Take a look at candy around the world, from coconut drops in Jamaica to fruit juice toffee in Ukraine
Although it’s unclear which country was the first to create candy, the earliest signs that humans crave something sweet to eat can be found in cave drawings dating all the way back to 6,000 BC, and ever since, candy has evolved. Since then, candy has morphed into all sorts of confections ranging from sweet to sour. Let’s take a look at candy around the world.
Germany – Haribo
Invented in Germany in 1922, gummy bears might be the most ubiquitously beloved candies on the planet. These days Haribo produces 100 million chewy, colorful gummy bears every single day. While Haribo makes gummy candy in every shape, size, and flavor, the original gummy bear flavors raspberry, orange, strawberry, pineapple, and lemon are still timeless classics.
China – Haw Flakes
Originating from the hawthorn fruit, haw flakes are pink, disc-shaped candies that come in packaging that is designed like Chinese fireworks. Though they look like wafers, these candies are chewy, sweet, and tangy and can be served with tea. Spain- Vidal Vidal Candies was one of the first companies to popularize gummies in Spain. The adorable frogs are the perfect cross of friends and food with a unique sweet and spicy strawberry-cinnamon flavor.
Mexico – Salsagheti
Lucas Salsagheti are watermelon-flavored string candies designed to replicate a plate of spaghetti. The fruity gummies come with a gusano tamarind sauce packet, creating a sticky mix of sweet, spicy, and sour flavors sure to give your taste buds a tingle.
Turkey – Turkish Delight
Turkish delights are soft and chewy candies made from sugar and cornstarch. They’re doused in powdered sugar both to keep these sticky treats from congealing and to add a little extra sweetness. They come in almost any flavor you can imagine, from floral to nutty. Just be careful when you eat them, or you’ll get a face covered in confectioners’ sugar. And, yes, these are the same candies from “The Chronicles of Narnia.”
Netherlands – Licorice Bites
The Dutch are the top licorice eaters on the planet. A favorite are these licorice bites, shaped like the canal houses that line Amsterdam. The strong, sharp scent of licorice hits your nose the second the bag is cut open, and the flavor is even stronger, with a smooth texture that melts in your mouth.
Iran – Rock Candy
Rock candy is actually just sugar that’s crystallized onto a thin string, giving it a stick-like shape. This particular rock candy is infused with saffron, which gives it a bright orange color with a sweet aroma and taste. The candy can be eaten whole, dissolved into tea, or even used in cooking.
Ukraine- Minky Binky
These Ukrainian toffees are made from soft and chewy caramel and have a variety of fruit fillings, like apricot, strawberry, blueberry, and orange. The sticky, bitter caramel melts together with the soft, fruity jelly, leaving a toffy that isn’t overly sweet – you’re guaranteed to eat more than you planned.
Indonesia- Strawberry Kiss
These heart-shaped gummies pack a fruity strawberry-cream scent that takes you back to childhood. The candy’s consistency is less chewy and more fluff, with the sugar coating adding just the right touch of texture.
If you’re a banana lover, Banankos are the candy for you. These banana-shaped puffs have a pungent smell with a spongey, foam-like filling and a rich chocolate shell. Though the filling looks like marshmallow, it’s a bit more grainy and dense.
United States- Saltwater Taffy
Since the 1880s, saltwater taffy has been an American staple. A favorite candy to grab on the boardwalk, these colorful candies are made from hot sugar that’s pulled until it’s airy, sticky, malleable, and so soft it melts in your mouth. They come in a huge variety of flavors, from peach and watermelon to maple, chocolate, and peppermint.
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Vidal Candies was one of the first companies to popularize gummies in Spain. The adorable frogs are the perfect cross of friends and food with a unique sweet and spicy strawberry-cinnamon flavor.
United Kingdom- Pig Gummies
These cute porky gummies have just the right balance of sweet and sour. They’re dual textured – piggie’s face is marshmallowy and its ears are chewy. The gummies’ shape alludes to the use of real pork gelatin, but there are also vegetarian options, which use pea protein and beeswax.
Jamaica- Coconut Drops
Coconut drops are a simple but delicious traditional Jamaican candy that is made from fresh coconut, brown sugar, cinnamon, and powdered ginger. The toffee-like confection is a mix of crunchy, soft, and chewy with the coconut chunks covered in caramelized sugar that sticks to your teeth.
Canada- Wine Gums
Maynards Wine Gums are fruit gumdrops popular in Canada. These candies come in a few different shapes that are labeled with different types of vino, though they don’t actually taste like the adult beverage, but instead a variety of flavors like lime, black currant, raspberry, orange, and lemon.
Kasugai has been making candy in Japan since the 1920s. The gummy candies come in all kinds of flavors, from kiwi and muscat to lychee and mango to yuzu and strawberry. The translucent gummies have a jelly texture, with a lightly sweet flavor, perfect for mixing and matching flavor combos.
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Argentina- Palitos de la Selva
Palitos de la Selva is one of the most popular candies in Argentina. The cylindrical confections are dual toned to represent the strawberry and vanilla flavors. They’re the perfect treat for kids, with wrappers that feature different cartoon animals with fun descriptions meant to teach about wildlife.
New Zealand- Pineapple Lumps
This chocolate-covered pineapple confection provides a unique flavor that is surprisingly irresistible. The tanginess of the pineapple mixed with the dark-chocolate outer layer makes for the perfect tropical treat. They are soft at room temperature, like a spongy marshmallow, but you can put them in the freezer for an extra-chewy bite.
Nigeria- Butter Mints
These marshmallow-shaped butter mints are the perfect blend of creaminess and freshness and are sure to melt in your mouth. Unlike most hard candy mints, these are so soft you can chew them immediately, without letting them roll around in your mouth till they melt, ideal to pop heading into a date.
Italy- Dufour fruit jellies
Dufour fruit jellies are bursting with flavor, but despite the sugar coating, they’re not overly sweet. Each package comes with a variety of flavors, like raspberry, strawberry, blueberry, and gooseberry. These jiggly candies are so soft and light you hardly need to chew them, so you may finish the entire bag in one sitting if you’re not careful.
Belgium- Satellite Wafers
These styrofoam-like wafers might not look like much, but they hide a fun surprise: these saucer-shaped crackers are filled with colorful, sweet bead candy. The wafer is often compared to eucharist biscuits – light and airy, they dissolve almost immediately to reveal the sweet and crunchy prize inside.
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Crack into the hard outer shell of these Trululu egg-shaped candies past the super sweet white chocolate to find a gummy bear hidden on the inside. With a texture like popping an M&M with a Haribo, the unusual mix of crunchy, chocolaty, and chewy hits every texture you want from confections.
Finland- Tyrkisk Peber
If you’re looking for an adventure, the complex flavor of Tyrkisk peber is for you. It is a salmiak candy, which starts off sweet but gets saltier as it dissolves. As if that weren’t enough, the hollow inside has a pinch of black pepper, which adds a hint of heat to the mix.
So, which candy do you want to try? Are there any we missed? Let us know in the comments below.