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8 Best British Chocolate Bars and Candies

Updated on December 16, 2017
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Poppy lives near Tokyo with her husband and likes to read novels and play video games, especially fantasy RPGs.

Cadbury and Nestlé sell some of the most popular chocolates and candy bars in the world - many of which originated in Britain. Nestlé is a Swiss company, but now produces a lot of candy which used to be owned by Rowntrees, which was based in York, North Yorkshire. Nestlé bought out Rowntrees in 1988 and has been selling the classic chocolate since.

Here is a list of some of the best British chocolate bars around.

1. Mint Aero

The Aero was originally created by Rowntrees, and has been produced by Nestlé since 1988. Aero was originally mint flavour, but several more varieties have been introduced, such as plain milk chocolate, caramel and orange.

Aeros are delicious - they're light, bubbly, smooth and big enough to curb your hunger, at least for a while. My personal favourite is mint, as I find the plain chocolate flavour to be a little sickly. The mint aero remains a popular choice for mint lovers who are looking for a satisfying chocolatey snack with a refreshing twist.

Mint Aero
Mint Aero | Source

2. Chocolate Fingers

Cadbury's Chocolate Fingers are dangerously delicious, and the box is the right size where it's perfect for parties, sleepovers or movie nights. Cadbury's Fingers have a biscuit centre and are covered in milk chocolate, making them one of the most "more-ish" treats out there. Great if you want to try a British "biscuity" consistency, with yummy Cadbury's milk chocolate smothered on top.

Different varieties of Chocolate Fingers have been introduced, such as Dream Fingers, Bourneville Fingers (dark chocolate), Toffee Crunch and Double Chocolate.

The slogan on the Chocolate Fingers packaging reads "one may lead to another", which is extremely accurate.

3. Crunchie

Cadbury's Crunchies are a stick of golden honeycomb cinder toffee covered in milk chocolate, and remain one of my favourite chocolate bars of all time. The bar comes in several sizes, including 'snack size' and 'king size'. The bar is available in most supermarkets and convenience stores in Britain, and is deliciously crunchy, as the name suggests.

Varieties of Crunchie ice cream is also available which is delicious - the taste of cinder toffee mixed with bits of chocolate make for a yummy snack.

Cadbury's Crunchie
Cadbury's Crunchie | Source

4. KitKat

KitKats are sold all around the world, but originated in York by Rowntree's, and is also now part of Nestlé. KitKats are a chocolate-covered wafer biscuit, and are available in various sizes, including two-finger, four-finger, and a mini 'snack size'. The KitKat chunky was later introduced as a larger, thicker single wafer.

KitKats are popular globally, produced by Nestlé worldwide and Hershey in the USA. In Japan, different flavours of KitKat such as green tea and raspberry have been introduced, and are sold in most convenience stores. KitKats are also available in dark chocolate flavour.

Japan's Green Tea Variety of KitKat
Japan's Green Tea Variety of KitKat | Source

5. Dairy Milk

Cadbury's Dairy Milk bars continue to be one of Cadbury's most popular 'classic' chocolate bars that have been around since 1905. It was because of the Dairy Milk that Cadbury became the UK's brand leader by the 1930s. Several varieties of the Dairy Milk are available, such as:

  • Plain (original)
  • Fruit and Nut
  • Whole Nut
  • Caramel
  • Turkish Delight
  • Golden Biscuit
  • Bubbles

There are many more flavours, some of which come and go, and some that have remained popular since they were first introduced. For example, Fruit and Nut flavour was released in 1928, and can still be foud on the shelves today.

Dairy Milk bars can come in large gift packets or small pieces. Dairy Milks are delicious, milk-based chocolate that remain popular even over 100 years after the first one was invented.

Cadbury's Dairy Milk
Cadbury's Dairy Milk | Source

6. Smarties

Smarties are another Rowntrees-invented sweet that's now sold by Nestlé. Smarties are small and sugar-coated pieces of chocolate in various colours, that come in a tube, large or small, and sometimes in mini snack boxes.

For a while, the blue Smartie was taken out, as it contained an artificial colour that was considered unhealthy. Recently, however, the Smarties line have been re-introduced, specifically stating that they no longer contain artificial colours or flavours.

Smarties are great for children and mini treats.

Smarties | Source

7. Flake

Cadbury's Flakes are crumbly, chocolatey fingers of folded milk chocolate that come small in yellow packaging; they're great alone or with a hot drink (a cup of tea and a flake is a fantastic snack). "99 Flakes" are also used as an addition to vanilla ice cream in wafer cones in summer.

Like Dairy Milks and KitKats, different variations of Flakes have been intoduced, such as:

  • Flake Noir (dark chocolate)
  • Flake Snow (white chocolate)
  • Flake Allure (truffle and milk chocolate)
  • Orange Flake
  • Flake Mint

Cadbury's Flake
Cadbury's Flake | Source

8. Cadbury's Chocolate Buttons

Chocolate Buttons are an additional 'great to share' treat that can come in small bags or larger bags. Buttons are also available in white chocolate.

The buttons themselves are also sometimes sold in different sizes - Giant Buttons are available for a bigger chocolatey treat. Cadbury remains one of the biggest chocolate sellers in the world, due to its milky chocolates in all these different varieties.

Cadbury Chocolate Buttons
Cadbury Chocolate Buttons | Source

What's your favourite British chocolate bar/candy?

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Chocolate is a delicious treat that most people adore, and many countries, especially in Europe, are home to luxury brands. These British sweets are affordable and hold a lot of nostalgia for many people.

© 2014 Poppy


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      15 months ago from USA

      I love Cadbury. My dad used to work for Nestle but in the frozen food division. Over here in the US Smarties have no chocolate and are hard sugar pellets but good cheap little candies that come in rolls.


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