13 Candies You Can Only Get In The UK (That People Everywhere Else Crave)

There are several 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 sweets 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. They are tough, if not downright impossible, to find in the United States.

Updated by Gabriel Kirellos, December 5th, 2021: Many candies and sweet treats are found only in the UK, and trying them is a must when visiting the country. This list was updated to include more candies pertinent to the UK, such as the famous Mars Bar, traditional British Rhubarb & Custard, and the unique Curly Wurly.

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13 LIQUORICE ALLSORTS

Liquorice Sweets

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 different Liquorice snacks. There are several bizarre shapes and designs, but they are pretty fun to try. The smell is also pretty iconic, and the variety of Liquorice on offer across the UK is astounding.

12 ROCK

Rock Sweets

Rock candy is a classic in the seaside areas of Britain, especially the coastal city of Brighton. As the name suggests, rock is a hard candy 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 lovely. The most classic is peppermint, and the colors are always bright and in your face. You can actually watch the candy makers create this seaside treat in many confectionery shops.


eleven SMARTIES

Smarties Candy

There is a version of smarties in the United States but nothing like the smarties in the UK. Smarties are brightly colored, round, 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 with smarties inside of them!

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10 CADBURY CHOCOLATE

Cadbury’s Chocolate

Cadbury is some of the best chocolate globally 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 made. In the United States, Cadbury’s chocolate products are actually made by Hershey, which leads to a different taste.


9 KINDER SURPRISE

Kinder Surprise Egg

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.


8 WINE GUMS

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 found in a variety of different candies. The name suggests that 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.

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7 BOUNTY

Bounty Bar

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 very common in the United States.

A Bounty is packed with coconut, with the shredded coconut becoming the prominent flavor of the chocolate Pub. For lovers of coconut, this will 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.




6 FLAKE

Flake Bar

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 classic ice cream in the UK. As the name implies, a Flake is incredibly flaky when you bite into it. It’s a stick of chocolate that looks a little like tree bark. Cadbury also creates Wispa bars, essentially a flake with chocolate-coated around the outside. It’s difficult to describe the melt in your mouth texture without giving you one to try!


5 MALTESERS

Maltesers Bag

There are many misconceptions about candy in the UK and the flavors on offer. Some may think that the chocolate here is far too sweet or that many candy bars are quite similar. Well, Maltesers absolutely stand above the rest.

These small balls have an incredible secret inside. They are full of biscuits 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.


4 AERO

Aero Sweets

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 have 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.


3 Mar’s Bar

This chocolate bar is similar to US’s Milky Way candy bars. Coated with a layer of chocolate, the Mars Bar is made of nougat and caramel. Mars originated in Slough, England, in 1932. While there is another version of the candy bar sold in the US, most of the fans of Mars are in the UK, and people visiting the country must try the unique taste of this candy.


two Rhubarb & Custard

Suckie Sweet is what this UK candy is known for in the country. On the other hand, it is known as hard candy in the US. While Rhubarb & Custard is not chocolate, it’s still worth a try because of its delicious dish. The Rhubarb, which has a slightly sour taste, is the half-red part of the candy, while the creamy and sweet-tasting Custard is the half-yellow one. Rhubarb & Custards are a must-try when visiting the UK since those are traditional British sweets.


one Curly Wurly

This candy is covered with Cadbury milk chocolate and filled with thick golden caramel. Moreover, it has a unique shape like DNA, a flattened curl, or a ladder. Additionally, the Curly Wurly is a bit hard to eat and gets stuck in the teeth because it’s chewy. However, it is worth trying this candy when visiting the UK.

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