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Hershey’s Reigns Supreme as America Declares Love for “Kisses,”
Dethroning M&M’s as America’s Favorite Chocolate Brand, According
to the 2012 Harris Poll EquiTrend® Study
Reese's Peanut Butter Cups slips into second, driving M&M’s into third in annual
survey; rounding out the “sweet tooth” brands of the year are Ghirardelli
Chocolate, Life Savers Candy and Extra Chewing Gum
NEW YORK, April 12, 2012 — Americans have a sweet tooth and proclaim chocolate candies as their
favorite indulgence, according to the just released 2012 Harris Poll EquiTrend (EQ) study, an annual
study of brand equity, conducted by Harris Interactive.
In the perennial battle of the brands, Hershey's Kisses is the top ranked chocolate candy brand for the
fifth time in eight years. America’s favorite little chocolate candy unseats one of its most enduring
competitors, M&M’s Plain Chocolate Candy, which has occupied the top spot whenever Hershey's Kisses
Chocolate Candy hasn’t.
2012 Harris Poll EquiTrend®
Chocolate Candy Brand Equity
1

Hershey's Kisses Chocolate Candy

79.56

2

Reese's Peanut Butter Cups Chocolate Candy

77.62

3

M&M’s Peanut Chocolate Candy

77.15

4

M&M’s Plain Chocolate Candy

77.10

5

Hershey's Milk Chocolate Candy Bars

76.30

6

Snickers Chocolate Candy

74.04

7

Kit Kat Chocolate Candy

72.89

8

Reese's Pieces Chocolate Candy

71.86

9

Twix Chocolate Candy

70.33

Category Average

70.07

While always enjoying strong brand equity, this
year, Reese's Peanut Butter Cups Chocolate
Candy moves up to the second spot for the first
time. “For the last eight years, it has been a
battle between Hershey's Kisses and M&M’s Plain
Chocolate Candy for the top spot as America’s
favorite,” says Aron Galonsky, Senior Vice
President of the Brand and Communications
Consulting Group at Harris Interactive. “While
Reese's Peanut Butter Cups Chocolate Candy is
usually in the top five, 2012 marks the first time
that it is a contender for the top spot. It will be
interesting to see if it continues this momentum.”

This year, Hershey’s and Mars products dominate
the top chocolate brands, which include Hersey’s Milk Chocolate Candy Bars, Kit Kat Bars, and Reese’s
Pieces. Within the Mars family, Peanut M&M’s, Snickers, and Twix also make the list of top brands.
Premium Chocolate

2012 Harris Poll EquiTrend®
Premium Chocolate Candy Brand Equity
1

Ghirardelli Chocolate

73.36

2

Godiva Chocolate

3

Dove Milk Chocolate Candy

69.46

Category Average

68.35

70.54

The 2012 study marks the first EQ in which
premium chocolate is separate from the larger

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