If you’ve recently visited USA and miss all the amazing sweets you’ve tasted there, you might be searching for where to buy them here in the UK. Or perhaps you’ve moved to UK from USA and missing your childhood treats.
Either way, here is where to buy traditional American Sweets in UK
Where to buy American Sweets
All major supermarkets seems to have worked out that the general public rather enjoys traditional american sweets and most large supermarkets have designated aisles with American foods.
Kingdom of Sweets
I’m sure there are many more – do let me know if you have a favourite place to go for your american sweets. And by the way, which one is your favourite chocolate bar?
- Hershey’s Chocolate.
- Reese’s Peanut Butter & Chocolate.
- Wonka Candy.
- American M&Ms.
- American Skittles.
- Tootsie Roll Candy.
- Red Vines & Twizzlers.
- Jolly Rancher Candy
American Sweeets – at little bit of history and interesting facts
Here at Cocoa & Heart, we don’t just make delicious chocolates but also an ever increasing supply of contemporary boiled sweets with a wide range of flavours to meet the traditional and sophisticated demands of British candy lovers across the country.
Mention of the word candy and candy bar usually evokes a sweet rush for American diners or ten a penny Broadway dime and nickels stores. Given our special relationship with our cousins across the pond, it comes as no surprise to learn that we’ve been taking candy from Uncle Sam since …been sweet talking to us.
So here’s our very own guide to what’s best and out west in the USA way of candy. Something to chew on, perhaps.
Let’s start with some of the best known iconic brands. The sort that feature in countless US films, comedies and box sets (candy or cellioud).
Hersheys is probably the best-known brand. Simply known as the Hershey bar, Hershey’s milk chocolate was the first mass produced chocolate bar for the American market when introduced in 1900. A few years later, the founder, Milton Hershey was selling almond chocolate from coast to coast and parents and children alike had a new taste of chocolate to talk about. Especially, when the company introduced a chocolate bar called Hershey’s Kiss in 1907.
Reese’s Peanut Butter
Now a question. Have you heard of Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups? Now part of the Hershey’s corporation, it was first launched by it’s founder HB Reese in 1956. Reese was originally a dairy farmer who worked in one of Hershey’s dairy farms.
Now available in most supermarkets in the UK, it’s actually in the top five biggest candy brands in the world as well as being the market leader in the USA. We feature it in our fun chocolate quiz, where students have to guess the brand of chocolate from a bar sliced in half. It takes a real chocolate lover to guess this one.
Why? Because, only around 3% of it’s world wide sales are from outside the USA. But that could soon change in the next few years, so keep an eye out for Reese’s distinctive orange labels and yellow lettering.
York Peppermint Pattie
Hershey’s York Peppermint Pattie – is like a Kendal mint cake surrounded with dark chocolate. First introduced in the 1920’s their Mr Goodbar is still popular – and is another bar that mixes peanuts with milk chocolate.
Did someone shout Butterfingers?! Nestle’s peanut chocolate candy bar is another popular crunchy confectionary buy.
Another long standing Nestle favourite is Baby Ruth which combines caramel with chocolate nougat.
From Hersheys and Reese’s it’s time to move from chocolate to the type of candy that us Brits usually associate with America. Sweets.
The Jolly Rancher
The Jolly Rancher range is colourful and brimming with zesty flavours and exotic fruit based tastes. From hard candy and lollipops through to ‘twosome’ soft chews; sweet and tangy with a multi flavoured taste.
And if that’s not fizzing enough for you – try cinnamon fire – to charge your taste batteries back to life.
Mike and Ike’
Another brand, gaining in popularity is Mike and Ike’s candy. The original candy, features strawberry, lemon, cherry, lime and orange in a lovely, chewy American sweet concoction.
If you’re been to the States on holiday, you may be more familiar with Tootsie Roll candy. Cinema goers of a certain age may remember the 1980’s film starting Dustin Hofman.
Tootsie’s Dots are one of America’s favourite brands of gum drop style soft candy. With Strawberry, Lemon, Cherry, Orange and Lime flavours in each box, watch the film on Netflix and eat the candy at the same time!
Red Vines and Twizzlers Licorice
In the UK, we may think of liquorice as being traditionally black. But in the States, licorice (as it is spelt states side) is usually red and bursting with fruity flavour. Red Vines and Twizzlers are two of the most popular brands.
So how do you tell the difference between the two? Red Vines are lighter in colour and softer and more rounded than Twizzlers – for a richer, chewier taste – but both are an authentic taste of modern American sweets.
And it doesn’t have to be all sweet, either. Sour Patch candies are also popular with flavours such as watermelon and cherries.
Have you heard of American Taffy? It’s sweet and chewy and sometimes known as salt water taffy. Wonka’s Laffy Taffy comes in flavours such as blue raspberry rope with sizes including a grape candy tub. I’ve made my own version of the traditional taffy with Lemon & Honey and it’s pretty amazing, even if I say so myself!
We hope that you’ve enjoyed this whizz through the fizz of American sweets. It’s a colourful world of chocolate curls and swirls. American sweets are enough to give any lover of candy sweet dreams.
Until the next time