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The Sweet World of Spanish Candy

Did you know that most of your favorite candy is probably not common (or even available) in other countries? In addition to the culinary differences you expect in a restaurant or bakery, candy shops around the world have their own unique treats. Spanish candy is no exception. Next time you’re in Spain, be sure to try them out!


One of the most iconic Spanish candies is “turron,” a nougat-like sweet made with almonds, honey, sugar, and sometimes egg whites. Originating from the town of Jijona in the Alicante region, turron comes in various forms, including hard and crunchy or soft and chewy. It’s often enjoyed during the holiday season, especially around Christmas and New Year’s Eve, but you can find it in stores year-round.


If you have a penchant for fruity flavors, you’ll love “gominolas,” which are Spanish gummy candies available in a wide range of shapes, sizes, and flavors. From classic fruit flavors like strawberry and lemon to more exotic options like mango and passion fruit, gominolas are a fun and tasty treat for candy lovers of all ages.

Kinder Surprise

You may be familiar with the Kinder brand, like Kinder Bueno or Kinder Joy. However, in Spain and other European countries, you can also find Kinder Surprise. What’s the surprise? Inside the chocolate egg is a little plastic egg with a toy! Unfortunately, they aren’t sold in the US, so it’s worth trying when you see one!

Chupa Chups

These might remind you of the American mini suckers “Dum Dums.” Originating in Spain, these lollipops can be found in almost any store. In fact, you might even be able to find them in the US! This Catalan brand comes with tons of flavors, but that’s not what makes them so well-known; they’re famously difficult to open! They’re sealed tight to lock in freshness.

Whether you prefer traditional sweets with deep-rooted cultural significance or modern creations that push the boundaries of flavor, Spanish candy has something for everyone. So go ahead, indulge your sweet tooth and immerse yourself in the delightful world of Spanish confections. ¡Buen provecho! (Enjoy your meal!)

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