INSIDE: Roam the Gnome’s Guide to the Best New Zealand Candy and Lollies!
If you are wanting to try delicious candy from New Zealand, you’ve come to the right place.
There’s not so many New Zealand brands of candy because it’s a small place, but the ones they do have are pretty awesome.
We’ve written a guide to the best New Zealand candy, including the best NZ lollies from the 80s and 90s.
Take a look below for details.
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THE INSIDE SCOOP: THE BEST NEW ZEALAND CANDY BARS
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If trying the best lollies New Zealand makes is on your bucket list, head straight to one of the New Zealand supermarkets.
Stock up on these delicious traditional New Zealand lollies and try them all.
The Most Popular NZ Candy Brands
First up, a bit of background info on the main NZ Candy companies manufacturing NZ made lollies.
The best New Zealand candies come from:
- Allens Lollies NZ
- Black Night
- Cadbury NZ
- Mayceys NZ lollies
- Rainbow lollies NZ
- RJ’s New Zealand
- Wedderspoon NZ
The Best Wedderspoon lollies?
Throat a little scratchy?
Try this super popular New Zealand confectionary:
MOST ICONIC NZ LOLLIES
No.1: Pascall Eskimos
Pascall Eskimo lollies are New Zealand’s No.1 old school lollies NZ has ever made because…
You can’t make New Zealand Lolly Cake without this popular New Zealand candy.
(Eskimos lollies are the delicious candy from New Zealand. Seriously, don’t let anyone tell you otherwise)
Lolly Cake is a biscuit batter made with pieces of these tri-coloured musk lollies throughout, rolled in coconut, and cut into slices.
Thankfully for those who are not yet initiated into the sweet goodness that is Lolly Cake, the famous Lolly cake recipe is on the bag.
The Best Lolly Cake Recipe!
It’s also on the Griffin’s Malt Biscuits packet.
Find the Lolly Log recipe, in full, below.
Bookmark this page so you don’t lose it.
Wondering where to buy Eskimo lollies NZ wide?
Try any of the big supermarkets to buy at the cheapest price.
(See our guide to NZ grocery stores below)
Lolly Log with New Zealand Eskimo Lollies!
Made with what we think are the best lollies NZ has on the supermarket shelf.
Lolly Cake ingredients
- 120g Butter
- ½ tin of sweetened condensed milk
- 1 packet of Pascal Eskimo lollies
- 1 packet of Griffin’s Malt biscuits
- 1/2 cup Desiccated coconut
Lolly Cake method
Step 1: First step is to crush those malt biscuits.
Put the biscuits into a zip lock bag, place the bag on a chopping board, and whack the bag with a rolling pin to break the biscuits up, then finish crushing them with the normal rolling pin action.
You can use a thermomix or food processor if you have one as it’s less messy and noisy!
Step 2: Cut the eskimos into small pieces.
Use the whole bag.
Step 3: Warm the butter and the condensed milk in a small saucepan or in the microwave.
Step 4: Add the biscuits and the eskimos to the mix.
Stir well until all combined.
Step 5: Form the dough into a log shape.
Step 6: Roll the log in coconut.
Wrap the whole thing in cling wrap.
Step 7: Pop the lolly log roll in the fridge for a three hours to set.
Then cut into 2cm thick slices to serve.
Eat it all up.
(Dare you not to.)
BEST NEW ZEALAND LOLLIES IN A BAG
Buy any of these New Zealand confectionery listed below, and you’ll be a happy chappie.
No.1: Pascalls Lollies NZ
Pascall lollies are the much-loved maker of the Original Pineapple Lumps, the most famous NZ candy.
(NB: Pineapple Lumps are also categorised under Chocolate.)
But all of these are top sellers:
- Pascall Jet Planes
- Pascall Milkshake lolllies NZ
- Pascall Fruit Burst
- Pascall Curiously Strong peppermints
- Wine Gums
- Jaffa Lumps
No.2: Cadbury Kiwi Lollies NZ
Choc Orange Jaffas are an old school favourite, high up on the classic kiwi lollies list.
The crunchy candy coating covers a ball of dark chocolate.
There’s an knack to eating these and we always used to challenge ourselves to get the candy coating off without making a mark on the chocolate ball itself!
You can’t eat just one.
No.3: RJ’s Kiwi Candy
RJ’s sells lots of different types of licorice lollies.
- RJ’s Raspberry Twister
- RJ’s Licorice Allsorts
- RJ’s Licorice Chocolate Log
- RJ’s Licorice Raspberry Choc Log
- Soft eating licorice logs
- RJ’s Licorice Choc Twists
- RJ’s Raspberry Choc Twists
- Mackintosh Toffee de luxe
- Tallsorts Bars
- RJ’s soft eating Raspberry licorice
No.4: Allens Confectionery
These NZ confectionary should be in your pantry for those long cold nights when only New Zealand snack food will do.
No.5: Mayceys Lollies NZ
Hot tip: Pink Lollies NZ style
The Pink Smokers lollies are musk candy pellets that remind me of childhood.
I’m kind of glad that the makers of these classic NZ lollies in New Zealand haven’t given into political correctness and changed the ‘smokers’ name.
Because these old school NZ lollies can’t be beat.
More Popular Mayceys Lollies
Only in New Zealand could you find a gummy lolly shaped like a crocodile!
Crocodile Lollies NZ are popular with the kids.
They also like:
- Banana dots
- Black balls
- Classic Mints
- Jersey Creme Caramels
- Raspberry Drops
- Sour Feijoa lollies (soft)
No.6: Rainbow Kiwi Sweets BIG FISH
If you want to buy NZ candy in bulk, Rainbow Candy sells their NZ lollies in 1 kg bags.
- Peaches n Cream
- Blackberries n Raspberries,
- Assorted Puffs
- Spearmint Leaves, and
Rainbow also make a packet of Baby Fish in a bag, and the BIG FISH – ONE huge marshmallow fish dipped in chocolate.
No.7: Empire Confectionery (New Zealand Sweets)
The much loved Kiwi Empire confectionery best sellers are Empire Feijoa Rocks.
Rock candy is their main product and you’ll find Kiwi fruit rock and Strawberry rock too.
They also sell:
- Manuka honey lozenges
- gummies, and
- other New Zealand products.
No.8: Kiwiland Confectionery
Kiwiland confectionery is a family owned NZ confectionery company.
Try Kiwiland Barley Sugars and Orchard Fruits hard candy NZ style.
They also sell:
- Arctic Mints
- Butterscotch lollies
Plus, these NZ chocolates:
- Hokey Pokey clusters
- Choc Hokey Pokey
- Coconut roughs
- Dark Choc Peppermint bits
NEW ZEALAND LICORICE
Black Knight licorice is another popular licorice brand in New Zealand.
- Black Knight Licorice Assortment
- Black Knight Licorice Medley (bag)
- Black Knight licorice twist
POPULAR NZ SWEETS
The best candy in New Zealand, as far as we are concerned as committed lolly lovers, are:
- Nestle Pixie Caramel Bars – chewy caramel flavoured bar, covered in dark choc.
- Moro Bars – caramel and nougat layered chocolate bar
- Perky Nana bars – Banana flavoured chewy bar, covered in milk chocolate
The Best New Zealand Lollies with a difference?
Thankfully, the poo is NOT collected from the Pukeko droppings.
(Pukeko is one of New Zealand’s well-known bird species.)
It’s a poo-shaped candy gimmick, perfect for a NZ souvenir.
The Kiwi snacks Poo Candy series includes:
- Kiwi Poo
- Squashed Possums
- Cow Poo and Flies
- Candy Kiwi Worms
- Candy Penguin Poo
This kiwi confectionery is a huge laugh for friends back home.
BEST NEW ZEALAND CHOCOLATE SNACKS & BARS
Two foods in New Zealand you must try are:
- Cadbury Chocolate Fish AND
- Pineapple Lumps.
But there’s MORE Kiwi chocolate brands to get your hands on.
No.1: Whittakers NZ chocolate
Whittakers choc is the everyday kind of chocolate in New Zealand that you can buy in the supermarket or grocery store.
You don’t need to wait for a special occasion to eat Whittakers bars like the Whittaker’s Peanut Chocolate Block.
Try one of these – they are the most popular chocolates in NZ.
- Whittaker’s Mini Hokey Pokey slab
- Whittaker’s Peanut Slab
- Almond Gold Slab
- Whittaker’s L&P mini chocolate slab
No.2: Whittaker’s Artisan Chocolate
Then there’s the artisan versions of the everyday chocolate.
Whittakers Chocolates have a huge range of artisan chocolate stocked in supermarkets throughout NZ.
Image credit: Purelicious
No.3: NZ Souvenir Shop Chocolate
Thirdly, try the Purelicious chocolates by Mantell, New Zealand’s leading souvenir company.
Strangely, that’s not as bad as it sounds.
The Purelicious brand chocolate features iconic NZ flavours not found anywhere else.
The Purelicious soft centre Feijoa chocolates never last long.
They also stock:
- Soft centred Kiwi Fruit flavoured chocolate
- Golden Fruit flavoured chocolates, and
- Soft centred chocolates with Manuka honey centres.
Their Milk chocolate with hokey pokey pieces, and the one with feijoa and almond are two more NZ chocolates worthy of your friends and family.
Image credit: Devonport Chocolates
No.4: Handmade NZ Chocolate
Looking for real authentic handmade chocolate in New Zealand?
These purveyors of Bespoke Chocolate in New Zealand are not large producers.
They lovingly create their chocolate offerings in small or medium size batches, so you have to look harder to find it.
Handmade chocolate from New Zealand is best found at regional farmers markets, and gourmet food purveyors collectives.
Some bigger chocolatiers in New Zealand have their own flagship store.
Keep an eye out, or search for:
- Devonport Chocolates
- House of Chocolate, Auckland
- Makana Confections Boutique Chocolate Factory, Blenheim and Kerikeri
- Kako Chocolate, Auckland
- Schoc Chocolates, Greytown
Special Mention: DQ & Co
This company makes:
- delicious Kiwifruit Dark Chocolate Drops
- Cranberry Chocolate drops, and
- Blueberry Chocolate drops chocolate.
These make a gorgeous gift as the packaging is superb.
Their Sweet Memories Chocolate Hokey Pokey is another elegant chocolate souvenir from NZ.
WHERE TO BUY SWEETS IN NEW ZEALAND
You can buy all these New Zealand lollies and sweets at any New Zealand supermarket.
The main New Zealand grocery stores include:
- New World
- Fresh Choice
- SuperValue, and
- Countdown shopping
This is definitely the best place to buy New Zealand candy on a budget.
Hot tip: For a bit of old school charm, head to a New Zealand dairy (corner store.)
Kids all around New Zealand love to pick and choose their $1 worth of iconic NZ dairy lollies in a paper bag.
It’s made all the more fun when the shopkeeper flips the bag over, and twists the corners of the paper bag to seal it.
This memory is sealed in the hearts and minds of most kids who’ve grown up in NZ.
More places to buy the best NZ lollies
You can also find the best NZ lollies for sale in:
- NZ souvenir shops
- i-SITE visitor information centres
- local corner dairies (New Zealand milk bars)
- NZ Department stores, and
- at the airports.
Don’t waste your money buying chocolate gifts from New Zealand at the airport – you’ll pay a premium if you buy chocolate there.
Instead, visit PAKn’SAVE supermarket before you leave to stock up on New Zealand chocolate.
Hot tip: Buy twice as many NZ lolly bags and chocolate bars as you planned to.
Lollies from New Zealand are lightweight, and only a few dollars per packet, and I’ve learned it’s always wise to have extra ‘gifts’ in your suitcase for when Aunty Nora pops around unexpectedly.
I also always grab a couple of extra bags to make up for the ones I know I’ll eat before I’ve even left the country!
Best NZ Candy Store?
Want to find somewhere to check out all the best NZ candy in one spot.
A NZ candy shop is the answer.
- The Old Lolly shop in Auckland
- The LollyShop in Christchurch
- Crazy Candies in New Plymouth
- The Remarkable Sweet Shop in Queenstown
- The London Lolly Shop in Auckland
- Granny Annie’s Sweet Shop in Dunedin
- Kapiti Candy Co in Otaki
- Bev’s Candy Store in Wellington
New Zealand Candy Box Company
Interested in ordering New Zealand candy boxes so you can eat New Zeland candy in USA at home?
Try Snack Crate bundles to buy your candy box NZ style.
These candy boxes in New Zealand are filled with the best New Zealand treats and snacks for all tastes.
Bulk Buys of Classic NZ lollies
Looking for bulk lollies NZ style?
Try these two classic NZ confectionery treats:
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