Some people just can’t get enough of the sweet stuff. In fact, chocolate sales equal about $83 billion a year worldwide. The Mars company is the largest candy manufacturer in the world, and last year made an astounding $16.8 billion in net sales. Mondelez International was a close second in candy sales last year; the company made nearly $15.5 billion in net sales. In 2012, the country consuming the most chocolate per capita was Switzerland. Home to famous chocolate manufacturers Nestle and Lindt, the Swiss consumed an estimated 94 million kg of chocolate in 2012 alone. That equals nearly 12 kg a year for each person in Switzerland.
The vast majority of countries with the highest per capita consumption of chocolate are in Europe. Ireland had a per capita chocolate consumption of 9.9 kg in 2012, while the U.K. had a per capita chocolate consumption of 9.5 kg. Europeans love chocolate, and that might be because it’s generally accepted that the best chocolate in the world comes from these countries. However by 2016, Asia is expected to hold 20% of the global chocolate market – thanks in part to India and China’s growing economies.
A nation’s choice of sweet treats is often cultural, and not all brands and types of sweets are available everywhere in the world. Some chocolates didn’t prove popular enough to make it from Europe to the States, while some candies from the USA were deemed too dangerous according to Europe’s slightly more exacting standards. Some candies have been completely banned in certain parts of the world because they’ve been revealed to be dangerous, offensive or even deadly. Here, we’ve taken a look at nine candies that have been banned around the world and the reasons behind pulling these sweet treats off store shelves.
9. Road Kill Gummi Candy
Gummi Bears and Gummi Worms have been incredibly popular for many years, but when Gummi candies shaped like tire flattened animals came on the market, animal rights groups took notice and got the production of the candies halted. Kraft Foods made Trolli Road Kill Gummi Candy. The company stopped making the product after activists said the candy could encourage children to be cruel to animals.
If more evidence were needed for the decline of society, then look no further than how some kids today attempt to get high. It has been reported that American school children have been grinding up Smarties (the American tablet candy similar to parma violets, not the Nestle chocolate candy) and inhaling the dust in an attempt to get high. A Michigan Middle School banned the candies because of the practice, compelling the school principal to send a letter to parents warning of the dangers of “smoking” the candy, which include chronic coughing, infection, choking and maggots feasting on the sugar coated areas of a child’s nose.
The “Lollipipe” was never meant to be sold to kids, but the fact it’s made out of candy has caused quite an uproar. Fans of weed got a kick out of the highly inappropriate product, but parents were not amused at all. The candy pipe was quickly banned from being sold in 7-11 stores in Indiana.
6. Hippy Sippy
If you thought candy cigarettes were controversial, you might be shocked a product like this ever made it onto shelves in the first place. Hippy Sippy was a plastic syringe filled with colorful candy pellets, which was introduced in the 1960s. Parents didn’t take too kindly to their young kids pretending to take drugs, so the product was quickly pulled from shelves.
5. Mexican Candy With Lead
Certain candy products have been banned for sale in the USA because of the revelation that they contain lead, which could prove fatal if ingested. Lead is, of course, an extremely dangerous substance and even a minute amount of lead will cause harm to the body. The dangerous Mexican candies in question were tamarind flavored or dipped in chili powder.
4. Chinese Candy Medicine
China is often known for its knock-off goods, but there have even been attempts to sell fake “pharmaceuticals” that could cure depression and sexual inadequacy. It turns out the drugs were actually just candy and were allegedly only being sold as ‘joke’ products, but the China Food and Drug Administration was not amused. Consumers were warned to avoid purchasing “forget past romance potion,” “break-up medicine” and “regret medicine.”
3. Valentine’s Day Candy Hearts
These chalky heart shaped candies with cute and romantic sayings have become iconic, and it’s hard to imagine a Valentine’s Day without them. Yet, a school in Connecticut actually banned students from handing out the treats at this year’s Valentine’s Day festivities. Harwinton Consolidated School banned children from exchanging the candy in an effort to promote healthy eating practices. In fact, students weren’t allowed to give away any candy at all…
2. Candy Cigarettes
These fake cigarettes were banned in many parts of the world for fear children would move on from the cigarette shaped candy stick to the real thing. Candy Cigarettes are banned in Brazil, Finland, Norway, Ireland, Saudi Arabia and Turkey. In Canada, the candy cigarettes cannot look anything like the packaging of real cigarettes, but they are banned altogether in the territory of Nunavut. One of the most popular brands of candy cigarettes was Popeye Tasty Candy Cigarettes; they are still sold, but now they are labeled as candy sticks instead of candy cigarettes.
1. Kinder Surprise Egg
Kinder Eggs are made by Italian chocolate company Ferrero and they’ve proven to be extremely popular with both kids and adults alike. However, if you live in the United States you will have to cross the border for a Kinder Surprise. A 1938 Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act states that candy with an embedded toy or trinket can not be sold in the USA, and this act has prohibited the sale of Kinder eggs in the country. In 2012, two men from Seattle were detained at the border on the way home from Vancouver; the men had attempted to import six Kinder Eggs into the USA. They were held for two and a half hours and told they could face fines of $2,500 USD per egg. Two children have died from choking on Kinder Eggs toys since the chocolate eggs have been on the market in 1974.