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Insight of the Day: Candy Salad is the sweetest challenge to ever hit TikTok

Candy Salad is a TikTok trend where a group of people gather to create a large bowl of mixed candy. Each participant introduces themselves and the candy they brought before dumping it into a shared container. The resulting mixture is called a "candy salad," often with humorous references to its supposed healthiness.

Origins and Format:

  • The concept isn't new, resembling pick-and-mix candy assortments.

  • A 2023 video by TikTok account joshandsav (@joshandsav) showed a woman mixing candy bags her husband bought, hinting at the trend's precursor.

  • The group format gained traction in April/May 2024, popularized by a video from Fusion Dance Company (@fusiondancecompany) featuring a high school dance team making a candy salad.

Participation and Ingredients:

  • No strict rules, but candies should be unwrapped and bite-sized.

  • Avoid overly strong flavors or textures like jawbreakers or cinnamon candies.

  • Coordination within the group helps prevent duplicate candies.

  • Sour and tart candies are often favored over chocolate or creamy ones.

  • Popular choices include Sour Patch Kids, Skittles, Nerds Gummy Clusters, Mini Starburst, Sweetarts Ropes, gummy bears, gummy worms, jelly beans, and peach rings.

Examples and Variations:

  • The trend has seen participation from various groups, including classrooms, families, offices, and even the Los Angeles Chargers.

  • Smaller groups may have individuals contribute multiple candies.

  • Solo participants can share fun facts about themselves while adding different candies.

  • TikTok features recipe videos for those wanting to enjoy a candy salad without participating in the challenge.


The Candy Salad trend is a lighthearted and fun way for people to connect and share their love for candy. Its simplicity and humorous nature have contributed to its viral success on TikTok, with variations and creative interpretations emerging regularly. While not a new concept, the trend's popularity demonstrates the platform's power to amplify simple ideas into viral sensations.


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