10 Popular And Tasty British Sweets

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Ten popular and tasty British sweets for all the ages, young and old, and past and present. If you haven't tried at least two of the sweets on the list, you may not have even truly lived.

If you've ever been to the UK, or maybe even live there, you'll know that British sweets and confectioneries are, indeed, some of the best in the world. They are undoubtedly the tastiest, and for that matter coolest in terms of product names and slogans, and if you haven't tried at least a few of those on this list, well, then you may not have even truly lived.  Take, for example, Cadbury Creme Eggs, which are so rich and mind blowing that they are only available twice a year, or Percy Pigs, which are chewy and foamy and all-around delicious all at the same time, or Walker's Shortbread, which although appearing simple, are so good that I have a great difficulty not pulling them out every time I sit down for afternoon tea.

Jammie Dodgers

Jammie Dodger.  Jammie Dodger.  I quite like the sound of that!  First made in 1932 by a Scottish biscuit company, these yummy biscuits made from shortbread and plum jam have found their way into practically every corner of the UK.

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In the popular and iconic British TV show Doctor Who, the protagonist, the Doctor, threatened an alien race with a Jammie Dodger.  When they finally found out what it was, he ate it, and I can guarantee that he enjoyed it.

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Next up are the time and time again popular Mars Bars!

This is a chocolate bar with a solid top and nougat bottom, differentiating it from the US Mars Bar, and was first produced in 1932 by Forrest Mars.  Mars created it modeling it after his father's Milky Way creation.  This has all become deeply confusing as the UK Milky Way bar is also entirely different from its US counterpart, bearing more resemblance to the US 3 Musketeers Bar.  To top it all off, all four of these bars are now produced by the same company.  To cut it short, they're all good, but the UK Mars Bar is the one you want to try, if you haven't already!

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McVitie's Penguin

This is a popular chocolaty biscuit, perfect for afternoon tea and as a light snack.  First made by William McDonald in 1932, they now come in different coloured wrappers with a penguin-based joke on each wrapper.  McVitie's runs the popular "P-p-p-pick up a Penguin!" slogan for these chocolate treats, which has become recognizable in the media.

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Cadbury Creme Eggs

This extraordinary egg, available only around New Year's and Easter, has a milk chocolate shell surrounding a thick white and orange fondant centre.  To me, they are made from the "stuff of dreams," and the fact that they are only available twice a year makes them all the more precious.  Originally released in 1963 in the UK by Cadbury, they have now become a world-wide phenomenon, with over 1.5 million eggs being produced daily.  Unfortunately for the US and Canada, British Cadbury Creme Eggs are a tad bigger!

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Percy Pigs

Percy Pigs are a now iconic pig-shaped strawberry-flavoured product made by Marks and Spencer, first appearing in the mid-1990s. They consist of a foamy light-pink face and jelly dark-pink ears. Other varieties of Percy Pigs are Percy Piglets, which are a smaller version, Reversy Percy, consisting of merely the dark-pink jelly kind, and Phizzy Pig Tails, which are sweet and sour jellies in the shape of pig tails.

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Terry's Chocolate Orange

This dazzling confection originated in the UK as the Chocolate Apple in the 1920s, but was released as an off-spin to the public in the 1930s.  It became so popular that it was soon marketed as the one and only product.  Over the years, it has gone world-wide and has given rise to over 17 sub-products, such as Terry's Chocolate Orange Bar (one of my absolute favourites!).

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Aero

This is no ordinary milk chocolate bar, but one filled with bubbles of air.  The result? - A light, smooth, and satisfying taste.  First released in 1935 by Rowntree's, it comes in Original, Dark Chocolate, White Chocolate, Mint, Caramel, Latte flavour, and Crispy.  However, as the chocolate bar spread to other countries around the world, you can now find flavours like Vanilla Milkshake and Green Tea in Japan, Vanilla Yoghurt in Canada, and Irish Cream in Ireland.  Strawberry Aero bars were in production in the UK in the 1970s, but are now only made in Japan.

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Fry's Orange Cream Chocolate Bar

This was one of the first chocolate bars in the world, released in 1866 by J.S. Fry and Sons.  It consists of a fondant centre covered in dark chocolate.  The most popular varieties are Orange Cream and Peppermint Cream.  Other varieties that have existed over the years are Pineapple Cream, Strawberry Cream, and Five Centre.  The Five Centre bar consisted of orange, raspberry, lime, strawberry, and pineapple, but unfortunately production was stopped in 1992!

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Walker's Assorted Shortbread

This classic pure butter shortbread is perfect as a snack, its buttery taste matched with saltiness and sweetness.  First produced in 1898, the shortbread is still made by the Walker family, and has now become Scotland's most exported product.

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Jaffa Cakes

First off, they are biscuits, not cakes.  However, through some sort of miracle or other, it was proved in court that they are indeed cakes, and so you don't have to pay VAT for them in the UK.  This is fortunate because of how scrumptious they are, with a spongy bottom covered in orange jam covered in chocolate.  They were first made in 1927 by McVitie's and Price, and are named after the Jaffa Oranges that they are made from.

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© 2011 Gregory Markov

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