There are a number of great foods that you can only get in the UK. The candy in this European nation, however, is second to none. They know how to produce some great sweets as they call it across the pond. But which candies are the best?
It's strange that despite some of these candies being absolute favorites across the UK, they have never made their way to the United States. We're taking a look at ten of the best candies in the UK that you really need to try if you ever go and visit!
While some of these candies are exported to other countries, they are far more readily available in the UK and are especially difficult, if not downright impossible, to find in the United States.
10 LIQUORICE ALLSORTS
Liquorice is an acquired taste even in the UK. It's not a favorite of every person, but it has a really niche market. Liquorice Allsorts, which often emerge more around the Christmas period of the year, are an all-time classic.
The box that brings these sweet yet bitter treats is full of a variety of different Liquorice snacks. There's a number of bizarre shapes and designs but they are actually pretty fun to try. The smell is also pretty iconic and the variety of Liquorice on offer across the UK is astounding.
Rock candy is a classic in the seaside areas of Britain, especially the coastal city of Brighton. As the name suggests, rock is an especially hard candy that is often shaped in large, thick sticks. People usually chew on one throughout the day as they walk along Brighton's famous pier.
While you could break a tooth on the candy, the flavors are wonderful. The most classic is peppermint and the colors are always bright and in your face. In many confectionery shops, you can actually watch the candy makers create this seaside treat.
There is a version of smarties in the United States but nothing like the smarties in the UK. Smarties are brightly colored, round and hard shells that crack when you bite into them. Inside there's some of the UK's best chocolate.
Each color actually tastes different, meaning a box of smarties gives you a variety of flavors. You can also get different types of smarties. You can get big and small ones and you can now also buy chocolate bars that have smarties inside of them!
7 CADBURY CHOCOLATE
Cadbury is some of the best chocolate in the world due to its unique and creamy recipe. It is arguably superior to American candy, ironically since the company is now owned by a larger American business. Nothing quite beats the richness of this candy, however.
There are so many different types of Cadbury bars to choose from. With nuts, Turkish delight, or perhaps even just a classic dairy milk flavor. You can even visit the Cadbury factory and see how these iconic chocolate bars are actually made. In the United States, Cadbury's chocolate products are actually made by Hershey, which leads to a different taste.
6 KINDER SURPRISE
Kinder Surprise eggs did exist in the United States at one point in time. Indeed, they are still in existence across some parts of the world. However, they were banned in the States because children kept swallowing the small toy inside.
Despite this, Kinder Surprise eggs are still part of the UK candy scene. They are a treat for any kid, as the chocolate is completely different from any other bar you could buy and the toy inside is always a fun bonus. It's difficult to imagine this candy not being on the menu. Nowadays, it is possible to find a Kinder Joy egg without the toy in the US, but the UK's versions are banned.
5 WINE GUMS
Wine Gums are a very UK based delight. Much like jelly babies, which also exist in the UK and are not found in many other places, wine gums use techniques that can be found in a variety of other candies. As the name would suggest, they are based on wine flavors, although they contain no actual alcohol.
Wine gums are chewy but absolutely packed with flavor. Like so many candies here, they are brightly colored and often favored by an older generation. They could be comparable to gumdrops, although with their own unique design.
Bounty bars are a staple of any candy tin in the UK. In fact, they actually come as part of a combination pack that's really popular at Christmas. There's something unique about a Bounty bar that doesn't seem to be very common in the United States.
A Bounty is packed with coconut, with the shredded coconut becoming the main flavor of the chocolate bar. For lovers of coconut, this is going to quickly become a favorite and is comparable to a Snicker Bar in terms of niche but brilliant flavors. While no longer distributed in the US, Bounty can be typically found in supermarkets focusing on international cuisine.
A Flake is produced by Cadbury although it's had a life of its own. It's really unique compared to other candies. It's become popular because many ice cream vans will serve you a vanilla 99, with a flake sticking out the top. This is a classic ice cream in the UK.
As the name implies, a Flake is especially flaky when you bite into it. It's a stick of chocolate that looks a little like tree bark. Cadbury also creates Wispa bars, which are essentially a flake with chocolate-coated round the outside. It's difficult to describe the melt in your mouth texture without giving you one to try!
There's a lot of misconceptions about candy in the UK and the flavors on offer. Some may think that the chocolate here is far too sweet or that a lot of the candy bars are actually quite similar. Well, Maltesers absolutely stand above the rest.
These small balls have a wonderful secret inside. They are full of biscuit that is coated in that amazingly silky and milky chocolate. Maltesers are a universal favorite and have even sparked the creation of hot chocolate and other variations on the candy. Let them melt in your mouth or crunch through them!
They proved so popular, in 2017, Maltesers began to be distributed in the US.
The bubbly Aero isn't easy to describe. It has a texture that can't be compared to any of the other candy bars on this list. The inside of the bumpy chocolate is full of air bubbles that give it that unique texture and look.
There are quite a few Aero flavors to choose from but there's really only ever been two classics that stand out. Besides a traditional Aero, the orange and the mint versions of this candy are the ones that you have to try if you ever stop by in a UK shop. Aero is available in Canada but is hard to come by in the United States.