Which American Sweets are halal? A list of the best in 2022.

Personally, as a Muslim with a massive sweet tooth, I often find myself wandering aimlessly through the confectionery aisles of Tesco, Asda, Sainsbury’s or just anywhere I can get my hands on some good ol' candy. Ultimately, I am leaving the aisle wanting and this is because of the sheer lack of candy that is halal or at least catering to that particular audience. This is also a fact that resonates with the realm of American candy. Well in response to that, I have complied a round-up of the best halal friendly American sweets that you should definitely try!

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None of the following sweets mentioned are actually halal certified, they are referred to as 'halal friendly' due to the fact that the sweets do not contain any gelatine.


It's certainly hard not to go crazy for these delights and there's definitely a lot to like. From their eye-catching exterior, as the branding is embossed by a metallic shine to their unique taffy taste. They come in a wide range of flavours and have enough variation for you to not get bored. Furthermore, they are not too sweet nor too sour, striking a rare balance. 

Personal Favourite: White Mystery Airheads

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Swedish Fish

Perhaps the name lacks creativity, it is one of the most literal names you'll come across, as they were originally developed by a Swedish company, Malacao and are simply shaped as fish. Funny little quirks like this make you even more enamoured with the sweets itself coupled with the fact the fish's is somewhat a mystery too. The best guess I've seen around is Lingonberry, take a bite and then come back here to share what your guess is.

Personal Favourite: Tropical Swedish Fish

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Ring Pops

You've seen them in sitcoms, you've seen them in movies, maybe you even proposed to someone with a ring pop when you were younger. But one thing for certain is that their taste is undeniable. They're long lasting and fun, what more could you ask for?

Personal Favourite: Blue Raspberry Ring Pop

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Laffy Taffy

Laffy Taffy are the epitome of sweetness, a bundle of taffy joy coming in a range of flavours and sizes. They are very moreish with each flavour, being distinct enough to have you switching your favourites.

Personal Favourite: Banana Laffy Taffy Rope

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Sour Patch Kids

Sour then sweet. That's the exact sensation you'll experience when you chuck one of them Sour Patch Kids in your mouth. The brand has been at the forefront of the American sweet and candy scene for a while and since it's introduction in the 80s, they have embarked on worldwide popularity and fanfare. It is not hard to see why either, the 'kids' themselves are funny, quirky and vibrant mascots for the brand, while Sour Patch Kids often release cool collaborations too with other prominent American snack brands. The whole range is great with sufficient diversity in flavours to experiment with until you find your favourite.

Personal Favourite: Sour Patch Kids Strawberry

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The GOAT of changemakers in my opinion, they're not like ordinary small boxes of candy, as these ones in particular pack a serious punch. A punch consisting of fruity, vibrant flavour. I am full aware that 'Lemonhead' is an individual American snack but the range extends beyond the OG itself. Over the years, Ferrara Pan Company have since introduced many different flavours to appeal to one's sweet tooth.

Personal Favourite: Chewy Tropical Lemonheads

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If you ever visit any American candy store, any American sweet site, then it's a certain possibility that you'll find some Twizzlers. They are mainstays because of their sweetness, softness and even friendliness to vegans. Perfect as a movie snack, the perfect companion for a binge session. You can't go wrong with a pack of Twizzlers in hand. 

Personal Favourite: Rainbow Twizzlers

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Jolly Rancher

Jolly Rancher are among the most popular American sweets. It's a shame that most of their candy is not halal friendly. However, there are still some great tasting candy suitable for halal diets. From the largely liked, Jolly Rancher Original Hard Candy to the newly introduced Original Gummies.

Personal Favourites: Jolly Rancher Awesome Twosome Chews

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In conclusion, I hope that this round-up sheds light on some actual viable options in regards to halal friendly American candy.If you are seeking a definitive place for 100% gelatine free, halal friendly American sweets, then HellaSweet is the only place to go.

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