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You might think we’re spoiled for candy choices in the USA, but you may never again be satisfied with a Snickers once you feast your eyes on these 10 crave-worthy candies that aren’t available stateside. On the bright side: You now have 10 delicious reasons to travel abroad.
Ganong Chicken Bones, Canada
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We’re not sure which marketing genius dubbed these candies “Chicken Bones,” but we can assure you that they’re much more appetizing than the name suggests. This uniquely Canadian candy is dark chocolate covered with a crunchy cinnamon crust, shaped … well, kind of like a chicken bone. If chicken bones were pink and yummy looking.
Mango Kit Kat, Japan
(Photo: Nestle Mango Kit-Kat)
Americans love Kit Kats. So much so, in fact, that I’m willing to bet just reading about them has lodged the famous Kit Kat jingle in your head: “Give me a break, give me a break, break me off a piece of that Kit Kat bar!” (If you didn’t have it stuck in your head before, I apologize.) Why doesn’t Nestle, the maker of the candy bar, let us have all of the amazing Kit Kat flavors it sells abroad? Like the mango-flavored Kit Kat found in Japan: We can handle it, we promise.
Bubs Godis Kola Salta Ovaler, Sweden
Salty and sweet is a time-tested, delectable combination. Take, for example, the tough-to-pronounce, easy-to-binge-eat Swedish candy Kola Salta Ovaler. This gummy candy mixes cola and salt flavors together for a tasty treat. It looks kind of like a black-and-white cookie but smaller and in candy form. The round marshmallow-candy disc has cola flavor on one side and salty licorice flavor on the other. Black licorice lovers (we know you’re out there), this is your heaven.
Ainsley Harriott Chocolate Heaven Bar, U.K.
(Photo: Ainsley Harriott Chocolate Heaven Bar)
The British word “moreish” describes something so good that it keeps you wanting, well, more. We think it was invented to describe the Ainsley Harriott Chocolate Heaven Bar, which is so good that you can’t stop eating it. It’s crispy wafers, chocolate cream, and milk chocolate chips all slathered in Belgian chocolate. Plus, the somewhat creepy photo of Ainsley Harriott on the packaging will impel you to Google who he is, so you’ll learn something while eating this candy. (We’ll save you the search: He’s a British chef who had a TV cooking show.)
Haribo Orangina Pik, France
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Orangina, that fruity soda, is already basically liquid candy, so it makes sense that Haribo has turned it into an actual sugar snack. Think of these as Sour Patch Kids but a million times better (and more French). The gummies contain two Orangina flavors, one pink and one orange, shaped like the drink bottles and covered in a sour-sweet sugar coating.
Cadbury Creme Egg Twisted, U.K.
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Why can’t we get Cadbury Creme Eggs year-round? And, more importantly, why can’t we ever get the Cadbury Creme Egg Twisted, which is available 365 days a year in the U.K.? (Life isn’t fair, that’s why.) We’re tempted to book the next flight to England just to get this candy, which is a milk chocolate bar filled with the classic creme egg center. Bonus: This treat was recently introduced in Canada and New Zealand, so it’s now just a road trip away for many Americans!
Allen’s Killer Pythons, Australia
You’ve got to love Australia. The country is literally teeming with creatures that can kill you, and its response is to make a candy modeled after one of the deadliest animals, and then eat it. Is this the gastronomic equivalent of laughing in the face of death? Take a bite out of one of these snakes (instead of the other way around) and you won’t regret it—these oversized gummy snakes have different flavors in every bite.
Coca Candy, Peru
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Have you ever jokingly called yourself a “candy addict”? That phrase may take on a whole new meaning once you sample Peru’s coca candy. It comes from the coca leaf (also the source of “nose candy,” a.k.a. cocaine), so it’s actually illegal in the United States. Don’t expect to get too hopped up on this little sucker, though—you’ll only get a mild buzz similar to the one you get from caffeine. It can, however, help you power through the high-altitude fatigue you might experience in parts of Peru.
Botan Rice Candy, Japan
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Know what American candy is lacking? Edible packaging. And that’s exactly what you can do with Botan Rice Candy: You can eat the packaging on this chewy citrus delight wrapped in edible rice paper. It also comes with a fun sticker surprise, Cracker Jack-style, but the sticker is not edible. (In case you’re tempted to try it.)
Pascall Pineapple Lumps, New Zealand
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Want to pretend you’re eating healthily without actually having to eat something that’s not covered in chocolate? Pascall Pineapple Lumps are for you! Although the word “lump” doesn’t exactly conjure up images of something you’d want to eat, these concoctions are definitely addictive. Think a pineapple-flavored chewy candy covered in chocolate coating. It’s “real fruit” in the sense that there are at least a few drops of “real fruit juice” inside.
What’s the best candy you’ve ever tried abroad? Tell us in the comments.