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Can it be babies?
Question for the Hivemind

In the British Isles there is a type of sweet (‘candy’ to Americans) called Jelly Babies. I need to know a US equivalent. It doesn’t have to be made of the same material but it does have to be shaped like a human infant. If no such thing exists, and I have a horrible feeling that it doesn’t, then is there anywhere in Los Angeles that British confectionery can be purchased?

This is my last night at work for a while. I have my usual 5 nights off, then 5 nights of holiday (‘vacation’ in American) during which I’m going to the WriterCon UK midimeet, and then 5 nights off. I should be able to get quite a lot of writing done so expect some updates soon.

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22 comments or speak 2 me
janedavitt From: janedavitt Date: August 3rd, 2007 08:08 pm (UTC) (Link)
Jelly Babies! Yummy. I like the black/deep purple ones best because in the UK, that means blackcurrant flavour not icky grape or licorice.

And you always bite the heads off them, heheheh.

But I haven't seen them or anyhting similar in Canada...
speakr2customrs From: speakr2customrs Date: August 12th, 2007 09:51 pm (UTC) (Link)
I like the black ones best - I hadn't thought of them as deep purple but, if they are, that fits in perfectly with the drabble series.
janedavitt From: janedavitt Date: August 12th, 2007 09:55 pm (UTC) (Link)
They're black but the insides are a very deep purple because of the blackcurrant, I think...okay, now I want some to do some thorough analysis of the shades; my parents come over in a month; I'll tell them to bring me some :-)
spikes_heart From: spikes_heart Date: August 3rd, 2007 08:15 pm (UTC) (Link)
We used to have something called Chocolate Babies (the more PC name for a retro-candy). Some bulk candy stores still carry 'em... or retro-stores online. Give it a try.

And yes, always bit the heads off, first. It was a given.
missmurchison From: missmurchison Date: August 3rd, 2007 08:15 pm (UTC) (Link)
Jelly beans.

I remember being perplexed the first time I saw a Tom Baker DW, many years ago.
missmurchison From: missmurchison Date: August 3rd, 2007 08:16 pm (UTC) (Link)
Sorry, jelly beans are usually just round. There are licorice candies shaped like babies but I don't remember what they're called.
spikendru From: spikendru Date: August 4th, 2007 12:35 am (UTC) (Link)
I remember them, but I haven't seen them since I was a kid. I don't think they make them anymore. They're anise-flavored and the ones I've seen over the last few years are now shaped like bears. I think someone finally got a clue and decided that making black anise babies to be eaten wasn't a very good idea and so now they're bears.
petzipellepingo From: petzipellepingo Date: August 3rd, 2007 08:16 pm (UTC) (Link)
You can buy them from Amazon in the U.S as well as other mail order companies.
fenchurche From: fenchurche Date: August 3rd, 2007 08:24 pm (UTC) (Link)
And I suspect there's bound to be at least one British import store in the LA area. Oh! And I'm pretty sure I remember seeing Jelly Babies for sale at Cost Plus World Market, which is a national chain and, I believe, has stores all through California.
draconin From: draconin Date: August 4th, 2007 11:25 am (UTC) (Link)
A little searching produced this.
airawyn From: airawyn Date: August 3rd, 2007 08:44 pm (UTC) (Link)
Never had jelly babies, but I always assumed they were very similar to gummy bears, which are very common in the US.
speakr2customrs From: speakr2customrs Date: August 13th, 2007 07:23 pm (UTC) (Link)
Jelly babies are infinitely nicer than gummi bears and much safer. They don't produce bezoars nor do they cause intestinal obstructions.
ffutures From: ffutures Date: August 3rd, 2007 10:12 pm (UTC) (Link)
Here's some I made earlier. I don't think they're available in the USA, when I went to origins a few years back someone asked me to bring in a load, totally illegally as I later discovered.
speakr2customrs From: speakr2customrs Date: August 13th, 2007 07:27 pm (UTC) (Link)
It wasn't during Angel S5, was it?
spikeverse From: spikeverse Date: August 3rd, 2007 10:17 pm (UTC) (Link)
I always thought Jelly babies were just jelly beans. I didn't know they were shaped like babies. I don't know of any baby shaped candy in the U.S.

And there's got to be British import shops in LA. Maybe try searching on google maps.
janedavitt From: janedavitt Date: August 3rd, 2007 10:55 pm (UTC) (Link)
They're not mucj like Jelly Babies (although very nice). JBs are covered in a dusting of icing sugar (to stop them sticking together) and the outsides are sort of hard then squishy inside (that's like jelly beans, I guess, but it's a totally different texture, hard to describe.)

And now I'm craving jelly babies, omg.
kantayra From: kantayra Date: August 3rd, 2007 10:35 pm (UTC) (Link)
We definitely don't have easy access to Jelly Babies. Would Sour Patch Kids do? They're not sweet like jelly beans (and I assume Jelly Babies, although I don't really know), but they're a gummy-textured candy shaped like kids and can be found pretty much everywhere in the US.
janedavitt From: janedavitt Date: August 3rd, 2007 10:52 pm (UTC) (Link)
Sour Patch kids are delicious. They're flat, though and fizzy; nothing like JBs apart from the shape.

But very nice...
speakr2customrs From: speakr2customrs Date: August 13th, 2007 07:24 pm (UTC) (Link)
Actually the sourness totally rules them out for the purpose. But thanks for trying.
cbtreks From: cbtreks Date: August 4th, 2007 02:08 am (UTC) (Link)
When Irish and I were in Santa Monica (day trip - far too pricey to spend a weekend there!) back in 2001 or 2002, we stopped in at a British import shop/tea restaurant called Ye Olde Kings Head Shoppe. It had all kinds of British foods, including Jelly Babies (I bought a bag) and mushy peas (my mom loves them). I believe it's still there - there's a website at <http://www.yeoldekingshead.com> .
speakr2customrs From: speakr2customrs Date: August 13th, 2007 07:25 pm (UTC) (Link)
Perfect! The villain can go to Santa Monica to get them.
ozma914 From: ozma914 Date: August 5th, 2007 04:27 am (UTC) (Link)
Well, now I know all about jelly babies -- I'd heard the term on Doctor Who, but I've never heard of them here in America.
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