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Check out this map of the most popular jelly bean flavors in each state

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We can almost guarantee that this will surprise you: The most popular jelly bean flavor in America is buttered popcorn. Yes, bizarre.

CandyStore.com scoured through "jelly bean sales data from the last 10 years and SurveyMonkey and Facebook polls of over 12,000 candy customers and followers" to come up with the ranking of the most popular flavors in each state and the most deeply loved one nationwide. 

Last year's winner, black licorice, fell down to the second nation-wide spot but is still the preferred variety of the candy in Alaska, Colorado, North Dakota, Minnesota, Kentucky, Tennessee, North Carolina and New Jersey. 

Here is the country-wide ranking, by most to least popular flavor:

1. Buttered popcorn
2. Black licorice
3. Cinnamon
4. Watermelon
5. Cherry
6. 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

Below, find a map displaying a state-by-state breakdown of the data:

Source: 10+ years bulk candy sales data from CandyStore.com.

Calling all buttered popcorn jelly bean lovers: Will someone please clue us in on the flavor's appeal? We're not quite... getting it.

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