The Candy Store is a fairly new shop that’s worth a look if you’re hunting for British and American foods in Munich! From Rice Krispies to Reese’s and Pop Tarts to Pataks, there’s an interesting range of products and snacks on offer.
By the looks of things, this shop opened towards the end of June 2017. It’s around a five minute walk from the Munich Hauptbahnhof, so it’s relatively easy to find.
At the moment The Candy Store website address redirects to Facebook – but they post frequently, highlighting their product range and showcasing new arrivals. A Facebook advert is actually how I found the shop in the first place, so they’re definitely investing in the platform.
If you’re a social media user and in the Munich area, it might be worth giving them a follow to keep updated on new stock ranges… but if you’re curious as to what I found when I visited at the start of September, scroll through the pictures below!
The Candy Store is neatly laid out, with a selection of chilled drinks and Jelly Belly beans lining the left side wall. I saw Mountain Dew, Root Beer, A&W Cream Soda and five different versions of Dr. Pepper!
Twizzlers, Laffy Taffy and Nerds sit above some British treats – Rowntrees Fruit Pastilles, Terrys Chocolate Orange and a couple of boxes of Nakd bars. On the bottom shelf you’ll find pancake syrups!
Pop Tarts are stocked in a variety of different flavours, from S’mores and Brown Sugar Cinnamon to Limited Edition Dunkin’ Donuts Vanilla Latte!
British Hartley’s Jelly (the cubes, not the powders, €1.49) sit beside American treats like Whoppers, Mike and Ike and Swedish Fish. Price wise? The Oreo selection is currently around €2.99 and the boxes of American sweets are roughly €2.69.
Tables towards the centre of the room were laden with all sorts of things, from Peanut Butter and Almond Snickers to Nutter Butters and British Dairy Milk with Caramel. Mint and Peanut Butter M&Ms, Nestlé Butterfinger bars and a large variety of Reese’s Peanut Butter products were stocked too.
There’s actually so much going on in this store that it’s very easy to miss things. If you’re visiting do take the time to have a proper look at the shelves – these Sour Patch sweets were a little hidden by the brightly coloured boxes around them!
Things may not always be where you’d expect to see them (see below for where I found British Mincemeat!). I’m not sure if this slightly confused approach to shelf stocking is borne of a lack of understanding what the products are, or if they’re organised by a theme I’ve not understood.
There’s a large range of Twinings tea here, as well as Cadbury’s chocolate spreads (€5.49) and four kinds of American peanut butter (from €5.99). There’s Hostess Twinkies (€0.99 for 1) and Donettes too.
From Britain there’s Choco Roulete Krave (€8.79) and Honey Cheerios (€4.99) to Doves Farm Gluten Free Organic Corn Flakes (€6.79) and Rice Krispies (€6.49)… and from America you’ll get Lucky Charms (€9.89).
Representing the British element, we’ve got Paxo Stuffing, Bisto (€3.29), Heinz soup and Allinson Easy Bake Yeast (which by the way is the brand I use and would happily pay €2.79 for a box of it). For those searching for American foodie treats, there’s Aunt Jemima pancake mix, Jiffy Corn Muffin mix (€1.89) and Kraft Stove Top Stuffing Mix (€6.79).
If you’re a fan of sprayable cheese (and I can’t believe I just wrote that!) Cheese Zip is €4.99 and sandwiched between Colman’s Mustard and Robertsons Mincemeat (which is a dessert item). There’s Pumpkin Pie filling (€3.59, between Mushy Peas and Rice Pudding) and Marmite (€4.29).
Don’t miss the malt vinegar on the bottom shelf!
A final word on prices here. I’m of the mindset that most of these products fit into a “luxury” category for people living in Munich. They are imported and that does encourage a premium price.
I think if you want something badly enough, you’re often prepared to pay for it as a one-off special treat. Though how much you want it versus the cost and benefit is a very personal calculation. For example, I do occasionally treat myself to Lucky Charms in the UK – but my maximum price has been £7 from Selfridges. I wouldn’t pay more than that, which is why I left this store without the cereal I’d fancied.
This Munich based shop has an interesting mix of British and American products – if you’re in the area, I’d highly recommend going along and having a look for yourself! There’s a lot more in store than the things I’ve shown here.