While we are huge fans of all things sweets here at Bulk Wholesale Sweets, there have been various sweets that have been banned across the globe. With the rise in health problems due to obesity and over-consumption of sugary and salty snacks, foods have been regulated to make sure they are safe for the consumer. While sweets and treats in moderation are good for the soul, there are a few varieties (listed below) that, even in the smallest amounts, are no longer permitted.


Here are 10 sweets that have been banned across the globe:

Hippy Sippy Candy

Hippy Sippy Candy did not stick around long. It was launched in the 1960s and was, essentially, a plastic toy syringe full of multi-coloured pellets. Parents were not keen on the look of children pretending to take drugs, therefore, the sweets were not very popular and the product was pulled quickly from the shelves. 

Are we surprised? Not really. 

Toxic Waste Nuclear Sludge Chew Bar

The Toxic Waste Nuclear Sludge Chew Bar was, ironically, called back in 2011 for being well, um...toxic. 

The California Department of Public Health conducted tests on the sweets and found that there were unacceptable levels of lead in the product (not that even the smallest trace of lead should be acceptable in any sweet). 

Lead can be deadly for young children and pregnant women- so the sweet was immediately banned.

Toffee Crisp

This is an interesting one because we all know that Toffee Crisp is not banned in the UK. It is, in fact, banned in the US due to the chocolate bar’s packaging. US chocolate manufacturer Hershey’s claims that Nestle Toffee Crisp has very similar packaging to that of Hershey’s Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup, therefore Toffee Crisp cannot be sold in the US.

We’re just pleased we’ve still got the bar here in the UK as it is delicious!

Haribo Sugar Free Gummy Bears

The Haribo Sugar Free Gummy Bears have not been banned everywhere but have been pulled from a number of countries.

They have been banned in a select number of countries because they contain an ingredient known as lycasin. 

Lycasin consists mostly of maltitol which is a sugar alcohol that tastes incredibly sweet- just like table sugar. Maltitol is not easily digestible though and ferments in the gut and, when consumed in excess, causes flatulence, bloating and loose stools.

Nestle Magic Ball

The Nestle Magic Ball was a phenomenon during the 1990s and was a chocolate ball with a toy embedded in it.

Unfortunately, despite its popularity, the ball was soon banned in the US because it is illegal to sell confectionery with an object in it. This is the same for the Kinder Surprise egg.

Luckily, here in the UK, the Kinder Surprise egg is still going strong!

Road Kill Gummi Candy

The Road Kill Gummi Candy were just as tasty as Gummi Worms and the Gummi movie selection, however, the sweets angered animal activists who claimed the sweets could encourage children to be cruel to animals. The sweets were basically Gummi sweets that were shaped like tire-flattened animals.

We can’t say we’re disappointed that these were banned as we’re certain we wouldn’t have stocked them.

Candy Cigarettes

If we’re honest, it is no surprise that Candy Cigarettes have been banned due to fears that these sweets promote the habit of smoking. It is important to make sure we’re not promoting such a habit that harms the health of younger generations- particularly when we know the devastating effects of smoking.

Valentine’s Day Candy Hearts

Swizzels Love Hearts are some of the most popular sweets around and we can’t believe the Valentine’s Day variety were actually banned in a school in Connecticut in the US because it was believed to make the children hyperactive and affect their concentration.

Surely just once a year is a bit of fun?

Chinese Medicine Candy

Chinese Medicine Candies were made in response to help with sexual inadequacies and depression, however, they came with a big warning: Avoid them. 

The sweets were meant to be a bit of a joke, however, they were not approved and banned in various countries.


M&Ms are banned in Sweden because the name clashes with “M” used by the Swedish Mondelez company. Mars (who creates M&Ms) lost the battle with Mondelez so the delicious chocs are not permitted in Sweden.

More for us in the UK perhaps?

Find various sweets at Bulk Wholesale Sweets. Sweets that have not been banned, of course! We hope you enjoyed travelling into the forbidden confectionary zone and discovered sweets that have been banned across the globe.

We can’t say we miss any of them!