Hobnobs, Tim Tams, lollies.
If this is sounding a bit foreign to you, then you probably haven’t spent the week at London Fashion Week.
While British food may be unfairly maligned, its candies are among the best. If you couldn't afford the ticket across the pond this year, we want you to at least get a taste of what our editors have been relying on for much-needed sugar highs.
Some of the best (and oddest-sounding) candies from Londontown could be right down the street from you, hiding behind the Snickers and Reese's without you even knowing. To help your search, we've tracked down everything from Smarties (not what you think!) to the aforementioned Hobnobs. They’re much cheaper than a Christopher Kane dress and, besides, you need something to munch on while watching the PPQ show on NYLON TV.
LYZ MANCINISanta Monica, CA
Kinder Bueno Chocolate Why:
This was my often my lunch when I lived in London. It’s got the perfect amount of crunchiness and sweetness, especially if you’ve got a thing for hazelnut. Kinder Bueno means "good children" in Spanish and German, which is creepy, but it's delicious, I promise. Info:
Bay Cities Italian Deli
1517 Lincoln Blvd.
Santa Monica, CA 90401
(301) 395-8279 Portland, OR
Tim Tams (called Arnott's Chocolate Covered Biscuits in the US) Why:
It's all in the ritual: Brew a hot cup of hot chocolate; Insert chocolate-covered Tim Tam in hot chocolate; Tilt head back and suck the other side of the cookie until it melts in a hot chocolatey amazing experience in your mouth. Heaven. Info:
Cost Plus World Market
2315 NW Westover Rd.
Portland, OR 97210
(503) 916-1606 www.worldmarket.com Lansing, MI
Hobnobs speak for themselves—you’ll understand when you're sitting in a chocolate daze with an empty container in front of you.Info:
5125 W. Saginaw Hwy.
Lansing, Michigan 49002
(517) 321-1302 www.meijer.com New York, NY
Aero Bubbles Why:
This chocolate bar with mint-coated bubbles is good enough on its own, but having ads with scantily-clad guys certainly helps it fly off shelves in England.Info:
108 Rivington St.
New York, NY 10002
(800)352-4544 Orlando, FL
Turkish Delight Why:
Because I know The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
always made you wonder what the heck those things were anyway. Well, they're a confection made from starch, sugar, and flavoring like lemon or rosewater. Kind of like something your grandmother would give you. Info:
Whole Food Market
8003 Turkey Lake Rd.
Orlando, Florida 32819
(407) 355-7100 Boston, MA
Cadbury Flake Why:
This chocolate lives up to its name, with flakey layer upon flakey layer. They’re best known as Flake 99s in England, which is just vanilla ice cream with a flake bar stuck inside. Info:
33 Kilmarnock St.
Boston, Massachusetts 02215
(617) 267-4684 www.shaws.com Laguna, CA
Maynard's Wine Gum Why:
They're gummy fruit-flavored treats similar to Juji Fruits. Or, you know, an ultra-sugary, gets-stuck-in-your-teeth, good-for-the-movies kind of candy. The name, however, is a bit misleading, seeing as there’s no actual alcohol in the treats. Info:
The British Food Shop
27601 Forbes Rd. #19
Laguna Niguel, California 92677
(949) 582-9546 www.britishfoodshop.com Chicago, IL
Absolutely the best way to incorporate a dizzingly sweet chocolate and hazelnut cream into your breakfast routine. Spread it on toast and skip out the door. Plus, it has vitamins. No joke.Info:
3940 East 106th St.
Chicago, Illinois 60617 www.jewel-osco.com
Bassett's Refreshers Why:
These fruity, fizzy sweets in a roll are refreshingly…natural.Info:
Almost impossible to find in the US, but worth the extra pounds in shipping and handling.www.britishdelights.com
Don’t confuse the UK’s Smarties with those pure-sugar tabs you got in your Halloween bag—these are more like M&Ms, but the chocolate is better and the candy-coated shells are thicker.Info:
They’re sold online—which means you have no reason to keep on eating sub-par M&Ms.www.Britsuperstore.com