More than 350 people took the quiz — and we learned that you have some strong opinions.

Like Gordon Ramsay, many of you despise candy corn. As the acerbic British chef once said, "It's not candy. It's not corn. It's earwax formed in the shape of a rotten tooth."

TAKEAWAYS

METHODOLOGY

For every candy, we multiplied each rating (5, for example) by the total number of people who gave it that rating (205, for example) and added up all those ratings to achieve a total score. Then we divided that total score by the total number of people who rated that candy to determine each candy's approval rating. Not every respondent rated every candy, perhaps because they hadn't tasted the candy or due to quiz-taking fatigue.

Here's how it worked with Butterfinger.

Rating: 5 x 71 people = 355

Rating: 4 x 88 people = 352

Rating: 3 x 84 people = 252

Rating: 2 x 74 people = 148

Rating: 1 x 41 people = 41

1148 (combined score) / 352 (total respondents) = 3.26 (total score)

RESULTS

Let the debating begin!

CANDY APPROVAL RATING
Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups 4.19
Snickers 3.9
Twix 3.83
Kit Kat 3.82
M&Ms 3.51
Heath Toffee Bars 3.44
Reese’s Pieces 3.39
Rolos 3.34
Hershey’s Miniatures (milk chocolate, Krackel, Mr. Goodbar, special dark) 3.27
Butterfinger 3.26
Milky Way 3.25
100 Grand 3.23
Nestle Crunch 3.22
York Peppermint Patties 3.2
Haribo gummy bears 2.97
Starburst 2.97
Almond Joy 2.97
3 Musketeers 2.95
Jelly Belly jellybeans 2.93
Baby Ruth 2.88
Skittles 2.83
Hershey’s Kisses 2.87
Sour Patch Kids 2.78
Mounds 2.76
Whoppers 2.74
Tootsie Pops 2.72
Sweet Tarts 2.63
Milk Duds 2.55
Jolly Ranchers 2.54
generic caramels 2.53
Nerds 2.53
Lifesavers 2.52
Smarties Candy Rolls 2.49
Red Vines 2.47
Pop Rocks 2.45
Charms Blow Pops 2.42
generic gummy worms 2.36
Brach’s Candy Corn (traditional) 2.32
generic gummy bears 2.28
generic butterscotch hard candies 2.22
Twizzlers 2.22
generic saltwater taffy 2.2
Tootsie Rolls 2.15
Bit O’Honey 2.15
Laffy Taffy 2.12
Mike ’N Ike 2.12
Mary Janes 2.04
Brach’s Indian Corn, Candy Corn 2.03
Bottle Caps 2.03
Sugar Babies 2.02
Gobstoppers 1.99
Dots 1.97
generic jellybeans 1.89
Necco Wafers 1.76
Jawbreakers 1.72
Jujubes 1.72