With Halloween right around the corner, we’ve got candy on the brain. We’ll be filling our baskets with the staples: candy corn, Reese’s, and plenty of M&M’s—but we’re making sure to stock up on our favorite international sweets, too. Whether you want to add them to your (personal) trick-or-treating stash, or you’re traveling with a sweet tooth, here’s a look at popular candy around the globe.
When most people think of Switzerland, “chocolate” is one of the first things that come to mind—besides the Alps, of course—and Toblerone bars are a definite favorite. After one bite of the triangle-shaped nougat candy (said to resemble the Swiss Alps), you’ll be hard-pressed to stop at one piece.
You can find Turkish Delight all over Turkey, Lebanon and other Middle Eastern countries. The small, gummy cubes are made with starch and sugar, and often filled with nuts or dried fruits and finished off with a dusting of powdered sugar.
A cultural favorite in Australia is the Violet Crumble, a chocolate-covered candy bar with a honeycomb toffee famous for how easily it breaks apart. (Read: it’s perfect for sharing!)
Originally invented as a chewing gum that could be swallowed (since removing food from one’s mouth is a major faux pas in Japan), Hi-Chew candies are a Japanese staple. They can be found here in the U.S. in a variety of fruity flavors, too!
Typically, Spaniards have their chocolate for breakfast rather than dessert. But when they’re craving something sweet, turrón is the candy of choice. It’s a mixture of nougat, nuts and honey and is especially popular around Christmas.
What’s your favorite candy from around the globe? Tell us in the comments or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org!