INSIDE: Roam the Gnome’s Guide to the Best New Zealand Candy and Lollies!
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 Bars
- 6 The Best New Zealand Lollies with a difference?
- 7 The Best New Zealand Chocolate Snacks & Bars
- 8 Handmade NZ Chocolate
- 9 Where to buy NZ sweets
- 10 Looking for Things to Do in New Zealand with Kids?
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
Throat a little scratchy? Try these: Organic Manuka Honey Drops by Wedderspoon
Pascall Eskimos and Lolly Cake
Pascall Eskimos are our number one go-to because…
You can’t make New Zealand Lolly Cake without them.
Lolly Cake is a biscuit batter with tri-coloured musk pieces throughout, rolled in coconut, and cut into slices.
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 you don’t miss it.
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
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
- Pascall Curiously Strong peppermints
- 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
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
- Soft eating licorice logs
- Licorice Choc Twists
- Raspberry Choc Twists
- Mackintosh Toffee de luxe
- Tallsorts Bars
- RJ’s soft eating Raspberry licorice
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)
Rainbow Kiwi Sweets
If you want to buy NZ candy in bulk, Rainbow Candy sells their NZ lollies in 1 kg bags.
- Peaches n Cream
- Blackberries n Raspberries,
- Assorted Puffs
- Spearmint Leaves, and
Rainbow also make a packet of Baby Fish in a bag, and the BIG FISH – one big marshmallow fish dipped in chocolate.
New Zealand Licorice
Black Knight licorice is another popular licorice brand in New Zealand.
- Black Knight Licorice Assortment
- Black Knight Licorice Medley (bag)
- Black Knight licorice twist
Our favourite NZ Sweets Bars
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?
Thankfully, the poo is NOT collected from the Pukeko droppings.
(Pukeko is one of New Zealand’s well-known bird species.)
It’s a poo-shaped candy gimmick, perfect 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
The Best New Zealand Chocolate Snacks & Bars
Two foods in New Zealand you must try are:
- Cadbury Chocolate Fish AND
- Pineapple Lumps.
But there’s MORE Kiwi chocolate brands to get your hands on.
Everyday NZ choc
There’s the everyday chocolate in New Zealand that you can buy in the supermarket or grocery store.
Try one of the most popular chocolates in NZ.
- Whittaker’s Mini Hokey Pokey slab
- Whittaker’s Peanut Slab
- Almond Gold Slab
- Whittaker’s L&P mini chocolate slab
Then there’s the artisan versions of the everyday chocolate.
Whittakers Chocolates have a huge range of artisan chocolate stocked in supermarkets throughout NZ.
Image credit: Purelicious
NZ Souvenir Shop Chocolate
Thirdly, try the Purelicious chocolates by Mantell, New Zealand’s leading souvenir company.
Strangely, that’s not as bad as it sounds.
The Purelicious brand chocolate features iconic NZ flavours not found anywhere else.
The Purelicious soft centre Feijoa chocolates never last long.
They also stock:
- Soft centred Kiwi Fruit flavoured chocolate
- 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 NZ chocolates worthy of your friends and family.
Image credit: Devonport Chocolates
Handmade NZ Chocolate
Looking for real authentic handmade chocolate in New Zealand?
These purveyors of Bespoke Chocolate in New Zealand are not large producers.
They lovingly create their chocolate offerings in small or medium size batches, so you have to look harder to find it.
Handmade chocolate from New Zealand is best found at regional farmers markets, and gourmet food purveyors collectives.
Some bigger chocolatiers in New Zealand have their own flagship store.
Keep an eye out, or search for:
- Devonport Chocolates
- House of Chocolate, Auckland
- Makana Confections Boutique Chocolate Factory, Blenheim and Kerikeri
- Kako Chocolate, Auckland
- Schoc Chocolates, Greytown
Special Mention: 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 also find these NZ lollies for sale in:
- NZ souvenir shops
- i-SITE visitor information centres
- local corner dairies (New Zealand milk bars)
- NZ Department stores, and
- at the airports.
Don’t waste your money buying chocolate gifts from New Zealand at the airport – you’ll pay a premium if you buy chocolate there.
Instead, visit PAKn’SAVE supermarket before you leave to stock up on New Zealand chocolate.
Hot tip: Buy twice as many NZ lolly bags and chocolate bars 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 also 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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