You can’t take a trip to the Mother Land without trying some of these famous British Sweets. From hard candy, milk chocolate delicacies and gummi bears, the English have a wide selection of sweets for everyone’s taste and preference. British Sweets are popular worldwide and I’m sure you will be able to find some of these in your home countries. Let’s take a look at some of the most popular British sweets and learn about where they came from.


Originated in Germany in 1920, Haribos are a household favourite British sweet loved by both kids and adults. This classic gummy bear treat is manufactured in 16 facilities around the world and is sold in more than 100 countries worldwide. Over 250 million bags of Haribo are sold in the UK everywhere and some of the most famous flavours loved by Brits are Starmix, Tangfastics, Cola Bottles and Maoam.


Who doesn’t love a Curly Wurly, Crunchie or a flake? Cadburys chocolate is a classic British sweet with such a large variety of flavours enjoyed by everyone. Cadburys was established in Birmingham around 1824 and is now one of the world’s largest confectionary brand. What started as a humble grocery store selling drinking chocolate, Cadburys has now become a worldwide sensation sold in over 40 countries with Australia being its first overseas factory.

RownTree’s Fruit Pastilles

Another classic British Sweet are RownTree’s Fruit Pastilles that have been made by Nestle since 1881 in Fawdon, England. They are made with 25% fruit juice, have a jelly-like consistency and are coated in sugar. In recent news, Nestle announced that they intended to make Rowntree’s Fruit Pastilles suitable for vegans after many years of consumer requests.

Drumstick Squashies

Squashies are a new concept created in 2012 by big confectionary brand Swizzels who also make Love Hearts & Fruit Fizzers. Squashies are a soft marshmallow texture rather than a gummy but could definitely be described as being “Squashy”. Their original flavour which is free of artificial colours is a popular combination of the classic drumstick, refreshers & love hearts but beware, these sweets are very very moreish!


First sold in the UK in 1937, Maltesers are manufactured by Mars and are a small sphere with a malt honeycombe centre coated in milk chocolate. They were originally marked for women only as “Energy Balls” but the new found flavour of malt and honeycomb was a big hit and they soon became a crowd favourite at every party and are enjoyed by all Brits. Maltesers were only made available in the US in 2017 because they had a similar product that was trademarked by Hersheys.

Werthers Originals

Another traditional sweet are Werthers Originals, a hard caramel candy made in Berlin, Germany. These have been a popular British sweet since 1985. The sweet taste of this delicious treat resemble that of home baking with rich flavours of butter and caramel making Werthers a fan favourite for both older and young generations. Werthers have since expanded their range and added new flavours including chocolate eclairs, caramel popcorn & soft caramels with a chocolate filling. Well, there you have it. A list of some of the most popular British sweets that are highly rated and loved the most. Remember to keep an eye out for some of these when you are next craving a sweet treat! British sweets make a great gift idea, or simply a fun thing to try for yourself. If you’re wondering where to find them, you can usually locate them in specialty stores or on the international shelf at your local supermarket.