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Candy By Any Other Name

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What would you do if you were forced to travel across the globe but could not bring a stash of candy with you? If you’re a bona fide candy lover, you’d want to sample candies from every region, anyway. You probably wouldn’t have an incredibly difficult time identifying candy in various countries, but a little help couldn’t hurt, right?

Here’s how to say “candy” in various languages and countries. If I’ve missed any or messed any up, feel free to leave a comment! The most interesting ones are two English speaking countries – England and Australia – neither one use the word candy. In the U.K. they says “sweets” or “sweeties” and in Australia they call candy “lollies”!

  • United Kingdom: sweets or sweeties
  • Australia: lollies
  • Japanese: okashi (actually means “snacks” but can be used for sweets. You can also just say “candy”)
  • French: bonbons
  • Spanish: dulces or caramelos
  • Greek: carameles
  • Italian: caramelle
  • Tagalog: minatamis or kendi
  • Portuguese: doces
  • German: bonbons or suessigkeiten (yeah, I think I’ll stick to bonbons)
  • Czech: bonbóny
  • Dutch: suikergoed or snoep(jes)
  • Hebrew: sucariah (singular) or sucariot (plural)
  • Russian: konfety
  • Chinese: tang
  • Norwegian: sukkertøy
  • Finnish: karkkia
  • Turkish: istiyorum
  • Latvian: konfektes
  • Gaelic: candaidh
  • Hindi: chahiye
  • Danish: slik

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7 Responses to “Candy By Any Other Name”

  1. 1
    Josh says:


    Just a small correction. In Hebrew, candy is \”sucariah\” (singular) and sucariot (plural) with a \”T\” at the end.

    Love the blog.

    RESPONSE: Fixed – thanks!

  2. 2
    Christine says:

    Very, very cool! LOVE this blog! I’m not sure if you’re aware of Jones Soda carbonated candies and Warp energy mints (my fave is the Green-T flavour). They’re made by my friend’s Toronto-based candy company. Check out their link on my blog . I’m sure you’ll love their candy! :)

  3. 3
    Victoria says:

    What about in Swedish(?): godis
    Can’t live without that one…
    Love your blog by the way. I have review some great chocolate on my blog. Check it out at Just search the label: chocolate

  4. 4
    alyssa kaplan says:

    in hebrew it also mamtakim-which has the same root as matok which mean sweet

  5. 5
    y says:

    In Hindi sweets are called “mithai”
    “Chahiye” which you have listed means “to want”

  6. 6
    y says:

    and “Shakkar” or “Chini” means Sugar in Hindi

  7. 7
    Juzzy says:

    In Australia, we tend to distinguish between candy types. This falls into ‘chocolate’ and ‘lollies’.

    Chocolate generally refers to chocolate based candy such as chocolate bars (KitKats, Mars Bars, etc), coated chocolate goodies, blocks of chocolate. This is also known as ‘chocky’.

    Lollies refer to most other types of sweet confectionary.

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