Dorothy So indulges her sweet tooth in everything from handmade brittles to fair-trade nougats. Photography by Calvin Sit
Organic nougat bar
This nut-studded nougat is made in Paraguay and Bolivia and packed by Oxfam. Aside from being a tasty snack, this chewy treat is also a fair-trade and all-organic product. Fair Circle, shop 7, G/F Breakthrough Ctr, 191 Woosung St, Jordan, 3188 8064. $11 per piece.
These soft, chewy confections are flown in fresh from Turkey. I Love Istanbul carries an extensive range with flavours such as rosewater, mint and lemon. Advanced ordering is recommended. I Love Istanbul, Unit 4, 13/F Pakpolee Commercial Ctr, 1A-1K Sai Yeung Choi St South, Mong Kok, 5401 0025. $69 per 120g.
Grace Dew jellies
These gummies are imported from Minamoto Kitchoan’s headquarters in Japan. Aside from the standard fruit flavours such as apple, grape, strawberry and pineapple, Grace Dew jellies also come in vegetable variations ranging from carrot to spinach. Tokyo Ginza Rokumeikan, B2/F, Sogo, 555 Hennessy Rd, Causeway Bay, 2881 8173. $70 per 154g.
Assorted jelly candies
Established in 1969, Smith Confectionary is one of the last remaining bona fide candy factories in this city. Pumped out and packaged in Smith’s Kwun Tong facility, these iconic jelly sweets are pedestrian in taste but score high for nostalgic value. Chan Yee Jai, 176D Queen’s Rd, Central, 2543 8414. $20 per 227g.
Imported from veteran sweets company Katie’s Candies in Chehalis, Washington, each of these milk chocolate orbs contain a single wild blueberry nestled in the centre. They’re almost like M&Ms, only much, much more addictive. American Grocery, 19 Man Ying St, Jordan, 2332 3300. $96 per 448g.
These sugar-dusted pastilles are a staple at most old-school Chinese confectionary stores. Yiu Fung carries a variety that’s mild on first tasting but develops an intense, gingery flavour on the tongue. Eat these only if you can take the heat. Yiu Fung, 2C Fuk Lo Tsun Rd, Kowloon City, 2382 2313. $36 per 227g.
Farrah’s olde English creamy caramels
Farrah’s may be most famous for its toffees but the creamy caramel squares are also worth fawning over. These buttery blocks are super indulgent and are best consumed sparingly. City’Super, citywide including shop 1041-1049, 1/F, IFC Mall, 8 Finance St, 2234 7128; www.citysuper.com.hk. $70 per tin.
Berlingot à l’ancienne
These French sweets come in a rainbow of flavours and gem-like colours. The berlingot sold at La Madeleine de Proust are sourced from artisanal candy-maker Jean-Marie Boudet and come in flavours such as verbena, rose and toffee. La Madeleine de Proust pop-up, 4/F, Times Square, 1 Matheson Rd, Causeway Bay (until mid-June). $38 per pack.
The Green Shop’s handcrafted brittle is made with plenty of TLC. The deliciously sweet and nutty blocks are spun from all-natural, organic ingredients – so don’t feel too guilty for polishing off the whole bag. Green Shop, 3A Kennedy St, Wan Chai, 2116 1106. $20 per 100g.
El Bubble bubblegum cigars
In flavours such as ‘wild tiger’ (orange) and ‘mad bull’ (strawberry), these kitschy ‘cigars’ look straight out of a 50s comic book. Don’t let the stiffness put you off, though – the logs become soft and pliable once you start chewing. American Grocery, 19 Man Ying St, Jordan, 2332 3300. $5 per piece.