I got an email about a week ago from a reader asking:
I would like to know if you know if there is any kosher certification either in the states or the U.K. regarding Smarties.
After clarifying whether he meant U.S. or U.K. Smarties (he meant U.K. Smarties), I started poking around online and couldn’t find the answer so I went straight to the source and asked Nestle. After a few days I got the reply:
Thank you for contacting NestlÃ©. We welcome questions and comments from our consumers.
Smarties is a NestlÃ© brand marketed by NestlÃ© outside the United States. NestlÃ© does not import it into the United States. We have been informed by NestlÃ© Canada, that the Smarties manufactured in Canada are not Kosher Certified.
We appreciate your interest in our products and hope you’ll visit our website often for latest information on NestlÃ© products and promotions.
Consumer Response Representative
So, there you have it. Smarties are not kosher.
UPDATE: Here is a list of candies and their kosher status.