10 Most Popular American Sweets
American’s are spoilt for choice when it comes to sweets. Shelves are stacked with fun, brightly coloured candy in intriguing packaging that can’t help but draw kids in. American candy has become so popular that it’s piqued the interests of everyone else worldwide too, and you’ll often find tourists stocking up on all the unusual American sweets.
But, which candy is the people’s favourite? We’ve put together a list of the top 10 most popular American sweets that you need to try on your next trip!
1. Reese’s Pieces
American’s typically love all things peanut butter, so it should come as no surprise that Reese’s Pieces have made the list of the most popular sweets over there! There are many different varieties from peanut butter cups to sharing bags of bite-size pieces, and they are available in the UK, but American’s just simply do them better.
Who doesn’t love grabbing a handful of M&Ms? Not only are they delicious but they’re fun and colourful and available in a wide range of flavours too. According to a YouGov survey, M&Ms were voted the most popular candy in America. And, with a huge shop in London and plenty of merchandise, it seems the Brits love them just as much.
Nerds are neon coloured, irregular shaped pebbles made almost entirely of sugar that come in multiple different flavours and are totally addicting. These crunchy sweets were originally created by the Willy Wonka brand, which was made to promote the legendary film, and still retain the vibrant packaging American’s all know and love.
4. Milk Duds
For the chocolate lovers, Milk Duds are always a popular choice. Gooey caramel covered in tasty milk chocolate, this candy has been around for almost 100 years and is still very much loved by Americans. Fun fact: they were originally supposed to be perfectly round pieces of chocolate, but it seemed impossible to create that shape, so the owner called them a ‘dud’ and the name stuck!
5. Jolly Ranchers
Jolly Ranchers have one of the largest ranges of candy around, from hard sweets, chewy and gummy to lollipops, jelly beans and even sodas in a variety of different flavours, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. These bright coloured sweets are extremely popular and can be found in almost every shop in the US.
6. Mike and Ike
Mike and Ike are chewy, bite-sized candies that are hugely popular in America. With sweet and sour flavours like orange, cherry, lime, strawberry, lemon and more, there’s plenty to choose from. Some of the most popular assortments are Tropical Typhoon, Berry Blast and Jolly Joes, all with unique flavours that both adults and children love.
Hershey’s is one of the largest manufacturers of chocolate in the world, so, whether you’re American or not, we’re sure everyone has heard or even experienced the incredibly popular Hershey’s chocolate. From chocolate kisses and different flavoured bars to cookies and milkshakes, Hershey’s is a delightful treat that everyone needs to try at least once in their lives!
Though technically made in the UK, American’s love to ‘taste the rainbow’ and have made Skittles one of the top-selling candies. Their bright colours, vibrant packaging and more-ish fruity flavours have been super popular for decades. And, when the limited editions become available, the excitement in the air is palpable.
Crunchy peanuts, gooey caramel and chewy nougat all wrapped up in milk chocolate, Snickers are a beloved chocolate bar in America, and the rest of the world too, that’s produced by the Mars Inc company. These sweet treats are incredibly popular, especially when they release limited-edition versions that are flavoured with peanut butter or white chocolate, yum!
10. Red Vines
Red Vines are an iconic American sweet that’s been enjoyed by adults and children since it was first great during The Great Depression. You can buy them in huge, vintage style jars to have on your desk at work, or in travel-friendly sized packets to enjoy on the go. With long-lasting strawberry liquorice flavours, these sweets are a true American staple.
Also, have a read of the top 6 American sweets not available in the UK that we’re dying to get our hands on!