Candy, lollies, sweets – whatever you call them, they’ve become a ubiquitous part of the Australian experience. As a country, we’ve contributed numerous lollies to the world’s supply; some good (Fantales, Dairy Milk Snack, Caramello Koalas), some bad (Frogs), and some just bizarre (Witchetty Grubs).
Here at Man of Many, we’re all about addressing important topics. Like candy. So, without further ado, here are the top 40 Australian lollies and chocolates.
Named after the Spanish word meaning ‘children’, Chicos are a gelatinous candy similar to jelly babies. The twist is Chicos are chocolate flavoured, with cocoa giving Chicos their dark brown hue. They’re kind of a love it or hate it candy (and also spark debate about potential racist undertones).
2. Eucalyptus Drops
A sore throat makes the perfect excuse to break out the eucalyptus drops. Made from a mixture of eucalyptus and menthol, these hard candies have a soothing yet tingling feeling ideal numbing a sore throat.
3. Aniseed Rings
Part of the parsley family, anise seed seems like an odd addition to a lolly. Traditionally used as a cure for digestive issues, the strong flavour of anise seed was masked with sugar and turned into aniseed balls, lollies, and Aniseed Rings to make a palatable yet beneficial treat. Today’s Aniseed Rings are geletinous ringed lollies flavoured with aniseed and covered in sugar.
4. Ice Cream Cones
These are pretty and a standard kid’s party lolly bag staple, but relatively tasteless; a lower tier pick ‘n’ mix candy at the cinema.
5. Witchetty Grubs
I mean…better than actual witchetty grubs? These taste similar to ice cream cones but are less cute and more insect-y.
6. Caramel Buds
An old classic, definitely a higher tier pick ‘n’ mix candy. These are like a poor man’s fudge; nice but sickeningly sweet by the time you get around to the second handful.
These are kind of fluffy I guess? And apparently clouds taste like strawberries, but we’re not complaining.
8. Sour Ears
This vaguely off-putting looking candy makes your tongue tingle in the best possible way and is an ideal Halloween candy.
9. Red Skins
A delicious childhood favourite despite the racist overtones. Getting the Red Skins stuck in your teeth for hours after consuming one is repentance for continuing to buy candy with racist nomenclature.
Did you know these were originally called Fags and marketed as candy cigarettes? Regardless, these ‘fun sticks’ are a pretty decent musk flavoured way to down some sugar.
We mainly ate Minties to see how far we could rip the wrapper in a spiral before it tore, but a good candy to cleanse the palate and get your breath minty fresh while undertaking the all important Mintie Challenge.
Delicious, dangerous, and now; discontinued. Probably due to the teeth chipped while tackling these chocolate covered caramel delights, but it was (almost) worth it.
Eating a Bullet is the candy equivelent of taking a bullet – we’d rather not. Unless you’re into chocolate covered licorice.
Another low tier lolly bag staple. Clean out your childhood room and you’ll probably find a couple of these bad boys covered in lint but relatively unharmed. One of the most durable gelatinous candies, these kind of tasted like nothing but remain a lolly mainstay to this day.
15. Dairy Milk Snack
Now we’re talking. One of the most bingeable chocolates, the Dairy Milk Snack had something for everyone with six flavours – strawberry, pineapple, orange, coconut ice, Turkish Delight, and caramel.
A culinary amalgam of the Twix and Mars Bar, chomp was the perfect bargain candy (during the 1970s, they were marketed in Australia with the slogan “ten cents never tasted so good”. A monster chew indeed.
Hard orange candy covered chocolate balls with tooth-cracking potential.
Don’t judge candy by its cover. Nougat, wafer, caramel, peanuts, and rice puffs hide under a haphazard chocolate exterior.
19. Jersey Caramels
Yes. Always delicious – separate the two caramel sides from the white middle and eat them separately for maximum taste surface area satisfaction.
20. Caramel Kisses
Similar to the caramel part of Jersey Caramels, but with coconut thrown into the mix.
21. Fruit Tingles
Only someone with no taste would pick Mentos over these at the checkout. The taste is in the name – they’re fruity and tingly.
22. Wizz Fizz
A sherberty party for your taste buds.
23. Musk Sticks
Apparently they made it into Sweden’s Disgusting food museum (along with fellow candy member Witchetty Grubs and Aussie diet staple Vegemite), but Musk Sticks are deliciously misunderstood. Luckily they’re appreciated down under as one of the most popular candies.
24. Milko Chews
Soft chewy candy made from condensed milk. You can’t go wrong.
Tangy orange flavoured chewy lollies with a sherbet surprise in the centre (not really a surprise when you’re onto your third bag of the day, but anyway…). Along with Milko Chews and Red Skins, these form part of Allen’s classic Chew Mix.
26. Violet Crumble
The older, underappreciated sister of the Crunchie bar. Violet Crumbles are crispier than their fellow honeycomb sibling and prove that the way it shatters really does matter.
These chocolate covered caramel lollies come with a trivia fact on the wrapper, perfect for making idle small talk with strangers. Or crack open a packet of Fantales and avoid conversation altogether in favour of sucking on a Fantale.
Gelatinous candy snakes. Like frogs but in snake form. Australia has an odd way of dealing with its dangerous wildlife by eating candy replicas of them.
29. Killer Pythons
Really big snakes.
Released over a decade before the viral Tide Pod Challenge, these are an infinitely more delicious and less dangerous pod to consume. Classic chocolate favourites like Mars Bars, Twix, Snickers, and Dove sit on a wafer biscuit base and are topped with milk chocolate.
Yummy artificial banana taste.
32. Mint Pattie
Dark chocolate encases a sweet but slightly dubious peppermint centre.
33. Golden Rough
Roasted coconut covered in milk chocolate.
Slightly low-quality milk chocolate topped with hundred and thousands. Not the best, but a decent candy to find in a party lolly bag.
They’re probably all the same, but I swear the green and pink ones taste better than the yellow ones. Best consumed by carefully scraping the chocolate off with your teeth and eating the exposed candy centre separately.
36. Freddo Frog
Just normal milk chocolate but made better by their frog shape. Pretty sure these funded the majority of school trips, dance recitals, and charity organizations for school kids across the country.
37. Caramello Koala
Ditto with these. Chocolate with a soft caramel centre, made better by their koala shape.
38. Tim Tams
Making Australia proud since 1964. Two malted chocolate biscuits surround a thin layer of chocolate cream and are coated in a layer of chocolate. This description doesn’t do them justice; Tim Tams have to be tasted to be believed.
39. Cherry Ripe
Cherries and desiccated coconut encased in milk chocolate. A classic.
40. Europe Nougat Honey Log
Peanuts and coconut surrounded by nougat, then coated in chocolate. An easy favourite and a wildcard in the Freddo Frog and Caramello Koala dominated fundraising box.
What is the most popular candy in Australia?
Cadbury and Allen’s are two of the most popular candy brands in Australia. Cadbury favourites include Dairy Milk chocolate, Freddo Frogs, and Caramello Koalas. Meanwhile, popular Allen’s lollies are Red Skins, Sherbies, and Milko Chews.
What is candy called in Australia?
Candy is typically called ‘lollies’ in Australia.
What are lollies in Australia?
Lollies is the Australian word for sweets or candy.
What is the most popular chocolate bar in Australia?
Cadbury’s Dairy Milk is the most popular chocolate bar in Australia.
Are Cherry Ripes Australian?
Cherry Ripes are an Australian chocolate, introduced by Australian confectioner MacRobertson's in 1924.
What is the best chocolate in Australia?
Cherry Ripe, Picnic, Dairy Milk, and Mars Bars.