Things may change, but your sweet tooth seems to remain the same forever! A new poll of 2,000 Americans reveals that the average person first picked a “favorite candy” around the age of 11 and has stuck with it ever since. In fact, 52 percent eat more candy now as adults than they ever did as kids.
Four in 10 respondents gravitate towards snack or “fun”-sized candies, despite the traditional wisdom that bigger is better. Meanwhile, one in three (35%) prefer chewy candy the most, making it the most popular texture among respondents.
Conducted by OnePoll on behalf of HI-CHEW, the survey also explores how the typical person approaches a “candy haul” that’s gathered during a seasonal event like Easter or Halloween. When asked how much candy constitutes a “haul,” respondents settled on an average of 23 pieces or more. Over half the poll (57%) organize their haul before digging in, most commonly by flavor (34%). Almost a third (29%) save their favorites for the end.
On the other hand, what to do with the candy you’re less enthused about? For most, it’s not a snap decision. A third of adults will eat a few pieces first before deciding whether or not to share, typically with their children (41%) or partner (41%).
Candy swaps also proved popular, as two in five (41%) trade snacks with other family members to ensure they have more of their favorites. Regardless, survey-takers figure they could still eat an average four pieces of their least favorite candy in one sitting.
Childhood memories, preferences, and jealousy aside, two-thirds (67%) agree that candy hauls are not just for kids.