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"With Worm" Lollipops, And The 4 Other Weirdest Candies Around the World

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by Lilit Marcus, Condé Nast Traveler

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One of the best ways to learn about a new culture is to try their favorite sweets. Whether you're sampling fragrant musk sticks in Australia, salted licorice hard candies in Finland, or chili powder-coated gummy spaghetti in Mexico, your dessert has never been so interesting.

1. Salmiakki

Just because it's candy doesn't mean it needs to be sweet. Scandinavians love their salmiakki, a salted black licorice. It's sold in hard and soft candy form but also used as a flavoring for liquor, ice cream, and soda.

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2. Musk sticks

These pink sugary confections, popular in Australia and New Zealand, taste like musk--a flavor that most people associate with strong cologne.

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3. Bamba

Bamba may look like cheese doodles, but don't expect them to be savory--these Israeli treats taste more like peanut butter.

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4. Zombie Food

These seasonal candies, produced every Halloween by sweetmaker Necco, have bloody red caramel inside body parts (including, of course, braaaaaaains).

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5. Tequila Lollipops

What? You didn't want a worm in your candy?

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