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Candy Review: Canadian/European Smarties

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As you may or may not know, Smarties in Canada and Europe are totally different than the candy we call Smarties here in the U.S. Ours are pressed-sugar discs (which are called Rockets in other countries) while the Canadian/European Smarties are candy-coated chocolate similar to M&Ms but made by Nestle. I wrote about this before and have been looking forward to trying the chocolate Smarties. I finally got my hands on some thanks to the good folks at Nestle who heard my plea and hooked me up.

The European/Canadian Smarties have a slightly larger circumference than M&Ms and are slightly flatter and the colors are much brighter and seem more fun than M&Ms. They come in red, yellow, orange, green, mauve, pink, brown and blue and, according to the Smarties website, the orange has orange flavoring in the chocolate center though I didn’t notice it myself. (Weird – orange Sixlets are like that too). Their shells also seem a little thicker than M&Ms though I don’t have a micrometer to verify this.

So, how do they taste? Great! They remind me of Cadbury Mini Eggs (which I LOVE). The chocolate has that Cadbury taste to it and the slightly thicker shell just works for me. So, I now have a new favorite candy-coated chocolate candy. Here are my rankings:

Yes, the European/Canadian Smarties are that good and now sit at the top of my list of favorite candy-coated chocolate, bite-sized candies.



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12 Responses to “Candy Review: Canadian/European Smarties”

  1. 1
    Shannon L. says:

    I am glad you were finally blessed enough to try these little bits of heavenly goodness. In an effort to spread joy and happiness to our neighbours to the south, I have been sending Smarties Carepackages to my American friends for many years. I just don’t know how you’ve all survived in the U.S. without them for so long !

    Fabulous site, by the way. Thanks for keeping it up !

  2. 2
    Moko says:

    No Brian, no! Don’t be fooled by the stylish European candy! Just because it has a nicer accent and sashays about does not mean it tastes better!

    I’ve been a Smarties detractor ever since they were thrown at me in Switzerland.

    I’m an M&Ms girl all the way…

  3. 3
    Rose says:

    Orange only taste like orange in the UK. If you were sent Canadian ones they will all taste the same.

  4. 4
    A says:

    theyre made with nestle chocolate though. Im from the UK the only smartie i like it the orange one. I like cadburys mini eggs and m&m’s over smarties, by far.

  5. 5
    Michelle says:

    Oooh, these sound great!

    I’m also glad you rated Kissables higher than M&Ms. I think the thicker sugar coating makes for a better candy. Yum!

  6. 6
    WilxLrzea says:

    I live in Canada and I gotta say Smarties kick ass. =)

  7. 7
    Sue says:

    I am originally from Africa and there you only get Smarties, but I now live in the USA and have access to M&M’s. I have tried them but find the USA chocolate tastes artificial so there is nothing like the taste of Smarties in my book, and have been looking for a website that I can purchase these little gems – even my husband, who is an American, prefers the Smarties taste.

  8. 8
    Jessica says:

    Hi everyone i may not know alot about smarties but I know that they have way too much sugar. They may be candy but its just not fair to the diabetics that they cant have them because of all the sugar I say they need to use pure chocolate with no sugar and less sugar in the hard candy coated part of the sweet flavoured candy.

    Thanks: Jessica

  9. 9
    Rajni says:

    Hi. Does anyone know how to buy smarties. I love them and cant find them in u.s. I have not had any since i was 13 years old and now iam 26. I JUST WANT SOME SMARTIES1!!! Please help

  10. 10
    Julie Nicolay says:

    If you’re looking to buy Smarties in the U.S. try any store in your area that sells “gourmet” foods, as well any ethnic grocery stores. Here in Tucson, we’ve got a large variety of great ethnic stores and these are available in many places. I believe World Market is a chain of sorts and they do carry them (well, they do here). I buy them often and like them. I like M&M’s, too, but they’re different. You can also try some of these online candy sites advertised here to the left of this area! Try dollar stores, too. I once found some in a Dollar Tree or a 99-cent store. One of ‘em. I was surprised, but I love dollar stores for interesting candy finds! Good luck!

  11. 11
    Scott says:

    Which site sells these Smartie candies? I had some in some trail mix on a Young Life Beyond adventure and fell in love with them. Can’t seem to find them anywhere.

  12. 12
    Dave says:

    Being Canadian myself, I’ve had both. M&Ms (espically dark ones Mmmmm!) seem to taste better to me! Just my opinion though.

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