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Trick-or-Treat cheat sheet: Shipt, Mars Wrigley reveal formula to be best house on the block this Halloween

NEW JERSEY – With Halloween right around the corner, many Americans will soon start wondering how much candy will be needed for anticipated trick-or-treaters – and which sweet purchased will ensure their house is a favorite on the block.

That’s why Shipt and Mars Wrigley have teamed up to help with a trick-or-treat cheat sheet, providing a heat map to help determine what candy will draw the most trick-or-treaters and a formula to guide the right amount of anticipated candy needed. Whether handing out treats in person or letting them fly via a fun, DIY candy chute, the map and formula will determine how much and what type of candy is needed for trick-or-treaters.

“We want to be certain that no trick-or-treat bowl goes empty on Halloween night, which is why we meticulously broke down and analyzed candy shopping data to develop our very own candy formula, just in time for Halloween,” said Molly Snyder, Shipt’s CCO, Chief Communications Officer turned Chief Candy Officer. “Shipt is the perfect way to get candy as we deliver items in as soon as one hour. This way, sweet treats for Halloween can arrive at front doors just in time for trick-or-treaters.”

To calculate how many chocolates, chewing gum, mints or fruity confections are needed for trick-or-treaters this year, consumers are encouraged to use the following formula:

(T*K*G) + (D*F*S) = Candy Pieces divided by 30 = ?? Bags of candy

  • T = the time, in number of hours, you plan to leave the light on
  • = estimated number of kids per hour that ring the doorbell
  • = the generosity factor (how many pieces will be distributed to each trick-or-treater)
  • = the number of days between the initial candy purchase and Halloween
  • = the number of family members in the household
  • = the sneaky factor (average pieces of candy each member of the household will eat per day)

If rain is in the forecast, divide the final count by 1.5.

“With Halloween approaching quickly, Mars Wrigley is focused on continuing to demonstrate innovative ways to deliver better moments and smiles to consumers,” said Tim LeBel, President of Sales for Mars Wrigley U.S, also historically known as Mars Wrigley’s Chief Halloween Officer. “Being able to partner with Shipt to help identify Americans’ candy needs and provide delivery by the hour for some of our most sought-after treats like SNICKERS, TWIX and M&Ms will help ensure Halloween goes off without a hitch.”

To help take the guessing game out of when and which candy to buy this year, Shipt uncovered the most popular Mars Wrigley treat by state to provide families with much-needed inspiration. Using shopping data, Shipt found that Halloween day is the peak sales day for candy purchases, and with Shipt, it’s okay to be a last-minute shopper and still get the candy needed in as soon as one hour. The majority of states, 17 in total, are ‘hangry’ on Hallows’ Eve, preferring SNICKERS® over all other treats. Nine prefer an oldie but a goodie, M&Ms®, and perhaps the most unique state of all is Vermont, who prefer Life Savers®.

To make things even sweeter for candy lovers around the country, Shipt is offering customers who spend $25 to get $5 off instantly on Mars Wrigley candy from 10/19 through 10/31.

Halloween Candy Favorites by State:

  • Alabama: Snickers Minis Chocolate Candy Bars
  • Arizona: M&M’s Milk Chocolate Candies
  • Arkansas: Snickers Fun Size Chocolate Candy Bars
  • California: Mars Skittles Starbursts Halloween Candy Bag Fun Size Pieces
  • Colorado: TWIX Caramel Fun Size Chocolate Cookie Bar Candy
  • Connecticut: Mars Skittles Starbursts Halloween Candy Bag Fun Size Pieces
  • District of Columbia: M&M’s Milk Chocolate
  • Delaware: Skittles Original Fun Size Multipack
  • Florida: SNICKERS Minis Size Chocolate Candy Bars 18.0-Ounce Family Size Bag
  • Georgia: M&M’s Milk Chocolate Fun Size Halloween Candy
  • Hawaii: Milky Way Fun Size Milk Chocolate Candy Bars
  • Idaho: M&M’s Minis Milk Chocolate
  • Illinois: Snickers Fun Size Chocolate Candy Bars
  • Indiana: Snickers Fun Size Chocolate Candy Bars
  • Iowa: Starburst Original Fruit Chews Candy
  • Kansas: TWIX Caramel Fun Size Chocolate Cookie Bar Candy
  • Kentucky: Snickers Fun Size Chocolate Candy Bars
  • Louisiana: Snickers Fun Size Chocolate Candy Bars
  • Maine: Starburst FaveREDs Sharing Size
  • Maryland: Snickers Fun Size Chocolate Candy Bars
  • Massachusetts: TWIX Caramel Fun Size Chocolate Cookie Bar Candy
  • Michigan: Snickers Fun Size Chocolate Candy Bars
  • Minnesota: Snickers Fun Size Chocolate Candy Bars
  • Mississippi: M&M’s Milk Chocolate Candy
  • Missouri: 3 MUSKETEERS Fun Size Chocolate Candy Bars
  • Montana: Orbit Spearmint Sugarfree Gum Multipack – 14 sticks
  • North Carolina: Snickers Fun Size Chocolate Candy Bars
  • North Dakota: Skittles Original Fun Size Multipack
  • Nebraska: Milky Way Milk Chocolate Singles Size Candy Bar
  • Nevada: M&M’s Milk Chocolate Fun Size Glow In The Dark Trick Or Treat Packs
  • New Hampshire: Skittles Original Bite Candies
  • New Jersey: Snickers Fun Size Chocolate Candy Bars
  • New Mexico: M&M’s, Peanut Milk Chocolate Candy
  • New York: Snickers Fun Size Chocolate Candy Bars
  • Ohio: Skittles Original Fun Size Multipack
  • Oklahoma: Snickers Fun Size Chocolate Candy Bars
  • Oregon: Milky Way Fun Size Milk Chocolate Candy Bars
  • Pennsylvania: TWIX Caramel Fun Size Chocolate Cookie Bar Candy
  • Rhode Island: Starburst Original Family Size Chewy Candy
  • South Carolina: Snickers Fun Size Chocolate Candy Bars
  • South Dakota: M&M’s Peanut Milk Chocolate Candies
  • Tennessee: M&M’s Milk Chocolate Candy
  • Texas: TWIX Minis Caramel Chocolate Cookie Bar Candy
  • Utah: TWIX Caramel Fun Size Chocolate Cookie Bar Candy
  • Vermont: Life Savers Gummies 5 Flavors Gummy Candy
  • Virginia: Snickers Fun Size Chocolate Candy Bars
  • Washington: TWIX Caramel Fun Size Chocolate Cookie Bar Candy
  • West Virginia: Skittles Original Bite Candies
  • Wisconsin: Snickers Fun Size Chocolate Candy Bars
  • WyomingSnickers Fun Size Chocolate Candy Bars

Jay Edwards

Born and raised in Northwest NJ, Jay has a degree in Communications and has had a life-long interest in local radio and various styles of music. Jay has held numerous jobs over the years such as stunt car driver, bartender, voice-over artist, traffic reporter (award winning), NY Yankee maintenance crewmember and peanut farm worker. His hobbies include mountain climbing, snowmobiling, cooking, performing stand-up comedy and he is an avid squirrel watcher. Jay has been a guest on America’s Morning Headquarters,program on The Weather Channel, and was interviewed by Sam Champion.

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