Sweets Beginning with E
Our Encyclopaedia of Sweets arrives at the letter E – not the most prolific letter when it comes to classic candies, but there are still some delicious sweet treats out there, as you'll find out below.
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Sweets beginning with E
A personal childhood favourite of mine, Cadbury Eclairs are a chewy chocolate marvel with a unique taste and texture which sets them apart. Invented back in 1932 by Birmingham-based choc-mongers Taveners, they were changed to Dairy Milk Eclairs in 1965.
Wonderfully chewy toffee encases deliciously smooth milk chocolate for a one-two sensation that melts in your mouth. Your taste buds don't know what's hit them, as the chewiness gives way to a filling that's as delicious as whipped cream – a blissful mix of milk, sugar, cocoa butter, chocolate and vanilla.
Individually wrapped they feature in bags and also the Cadbury Heroes mixed tubs of chocolates. Varieties include Eclairs Velvets, Eclairs Hazelnut Twist and Eclairs Orange Twist.
Everybody loves an Easter Egg. Available in all shapes and sizes, flavours and forms, Easter Eggs have become more elaborate over the centuries, with unusual all kinds of weird and wonderful flavour combinations now available on supermarket shelves.
Decorative Easter Eggs go way back to the 13th century, when Christians were forbidden to eat actual eggs during the week leading up to Easter. Instead, they would give decorative mini eggs to children as presents. French and German chocolate makers began making Easter milk chocolate eggs in the 18th century, pouring melted chocolate into egg-shaped moulds to create Easter eggs. Then, in 1875, chocolate pioneer John Cadbury decided to take things to a whole new level, with the first Easter egg sold in the U.K.
Whether it's in chocolate form – Mini Eggs, or Creme Eggs, or sweet and chewy – Fried Egg Gummies, there are plenty of different confectionery products inspired by eggs.
A staple of the classic school kid mix 'n' pix bag, Fried Egg Gummies have a milky, lemony kind of flavour, with a wonderfully satisfying chewy texture. Originally invented by Haribo in the mid-20th century, they are now made by all kinds of different sweet sellers, each putting their own spin on a traditional, pick 'n' mix classic.
In terms of chocolate candy, Mini Eggs, made by Cadbury, feature a filling of delicious milk chocolate, encased in a thin, speckled hard candy 'shell'. Plus, don't forget the classic family favourite – Creme Egg, created by Cadbury. A milk chocolate shell encases a white and yellow fondant which is perfectly sweet! Invented in the 1960s, they are still hugely popular these days. It just wouldn’t be Easter without Creme Eggs!
The only candy on this list to have originated from a story, the Everlasting Gobstopper first appeared in Roald Dahl's classic children’s book, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. As Willy Wonka puts it, "you can suck it and suck it and suck it, and it never gets any smaller. They NEVER disappear. At least, I don't think they do."
While not quite up to the standards of Wonka's magic marble, the real life Everlasting Gobstopper, invented in 1976 shortly after the Gene Wilder film adaptation, is still popular with school children today. The delicious ball candy is formed of three layers – a pink watermelon centre, a middle layer of cherry, lemon or orange and an outer layer of cherry, lemon, orange, watermelon, grape or green apple.
Fun fact – did you know, a prop of a real gobstopper used by Gene Wilder in the 1971 film adaptation sold for an incredible £100,000?! And apparently Wonka originally made them for "children who are given very little pocket money." Oh the irony!
Extra Strong Mints
If you’re looking for a minty blast, Extra Strong Mints do just that… and then some! They’re called ‘extra strong’ for a reason! Their distinctive peppermint flavour isn’t for the faint hearted – popping an Extra Strong Mint in your mouth is like a big blast of fresh air, and you’ll find the taste very strong compared to most other mints including mint humbugs.
A guaranteed breath freshener, Extra Strong Mints make a good alternative to chewing gum. In fact, they don't leave that unpleasant aftertaste that you often get with chewing gum.
Originally produced by Trebor, Extra Strong Mints were first made in 1932. Trebor was sold to Cadbury in 1989, but the brand still goes by the name Trebor Extra Strong Mints.
A traditional Scottish sweetie, Edinburgh Rock is pretty distinct from your typical types of seaside candy. For one thing, it's easy on your teeth – very different to hard rock candy, Edinburgh Rock is soft and crumbly, with a wonderful assortment of fruity flavours.
Shaped into little rolls and packaged in a multicolour mix of flavours, Edinburgh Rock is created from a combination of sugar, water, cream of tartar, colourings and fruit flavourings.
Edinburgh Rock was invented by Alexander 'Sweetie Sandy' Ferguson in the 19th century and, like all great sweet origin stories, the legend goes that it was created by accident. Apparently, Sweetie Sandy came across a tray of sweets that had been left for months. Curiosity got the better of him and, after just one taste, Sandy discovered that these particular sweets tasted better when left to 'desiccate' or dry out.
A year later, Edinburgh Rock was born, and the rest is sweet history!
These gummy candies pack a punch! Juicy, fruity and fun, these vegan candies are a twist on the classic gummy bears, invented by Haribo in the 1920s. Original flavours include apple, orange, pineapple, strawberry and raspberry, although these little sweet candies now come in all sorts of unusual flavours such as kiwi, lychee, passion fruit and goji berries.
Extra chewing gum
One of the most popular brands of chewing gum in the U.K. and U.S., Extra chewing gum was launched back in 1984 as a sugar free alternative to sugared chewing gum. It was the first sugar free chewing gum not to use saccharin – it contained NutraSweet and later aspartame, both said to be safer alternatives.
Extra chewing gum flavours include spearmint, peppermint, cool breeze, strawberry and tropical.
A fun, novelty candy that has captured the imagination of generations of kids, edible paper is a weird and wonderful addition to our list of sweets that begin with E.
Sometimes known as 'funny money', crunchy edible paper first appeared in the middle of the 20th century. This fun candy is made from rice paper and sometimes potato starch, with the additions of coconut oil, sweeteners, flavourings and colourings.
Edible paper normally takes the form of bank notes and lottery tickets – perfect for sending young kids into squeals of delight!
Now for a candy from the Land of the Rising Sun! These unique candies come from Japan and are increasingly popular with fans of Japanese culture all over the world. Made from real juice puree and enhanced with vitamins A, C, and D, E-ma candy soothes your throat and brings an explosion of flavour. With a hard shell on the outside and a tasty, fruity chewy centre, they have a texture similar to mini jaw-breakers or gobstoppers.
E-ma candies come in a little round dispenser and are made in a variety of forms, including lozenges, gummies, jelly beans, caramels and chewing gum. Flavours include apple, orange, peach and mango.
Electric Eel Candy
Another fun, fizzy, Far Eastern candy, is marketed as a "shock for your taste buds"... and that's exactly what it is! An electrifying treat, this popping candy electrifies your mouth, with refreshing flavours such as green apple. The candy comes in a plastic tube box, which you pop open and pour. For those with a sweet tooth and a taste for more unusual forms of candy, Electric Eel Candy is definitely worth tracking down.
The candy for the festive season! These wonderful truffles mix the richness of eggnog, with its subtle spices, together with the sweet buttery white chocolate flavour.
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