The 15 Craziest Candies From Around the World To Give Your Easter Basket Some Oomph
Travel the world and you'll find that candy comes in all shapes and flavors. While you're filling your Easter baskets with Peeps and Skittles, we've gone beyond borders to find some unusual snacks you may not want from the Easter bunny — some that will make you cringe and some that will make you want to binge. Forget chocolate and licorice — we're bringing the flavors of wasabi, tomato, and even tuna fish (uh...yum?) to your Easter basket.
Wasabi Kit Kats
America plays it pretty safe when it comes to the classic chocolate treat — other countries get strawberry, cookie dough, and cookies & cream, and Japan offers wasabi, potato, toasted soy, and red bean soup-flavored KitKats.
Barratt Shrimps and Bananas
England’s strangest confections are these pink and yellow gummies (or what they call “foams” across the pond) with a name sure enough to scare you away, even though the pink “shrimp” chews are actually strawberry flavored.
These have the texture of Altoids and the flavor of roses and orange blossoms, which some people have compared to eating incense.
Kopiko Mini Coffee
Skip your morning cup of Joe and go for a mini coffee hard candy — made with real coffee and espresso beans — instead. The Thailand caffeine jolt comes in sweetened coffee, latte, and cappuccino flavors.
We’ve got to hand it to Japan for coming up with a way to turn savory foods into bite-sized candies. Each of these drops packs the full flavor of dishes like sushi or Japanese pizza (think mayo, radish, cabbage and onion).
Another one straight from Japan, this mildly sweet jelly confection is made from yams and bean paste.
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Dragon Beard Candy
Popular in Turkey, Iran, and China, this treat tastes just like cotton candy and is often wrapped around coconut, peanuts, or sesame seeds.
Creamy Corn Candy
Read that again: This is NOT Candy Corn. Instead, you can get the full flavor of creamed corn — yes, the type you serve at Thanksgiving — in candy form. Find these sweets in Malaysia.
This isn’t the wackiest bar out there but we definitely want to give it a try. Whole milk biscuits are topped with things like raisins, hazelnuts, almonds, honey, and Christmas cookies, then coated in Italian milk chocolate.
Turkish Pepper Candies
First they’re sour, then they’re…hot! We’ll skip these Danish hard candies, loaded with spicy pepper and sour black licorice flavor.
Salty Tomato Candies
We don’t mean to hate on Japan, but they sure have a knack for wacky sweets. Like these salty tomato hard candies.
These chocolate-coated honeycomb bars from Australia basically fall apart the second you open them.
Jane-Jane Tasty Tuna Tidbits
These tiny candies from Taiwan were developed to boost your brain power. For an American version, try sardine-flavored Jelly Beans.
Durian Candy Bars
We’d like to meet the candy maker who thought a bar filled with a fruit so smelly it’s been banned from public transportation was a good idea. You can find these in Southeast Asia.