Crispy Chewy Shonan Gold

Brand: Shonan Toffee Found At: Bokkusu   This candy disintegrates faster than my self-control when encountering any temptation. Sitting in its packaging, it’s quite sturdy - I’ve tried to crush it with no success. Yet as soon as you pop it in your mouth, it shatters into a fine, lemony powder. It’s how I imagine... Continue Reading →

Iron Bru Pastilles

Brand: Buchannan’s Cost: £1.25 Found at: Tesco   Whoever said that whiskey is the national drink of Scotland has clearly never been to Scotland. Sure, I see my fair share of whiskey about, but it is nothing compared to Iron Bru. Every shop, every food truck, every pile of trash on the side of the... Continue Reading →

Rhubarb and Custards

Brand: Morrison’s Cost: £ 0.70 Brand: Morrison’s   This is a quality old lady purse candy. So much so, that it feels wrong just having the box sitting on my desk. It belongs in a carpetbag slung over a walker belonging to a white-haired Southern lady in a pillbox hat and gloves. The kind of... Continue Reading →

Wine Gums

Brand: Maynards Bassetts Cost: 65p Found at: Sainsbury’s   When it comes to alcohol, I always assumed that the US was fairly liberal. After all, in Washington, you can now buy booze at the grocery store – on a Sunday no less! But then I came to the UK and realized that, in the American... Continue Reading →

Julenisse

Brand: Cloetta Cost: 5.50 KR Found at: Coop   It's not a Nordic Christmas without strawberry marshmallow Santas! I actually really like these – they’re cute little marshmallow Santas in little, pink marshmallow Santa suits. They are about the consistency of a circus peanut and have that wonderful artificial strawberry flavor that instantly transports you... Continue Reading →

Emser Tablet

Brand: Frazer Cost: 10.95 KR Found at: Coop   These candies are entirely and completely mind-bending. They are a pale, Easter-time pink and vaguely egg-shaped. You might think that they would be bubble-gum, strawberry, or watermelon flavored, but no: these are peppermint flavored. That's ok. After all, pink and peppermint is not the weirdest pairing... Continue Reading →

Peanut Butter Ginger Chews

Brand: Sina Cost: 7KR Found at: Asian Market   Everyone should keep a box of these in their car. If you’ve never had them, I recommend a trip to your nearest Asian grocery store. They are a chewy, ginger-based candy that are about an inch long and about the consistency of a caramel. They come... Continue Reading →

Violet Tablets

Brand: Frazer Found at: Coop Cost: 15KR   The show MadMen is something of a running family joke. My grandfather was just such an adman in the 60s, and the domestic life depicted in the early seasons is something my mother loves to reference to help explain her own upbringing. There was certainly not as... Continue Reading →

Salt Charge Sports Drink Flavors

Brand: Kabaya Cost: 200 yen Found at: Lawson’s   Spring is just barely here and already I am beginning to dread the summer – both for the sweltering heat and for the unflattering summer fashions that make me look like a sweaty mole rat that’s burrowed through the sale rack of an H&M. Two options... Continue Reading →

Crunchy Sweet Potato Sticks

Brand: Morinaga Price: 100 yen Found At: Family Mart I don’t get it. I’ve tried to get it. I’ve thought about it. I’ve reasoned through it. I’ve eaten several to see if I’ve missed something. I’ve tried to approach it logically, emotionally, scientifically, but to no avail. I’m sorry to say that I just don’t... Continue Reading →

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