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Q: Australian candy cravings ( Answered 5 out of 5 stars,   2 Comments )
Subject: Australian candy cravings
Category: Family and Home > Food and Cooking
Asked by: jaybee3-ga
List Price: $15.00
Posted: 20 Dec 2002 10:25 PST
Expires: 19 Jan 2003 10:25 PST
Question ID: 127398
What's an inexpensive candy or snack item that Australians enjoy but
can't easily get at home and that is easily obtainable in the US? 
We'll have a booth at a trade show in Australia next month and we'd
like to give out candy to passers-by.  Ideally, we'd like to bring
something from home in the US that will be very popular with our
Aussie friends so they'll remember us and which we can afford to buy
and give away lots and lots of.
Subject: Re: Australian candy cravings
Answered By: seedy-ga on 22 Dec 2002 15:31 PST
Rated:5 out of 5 stars
Dear Jaybee3:

I sent an email of your question to my cousin who lives and works in
the city transportation office in Melbourne and has lived in the
States as well. After surveying his mates in the office, he sent me
the following reply:

"I've had a word with a few people in the office, but it seems that
most candy-type snacks are generally available here.  Having wracked
my own brain, I can only offer the following suggestions:

Tootsie Rolls -- I haven't ever seen Tootsie Rolls here, but I think
Aussies might like them for a couple of reasons:  First, the name
"Tootsie Roll" is unusual and might generate a bit of laughter, or at
least a bit of curiosity. Second, it is unlike any other candies
(lollies) available here.

Salt Water Taffy -- as you suggested is a treat with which Aussies are
generally unfamiliar.  Toffies are very popular, but taffy is unhear
of.  Perhaps the novelty will generate a bit of interest.

Hershey's Kisses --  The Hershey company tried unsuccessfully many
years ago to break into the chocolate market here, as it is flooded
with locally-produced chocolates (Cadbury's, etc.)  Other American
chocolatiers have had the same experience.  However, Hershey's Kisses
are somewhat known amongst Australians and could be a cute, attractive
product to pique their interest.

All three of the above suggestions would, in my view, satisfy the
questioner's query.

I hope this is helpful.


Although you asked for an American product that is well known in
Australia but unavailable there,it appears that no product exists that
meets you complete criterea.  As a frequent traveler to Japan, it is
customary to bring gifts for your customers and acquaintences. I
frequently brought craft items from my local area but your budget
would not stand that type of expense.  Since many trade show booths
have candy bowls, the idea of Tootsie Rolls and Hershey Kisses would
seem to be both inexpensive, interesting, and satifying.  Although
salt water taffy is a great treat, it has nothing to do with salt
water and may be confusing to the show attendees.

You can obtain the suggested treats at your local grocery store or
from an online purveyor such as  or   Information about
Tootsie Rolls is available from  and Hershey
Kisses at

While I relied on my cousin's report to me, I also searched google
under "aussie treats"

If I can offer any clarification of this answer, please enter a
request for clarification prior to rating the information.

jaybee3-ga rated this answer:5 out of 5 stars and gave an additional tip of: $5.00
This is an excellent answer to a question that I was afraid might not
have one!  This has been a great help to us and we'll definitely be
packing Tootsie Rolls and Hershey's Kisses for our trip Down Under. 
Thanks so much to you and your cousin.  When he's in town, please buy
him some of his favorite candy on us!  Google Answers is a terrific

Subject: Re: Australian candy cravings
From: thekirklands-ga on 20 Dec 2002 12:06 PST
   Thanks!  Man, I'm glad I stumbled up this.  For at least 10 years
I've been trying to think of this wonderful taste that I remembered
from when I was a kid, but couldn't think of what it was.  I could
literally still taste it from my childhood, and have been craving that
taste.  The answer was applets and cotlets.  Thanks.

Subject: Re: Australian candy cravings
From: pctune-ga on 01 Jan 2003 16:43 PST
I've managed (to my dismay) to get my office addicted to Altoids. 
VERY hard to find in Aus, but worth the hunt.

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