(WSYR) – Halloween is a time to dress up, carve some pumpkins and indulge in eating some sweet treats after trick-or-treating.

Although hundreds of different kinds of candies are handed out on Halloween, one thing’s for sure: there are favorites, and there are candies that many people hate.

A new study by Shiny Smiles Veneers, surveyed over 1,000 Americans to find the most hated and loved candies of the season. The results are below.

The ‘Worst’ Halloween Candies

CandyPercent of American’s who hate receiving that candy
Candy Corn36%
Hot Tamales26.1%
Atomic Fireball23.9%
Hot Tamales Fire & Ice20.1%
Branch’s Pumpkin18.5%
Almond Joy16.7%
Red Hots14.9%
Cadbury Creme Egg14.6%
Nik-L-Nip Wax Bottles13.9%
Tootsie Roll13.8%
Jelly Beans13.6%
Smarties 12.9%
Laffy Taffy11.4%
Double Bubble10.9%
Courtesy of Shiny Smiles Veneers

According to the study, Americans hate to receive candy corn the most on Halloween. However, it’s not that sticky treat that’s the most dangerous to eat on Halloween. The Jawbreaker is actually the top candy American’s admitted to not eating because of its potential dental impacts.

If you want to avoid a trip to the dentist, take a look at the following candies that have caused Americans dental issues, according to the study:

  1. Jawbreaker
  2. Jolly Rancher
  3. Bit-O-Honey
  4. Starburst
  5. Tootsie Roll
  6. Laffy Taffy
  7. Snickers
  8. Atomic Fireball
  9. Butterfinger
  10. Blow Pops and Milk Duds

Although dental issues can be scary, almost half of the Americans surveyed admitted to a fear of someone putting razor blades, poison or glass in candy, and said they check the treats because of it.


Shiny Smiles Veneers surveyed 1,002 Americans on August 25, 2023, to ask about Halloween candy and how it impacts their teeth. According to the survey, respondents ranged in age from 18 to 76 years old and were 47% female, 50% male, and 3% nonbinary.

Click here to learn more about the study.