October 30, 2020 | Number of The Day
Tootsie Pops, NJ’s top choice for Halloween candy

COVID-19 has not knocked out Halloween, but the governor’s office has issued guidelines to ensure this year’s celebration doesn’t wind up being a superspreader of infection. They include limiting groups of trick-or-treaters to household members and wearing safety masks (costume masks don’t count). If you’re handing out treats, packaged candy is the safest choice; be sure to wear a safety mask and wash hands regularly.

Now for the moment we’ve all been waiting for: candy. According to candystore.com, a distributor of bulk candy, New Jerseyans have made Tootsie Pops their top choice, followed by M&Ms and Skittles (all packaged candies).

The distributor has also assembled a list of the worst Halloween candies (nationwide), compiling and combing through data from a half-dozen “reputable” websites and surveying 20,000 customers. If one of your favorites turns up on this list, you should be deeply troubled. No worries, though, we won’t indulge in candy shaming.

The best of the worst: black licorice (10), Good & Plenty (9), Mary Janes (8), Tootsie Rolls (7), Necco Wafers (6), Smarties (5) and Wax Coke Bottles (4).

As for the worst of the worst: Circus Peanuts (3), Peanut Butter Kisses (2), and (wait for it) Candy Corn (1).

The coronavirus isn’t the only thing that’s different about Halloween this year. It also coincides with a full moon, something that occurs once in every 18 or 19 years. It’s also a night with a blue moon, the second full moon in a month.

One final thing: Those rumors about green M&Ms being an aphrodisiac are just that — rumors.

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