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Halloween survey reveals chocolate candy still king

2013 October 31
by HISD Communications

The people have spoken and the choice is clear: chocolate candies still reign supreme among employees who took our Halloween-based survey on Oct. 18.

More than half of all respondents said that as children, their favorite “treat” to receive in a Halloween goodie bag involved some form of chocolate, whether it was nut-based (35%), plain (21%) or caramel-based (7%).

Other popular candies included tart/sour candy, gummy treats, bubble gum, and one seasonal staple we forgot entirely: candy corn.

A number of survey-takers also remembered receiving undesirable “treats” in their goodie bags—such as potato chips, dental floss, or fruit—but the hands-down winner for the lamest thing anyone ever received was a half-eaten chicken bone (really?!).

Also, if you’re one of the 42% of respondents from last week’s survey who said they’d be handing out candy this year, please make a note for next year if you distributed any of the following items on Thursday night. The top votes in the “what never to give” category went to: dental floss (43%), followed closely by loose change (33%) and sugar-free candy (21%).

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