INTERACTIVE MAP: The most popular jelly bean flavors in America — at least Indiana is not buttered popcorn

Source: 10+ years online candy sales data from

Using the jelly bean sales data from the last 10 years and SurveyMonkey and Facebook polls of over 12,000 candy customers and followers, we ranked the most loved jelly bean flavors in all 50 states and the 32 most popular flavors nationally. We weighted sales and survey data at 90/10 respectively, and favored recent sales data over older data. Here are our results.

National Ranking

We ranked the top 30 jelly bean flavors rankings across the country based on over 12,000 votes and over a decade of jelly bean sales data.

There is a new king in town this year. Last year, Black Licorice was the top Jelly Bean, but it has been unseated!

#1 Buttered Popcorn

#2 Black Licorice

#3 Cinnamon

#4 Watermelon

#5 Cherry

#6 Pear / Juicy Pear

#7 Orange

#8 Green Apple

#9 Toasted Marshmallow

#10 Coconut

#11 Strawberry

#12 Cotton Candy

#13 Blueberry

#14 Bubblegum

#15 Root Beer

#16 Peach

#17 Coffee

#18 Grape

#19 Lemon

#20 Red Apple

#21 Chocolate

#22 Banana

#23 Lime

#24 Sour Jelly Beans

#25 Tutti Frutti

#26 Maple

#27 Vanilla

#28 Cream Soda

#29 Raspberry

#30 Pomegranate

Regional findings


This state ranks 12th in the nation for blueberry production–who woulda thunk it? It also has some of the most blueberry fiends in the country–voting blueberry as its state favorite jelly bean flavor.


Michigan may be famous for its cherries, but the people here prefer their jelly beans to come in buttered popcorn flavor. It seems the Great Lakes State has great taste. Michigan was one of the states that flipped it for the buttered popcorn. Last year they preferred black licorice.


Illinois, make some noise for your favorite jelly bean flavor, chocolate! You people sure seem to love this decadent treat.


Ohio is known for exporting rubber and oil. However, the state imports are of the dairy-agricultural variety. Specifically buttered popcorn! Ohio was a black licorice lover last year, but has flipped for the new buttery king of jelly beans.


Fried chicken isn’t a jelly bean flavor, otherwise that might be the top pick of Kentuckians. Instead, this southern state keeps coming back for black licorice jelly beans.