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24-Carat-Gold-Wrapped Kit Kat Bars Will Be Sold in Japan This Holiday Season

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If there were an annual award for "Country With the Most Unique Food Variations," Japan would be the only nominee year after year. Nestle Japan recently announced that it will be offering gold Kit Kat bars this holiday season, which would sound insane if it were anywhere else in the world. But because it's Japan, it is completely normal.

From Ice Cucumber Pepsi to other interesting flavors of well-known products, the store shelves in Japan are filled with unusual labels that could only work within the country's borders. These special Kit Kat bars will be individually wrapped by hand in 24-carat gold leaf, in celebration of the millionth customer to visit their specialty Kit Kat Chocolatory stores. There are only 500 of the special candies, so they will not be available in normal stores, and each bar will set Japanese snackers back 2016 Yen, which is around $16.

According to Nerdist, Chocolatory members will also be given the chance to win a real 24-carat gold Kit Kat. There are no known plans to extend the special product or the contest to any other city or country.

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50 Sweet Facts About Your Favorite Halloween Candies
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It’s no surprise that candy delights kids and adults alike. We love sweets so much that the average American eats about 22 pounds of candy each year. Whether you’re looking to impress your friends or simply brush up on your candy trivia, check out these 50 sweet facts about your favorite candies.

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The United States of Sweetness: The Most Popular Halloween Candy in Each State
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If you've ever argued that no one actually likes candy corn, you're probably not from South Carolina, Rhode Island, New Mexico, Michigan, Idaho, or Alabama. The tri-colored treat is a favorite among residents in these states, according to sales data from CandyStore.com.

As Thrillist reports, the bulk candy retailer combed through nearly 10 years of data (2007 to 2016, with a particular focus on the months leading up to All Hallows' Eve) to gauge America’s top-selling sweets. They created the interactive map below to display their results, which includes the top three most popular Halloween handouts in each state, as well as in Washington, D.C.

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While a good portion of the U.S. seems to prefer the divisive—yet classic—candy corn, another overarching favorite was Sour Patch Kids, which reigns supreme in states including Illinois, Maine, Massachusetts, Nebraska, and New York. Following in its puckery wake across the board are M&Ms, Milky Ways, Reese's Cups, and Tootsie Pops.

Some states are unique in their candy choices: Alaskans are turned onto Twix, residents of Connecticut crave Almond Joys, and Delawareans go loco for Life Savers. Meanwhile, trick-or-treaters in the coastal state of Georgia have a sweet tooth for Swedish Fish, Louisianans love Lemonheads, Mississippians are mad for 3 Musketeers, Montanans desire Dubble Bubble, and Nevadans hunger for Hershey's Kisses.

After seeing which treat is No. 1 in your state, check out the chart below to learn how many pounds of each top-ranking candy are consumed in each state (and then go buy a new toothbrush).

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