Neighborhood shops and national chains have been dutifully rolling out their colorful, candy-filled Halloween setups since October 1. Rolos wrapped in orange foil, Kit Kats that come in all sizes, and candy corns sold by the pound have a magnetic pull for us seasoned Halloween-ers. But what types of candies would you find if you perused the rows of treats in other countries? What might one get if trick-or-treating held the same kid-friendly popularity in Peru or, say, or Japan?
Europe is well saturated by American candy brands, with some of our favorites available across the pond, from Snickers to Twix. But there are also plenty of locally made and unique sweets sold everywhere from hole-in-the-wall shops to big pharmacies. Austrians pay homage to their musical history with Mozartkugel, tiny balls of chocolate, marzipan, and nougat. Brits tend to leave Hershey’s to the Americans, while they scoop up Cadbury chocolates from the iconic “eggs” to the ever-loved Flake.
Originally from a recipe that dates back more than 2,000 years, Dragon Beard is as much of a piece of Chinese history as it is a loved local treat, with delicate strands of sugar that slowly melt in your mouth. One of the most popular Japanese candies is Tomoe Ame rice candy, which is wrapped in an edible layer of rice paper. It’s so popular, it’s become available across the globe as well.
From sumptuous bars of flavored chocolate to chewy fruit-infused treats, each country around the world has unique traditions and flavors that distinguish their local treats. Whether it's 18th-century snacks in Turkey or fish-shaped gummies in Sweden, one thing is certain, Halloween is sweet the world over.