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The “American candy” I can recommend is a chocolate-covered hazelnut from Australia, and while it’s not specifically marketed as a “chocolate bar,” it’s no less delicious.

Australia has basically become Asia’s candy factory. Australian candy makers are hungry for international success. However, the U.S. candy industry isn’t ready to let go of its traditional market. Looking for an American candy.

According to the government’s Bureau of Agricultural Economics, candies produced in the United States made up 75% of all United States candy imports. But interestingly, it appears Australia still prefers to purchase American candy over domestic candy exports. Australia buys 74% of its U.S. candies. So, if you enjoy American candy, there are better chances you’ll stumble upon an American candy shop than an Australian one.

Candies and sweets, no matter the look, taste, or texture, Americans seem to love all sugary-chocolatey sweetness. Although Australia doesn’t share that America-devotee enthusiasm, there are still plenty of treats to enjoy, especially during the warmer months.

Hershey’s Kisses are an American candy bar. They derive their name from the fact that they are shaped as a heart. They are milk chocolate products and filled with a gooey caramel filling. They originated in Pennsylvania but were manufactured and sold to the public by Hershey. The Hershey Company produced Hershey’s Kisses for many decades, but in the early 2000s, Hershey decided to discontinue the production of both Hershey’s Kisses and Hershey’s Kiss. They have since been sold only in Australia, New Zealand, and Scandinavia.

Americans like candy, and they like Australian candy too. However, Americans prefer candy that is not too sweet. Australians prefer sweet candy. Americans want candy that is American—Australians like chocolate. Americans like fruit and caramel. Australians like milk chocolate. You will enjoy any one of these candies, as they are all equally sweet and delicious.

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