World's Strangest Candy
© Sara Locke
Thailand: Khanom Luk Chup
What it is: Marzipan, or some cousin of the almond paste, is common in many cultures, and often shaped into fruits or even small animals. Thailand has its own unique twist, which perhaps assuages guilt over eating too much: making the paste with mung beans and coconut milk, and then shaping the candies into tiny vegetables (preferably chili peppers). Sugar and jasmine water help create a glossy exterior that makes them almost too pretty to eat.
How it tastes: Mexican candy lovers will be disappointed—no actual pepper flavor here, but rather a mild coconut, mixed with the flowery aroma.
Where to get it: For all the intricate work, you can still buy a handful at street markets in Bangkok for about $3.