Americans Gel with Buttered Popcorn Jelly Beans

New data from ranks America’s favorite beans from the buttery king to the pomegranate peasants, and every state in between.

Believe it or not, there’s a substantial amount of data-collecting that goes into jelly bean research. CandyStore shared how they determined the ranking, saying: “Using the jelly bean sales data from the last 10 years and SurveyMonkey and Facebook polls of over 12,000 candy customers and followers, we ranked the most loved jelly bean flavors in all 50 states and the 32 most popular flavors nationally.”

Possibly most importantly, this new data announced the dethronement of a monarchy; buttered popcorn flavored beans overtook black licorice as king of the jelly bean flavors, dropping the former ruler to second place.

Other national favorites were acknowledged too, with cinnamon coming in third, watermelon in fourth, and cherry in fifth.

The flavors were also broken down into state favorites, with some repeat names and some new up-and-comers. Illinois, for example, likes their beans a little less buttery and a lot more chocolatey and Montana prefers cotton candy jellies.

Interestingly, Michigan and Ohio upheld their reputations as swing states in this unofficial jelly bean election, as both states switched to favoring buttered popcorn jelly beans from their previous favorite of black licorice. They were two of the states that were responsible for the switch.

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