5 candies that adults love but kids hate


Published October 25, 2013

| Bon Appetit

5 candies that adults love but kids hate

5 candies that adults love but kids hate

Most kids love candy but there are a few treats out there aimed at more sophisticated palates. 

Scandinavian licorice

"Salty black licorice from Norway. Heck, any Scandi country will do. The stuff hurts so good. It's the stuff children's nightmares are made of." —Andrew Knowlton, restaurants and drinks editor


"They try reallllly hard to be kid-friendly with their sprinkles and fun box, but the bitter dark chocolate is a tough sell for kids. One of the only candies my parents bought at the movies that I would refuse. Also brittle because it hurt/got stuck in my teeth." —Joanna Sciarrino, assistant editor

Justin's Peanut Butter Cups

"Well, because it's not Reese's, right? It's like when you were offered generic cola instead of Coke as a kid." —Alex Pollack, photo director

Peanut brittle with Knob Creek Whiskey

"Buttery, crunchy, and sweet with just the right hit of booze, it's the perfect adult confection. Kids may cringe at the undeniable taste of whiskey, but me? Never!" —Laura DePalma, research editor


"Do kids like torrone? I looooove torrone, and all I know is whenever I go to my boyfriend's family's Feast of the Seven Fishes dinner, none of the kids will eat it. BECAUSE THEY'RE INSANE." —Ashlea Halpern, special projects editor

To see more candies that adults can't get enough of, see the full list.

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