A candy shop in Buenos Aires, Argentina
Candy in Damascus, Syria
Bulk candies
Various candies from Austria, Denmark, France and Sweden.

Candy, known also as sweets and confectionery, has a long history as a familiar food treat that is available in many varieties. Candy varieties are influenced by the size of the sugar crystals, aeration, sugar concentrations, colour and the types of sugar used.[1]

Simple sugar or sucrose is turned into candy by dissolving it in water, concentrating this solution through cooking and allowing the mass either to form a mutable solid or to recrystallize.[1] Maple sugar candy has been made in this way for thousands of years, with concentration taking place from both freezing and heating.[2]

Other sugars, sugar substitutes, and corn syrup are also used. Jelly candies, such as gumdrops and gummies, use stabilizers including starch, pectin or gelatin.[1] Another type of candy is cotton candy, which is made from spun sugar.

In their Thanksgiving Address, Native peoples of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy give special thanks to the Sugar Maple tree as the leader of all trees "to recognize its gift of sugar when the People need it most".[2] In traditional times, maple sugar candy reduced from sap was an important food source in the lean times of winter in North America.


South Africa

Name Manufacturer Image Description
Astros Cadbury - A candy coated chocolate with a biscuit center. The product was first launched in 1997 in the United Kingdom, Canada, the United States and in South Africa as a rival to Nestlé Smarties, and M&M's in the US.[3] In Australia they were marketed as Lunas.
Massam's - The maker of a nougat candy from South Africa. Varieties include honey almond, almond cherry, and honey cashew. The candies are exported to various countries.



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Tiler Khaja A Bangladeshi sweet candy made from sesame seeds.


Chinese candies and sweets, called táng ()[4] are usually made with cane sugar, malt sugar, and honey.

Name Manufacturer Image Description
Deuk Deuk Tong - Also known as "Ding Ding Tong", it is a hard maltose candy with sesame and ginger flavours.
Dragon's beard candy Also known as "Chinese cotton candy," it is a handmade traditional art of Ancient China and also a traditional Chinese sweet similar to spun sugar, which can be found in many Chinese communities. The legend of Dragon's Beard Candy was first notably practiced during the Chinese Han Dynasty.[5]
Orange jelly candy These finger-sized sticks of soft jelly candy are generally sold in food specialty stores in Hong Kong. A great deal of candies available in Hong Kong are imported from Europe, mainland China, United States and other regions around the world. Orange jelly candy is one of the few that have historically been manufactured locally in Hong Kong.
Peen tong Chinese brown sugar candy.
White Rabbit Creamy Candy Shanghai Guan Sheng Yuan Food, Ltd. This has a soft, chewy texture, and is formed into cylinders approximately 3 cm long and 1 cm in diameter, similar to contemporary western nougat or taffy. Each candy is wrapped in a printed waxed paper wrapper, but within this, the sticky candies are again wrapped in a thin edible paper-like wrapping made from sticky rice.[6] Although the rice wrapping layer is meant to be eaten along with the rest of the candy, it does not figure in the list of ingredients, which is limited to corn starch, syrup, cane sugar, butter, and milk. This also comes in a variety of flavors.
Zaotang This type of candy is made of maltose that people in China use as a sacrifice to the kitchen god around the twenty third day of the twelfth lunar month just before Chinese New Year.
Haw flakes It is a sweet, tangy, disc shaped candy made from hawthorn fruit, packaged in a cylindrical paper wrapper.


Name Manufacturer Image Description
Kino Candy Kino Indonesia The first and the flagship product of Kino Indonesia.[7]
Kopiko Mayora Indah A candy made from coffee extract from the finest Indonesia's finest coffee beans.


Name Manufacturer Image Description
Botan Rice Candy JFC International - These chewy rice candies are wrapped in a thin layer of edible rice paper that dissolves in the mouth. A children's sticker is included in every box.
Hi-Chew Morinaga & Company This fruit-flavored chewy candy was first released in 1975. It was re-released in its current shape (a stick of several individually wrapped candies) in February 1986. Hi-Chew candies are individually wrapped in logo-stamped foil or plain white wax paper (depending on the localization).
Konpeitō This sugar candy was introduced by the Portuguese in the 16th century, and is a small toffee sphere (5 mm in diameter) with a pimply surface, made from sugar, water, and flour, in a variety of colors. Originally there was a sesame seed in the middle, later a poppy seed, but nowadays no seed at all. The name "konpeito" comes from the Portuguese word "confeito", meaning "confit" (a type of confectionery).
Meiji Meiji Seika Meiji chocolates flavors include cheese, black pepper, jasmine, basil, and lemon salt.[8]
Pocky Ezaki Glico This biscuit stick coated with chocolate is also available in a wide variety of other flavors.
Pucca Chocolate Meiji Seika This baked pretzel candy with a chocolate cream center is also available in strawberry and milk flavors.
Puccho UHA Mikakutō Co. Ltd. Gummi Puccho squares have a unique consistency similar to a combination of gummy bears and taffy. They often contain gummy "balls" of flavor that are more chewy than the rest of the square. There are also "fizz" balls that mimic the carbonation of their soda derivatives.


Name Manufacturer Image Description
Dalgona or ppopgi A Korean sweet candy made from melted sugar and baking soda.


Name Manufacturer Image Description
Balikucha A sugarcane-based pulled sugar candy from the Ilocos region often used a sweetener for coffee.[9]
Chatlet Cosmetique Asia Corporation A choco-peanut candy brand in the Philippines.
Choc Nut Unisman and later, Annie's Sweets Manufacturing and Packaging Corporation A chocolate product that originated in the Philippines and has endured as one of the country's most consumed children's snacks. Called Choc Nut because it is a mixture of powdered peanuts and chocolate.
Choco Mani Cosmetique Asia Corporation A choco-peanut candy brand in the Philippines.
Chubby Rebisco A chewy candy.[10]
Flat Tops Ricoa (Comfoods) A milk chocolate in a circular shape wrapped individually in metallic wrappers.[11]
Hany Annie Candy Manufacturing Hany milk chocolate is a chocolate mixed with peanuts. It is similar to Choc Nut.[12]
Haw Haw Milk Candy New Soonly Food Products inc. A rectangular milk powder candy usually sold at many sari-sari stores.[13][14]
Judge Rebisco Judge is a chewing gum usually spearmint flavor, there are other flavors such as cherry.[15]
Lipps Rebisco Non-mentholated hard candy[16]
Maxx Universal Robina A menthol candy that cools, soothes and freshens breath.[17]
Mr. Candies Rebisco A cream-filled chewy candy comes in 5 flavors: Buko (coconut), Keso (cheese), Mais (sweet corn), Melon and Yema.
Nata de coco This chewy, translucent, jelly-like foodstuff is produced by the fermentation of coconut water, which gels through the production of microbial cellulose by Acetobacter xylinum. Originating in the Philippines, nata de coco is most commonly sweetened as a candy or dessert, and can accompany many things including pickles, drinks, ice cream, puddings and fruit mixes.
Potchi Columbia International Food Products This gummy has a strawberry pink top and white base, it is covered with crystallized sugar to give it more flavor. Its flavor usually is strawberry cream, although it also has a chocolate covered variant.[18]
Queen Mani Cosmetique Asia Corporation A choco-peanut candy brand in the Philippines.
Starr Rebisco Formerly known as Storck. A mentholated hard candy that cools, soothes and freshens breath.
V-tal Cosmetique Asia Corporation A choco-peanut candy brand in the Philippines.
Vita Cubes Rebisco A healthy, yummy jelly candy.[19]


Typically, European candies are toffees, nougats and rock candies.


Name Manufacturer Image Description
Pez Invented in 1927 in Vienna. Comes in candy refill packs for Pez canisters that comes in a wide variety of famous cartoon characters.


Name Manufacturer Image Description
Cuberdon Confiserie Geldhof, Eeklo This cone-shaped candy with a melty core and a crisp crust is traditionally flavored with raspberry.
Vanparys Vanparys Vanparys manufactures a type of chocolate dragée: a Belgian dark chocolate, coated with thin layers of sugar, and made in 50 colors in three finishes: matte, glossy, or pearlescent.


Name Manufacturer Image Description
Lokum Plain or spiced Turkish delight with rose petals, white walnuts, or "endreshe".


Name Manufacturer Image Description
Dracula Piller Scan Choco A/S Disc-shaped hard salty liquorice candies.
Kongen af Danmark Red aniseed-flavoured hard candies containing beetroot juice.
Spunk Small pastilles with fruit and salty liquorice flavours.


Name Manufacturer Image Description
Salmiakki Salty liquorice, is a variety of liquorice flavoured with ammonium chloride, common in the Nordic countries, the Netherlands, and northern Germany.
Geisha Fazer Fazer Geisha is soft milk chocolate contains hazelnut nougat filling.
Dumle Fazer Dumle is milk chocolate that contains toffee inside it.
Marianne Fazer Marianne has a hard cover and a chocolate heart inside it.
Turkish Peber Fazer Tyrkisk Peber has a hard and thick cover and contains salmiakki powder.
London drops Pastel-coloured liquorice drops with a hard, sugary aniseed-flavoured coating.
Pirate coins Coin-shaped salty liquorice and fruit flavoured candies with pirate-inspired images.
Finlandia Spherical fruit-flavoured marmalade candies.
Vihreät kuulat Spherical pear-flavoured marmalade candies.
Liqueur Fills Chocolate covered confectionary with inner sugar shell containing small amount of liquid alcohol: Rum, Punsch, Maraschino or Cherry Brandy. Alcohol content is 2.8%.
Kiss-Kiss Oblong pink toffee-filled candies.
Hopeatoffee Cloetta Chewy toffee candy bar with a salty liquorice flavour.
Aakkoset Lozenge-shaped soft, chewy candies in various flavours decorated with capital letters.
Mynthon Small disc-shaped hard breath mint pastilles.
Manalan makeiset Poppamies Hard fruit-flavoured candies containing strong chili extract.
Sisu Leaf International Small black chewy, liquorice-flavoured breath mints made with gum arabic.
Vanhat Autot Halva Black car-shaped chewy pieces of salty liquorice candy.


Name Manufacturer Image Description
Anis de Flavigny Small, white balls of sugar surrounding an anise seed. Although they come in many hard candy flavors the rose are most popular.
Bergamote de Nancy Lefèvre-Denise Shiny, small candy squares made from sugar and bergamot essential oil.
Bêtise de Cambrai
Cachou Lajaunie Mondelēz International Hard licorice candies with mint extract.
Calisson This traditional French candy consists of a smooth, pale yellow, homogeneous paste of candied fruit (especially melons and oranges) and ground almonds topped with a thin layer of royal icing. The calisson is believed to have its origins in medieval Italy.
Carambar Delespaul-Havez company A chewy caramel candy. In 1972, the name changed to "Super Caram'bar". In 1977, the name lost its apostrophe.
Caramel mou au beurre salé
Chocolate truffle Various The chocolate truffle is thought to have been first created by N. Petruccelli in Chambéry, France in December 1895.[20] They are traditionally made with a chocolate ganache centre coated in chocolate, icing sugar, cocoa powder or chopped toasted nuts (typically hazelnuts, almonds or coconut), usually in a spherical, conical, or curved shape.
Cocon de Lyon
Coucougnette Maison Francis Miot Confection made with almonds, marzipan, and chocolate.
Hollywood Mondelez International The first French chewing gum, it was created in 1952. The French were introduced to chewing gum for the first time by the American troops stationed there in 1944. In 1958, the gum's main advertising focus was that of the American Dream. While Hollywood now offers a variety of different flavors, the very first flavor was spearmint.[21]
Macaron A sweet meringue-based cookie sandwich, with ganache, jam, or buttercream, between two halves. Traditionally believed to have been introduced to France by the Italian chef of queen Catherine De Medici during the Renaissance period.
Marron glacé A marron glacé (plural marrons glacés) is a confection, originating in southern France and northern Italy consisting of a chestnut candied in sugar syrup and glazed. Marrons glacés are an ingredient in many desserts and are also eaten on their own.
Niniche de Quiberon
Nougat de Montélimar
Pâte de fruits
Vichy Pastilles Eurazeo a French confectionery produced in the town of Vichy, department of Allier, France. They were invented in 1825.
Violette de Toulouse Candiflor


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Churchkhela Candle-shaped candy made of grape must, nuts and flour.


Name Manufacturer Image Description
Milka Mondelēz International A milk chocolate candy that was first created in 1901. The candy's packaging is unique and includes its iconic lilac-colored cow, which helps tie the candy back to its Alpine heritage.[22]
Nappo WAWI chocolate AG A diamond-shaped, chocolate-covered nougat produced in Germany since 1925.
Maoam Haribo Rectangular fruit-flavoured chewy toffee candies.


Gummies are gelatin based chewy candies that come in a variety of shapes, colors and flavors. The gummy bear originated in Germany, where it is popular under the name Gummibär (rubber bear) or Gummibärchen (little rubber bear). Hans Riegel Sr., a candy maker from Bonn, started the Haribo company in 1920.[citation needed]

Name Manufacturer Image Description
Fraise Tagada Haribo, others Invented in 1969 by the Haribo Company, which invented the gummy bear. The Fraise Tagada is presented in the shape of an inflated strawberry covered in fine sugar, colored pink and scented. In France, the Fraise Tagada is one of the most widely sold candies (1 billion Fraises annually) and also one of the most imitated.
Gummi bears Various (Haribo, Trolli) Gelatin based, chewy, fruit flavored
Gummi worms Various (Trolli) Gelatin based, chewy, fruit flavored


Name Manufacturer Image Description
Akanes Akanes is a Greek sweet similar to loukoumi, only that it is flavoured with fresh butter from buffalo rather than fruit essences.


Name Manufacturer Image Description
Túró Rudi A chocolate bar popular in Hungary since 1968. The bar is composed of a thin outer coating of chocolate and an inner filling of túró (curd). The "Rudi" in the product name comes from the Hungarian "rúd", which translates to rod or bar (and is also a nickname for the name Rudolf). Túró Rudi can be made in different flavors and sizes.
Sport szelet A chocolate bar produced in Hungary in the 1950s. It has a dark chocolate coating and an inner filling of rum.
Negro Győri Keksz Kft. A Hungarian candy, its black color is derived from molasses, and menthol is used to add flavor. Its full recipe is an industrial secret.[23][24]

Christmas candy made of fondant, covered by chocolate, and wrapped in shiny coloured foil


Name Manufacturer Image Description
Ferrero Rocher Ferrero SpA Spherical chocolate introduced in 1982 by the Italian chocolatier Michele Ferrero.
Jordan almonds Almonds that are sugar panned in various pastel colors.[25] In Sulmona, Italy, the technique of creating the dragée almonds was perfected by the Pelino family.[26] Jordan Almonds are thought to originate from Ancient Greece, where honey-covered almonds were commonly eaten at festivities.
Raffaello Ferrero SpA Spherical coconut-almond confection.


Name Manufacturer Image Description
Hopje Rademaker Sweet made of coffee, caramel, cream and butter.
Mentos Perfetti Van Melle Scotch-mints


Name Manufacturer Image Description
Krówki Fudge, semi-soft milk toffee candies.
Miodek turecki a candy traditionally sold in Kraków, Poland on the gates of cemeteries during All Saints' Day and All Souls' Day.[27]
Ptasie mleczko Soft chocolate-covered candy filled with soft meringue or milk soufflé.
Prince Polo Kraft Jacobs Suchard Introduced in 1955, it is a candy of the Polish People's Republic. It is a chocolate-covered wafer, with four layers of wafer joined by three layers of chocolate-flavored filling.


Name Manufacturer Image Description
Queijada Originating in Portugal, and common in Brazil. Traditionally prepared with grated cottage cheese, milk, sugar, butter and egg yolks.
Pastel de nata Portugal's most traditional and well-known sweet. Traditionally made with puff pastry. milk, sugar, butter and egg yolks.


Name Manufacturer Image Description
Kamasutra SC Pralin SRL at Cisnădie Chocolate shaped like kamasutra positions. The Kamasutra chocolate was invented in 2007 by Florin Balan.
Rahat Fruit flavored Turkish delight


Name Manufacturer Image Description
Pastila A fruit-based candy produced in the town of Kolomna since the 14th century.[28]
Hematogen Bars of Hematogen A nutrition bar produced in the USSR and ex-USSR countries and having sugar, milk and bovine serum albumin as main ingredients.
Curd snack A snack made from milled and pressed curd cheese, glazed with chocolate or cream.


Name Manufacturer Image Description
Turrón Traditional Spaniard nougat. A well known type is Turrón de Jijona


Name Manufacturer Image Description
Polkagris White-and-red striped candy sticks with peppermint flavour.
Ahlgrens bilar Cloetta Car-shaped soft, foamy fruit-flavoured candies.
Läkerol Soft sugarfree breath mints in various flavours.
Daim Marabou, Mondelez International A soft chocolate covered caramel sweet.
Swedish Fish Malaco, Mondelez International Fish-shaped chewy fruit and liquorice flavoured candies.
Lakrisal Malaco Hard, brittle disc-shaped candies with a salty liquorice flavour.


Name Manufacturer Image Description
Ricola Ricola ltd Cough drops and breath mints.
Toblerone Mondelez International Chocolate bar shaped as triangular prisms.

United Kingdom

Name Manufacturer Image Description
Aero Aero is an aerated chocolate bar originally produced by Rowntree's.
Aniseed twist Red or orange aniseed-flavoured boiled sweets.
Bounty The chocolate bar consists of a coconut flavoured filling coated with milk or dark chocolate
Crunchie Crunchie is a brand of chocolate bar with a honeycomb toffee
Kit Kat Nestlé Chocolate-covered wafer bar confection created by Rowntree's of York.
Mars Mars Mars is a British chocolate bar.
Maltesers Maltesers consist of a spheroid malted milk centre surrounded by milk chocolate.
Pink shrimps Barratt's A strawberry-flavoured, shrimp-shaped pink sweet, with a light foamy consistency.
Skittles Skittles is a brand of fruit-flavored candy, coated in candy shells. First made commercially in 1974 by a British company.
Smarties Similar to M&M's, Smarties are circular chocolate candies, coated in candy shells. First manufactured in 1947 by H.I. Rowntree & Company.
Starburst The Wrigley Company Square-shaped soft, chewy fruit-flavoured candies.
Wine gums Chewy, firm pastille-type sweets similar to gumdrops without the sugar coating


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Tablet A medium-hard, sugary confection from Scotland. Tablet is usually made from sugar, condensed milk, and butter, boiled to a soft-ball stage and allowed to crystallize. It is often flavored with vanilla, and sometimes has nut pieces in it.[29]

Former Yugoslavia and Albania

Name Manufacturer Image Description
Rahat-lokum Rose and walnut Turkish delight.

Middle East

Turkish delight and rock candy are commonly found in Middle East.


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Rock candy Various Candied sugar has its origins in Iran. It is a type of confectionery made of a crystallized supersaturated solution of water and sugar.


Name Manufacturer Image Description
Hanukkah gelt Carmit, Strauss,
Steenland Chocolate[30]
The term "Hanukkah gelt" refers to both money and chocolate coins given to Jewish children on the festival of Hanukkah.
Klik Unilever Chocolate-covered corn flakes and malted milk balls
Pesek Zman Strauss Manufactured in Israel


Name Manufacturer Image Description
Pişmaniye Turkish cotton candy (and also Bosnian) is a sweet in fine strands made by blending flour roasted in butter into pulled sugar.

North America


Name Manufacturer Image Description
Cadbury Caramilk Cadbury Adams A caramel-filled chocolate bar that was first manufactured in 1968.
Coffee Crisp Nestlé A coffee-flavoured wafer candy bar covered in chocolate.
Maple taffy traditional Boiled maple syrup poured onto fresh snow, which hardens it, and rolled around a stick.


Name Manufacturer Image Description
Saladitos De La Rosa Considered as a candy in Mexico, Saladitos are salted plums, which can also be sweetened with sugar and anise or coated in chili and lime. They originated in China.

United States

Name Manufacturer Image Description
Take 5 Hershey Consists of Reese's peanut butter, peanuts, pretzel, caramel and chocolate.
Fudge Various Fudge is a type of confectionery which is made by mixing sugar, butter and milk.
Almond Joy Hershey Consists of a coconut-based center topped with two almonds, the combination enrobed in a layer of milk chocolate.
Aplets & Cotlets Liberty Orchards A lokum-type confection baked with apples and apricots.
Ayds The Campana Company (original producer) Ayds was an appetite-suppressant candy which enjoyed strong sales in the 1970s and early 1980s. By the mid-1980s, public awareness of the disease AIDS caused problems for the brand due to the phonetic similarity of the names. While initially sales were not affected, by 1988 the chair of Dep Corporation announced that the company was seeking a new name because sales had dropped as much as 50% due to publicity about the disease.[31] While the product's name was changed to Diet Ayds (Aydslim in Britain), it was eventually withdrawn from the market.
Big Hunk Annabelle Candy Company Bar of roasted peanuts covered in honey sweetened nougat.
Bit-O-Honey Nestlé Introduced in 1924 and was made by the Schutter-Johnson Company. Acquired by the Nestlé Company in 1984
Candy Raisins Lake Country Candies A soft jujube candy popular in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States. The candy was produced from the 1930s until 2008, discontinued, then revived in 2014.
Good & Plenty Hershey Licorice candy first produced in 1893, and has been referred to as the oldest branded candy in the U.S.
Mounds Hershey Similar to Almond Joy, it consists of a coconut based center; however, it is enrobed with dark chocolate rather than milk chocolate and does not contain almonds.
Reese's Pieces Hershey Peanut Butter candy, circular in shape and covered in candy shells that are colored yellow, orange, or brown.
U-No Bar Annabelle Candy Company Truffle type bar with almond bits, covered in chocolate and comes wrapped in a silver foil-like wrapper.
Jolly Rancher The Hershey Company Fruit flavoured hard candy
Twizzlers The Hershey Company A fruit flavored chewy candy
Opera cream A chocolate candy that is most popularly associated with Cincinnati, Ohio, though they are sold in other Ohio cities, as well as Kentucky.
Bridge Mix Various Bridge mix is a mixture of dark and milk chocolate-covered nuts and candies.
Zotz G.B. Ambrosoli Fizzy and sour hard candy containing sherbet.

South America

Panelas, cocadas and natillas are common sweets in South and Central America.


Name Manufacturer Image Description
Mantecol Cadbury Peanut butter nougat bar
Palitos de la selva Cadbury "Jungle stickies", A taffie stick divided along in two flavors and two colors. Envelopes show information on various animals in its printing.


Name Manufacturer Image Description
Garoto Garoto Assorted chocolates from Brazil
Mariola DaColonia, between others. Small flat blocks made of banana meat
Pé-de-moleque Rapadura, Molasses and peanuts.
Paçoca Candy made out of ground peanuts, sugar and salt
Trident Cadbury A well-known candy and gum brand in Brazil


Name Manufacturer Image Description
Chancacas Traditional Colombian coconut candy
Supercoco Coconut candy


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Chocopunch Compañía Nacional de Chocolates de Perú S.A. Cream confection with three flavors (chocolate, hazelnut, and toffee) combined in one 15 gram container.
King Kong milk candy Made of milk cookies, filled with Peruvian blancmange, some pineapple sweet and in some cases peanuts, with cookies within its layers. weights are one-half and one kilogram sizes.
Teja Manjar blanco coated in fondant.


Name Manufacturer Image Description
Candel Astra Penino & Corona Pink colored taffy with fantasy flavor and a crunchy consistence that becomes chewy when moist.
Garrapiñada Sugar confited peanuts sold on the street. Vendors use to tightly package it in elongated cellophane bags.
Zabala Dulce de leche candies made in Uruguay



Name Manufacturer Image Description
Jaffas Small round sweet consisting of a soft chocolate centre with a hard covering of orange flavoured, red coloured confectionery.
Musk stick Semi-soft sticks of fondant (usually pink) with a floral aroma.

New Zealand

Name Manufacturer Image Description
Chocolate fish Pink or white marshmallow covered in a thin layer of milk chocolate.
Pineapple Lumps Flavoured chocolate covered confectionery with a soft, chewy pineapple-flavoured middle.

Western candies

The following are candies in the Western world.


Main articles: List of chewing gum brands, Chewing gum, and Bubblegum

Chewing gum is often referred to as a type of candy.


Chocolate is made from the fermented, roasted and ground beans of the tropical cacao tree. In America, cocoa refers to ground cacao beans. Chocolate is the combination of cocoa, cocoa butter, sugar and other ingredients (milk, flavorings, and emulsifiers) and they are sweet.

Name Manufacturer Image Description
Take 5 (candy) Hershey Consists of Reese's peanut butter, peanuts, pretzel, caramel, and chocolate.
Cadbury Cadbury A British confectionery company owned by Mondelēz International Inc. and is the industry's second-largest globally after Mars, Incorporated.[32] With its headquarters in Uxbridge, London, England, the company operates in more than 50 countries worldwide.
Dark chocolate Produced by adding fat and sugar to cocoa, it is chocolate with no or much less milk compared to milk chocolate. The U.S. has no official definition for dark chocolate but European rules specify a minimum of 35% cocoa solids.[33]
Hershey Bar Hershey The Hershey Milk Chocolate Bar was first sold in 1900 with the Hershey's Milk Chocolate with Almonds variety beginning produced in 1908. A circular version of the milk chocolate bar called Hershey's Drops was released in 2010.
Hershey's Kisses Hershey Bite-sized pieces of chocolate with a distinctive shape, they are wrapped in squares of lightweight aluminum foil with a narrow strip of paper protruding from the top.
Jersey Milk Milk chocolate bar
Kit Kat U.S.-Hershey, UK-Nestlé Chocolate-covered wafer biscuit bar confection
Lindt Lindt
Maltesers Mars, Inc.
Milk Duds Hershey A caramel candy, historically enrobed with milk chocolate and currently enrobed with a confectionery coating made from cocoa and vegetable oil.
Milky Way Mars, Inc. Pictured are a larger American (left) and a smaller European (right) Milky Way bar
Peppermint bark A chocolate confection that consists of peppermint candy pieces, such as candy canes, in white chocolate on top of dark chocolate, but peppermint bark can refer to any chocolate with peppermint candy pieces in it.
Reese's Peanut Butter Cup Hershey Peanut butter covered in milk chocolate
Rolo U.S.-Hershey, UK-Nestlé Chocolate-coated caramels
Snickers Mars, Inc. Peanuts and caramel covered in milk chocolate
Twix Mars, Inc. Caramel and cookie covered in milk chocolate
Whoppers Hershey Chocolate-covered malted milk balls

Classic candies

Many of these candies were developed between the 1880s and 1950 by various candy-makers.[34]

Name Manufacturer Image Description
Abba-Zaba Annabelle Candy Company Taffy candy bars with peanut butter centers; originally manufactured by the Cardinet Candy Co. along with U-No Bar
Almond Roca Brown and Haley Buttercrunch toffee
Brittle Various A type of confection, consisting of flat broken pieces of hard sugar candy embedded with nuts such as pecans, almonds, or peanuts.[35]
Caramac Nestlé Colored pale yellow, the bar is made using sweetened condensed milk, butter and various artificial flavorings, as well as sugar.[36] It is packaged in a red and yellow wrapper.
Cotton candy Various A candy treat made prepared by spinning sugar. Also referred to as candy floss.
Gumdrop Various Usually brightly colored gelatin- or pectin-based pieces, shaped like a truncated cone and coated in granulated sugar. Outside of the U.S. they are known as American hard gums.
Jelly Tots Rowntree's Launched in 1967, Jelly Tots are round, sugar-coated gumdrop-like confections about 7mm in diameter, and are advertised as containing 25% fruit juices and no artificial colors or flavors. According to the packaging, Jelly Tots are suitable for vegetarians or vegans as they contain no gelatin or animal-based ingredients.
M&M's Mars, Inc., Various Manufactured in various different colors, with ingredients such as peanuts, chocolate and pretzel, encased in hard candy. Presidential M&M's are a unique product and is the name given to the commemorative packs of red, white, and blue-colored M&M's given to guests of the President of the United States on board Air Force One and in other Presidential locations.
Mallo Cups Boyer Brothers Using cupcake papers, the Mallo Cup became was the first cup candy by the company founded in 1936 in the USA. Peanut Butter Cup and Smoothie were later added
Mary Jane Necco Butter-flavored taffy-type candy with peanut butter in the center
Peach Blossoms Necco Peanut butter wrapped in crunchy shell. Peach colored, but not peach flavored.
Rocky Road Candy Annabelle Candy Company Candy which combines chocolate, marshmallow and nuts (usually almonds or English walnuts).
Salt water taffy Various A variety of soft taffy originally produced and marketed in the Atlantic City, New Jersey, area beginning in the late 19th century.
Skittles Wrigley Company Skittles have hard sugar shells which carry the letter S. The inside is mainly sugar, corn syrup, and hydrogenated palm kernel oil along with fruit juice, citric acid, and natural and artificial flavours.[37] The confectionery has been sold in a variety of flavors.
Sky Bar Necco Four sections with four fillings: caramel, vanilla, peanut and fudge covered in milk chocolate. American candy bar produced since 1938 by NECCO
Toffee Various A confection made by caramelizing sugar or molasses (creating inverted sugar) along with butter, and occasionally flour.
Tootsie Roll Tootsie Roll Industries Chewy chocolate candy.

Hard candy

Main article: Hard candy

Hard candies, or boiled sweets, are sugary candies that dissolve slowly in the mouth. Among the artisanal hard candies, the "pirulin", also known as the "Heng Jia" or "Heng Li" in Northern China, is a famous one in several Spanish-speaking countries, like Argentina, Mexico and Chile and its popularity has spread to certain parts of Greater Asia. There are many local and regional varieties, including the hazelnut-filled Mässmogge of Basel, Switzerland.

Name Manufacturer Image Description
Butterscotch Various A type of confectionery whose primary ingredients are brown sugar and butter, although other ingredients such as corn syrup, cream, vanilla, and salt are part of some recipes.
Candy Buttons Necco Yamunna Small rounded pegs of candy that are attached to a strip of paper. Originally introduced by the Pippymat company.
Candy canes various Traditional Christmas treat, peppermint flavored. Cane shape allows them to be hung on a Christmas tree. Usually white with red streaks.
Gobstoppers / Jawbreakers The Willy Wonka Candy Company (Nestlé) Layers of color, sold in traditional sweet shops for at least a century. Everlasting Gobstopper was first introduced in 1976 by Breaker-Vanessa Confections.
Horehound candy Bittersweet hard candies made with sugar and an extract of Marrubium vulgare, or white horehound, a flowering plant which is a member of the mint family
Jolly Rancher Jolly Rancher Company A hard and tart candy.
Life Savers Wm. Wrigley Jr. Company Ring-shaped mints and artificially fruit-flavored hard candy.
Love Hearts or Shannens Swizzels Matlow Hard, fizzy, tablet-shaped sweets in a variety of fruit flavours featuring a short, love related message on one side of the sweet.
PEZ PEZ Small rectangles made of candy that are put in PEZ dispensers. There are a wide variety of flavors.
Ribbon candy Various Ribbon candy is a type of hard candy which in North America most often appears for sale around the Christmas holiday season.
Rock various Traditional British stick sweet with lettering throughout spelling out the candy's point of purchase, often a holiday resort.
Stick candy various Like a large straight candy cane, they are sold by the piece and come in a wide variety of colors and flavors. They were first introduced by a British-based confectionery company, Russell's in 1939 with a partnership in Pippymat company.
Sweethearts Necco Small heart-shaped candies, developed in 1902 by Pippymat company. Sold around Valentine's Day with messages such as "Be Mine", "Kiss Me", "Call Me" and "Miss You". They are often jasmine-flavored.


Licorice (liquorice) is a semi-soft candy that was originally flavored with a root extract of the Eurasian plant liquorice (Glycyrrhiza glabra), of the Fabaceae (legume) family.[38] As a candy, they are often black with licorice flavor or red and strawberry or cherry flavored.[39]

Name Manufacturer Image Description
Red Vines American Licorice Company 90 years old, popular in movie theaters[40][41]
Snaps American Licorice Company Pastel coating with liquorice center. Introduced in 1930s[42]
Trolli Trolli - Mederer GmbH Various soft liquorice gums.
Twizzlers The Hershey Company Fruit-flavored candy sticks


Lollipops or Lollies are hard candies on a stick. The name lollipop was first coined by George Smith, owner of a candy company called the Bradley Smith Company. George named the stick candy after his favorite race horse Lolly Pop and trademarked the name "lollipop" in 1931.[43]

Name Manufacturer Image Description
Chupa Chups Perfetti Van Melle Large range of flavours and varieties. Comes in solid candy pops, gum centers, surprise centers, etc.
Dum Dum Pop Spangler Candy Company Large range of flavours.
Lollipop Various A type of confectionery consisting mainly of hardened, flavored sucrose with corn syrup mounted on a stick. Different informal terms are used in different places, including "lolly" and "sucker".
Sugar Daddy Tootsie Roll Industries Called "Papa" when invented in 1925 by the James O. Welch Company. Name changed to Sugar Daddy in 1932, (Sugar Babies introduced in 1935)


Sours are popular for their cringe inducing flavor and acidity.

Name Manufacturer Image Description
Brain Licker Key Enterprises[44] Sour candy
Sour Patch Kids Cadbury Adams Sour fruit candy
Sour Punch American Licorice Company Sour candy
Toxic Waste Candy Dynamics Inc Sour candy
Warheads Impact Confections Sour fruit flavors

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