There are two constants all over the world: Love and candy. Be on the lookout for these sugar-packed treats on your next travel adventure.
1. Nidar Laban Seigmenn, Norway
Gummy bears in Norway aren’t bears at all — instead, they’re shaped like tiny men rolled in sugar. The iconic candies come in fruity flavors, and variations include sour and licorice. There are even gummy women.
This delicacy is the ultimate vertical treat: four layers of caramel between five layers of biscuits, all enrobed with milk or dark chocolate. Fittingly, St. Andrews University has a Tunnock’s Caramel Wafer Appreciation Society, founded in 1982.
The Thai phrase for these crumbly cookies is thong (gold) muan, and giving the treat as a gift conveys a wish for wealth. The goodies are sweet but not too sweet, and they’re also gluten-free.
These round sour gummies will make you pucker up like the mascot on the package. If you can handle the outer layer, the center rewards with a lemon, grape or soda flavor.
5. Charles Chocolates Rum & Raisin, Trinidad and Tobago
Fans of Raisinets will love this candy bar, which blends rum, raisins and milk chocolate. Though developed in T&T, the candy is now available all over the Caribbean.
6. Gofio, Dominican Republic
Think of Gofio like the granular innards of Pixy Stix: It’s actually sweet powder made of roasted and dried cornmeal. In the DR, the origin of the treat, it’s served in paper cones, and some stores add tiny toys or coins as an added surprise. Even Lin-Manuel Miranda is a fan.
The recipe for plain ginger chews is simple: ginger, tapioca starch and cane sugar, resulting in a spicy, chewy treat. The addition of mango punches it up — or opt for orange, peppermint or peanut butter.