The 500 Section – Candy Sweet 16

First round action is in the books.  No big surprises as the only upset was #5 PayDay upsetting #4 Almond Joy.  Here is a rundown on the stats highlights:

– Two 20-0, unanimous scores: #1 Reese’s Cups over #8 5th Avenue and #3 KitKat over #6 Mars (#3 Skittles beat out #6 Dots by 19-1)

– Closest contest (and down to the wire by a corner 3) was #2 Hershey Bar vs. #7 Mr. Goodbar (Final Score 11-9)

– Of the Final 16:

– – 14 contain chocolate (other 2 are Skittles and Starburst)

— 11 come in a bar form (including KitKat and Twix) with 4 in multiple pieces and 1 in cups

— Brand Company Breakdown: 9 M&M/Mars, 4 Nestle, 4 Hershey

— 11 of the Sweet 16 are in the top 20 for US confectionery sales (2011 Rank and # of Sales):

— #1 M&M’s ( 673m)

— #2 Reese’s (517m)

— #3 Hershey bar (475m)

— #4 Snickers (441m)

— #9 KitKat (199m)

— #12 Twix (172m)

— #14 Skittles (150m)

— #16 3 Musketeers (138m)

— #17 Starburst (134m)

— #18 Milky Way (129m)

— #19 Butterfinger (124m)

**Most other spots on the top 25 were held by various brands of chewing gum

On to the voting!!!

Hershey Region

Nestle Region

Cadbury Region

Mars Region

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