INSIDE: Roam the Gnome’s Guide to the Best New Zealand Candy and Lollies! Updated 2019.
If you are wanting to try delicious candy from New Zealand, you’ve come to the right place.
There’s not so many New Zealand brands of candy because it’s a small place, but the ones they do have are pretty awesome.
We’ve written a guide to the best New Zealand candy. Take a look below.
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- 1 NEW ZEALAND CANDY
- 2 Pascall Eskimos and Lolly Cake
- 3 MORE of the Best New Zealand Lollies in a Bag
- 4 New Zealand Licorice
- 5 Our favourite NZ Sweets
- 6 The Best New Zealand Lollies with a difference!
- 7 The Best New Zealand Chocolate
- 8 Where to buy NZ sweets
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NEW ZEALAND CANDY
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If trying New Zealand candy is on your bucket list, head straight to one of the New Zealand supermarkets and stock up on these delicious New Zealand lollies.
The main NZ Candy brands are:
- Black Night
- Cadbury NZ
Pascall Eskimos and Lolly Cake
Pascall Eskimos are our number one go-to because… Lolly Cake.
You can’t make New Zealand Lolly Cake without them. Thankfully for those who are not yet initiated into the sweet goodness that is Lolly Cake, the famous Lolly cake recipe is on the bag. It’s also on the Griffin’s Malt Biscuits packet.
I’ve re-written it here so it doesn’t get lost.
Lolly Cake Recipe
- 120g Butter
- ½ tin of sweetened condensed milk
- 1 packet of Eskimo lollies
- 1 packet of Griffin’s Malt biscuits
- 1/2 cup Desiccated coconut
- First step is to crush those malt biscuits. My tip is to put the biscuits into a zip lock bag, place the bag on a chopping board, and whack the bag with a rolling pin to break the biscuits up, then finish crushing them with the normal rolling pin action. You can use a thermomix or food processor if you have one as it’s less messy and noisy!
- Cut the eskimos into small pieces. Use the whole bag.
- Warm the butter and the condensed milk in a small saucepan or in the microwave.
- Add the biscuits and the eskimos to the mix and stir well.
- Form into a log shape.
- Roll the log in coconut and wrap the whole thing in cling wrap.
- Pop it in the fridge for a three hours to set, then cut into 2cm thick slices to serve.
MORE of the Best New Zealand Lollies in a Bag
Sweet tooth? Buy any of these and you’ll be a happy chappie.
Pascalls Lollies NZ
The maker of the Original Pineapple Lumps (I also categorise these under Chocolate.)
- Pascall Jet Planes
- Pascall Milk Shakes Milk Toffees
- Fruit Burst
- Wine Gums
- Jaffa Lumps
Cadbury Kiwi Lollies
Choc Orange Jaffas are an old school favourite. The crunchy candy coating covers a ball of dark chocolate.
There’s an knack to eating these and we always used to challenge ourselves to get the candy coating off without making a mark on the chocolate ball itself!
You can’t eat just one.
Empire New Zealand Sweets
- Empire Feijoa Rocks (rock candy)
Kiwiland Kiwi Confectionery
- Kiwiland Barley Sugars and Orchard fruits hard candy
The Pink Smokers are musk candy pellets that remind me of childhood. I’m kind of glad they haven’t given into political correctness and changed the name.
- Banana dots
- Black balls
- Classic Mints
- Jersey Creme Caramels
- Pink Smokers (musk lollies)
- Raspberry Drops
- Sour Feijoa lollies (soft)
RJ’s Kiwi Candy
RJ’s sells lots of different types of licorice lollies.
- Raspberry Twister
- Licorice Allsorts
- Licorice Chocolate Log
- Licorice Raspberry Choc Log
- Licorice Choc Twists
- Raspberry Choc Twists
- Mackintosh Toffee de luxe
- Tallsorts Bars
Rainbow Kiwi Sweets
If you want to buy NZ candy in bulk, Rainbow Candy sells their NZ lollies in 1 kg bags.
They have Peaches n Cream, Blackberries n Raspberries, Airplanes, Assorted Puffs, Emos, Spearmint Leaves, and Winegums.
Rainbow also make a packet of Baby Fish in a bag, and the BIG FISH – one big marshmallow fish dipped in chocolate.
- Allens Oddfellows
- Allens Mackintosh Toffees
New Zealand Licorice
- Black Knight Licorice Assortment
- Black Knight Licorice Medley (bag)
Our favourite NZ Sweets
The best New Zealand candy bars, as far as we are concerned as committed lolly lovers, are:
- Nestle Pixie Caramel Bars – chewy caramel flavoured bar, covered in dark choc.
- Moro Bars – caramel and nougat layered chocolate bar
- Perky Nana bars – Banana flavoured chewy bar, covered in milk chocolate
The Best New Zealand Lollies with a difference!
Not really. But it’s a good candy gimmick for a NZ souvenir.
The Kiwi snacks Poo Candy series includes:
- Kiwi Poo
- Squashed Possums
- Cow Poo and Flies
- Candy Kiwi Worms
- Candy Penguin Poo
Hokey Pokey Candy New Zealand
The Best New Zealand Chocolate
You must try a Cadbury Chocolate Fish and Pineapple Lumps.
But there’s MORE Kiwi chocolate to get your hands on.
There’s the everyday chocolate in New Zealand that you can buy in the supermarket or grocery store.
There’s the artisan versions of the everyday chocolate. Whittakers Chocolates have a huge range.
There’s the souvenir shop chocolate such as Purelicious brand featuring iconic NZ flavours. The Purelicious soft centre feijoa chocolates never last long. They also stock soft centred kiwi fruit and golden fruit flavoured chocolates, and soft centred chocolates with manuka honey centres.
Their Milk chocolate with hokey pokey pieces, and the one with feijoa and almond are two more chocolates worthy of your friends.
Image credit: Devonport Chocolates
Handmade NZ Chocolate
Then there’s the real authentic handmade chocolate found throughout New Zealand.
These purveyors of bespoke Chocolate are not large producers, and lovingly create their chocolate offerings in small or medium size batches, so you have to look harder to find it.
Best found at regional farmers markets, and gourmet food purveyors collectives. Some bigger chocolatiers have their own flagship store.
- Devonport Chocolates
- House of Chocolate, Auckland
- Makana Confections Boutique Chocolate Factory, Blenheim and Kerikeri
- Kako Chocolate, Auckland
- Schoc Chocolates, Greytown
DQ & Co
This company makes delicious Kiwifruit Dark Chocolate Drops, Cranberry Chocolate drops, and Blueberry Chocolate drops chocolate. These make a gorgeous gift as the packaging is superb.
Their Sweet Memories Chocolate Hokey Pokey is another elegant chocolate souvenir from NZ.
Where to buy NZ sweets
You can buy these New Zealand lollies at any New Zealand supermarket.
The main New Zealand grocery stores include:
- New World
- Fresh Choice
- SuperValue, and
- Countdown shopping
This is definitely the best place to buy New Zealand candy on a budget.
You can find these NZ lollies for sale in souvenir shops, i-SITE visitor information centres, local corner dairies, newsagents, Department stores, and at the airports too, but be warned you’ll pay a premium.
Our tip: Visit PAKn’SAVE, and buy twice as many NZ lolly bags as you planned to.
Lollies from New Zealand are lightweight, and only a few dollars per packet, and I’ve learned it’s always wise to have extra ‘gifts’ in your suitcase for when Aunty Nora pops around unexpectedly.
I always grab a couple of extra bags to make up for the ones I know I’ll eat before I’ve even left the country!
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