We’re back from another “trip” around the world of candy, and this time we’re discussing some of the most popular candy below the equator. If you haven’t tried Australian candy (or Australian lollies, as they call it down under), get ready for some interesting picks.
From classic flavors like caramel and chocolate to odd fruit pairings and uniquely Australian wildlife themes, we’ve put together a list of the best and most original Australian candy.
The Best (and Strangest) Australian Candy
You probably guessed there had to be at least one koala-themed candy on this list, so we’re coming right out of the gate with this cute caramel candy. Cadbury Caramello Koalas are an Australian favorite.
Once even bigger than they are now, these cartoon koala treats consist of Cadbury Dairy Milk milk chocolate filled with creamy caramel. What could be better?
Here in the U.S., we tend to associate eucalyptus with soaps, essential oils, and cough drops. Below the equator, though, eucalyptus makes for a classic Australian candy.
Similar to lemon drops, eucalyptus drops are hard candies infused with menthol and the fresh flavor of the eucalyptus leaf. And yes, they’re still great for a sore throat.
If you love licorice, you’ll probably love aniseed rings. Anise has been used in food and candy for centuries, and is popular in several places around the world. These gelatinous ring-shaped Australian “lollies” are flavored with anise seed, sugar, and sometimes chocolate, turning what was once a digestive aid into a sweet, chewy candy.
These pretty swirled caramel candies are an Australian staple. However, they do have a reputation for being almost too sweet, so they’re probably best in moderation.
Fun fact time! The witchetty grub – technically the larva of the cossid wood moth – is a high-protein staple of indigenous Australian cuisines. These thick white worms hide out in the roots of the witchetty bush, where they’re harvested before being eaten raw or barbecued.
So why is this on our list of the best Australian candy? The witchetty grub candy is a gummy candy simply shaped like the real witchetty grub – with a much sweeter flavor, of course!
Not everyone is on board with some of Australia’s more unique candies. At Candy Club, however, we’re fans of even the strangest candies, especially if they’re sour and shaped like fun body parts. That includes Australian Sour Ears.
The Jaffa is one of a few British imports, based on the popular English Jaffa cake, which combines orange and chocolate with a Genoise sponge base. That explains why Australian-New Zealand Jaffas are small balls of chocolate covered with hard orange-flavored coatings. Yum!
Like British candy eaters, Australians love a good honeycomb toffee bar covered in chocolate. That’s probably why the Australian candy bar Violet Crumble is so immensely popular on the continent. Fans compare it to the British Crunchie bar.
Made by Cadbury, this lumpy Australian candy bar tastes better than it looks. For those who love a crunchy, textured candy bar, Picnic is basically the perfect candy. It consists of peanuts, nougat, caramel, cookie, and puffed rice, all covered in milk chocolate. It may be “ugly,” but it’s a favorite across several continents.
Here’s another one for crunchy chocolate bar lovers. The Chokito has been a popular Australian candy since the 1970s, and is similar to the American 100 Grand bar in that it’s made from caramel fudge, crisped rice, and milk chocolate.
Though Fantales are relatively simple treats – chocolate cubes filled with gooey caramel – they’re apparently the most iconic Australian lolly of all time. The name comes from the phrase “fan tales” and is a reference to the “movie star mania” that hit Australia in the 1930s, after the film industry transitioned from silent films to movies with sound.
Cherry and chocolate isn’t a super common combination in the U.S., but if you’ve ever wanted to try it, Cherry Ripe does the job. This classic but polarizing Australian candy bar consists of a cherry and coconut center covered in dark chocolate.
Continuing with the theme of covering interesting fruits in chocolate, next up is FruChocs. Ever thought of covering dried apricot and peach in milk chocolate and calling it candy? Neither have we, but the Australians have done it, and the FruChoc is now known as a South Australian specialty.
We know… reading about all these Australian candies has us hankering for something sweet, too. Don’t hesitate to check out the gourmet candies available at Candy Club. From themed candy cups to classic chocolates and sours, we’ve got your sweet needs covered.