Which Country Has The Best Candy?

Photographed by Ruby Yeh.
Tati Cotliar is an Argentinian stylist and model, and has been the face of everyone from Vivienne Westwood to Proenza. She has probably one of the most wonderful energies of anyone we know. She's able to find excitement and joy in the world and look at things we had never normally even thought to think about. So, when we asked her to work on a scrapbook of her travels as a model we weren't expecting Instagrams of the beach but we also weren't exactly expecting, um, candy. However, as we delve into Tati's view of the candy of Japan versus the candy of the UK, it all actually makes perfect sense! Click through for her amazingly sweet finds.
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Photographed by Ruby Yeh.
British Candy
The UK has incredible candies! UK came right after USA in my travel diary, as it was the second destination of my modeling career. Things are different in Europe; I think everything is more focused, more specialized, you can still feel that candies are not coming from a huge factory without any human help. There is a feeling of homemade, like if your grandmother came to cook your favorite pie. There’s something more delicate in the way British make candies that makes them more special, more unique.
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British Candy
Charles Riley Maynard and his brother Tom started manufacturing sweets in 1880 in their kitchen in Stamford Hill, London. Next door, Charles’s wife, Sarah Ann, ran a sweet shop selling their products. In 1896 the brothers formed the Maynards sweet company. Wine Gums are a staple of any British child’s candy memories.

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Maynards Wine Gums, $1.17, available at British Corner Shop.
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Japanese Candy
I’m fascinated by Japanese food. When I went to Tokyo, the last thing I thought would capture my attention was something sweet. This texture is something I’ve never experienced before, something strange, something unknown. You can go to any western country, and even if you don’t know the sweets or dessert, you can always tell a familiar texture or flavor. But, in this case, I couldn’t understand how they could think that this flavor or texture could be tasty. Mochi candy is one of the most addictive sweets I’ve ever tasted, and for sure, the most bizarre. Obviously, the best ones are the ones they sell on the little stands by the street fairs, or outside temples.

Mochi Rice Cakes, $6.49, available at Nuts.com.
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French And Italian Candy
France is again, some sort of vintage section in the world of candies. Both France and Italy have a big culture about food — about good food, about good produce, about taking care of these products. It’s something cultural. So basically, candy is something too fake and not nutritious enough to be popular. There are great desserts, but it’s not so popular to see kids having a lollipop. But, even with that, Carambar is one of the most unique flavors in a candy I’ve ever tasted.

Carambar, $3.89, available at Le Panier Francais.
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Argentinean Candy
Candy in Argentina is not very original to me. Somehow, I feel it’s not modern; they're sort of “classic,” from an old time. I look at them, and they all look vintage and retro. Plus, I have the idea that everything comes late here — that we are very behind the rest of the world because we are too far away, or something like that. I remember that traveling abroad meant chocolate cigarettes or NERDS: American candies. They didn’t sell them in the country; you would have to travel and pass by a duty free to get them and they were so desired. Candies here seemed boring compared to them. But, as soon as I grew up and have already been amazed by candies all over the world, I started to have the feeling of nostalgia and thinking that our candies have nothing to envy to the candies of the world.

Bon O Bon's have a crunchy thin layer filled with peanut butter cream, all covered in chocolate. When you bite it, you feel a crunch and all of the sudden, soft inside. Delicious!

Bon O Bon's, $9.99, available at Amigo Foods.
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Argentinean Candy
La Yapa. Don’t be fooled by the animals on the package: These things are little more than multicolored Pez tablets. But, unlike Pez, they don’t bother with the whole dispenser thing. I was able to get all of these into my stomach in just two separate hand-to-mouth transactions.
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Argentinean Candy
The most famous brand of “alfajores.” Only in Argentina, these consist of two tender cookies divided by a layer of dulce de leche — which is similar to caramel and created in Argentina — and everything covered in chocolate.

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Havanna Alfajores, $16.95, available at Merchant American.
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Ginger is spicy! But, it’s a sort of grown-up adaptation of candy.

The Ginger People Gin Gins, $28.29, available at Soap.
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Candy
The king country of sugar. I used to think that Americans knew everything about candies. Globalization made the USA the normal model to follow in everything. All the kids at my school were going crazy for McDonalds and all items imported from there were the coolest thing and you were totally an outsider if you didn’t follow those rules. In fact, you didn’t even think of that possibility — as kids, we were all amazed by the things coming out of this country. They all came in so many different colors, shapes, and textures, and I’ve never seen so much diversity in sugar. It’s just massive, huge. You have so much on offer. There are great things about American candies, but there’s a moment in life when you sort of “grow up” and become snob and your taste buds become more delicate, more elegant, and you start enjoying having a good quality candy.

These lollipops are something I remember very well, as I used to open them and make a Batman cape with the wrapping paper, and then suck them for half an hour and then see the color of my tongue afterwards.

Blow Pops Cherry Blow Pop, $0.25, available at Old Time Candy.
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