American Food always been a fascination of mine, ever since I got presented with a box of Twinkies in the early 70s. I was enraptured at their fluffy cream enveloped by golden light sponge, the rarity and whole entertainment value for me was priceless awakening my passion for all things sweet and delicious.
I adore the diversity of confectionary and food which hasn’t regularly frequented our supermarket shelves so to buy a little bit of the USA makes it an incredibly propitious occasion. The necessity to buy them at reasonable prices though can be perplexing with multitudes of online stores to choose from making discoveries of prices reliability long winded and tiresome, so I thought I’d take my love of Stateside candy and do my own little investigation, bringing you the best of the bunch.
I ventured onto Google to search for American Candy Online and created a short list of those residing on page 1. Deciding to spend between £12-14 on confectionary meant that it wouldn’t be classed as a special order so I wouldn’t receive any out of the ordinary treatment. It also meant that I wouldn’t be spending out a fortune on courier delivery and stuck to their normal posting options which ordinarily were between £3-4 for a 3-5 day delivery.
The American Soda website has a very friendly layout, it’s easy to navigate around making it quick to order. Delivery is £3.20 and it’s a standard 3-5 day delivery. Ordered 13.30 on 16th September 2013. Arrived 21st September at 8:45 but was the first package I ordered as according to the Hermes delivery tracking, that parcel was sent back due to it being damaged in transit and not the second package which was sent 20st September by UK Mail. But it’s clearly the first package as it’s got a Hermes label on it and as we didn’t answer the door in time, we had a Hermes “sorry we missed you” card. Packed in a small brown box with inflatable packing.
American Fizz’s website looks good but sadly it crawls when trying to search for items. Delivery default is Fedex at twice the price so be careful when ordering and make certain that you choose standard delivery which is £3.98 for 2-3 day. Ordered 14:41 on 16th September 2013. Arrived 18th September at 12:50. Packed in a brown box with S shaped packing peanuts.
American Sweets – too expensive for delivery – £4.50 as standard up to 30kg so chose to avoid that one as wanted to focus on those with prices between £3-4.
CyberCandy – Didn’t use the website, and instead used their Face Shopping site. Bought Taffy for £8 with special delivery of £1.99. Purchased on the 8th and received after I had to email customer services 12th and received on the 15th September. Disappointed as it seemed that I had to remind them and shortly after the reminder, I got a despatch email. Seems to take quite a while from ordering to receive the item. Arrived in a box via Royal Mail, even though despatch note said Hermes Extra.
Yankee Pop – Delivery is £4.99 as standard so avoided purchasing because it’s out of my price range. Didn’t sell many of the standard bars and searching wasn’t great as it didn’t recognise Butterfinger when typed in, bringing up no results even though they did sell them on further investigation.
AmericanSweetsOnline delivery as standard is £4.50 so again, didn’t purchase with them but they didn’t have anything in stock anyway so why they are the first page of Google is quite beyond me if they aren’t selling anything. They were so disappointing, I won’t link to them as I would hate to disappoint you.
American Goodies – website was bare. Everything near enough out of stock and no sign on site of delivery price, so had to go to the Facebook page they possess. They have a store on there but from the page itself, the news didn’t look very promising as they were selling everything off at cost price, so probably on their way out. Another one that’s on Google’s first page but not selling anything on site. Too much faffing around.
Gobstoppers were also on page 1 of the big G but as delivery started at £8.99 (for next day delivery) I didn’t purchase with them. Nice looking site but impossible to search as they didn’t seem to have a search box anywhere.
DandyCandy – Free delivery on everything. Very quick website, very easy to navigate but not a big selection of American candy. Delivery with DandyCandy was free but they definitely made the effort with the packaging. In a brown box, but wrapped in bubble wrap and tissue paper, with a couple of extra sweets as freebies and a lovely bright paper bag. Ordered 15:04 on 16th September 2013. Arrived 18th September at 12:50.
The Candy Workshop didn’t have a big selection but did a nice gift box for £10ish. Ordered 16th September (check time) and arrived 18th September 12:50. Came in a large white box with green tissue paper.
So you can see, some arrived fairly quickly even though they claimed 3-5 days and some sadly fell behind making the wait quite frustrating. Now let’s see at a glance where your best bargain buys really are if you fancy indulging yourself in a little Yankee choc! Have a look and see who’s the cheapest, you might be surprised…