When first visiting a foreign country, I head straight to the candy alley. Having lived off-and-on in in the Haribo capital of Bonn, Germany for four years, there are few things I’ve spent more time researching than German candy (and yes, this was mostly during my PhD). I’ve always had a ravenous sweet tooth and Deutschland has an eclectic mix of gummy treats and binge-worthy chocolate delights. Some are more exotic than others (particularly if you are fearless when it comes to licorice) but every sweet on this list has been carefully curated after years of taxing research. My advice for finding these gems: head to Edeka and look for what’s on sale. Happy snacking!
Giottos are hazelnut cream-filled balls of delight, rolled in hazelnut pieces. They might be my favorite on this list (if I, cruelly, had to choose). These likely aren’t German – or at least the branding isn’t – but I haven’t encountered them outside of Germany. They are also surprisingly fun to open, with a little red string that creates a convenient pouch for your eating pleasure.
Oh wait, these might be my favorites. Please do not visit Germany without trying these. They are bite size toffee cups, filled with a hazelnut, nougat cream, and topped with milk chocolate. They also come in a delightful gold box that makes you feel fancy. Seriously, do not pass these up.
This is another licorice-flavored gem, but much more subtle than the Haribo Salz Brezeln featured above. They’re also shaped into panda faces – and who doesn’t love pandas? Better yet, who doesn’t love to bite off the ears of little panda candies? These are also addictive, so be warned.
Knoppers are, firstly, fun to say (KA-nop-ers). We are talking layers of hazelnut and cream, so, naturally, these are delicious. They come in little packs of 8 and make great snacks to throw in your bag for later (if they make it that long). I even saw them at Aldi recently in the US – along with some other wonderful German goodies – so be on the look out.
I’m about to admit something dark. I’ve eaten a whole 300g bar of these in one sitting. Several times. I love these so much that I have officially entered that unavoidable stage of love when you can no longer indulge because you have loved too hard. These large candy bars (look for them on sale or at Lidl because they can be pricey) have a layer of cookie (Keks) and cream, covered in Milka milk chocolate (Schoko). Not to be missed.
Another fun throw-in-your-bag-treat, these chocolate cookie bars are the delight of German kinder everywhere. Bring these to a German table and you will be sure to hear stories about your host’s childhood. The chocolate inside is surprisingly good, and the star of this delightful cookie bite.
When you think of German chocolate, you likely think Ritter Sport first. But, there are so many more flavors to try in Germany than are available elsewhere in the world. Pick up a Schoko Würfel (tranlation: chocolate cube) and try a few flavors at once in small individually wrapped pieces. Pro tip: Aldi comes out with Würfel or mini-packs each new season with limited edition flavors that never disappoint.