Candies — the bizarre types!

Candies are supposed to be simple. All sugar and some flavours, right? Well, not everybody would agree that candies have to be ordinary and unassuming. Let this month be an exploration of candies full of sugar, spice, everything nice and some more!

Man smelling perfumed candies
Illustration: © Rama Ramesh

Perfumed candies, anyone?

What’s shaped like sticks, tastes of bubblegum, toothpaste and smells like cologne? Did you guess musk sticks? That’s right. This candy is strangely popular in Australia and New Zealand but it will take a brave soul to give it a try! Musk sticks are made of gelatin, sugar, pink food colour and have a strong flavour very similar to musk perfume. There you go! Just for the record, millions are sold every year, and there must be a reason for it, uh? Also, even if you don’t like to eat them, hey, you can still use them as air freshener, right?

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Rama Ramesh is a creative writer who has written stories and features for children’s magazines and has co-authored a series of nanotechnology books for kids.