From Bassetts Sweets to Jelly Babies: Britain’s Favorite Candies

Halloween is known for candy and the trick-or-treat tradition. Kids go door to door dressed up in fancy Halloween costumes and can expect to get anything, from M&Ms to Bassetts sweets. While this tradition originated in the United Kingdom, today, trick or treating is less popular here. However, you can still find local communities that continue it or other events where children collect candy. There are many American candy options available in the UK, but Britain also has its sweets. Below, we list ten that you might like to use for your Halloween festivities.

Maltesers

Maltesers are a simple candy made of honey malt balls and chocolate that is extremely addictive. They are made by Mars and come in many packages, from small boxes for your local cinema weekly movie date to large bags that can be shared among groups of friends. Due to the lightness of the malt balls and the sweet’s slogan, you will be hard-pressed not to buy one.

Jelly Babies 

Many Americans may be familiar with this candy because it was a favourite of the Fourth and Twelfth Doctors on the beloved TV show Doctor Who. Bassett’s created the gummy treats at the end of World War I and called them “peace candies.” Bassetts is the only company to make gelatine candy. They were also a favourite among Beatle George Harrison, and the band would sometimes be pelted with them during live performances.

Aero

Aero Bubbles are balls made of aerated chocolate and a chocolate shell. Nestle eliminated artificial colours, flavours, and preservatives in its entire confectionery line in 2012. The Mint Aero Bubbles product’s green colour was altered to reflect a plant extract.

Cadbury Dairy Milk

Americans are familiar with Cadbury’s Easter chocolate eggs, but the Dairy Milk chocolate is their most well-known product. You can buy Dairy Milk in a whole bar, sectioned bar, or individually wrapped chocolate pieces. It is also one of Britain’s oldest chocolate sweets, dating back to 1905.

Turkish Delight

Turkish Delight, mentioned in The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, is made by Fry’s and has been a long-standing British sweet. There are many opinions on this candy, which is chocolate-covered and rose-scented; some love it while others hate it. There are even others who describe it as having a soapy flavour. Beetroot is one of the ingredients, which gives the interior its pink colour and some of its flavour.

Wine Gums

Wine gums are not made with wine despite their name, and they are more similar to gummy candy. Charles Gordon Maynard claimed to have invented them for adults. He gave them names such as champagne, port, claret, and champagne and provided similar flavours. Maynard had difficulty convincing his dad, the founder of the company and a Methodist teetotaler, that the sweets did not contain wine.

Liquorice Allsorts

Allsorts was created in 1899 by Charlie Thomson, a Bassetts sweets representative, who accidentally dropped some samples on a tray. The assortment is made from licorice, sugar, coconut, aniseed jelly, gelatine, and fruit flavours. Although the various pieces make up Bertie Bassett’s body, many other companies in the UK have made similar types of allsorts.

 

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