Buttered popcorn comes in at No. 1 for the favorite flavored jelly bean in Arkansas, according to a new poll from CandyStore.com.
Coffee flavored jelly beans were Oklahoma's top pick.
While Candy Craze in Fort Smith's Central Mall appears to be temporarily closed due to coronavirus containment efforts, they won't be closed forever. And they might even be opened back up time for Easter.
We reached out to Candy Craze Wednesday in hopes of getting the scoop on local favorites.
With National Jelly Bean Day coming up fast, CandyStore.com found it a good time to put out its latest jelly bean flavor poll. Here is what they found.
America’s favorite jelly bean flavors
Almost every year, Easter and National Jelly Bean Day both fall in April, making it the de facto Month of the Jelly Bean.
On a normal year, over 16 billion beans are made just for the Easter season. With Easter Egg hunts largely cancelled this year, it’s tough to tell whether fewer jelly beans will be needed, writes Clair Robbins at CandyStore.com. More families will likely conduct their own private hunts around the house. And Easter baskets will still need to be filled.
Robbins noted they looked at over 12 years of candy sales data and took the latest results from over 10,000 survey responses to map out jelly bean flavor preferences by state.
National jelly bean rankings
No. 1 Cinnamon – New Winner! (No. 2 last year)
Cinnamon has made steady progress towards the top. Up from the No. 3 spot two years ago, this spicy red jelly bean flavor is part of a trend of spicy candy we noticed a while back.
Things have sure been heating up for Cinnamon jelly beans. Sour candy, spicy candy, savory candy are all becoming more and more popular. In fact, the top three jelly bean flavors do not include a sweet or fruity flavor at all!
Spicy and packing heat, cinnamon is your new No. 1 jelly bean flavor, America.
No. 2 Buttered Popcorn (No. 1 Last year)
Salty and buttery, Buttered Popcorn was riding high last year, keeping its crown after knocking Black Licorice off the top sport two years ago. It has now been knocked off itself by a controversial up and comer, cinnamon. Both flavors incite strong opinions, positive and negative, but in the end, Buttered Popcorn has work to do to become the number one jelly bean flavor in America again.
No. 3 Black Licorice
Black Licorice has slowed its descent for now. It had been on a losing streak, falling from the No. 1 spot three years ago. Then it fell to runner-up, and now it’s just trying to stay on the podium. But has maintained last year’s No. 3 spot this year.
Still, the number three spot is very near the top and there’s no denying the immense popularity of black licorice jelly beans. They are polarizing to be sure, but enough people still love them to push them above what was traditionally the top jelly bean flavor in the western hemisphere: cherry.
No. 4 Cherry
Cherry is like the jelly bean elder. It has been around for a long time and was once the king of jelly bean flavors, reigning for more than 20 years. It’s no longer in the top three, but perhaps its time has not yet come.
Cherry was No. 4 last year as well. Maintaining its place on the charts is impressive for a sweet fruity flavor in this new savory/spicy world we live in. Only time will tell if Cherry can reclaim a place on the podium, or fall back into the fray of other fruity flavors.
No. 5 Juicy Pear
Juicy Pear is sort of a new classic jelly bean flavor. It has reached a high level of popularity in a relatively short lifespan. This year it even took over as the No. 1 flavor in Washington, Wyoming and Alabama!
No. 6 Toasted Marshmallow
Toasted Marshmallow moved up one spot from No. 7 last year. The toasty flavor warms the heart and the belly. It’s a great flavor to compliment other flavors and cut through some of the super sweet fruity flavors with a more creamy and slightly savory taste. It however, is not the top flavor in any one state.
No. 7 Watermelon
Watermelon fell 2 more spots to number 7 this year. They are popular coast to coast, and were mostly the victim of Juicy Pear and Toasted Marshmallow moving strongly up.
No. 8 Strawberry
Strawberry jelly beans are coming on strong. They jumped up another spot this year from No. 9 and are now solidly a Top 10 jelly bean.
No. 9 Orange
Orange flavor fell another spot this year after getting jumped by Pink Strawberry. Orange has held strong as a classic jelly bean flavor to remain solidly in the top ten. It even took the top spot in Idaho!
No. 10 Root Beer
Maine’s new favorite flavor, Root Beer, is moving up fast. Jumping two spots to make the top ten this year, it has moved five spots up in 2 years.
That’s some big moves for a classic flavor and could be another signal that non-fruity flavors are headed for a recession.
No. 11 Cotton Candy
Cotton Candy may not be top ten, but it continues to knock on the door. Holding its ground at No. 11, this fairground-inspired flavor is all sweetness without the fruity. For some people it’s the perfect combination of sweet and no citrus. But not for enough people to get it into the top ten. Yet.
No. 12 Green Apple
A Green Apple jelly bean a day keeps the doctor away. Probably not, but Green Apple is reeling now after dropping two spots for the second year in a row. From No. 8 two years ago, they now find themselves at No. 12. A classic old school jelly bean flavor, Green Apple can still hold its head high as a top 12 flavor.
No. 13 Sour
Sour flavored jelly beans have made a big splash this year, moving up from No. 18 to No. 13 most popular flavor. They were No. 1 in New York and now Nebraska too! It’s no secret that New Yorkers love sour candy.
No. 14 Coconut
On the other hand, non-fruity flavor Coconut is moving in the other direction. Coconut was a top ten flavor last year and dropped all the way back to No. 13.
No. 15 Blueberry
Blueberry jelly beans, the flavor they invented specifically to make the blue in red white and blue, has fallen another spot to No. 15, down two spots in as many years. Useful for their blue color, which is a popular color for event candy, blueberry jelly beans may struggle to differentiate themselves from the crowd of fruity flavored jelly beans.
No. 16 Coffee
Coffee fell one spot overall this year, but did gain the No. 1 spot in two state;s Nevada and Oklahoma. Coffee, the drink, has never been more popular, and coffee flavored treats and gifts are on the rise. Coffee flavored jelly beans are no different, making strong moves and mixing it up with various flavor varieties like latte and espresso (which we lumped together).
No. 17 Bubblegum
Bubblegum flavor fell one spot from No. 16 last year, making it a three-spot loss over two years. So bubblegum is in a downtrend. This may reflect a trend towards less sugary flavors and more savory and spicy ones. Similar in color and flavor to Cotton Candy, it’s moving in the opposite direction. Could there be a zero sum game between them?
No. 18 Grape
Grape moved down a spot from No. 17 this year. Purple is a strong color and is an asset to Grape jelly beans. Purple is one of the most popular candy colors and there are not many other purple flavors.
No. 19 Chocolate
Chocolate jelly beans moved up one spot from No. 20. Chocolate lovers might not be rejoicing at such a minor move, but they did claim the No. 1 spot in Illinois again!
No. 20 Red Apple
Red Apple fell back a spot to No. 20. Red apple has done well to stay moderately high even though it's greener brother is the more famous of the apple flavors.
No. 21 Banana
Banana flavored jelly beans moved up into the top 21 at No. 21. Banana is a classic candy flavor that isn’t super traditional for jelly beans, but the popularity of Jelly Belly has made it more prominent in recent years.