States Spending the Most on Sweets

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10. New Mexico
> Candy and chocolate shops: 3.7 per 100,000 people
> Most popular candies: Candy Corn, Jolly Ranchers, Milky Way
> Sugar industry economic output: $80.0 million (8th lowest)
> Population under 14 years: 19.4% (16th highest)

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9. California
> Candy and chocolate shops: 3.8 per 100,000 people
> Most popular candies: Skittles, M&M’s, Assorted Salt Water Taffy
> Sugar industry economic output: $6000.0 million (the highest)
> Population under 14 years: 19.0% (20th highest)

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8. South Carolina
> Candy and chocolate shops: 4.5 per 100,000 people
> Most popular candies: Skittles, Candy Corn, Hot Tamales
> Sugar industry economic output: $154.0 million (15th lowest)
> Population under 14 years: 18.2% (16th lowest)

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7. Utah
> Candy and chocolate shops: 4.5 per 100,000 people
> Most popular candies: Jolly Ranchers, Candy Corn, Tootsie Pops
> Sugar industry economic output: $407.0 million (25th highest)
> Population under 14 years: 24.9% (the highest)

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6. Maine
> Candy and chocolate shops: 4.9 per 100,000 people
> Most popular candies: Sour Patch Kids, Starburst, M&M’s
> Sugar industry economic output: $135.0 million (14th lowest)
> Population under 14 years: 15.5% (2nd lowest)