Sweets and candies have their place in all cultures and countries around the world. With so many different cuisines we thought there must be some strange and alien sweets we had never heard of so we thought we’d see what we could find!
Here we take a look at ten of the oddest treats from across the globe. Whether you call them bon bons, sweets or candy, we all love these sweet treats, but how many of the following do you think you could stomach?
Bacon Mints – America
Yep, these mints supposedly taste like a rasher of crispy bacon with a hint of mint, and shockingly they’re pretty popular! Uncle Oinker’s products don’t stop at bacon mints either – you can also buy absinthe mints, gummy bacon, garlic mints and even bacon floss!
Pressed Squid Candy – Japan
If bacon flavoured mints aren’t your thing, maybe fishy tasting candy is. Pressed squid is a paper thin treat sold everywhere in Japan, and has been described as having a texture similar to seaweed and a taste like sweet fish.
Salsagheti – Mexico
Salsagheti is a sweet and spicy favourite in Mexico. The spaghetti-like gummy worms come in mango and watermelon flavours and are covered in chilli, salt and sugar. They also come served with a hot tamarind dipping sauce for added flavour.
Tamarind Candy – Thailand
Time for another spicy sweet, this time from Thailand. The tamarind fruit is often used as a sourer in cooking and is found in HP and Worcestershire sauce. Though often used in cooking, when the fruit is preserved in sugar and chilli it becomes a sweet and spicy candy loved by the Thai people.
Coca Candy – Peru
This sweet is eaten in Peru to help with altitude sickness and dry mouth. Though the coca content is low, it has not been unheard of to have these sweets confiscated at customs when leaving the country!
Ting Ting Jahe – Indonesia
Ting Ting Jahe is a chewy and spicy sweet enjoyed in Indonesia. It is made from ginger and potato starch and has been enjoyed for centuries as a sweet treat in Indonesia.
Flying Saucers – England
The flying saucer is often seen as the marmite of the candy world. With the outer casing having a texture similar to polystyrene balls and a sherbet filling that is incredibly sharp, it’s easy to see why this sweet from outer space isn’t everybody’s favourite.
Tyrkisk Peber – Finland
Tyrkisk peber (Turkish pepper) is a hard boiled sweet made with salty liquorice and anise oil. It has an inside filled with salmiakki powder and comes in many different flavours, the most popular being hot and sour.
Wasabi Kit-Kats – Japan
Japan is known for taking the humble KitKat and mixing it up, and over the years they have created many a peculiar flavour of KitKat! Out of all the varietys they have made, from pudding flavour to green tea, nothing compares to the eye-watering taste of the white chocolate and wasabi KitKat.
Insect Lollipops – Around the World
Available in flavours such as tequila, watermelon and apple these scary suckers contain creepy crawlies in the centre of each lolly. The most popular insect-inside to have is a worm but you can also buy them with scorpions or ants inside, if that’s more your thing…
So, although our luxury chalets provide guests with a huge array of culinary goodies, you will need to bring any of these sweets along with you if you’re looking for an unusual sugar fix on the slopes!