The world's strangest candies

These candies are actually popular in their home countries but may seem rather strange to other cultures. Are you adventurous enough in the flavor department? 


Looking for something different to satisfy your sweet tooth? Have a look at some of the world's weirdest candies! 

I'm sure we have all heard of some of the pecularities of international cuisine, let it be larvea sauce, sheep organs or fried spiders. But who would have thought that there's such variety in the creepy candy department too? Here are just five of the most bizarre sweet treats you might come across around the globe:

  1. Australia's musk sticks
 These pink, semi-soft candy sticks are popular in Australia and New Zealand. Their flavor and smell are reminiscent of musk. Musk is an aromatic substance that was traditionally used in perfurmery as a perfume fixative and it is obtained from the glandular secretions of the male musk deer. But fear not! Musk like fragrances are also emitted by various plants and can be produced artificially, making us believe musk sticks are in fact made using plant based or artificial ingredients. Still, this candy may give you the impression that you sprayed perfume in your mouth, while other tasters were reminded of old lady smells. Cute and creepy at the same time. 


  1. California's creepy crawly lollipops

You might have heard about the environmental benefits of us, humans feasting on insects. Apparently they are so plentiful that we could have an all-you-can-eat insect buffet three times a day and needn't worry about them going extinct. But we doubt the producers of insect lollies started their business with the environmental concern of bringing humans one step closer to ethical insect consumption. Let's be honest, these unusual treats are all about the yuck factor and the strange excitement you feel trying to imagine your friends' faces while they're gently suckling on a larva, locust or a scorpio. Chocolate with ants anyone? 

3. Mexico's salsagheti

            You love Mexican food and the combination of salt and sugar on the rim of that tequila glass. Arriba! We're ready for a Mexican sweet treat! Think twice. If you opt for salsagheti, you will be dared to eat watermelon or mango flavored candy worms, coated in chilli powder, salt and sugar. You will also be given a side serving of strong, pungent tasting tamarind sauce to drizzle on top of the worms, just to add to your salsagheti spaghetti experience! Do you think your taste buds could take the explosion of sweet-yet-salty-yet-spicy-and-weird, and the confusion that follows? 

4. Finland's salt licorice

Or as the local's call it, salmiakki. A combination of black licorice, salt and ammonium chloride, a salt like substance that is safe for consumption. It definitely does sound like it might be an acquired taste! The Finns and other Nordic countries are huge fans though, and not only do they snack on these chewy little black treats but use them to flavor their fish, chocolate, ice cream and vodka. It's supposed to be good for coughs as ammonium chloride acts as an expectorant and it's even given to horses and monkeys as a treat! 

5. Thailand's luk chup

Finally, the most candy-like strange candy on our list is luk chup, pretty, shiny fruit and vegetable shaped bean paste treats! The paste is prepared from mung-bean flour, sugar, coconut cream and clear gelatin by bringing the above ingredients to a simmer and then allowing the mixture to cool down. The cool paste is molded into fruit and veg shapes, most commonly chilli peppers but anything goes – cherries, mangoes, peaches, pears, carrots and watermelons all have their place in the display. The glossy look is achieved by dipping them in sugar and jasmin water. Too cute!

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