Hey Pandas, Share Some Hard-To-Find Candy Or Snacks!
We all love discovering new food, and it seems like the more we find, the more we realize is still out there waiting to be eaten. Of course the sweet, salty and snacky ones are the best for sharing!
So share some of the tasty stuff we don't know about yet! Maybe it's unique to one shop, maybe it comes from a small boutique, maybe it's something that doesn't get exported around the world, or maybe it's something you tried abroad and just can't find anywhere back home! Let us know about it, and maybe we can find it online...
The hard candy every granny has. The strawberry one in a strawberry wrapping. I have never seen them in any store. (i live in Belgium, close to the Dutch an German border, never seen them there either)
My favorite candy in the world is Walker's Treacle Toffee which comes from one little toffee manufacturer in England. It's a hard chewy that softens up in your mouth in seconds, just enough to get stuck in your teeth. The taste is like a strong brown sugar & molasses type of caramel. Sometimes I can find their Creamy or Licorice flavored toffees in shops which are not bad, but the Treacle is their pièce de résistance that is a must-try!
I love konpeito! Its tiny colourful sweets from Japan its what the soot sprites in the studio ghibli films eat 😄
For reference, I currently live in America on the east coast, but I used to live in Japan.
Calpis / Calpico - A Japanese soft drink that is tangy and sweet. Its name was changed to Calpico for marketing in America, but despite this I cannot seem to find it in my area anywhere.
All Raisin - A type of cookie studded with raisins in Japan.
Calbee Garlic Chips - It's relatively easy to find Calbee's shrimp flavored chips here, but not the garlic ones.
Alford Dark Chocolate Biscuits - It's possible to find the milk chocolate ones, but I find those to be too sweet.
Salmiakki Koskenkorva - A type of Finnish liquor similar to vodka that is flavored to taste like salted black liquorice (yes, I understand that people hate black liquorice, salted or no, but I enjoy it because I have the genes that allow me to taste it fully. I'm aware that this will still get negative comments...). This isn't sold in America at all.
Proper Cadbury Cream Eggs - The ones you can buy in America at Easter are not the same as those produced in the UK. Put simply, the UK cream eggs are vastly superior. Eating an American cream egg only leads to disappointment.
I bought a box of snacks from Japan and some soda. I can’t find ramune (soda) anywhere here. But that I can at least find online. There were these little panda faced cookies in the snack box and I LOVE them!! No words on the packaging other than ingredients and I want more. Can’t find them anywhere. So cute. So tasty.
Irn Bru chew bar sweets! They have a very unique taste - lovely sweet and sour thing going on.
There is a fizzy drink in the UK, most popular in Scotland, called Irn Bru (Iron Brew). It's bright orange and nobody can decide what it actually tastes like! It's tangy, a bit citrus-y and sweet. It's not as common in the rest of the UK now, it was big in the 90's - mid 00's though. The sweets were *amazing* but I haven't seen them on sale in England for a long time. Miss them so much!
Fruit drops- a Japanese hard candy I uses to find everywhere but disappeared maybe 10+ yrs ago. :(
In Germany there is a thing called "Kirmes-Eis" ("funfair ice cream"). It's some sort of soft ice cream, sort of "cream flavored" but actually I'm not even quite sure about that. There is no ice cream like this one. You can only buy it on some special funfairs and those vendors are pretty rare. When I was a kid, my parents used to sell crêpe on funfairs and so I had a lot of chances having this ice cream. Since I moved out and left my home city, I don't go to funfairs any more, simply because there are none where I live. I really miss that special ice cream, esp. since I actually don't like ice cream that much.
As soon as there is a proper new normal with the pandemic, I plan on travelling to a funfair I went to as a kid - and I really hope that this special ice cream is still available there.
chicken in a biscuit. they are hard to find but are SOOO worth it!
I was once given a round tin of these hard raspberry shaped and flavoured candies for Christmas. The tin had a Santa Claus on it. I just remember how delicious and flavourful they were. I hadn't seen them since and don't know where the person who gave them to me got them from.