Grocery stores and convenience stores begin stocking their shelves with candy of all sorts as early as October 1st to prepare for Halloween. We all have our favorite Halloween treats, but have you ever wondered which ones are the most popular?
Top 5 Bestsellers:
- Candy Corn
- Kit Kat
- M & M’s
Halloween Fun Facts
- Americas purchase over 20 million pounds of Candy Corn a year.
- Over 10% of annual candy sales (nearly $2 billion) happen on the days leading up to Halloween.
- Americans purchase nearly 600 million pounds of candy a year for Halloween.
- 90 million pounds of chocolate candy is sold during Halloween week. Almost 65 million pounds of chocolate candy is sold during the week leading up to Easter and only 48 million pounds is sold during Valentine’s week.
Readers of AnnArbor.com voted Dexter Cider Mill the best Cider Mill in Washtenaw County. Lesser Farms & Orchard and Wasem Fruit Farm rounded out the top three.
One of the oldest operating cider mills in Michigan, Dexter Cider Mill is making cider the same way it was made over 120 years ago. Dexter Cider Mill uses 3 – 5 varieties of locally grown and hand-picked apples that are pressed using an oak rack press to make their delicious apple cider. In addition to apple cider, families from all over come to the Dexter Cider mill to enjoy fresh apples, doughnuts, caramel apples and baked good.
The Dexter Cider Mill, located at 3685 Central Street in Dexter, Michigan, is open from late August to mid-November, Wednesday through Sunday from 9:00am to 5:00pm. For more information about the Dexter Cider Mill visit their website.
Readers of AnnArbor.com were asked to vote for the best place in Washtenaw County to enjoy ice cream. After a week of voting, and with more than 50% of the total votes, Washtenaw Diary was crowned the best place for ice cream. Stucchi’s of Dexter and Stucchi’s Ice Cream & Frozen Yogurt of Ann Arbor rounded out the top three.
For over 75 years, Washtenaw Dairy has been serving their customers more than just generous portions of mouthwatering ice cream. Whether it is milk and cheese for local businesses or ice cream on a warm day, Washtenaw Dairy is an Ann Arbor institution for dairy. In addition to their selection of quality dairy products, Washtenaw Dairy is also known for their fresh home-made delicious donuts.
Washtenaw Dairy is located at 602 South Ashley Street in Ann Arbor. For more information or to order a dozen donuts, call (734) 662-3244 or visit their website.
This week “Best Of” is looking to find the Best Thrift or Secondhand Shop in Washtenaw County. Cast your vote on AnnArbor.com for a chance to win a $50 gift card.
In last week’s Best Of series, AnnArbor.com asked their readers to vote for the best public golf course in Washtenaw County. Stonebridge Golf Club took the lead and never looked back, earning the title Best Public Golf Course in Washtenaw County. Leslie Park Golf Course took second and Lake Forest Golf Club & Practice Center took third place overall.
Stonebridge Golf Club, a public 18-hole championship golf course and driving range, was designed in 1991 by world famous golf course architect Arthur Hills. Sporting lush green turf and a championship layout of water and woods, this well-groomed golf course is a natural beauty. With several tee options, Stonebridge Golf Club accommodates all levels of play. A public golf course with amenities that include a full service Bar and Grille, Pro Shop with name brand golf merchandise, on course beverage carts, and men’s & women’s locker room facilities, Stonebridge Golf Course feels more like a private country club than a public golf club.
Stonebridge Golf Club is located at 1825 Clubhouse Drive in Ann Arbor, MI. For more information or to schedule a round of golf, call (734) 429-8383 or visit their website.
This week “Best Of” is looking to find the Best Ethnic Restaurants in Washtenaw County. Categories include: Chinese, Greek, Indian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Mexican/Southwest, Middle Eastern and Thai Food. Cast your vote on AnnArbor.com for a chance to win a $450 in local gift cards.
Last week AnnArbor.com asked their readers to vote for the Best Salon in Washtenaw County. After a week of voting, Ann Arbor’s Fran Coys Salon & Spa was crowned the Best Salon in Washtenaw County, earning a fancy title and bragging rights. Brown and DeLine Salon took second place and A Peter James Salon rounded out the top three.
As a premier Salon and Spa in Ann Arbor, Fran Coys Salon & Spa is no stranger to receiving awards and recognitions. In addition to being voted Best Salon in Washtenaw County, Fran Coys was also voted Best Day Spa in Washtenaw County for two consecutive years by the readers of current magazine. With a wide range of services, Fran Coys strives to provide customers with the latest high quality hair, skin, nail and body services.
This week “Best Of” is looking to find the Best Public Golf Course in Washtenaw County. Cast your vote on AnnArbor.com for a chance to win a $50 gift card to a local public golf course.
Readers of AnnArbor.com were asked to vote for the Best Nursery/Garden Store in Washtenaw County. After a week of voting, The Potting Shed, in Chelsea, Michigan, was crowned champion. Abbott’s Landscape Nursery and Garden Center in Ann Arbor took 2nd and Pot & Box, a new Ann Arbor business, was took third place overall.
The Potting Shed is an antique shop located in the vibrant, historic downtown Chelsea. Known as a place where you can find vintage collectibles and contemporary treasures, The Potting Shed features vintage linens, antique furnishings, garden ware, birdhouses, handmade bath and body items and handcrafted herbal wreaths.
This week “Best Of” is looking to find the Best Bridal Shop in Washtenaw County. Cast your vote on AnnArbor.com for a chance to win a $50 gift card to a local bridal shop.
Readers of AnnArbor.com were asked to vote for the best bike shop in Washtenaw County. After a week of voting, the results are in. Ann Arbor’s Wheels in Motion was crowned Best Of Champion, followed by Ypsilanti’s Tree Fort Bikes and Chelsea’s Aberdeen Bike & Outdoors in second and third place respectively.
Family owned and operated, Wheels in Motion has been Ann Arbor’s first choice for all of their cycling needs since 1933. With a wide selection of the top bicycle brands, Wheels in Motion is more than just a place to buy a great bike. In addition to the quality brands and excellent customer service provided by their staff, every bike is assembled by the best mechanics in Ann Arbor and they come with a lifetime of service. Their unsurpassed service may be what helped Wheels in Motion earn the Best Of crown.
This week “Best Of” is looking to find the Best Nursery/Garden Store in Washtenaw County. Cast your vote on AnnArbor.com for a chance to win a $50 gift card to a local garden store.
When AnnArbor.com asked where is the best place for live music in Washtenaw County, it wasn’t a surprise that The Art in downtown Ann Arbor was the winner. Kerrytown Concert House, named one of the 150 Top Jazz Venues in the World by DownBeat Magazine in 2011, took second place. The Ann Arbor Summer Festival’s “Top of the Park” received the honorable third place.
The Ark, Ann Arbor’s nonprofit home for acoustic music, is renowned for the quality and diversity of it programming. With 400 seats, The Ark is considered an intimate setting to enjoy live folk and roots music 300 nights a year. As a popular downtown destination, The Ark is a sure win for a memorable evening of enriching entertainment and musical artistry.
This week “Best Of” is looking to find the Best Restaurant for Vegetarians in Washtenaw County. Cast your vote on AnnArbor.com for a chance to win a $50 gift card to The Blue Nile.
As voting for AnnArbor.com’s weekly Best Of contest began last week, Ann Arbor’s Zingerman’s Delicatessen was the front runner. Toward the end of the week Ypsilanti’s Bread Basket Deli gained momentum and was ultimately crowned the Best Place to Buy a Sandwich in Washtenaw County. Rounding out the top three was Dimo’s Deli & Donuts in Ann Arbor.
With 7 locations in the metro Detroit area, including their Ypsilanti location, Bread Basket Deli is known for their famous Corned Beef Sandwiches. Bread Basket Deli cooks their corned beef to perfection, which they believe is why it is the best. In order to keep up with the demand, Bread Basket Sandwiches cooks 20,000 pounds of corned beef a week.
This week “Best Of” is looking to find the Best Place for Live Music in Washtenaw County. Cast your vote on AnnArbor.com for a chance to win a $50 gift card to The Ark.
After a week of voting, readers of AnnArbor.com named The Broken Egg, in Ann Arbor, the best breakfast spot in Washtenaw County by one vote. With 409 votes, Bomber Restaurant in Ypsilanti was crowed runner-up. In third place was Uptown Coney Island in Ann Arbor.
The Broken Egg serves a quick, basic breakfast in an old-fashioned diner atmosphere in downtown Ann Arbor. The menu includes bacon, eggs, pancakes and French toast as well as various lunch options. The Broken Egg is one of few restaurants on Main Street with reasonably low prices.
Bomber Restaurant, home to the Bomber Breakfast, is not for the faint-hearted. The Bomber Breakfast, which includes four eggs, a pound of potatoes and a pound of meat, is served to hundreds of hungry customers every week, according to Bomber Restaurant’s website. Their famously fatty breakfast caught the attention of the Food Network’s “Top Five” program. The Bomber has many other breakfast favorites, including the Nature Lover’s pancakes, omelets and the country skillet.
This week “Best Of” is looking to find the best place to buy a sandwich in Washtenaw County. Cast your vote on AnnArbor.com for a chance to win a $50 gift card to Squares Restaurant.