Anyone who has ever read The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe has fantasized about enjoying a box of Turkish delight. Known as lokum in Turkey, this colorful sweet elicits national pride. For another brightly colored treat, try sherbet sekeri, a bright-red hard sugar candy believed to have healing powers.
Brits are as passionate about Cadbury as Americans are about Hershey's (and Nestlé and Godiva…). With more than 20 choices of bars, eggs, and bites, everyone has their favorite Cadbury product. For a pop of traditional toffee flavor, Walkers' Nonsuch Toffees have the consistency of a gooey caramel and come in a range of choices, from mint to mocha.
Most are familiar with those spicy tamarind candies from Mexico, but the range of sweets throughout the country is enormous. Kids indulge in Duvalin, a chocolate- and vanilla-flavored candy cream, while adults enjoy Dulce de Cacahuate, a peanut candy. Sold in a small, round container, this classic Mexican sweet has a dry, crumbling texture and is made of marzipan and nuts.
Many Japanese candies, from Pocky to Hello Kitty-themed gummies, are available the world over. But one of the most popular is Tomoe Ame rice candy, which comes wrapped in sweet, edible rice paper. There are also a number of reimagined American candies on the Japanese market like the Oreo Bitter Bar and Bitter Almond Kit Kats. But the best-selling Japanese candy is the Hi-Chew, which are fruit chews in bright packages.
Made by Cadbury and loved Down Under for more than 85 years (it's Australia's oldest candy bar and still going strong!), the Cherry Ripe bar is a chocolate-covered mixture of coconut and cherry. A nod to the Australian bird of the same name, Kookaburra Licorice is enormously popular throughout Australia and comes in black, red, and chocolate-covered varieties.
A bite of Dragon Beard, a light-as-air, sugar-spun creation (pictured), is like taking a step back in time. The candy's original recipe dates back more than 2,000 years. Modern candies from China run the gamut, but one thing remains a sense of humor. Gummy Fishies come in a colorful, plastic version of a sardine can, fizzy candies come in a mock soda can, and shot glasses come made of candy.
Inarguably the best-known sweet from Sweden is Swedish Fish, a gummy fish-shaped, fruit-flavored candy. For adventurers, the brand also made a black Swedish Fish in salmiak flavor, or salted herring. But sweeter bites are found in Godis Gula Snren, or toffee laces. The sweets come looking like strings of spaghetti, but taste like sweet toffee.
One of Austria's most famous residents is forever remembered in monuments, compositions, and chocolate. Mozartkugel, a local favorite, are small balls of marzipan, nougat, and chocolate wrapped in a drawing of Mozart. Then, Zotter candy bars come in a whole range of adventurous and exotic flavors, from banana curry and gooseberry to "strawberry bunny" and lemon polenta.
Knowing the country's love of football, it should not surprise anyone to learn about Football Gum Balls, which are bright, round, and liquid-filled gummy snacks. They also made gum balls to look like tennis balls during Wimbledon. Spaniards are also fond of Turron (pictured), a mixture of nougat, honey, and nuts that comes in multiple flavors like caramel and honey.
One of the more traditional Peruvian sweets is Tejas, which is dulce de leche and dried fruit all covered in fondant. Peruvians are fond of all kinds of chocolates in all kinds of flavors, but Cua Cua is a local brand that locals and visitors have fallen for. A simple chocolate wafer bar, not unlike a Kit Kat, is light, crunchy, and is filled with a cocoa cream.