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Crunchie: a candy bar from the UK...

glutton Aug 25, 2007 10:06 PM

My wife discovered a new British candy bar called Crunchie when we were in London a couple weeks ago. I'd love to get her one as a little gift, but I can't seem to find it. I looked at that british store on 2nd street in Santa Monica, but they only had Twirl and Flake bars. Any ideas?

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    glutton Sep 9, 2007 08:31 PM

    FYI... I found them by chance at the European Sausage Kitchen on Olympic (near Robertson). They had a box of them and they were a bit pricey, but money was no consideration once my wife spied them on the shelf.

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      asimen Aug 27, 2007 02:05 PM

      If you're ever a bit north, there's a British store in Thousand Oaks (on Thousand Oaks Blvd, near Hampshire) that carries them. That's where I get my wife's fix.

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      1. re: asimen
        littlefrenchgirl Aug 27, 2007 02:55 PM

        Coffee Crisps are great too!

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        jonship Aug 27, 2007 11:58 AM

        Your wife has great taste. Crunchies are great.
        I'm on the east coast, so sorry I have no recommendations.

        1. hrhboo Aug 27, 2007 11:53 AM

          Crunchies are not new, they've been around for decades!

          They are sold at Continental Shop on Wilshire, Tudor House in Santa Monica and Market Gourmet in Venice. Tudor House has a much bigger and better variety of British sweets than the King's Head Shop. I think I've also seen them at Stroh's Gourmet, but not sure if they carry them all the time.

          You can also sometimes find Dairy Milk bars with Crunchie bits in them.

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          1. re: hrhboo
            Diana Aug 27, 2007 11:56 AM

            New to his wife, perhaps?

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              hrhboo Aug 27, 2007 12:03 PM

              According to the website, Crunchie was launched in 1929. I had no idea they've been around that long!

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            Diana Aug 27, 2007 09:42 AM

            Also try Friar Tuck's Shop on Riverside in Sherman Oaks, bext to the RObin Hood Pub.

            Gelson's doesn't have too many brit import bars beyond typical american-made cadbury's.

            The Continental shop is just overflowing with a TON of them

            I have seen them once or twice at Cost Plus imports.

            1. PurpleTeeth Aug 26, 2007 09:10 AM

              The Canyon County Store in Laurel Canyon has them as does the Bristol Farms at Sunset and Fairfax.

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              1. re: PurpleTeeth
                Jwsel Aug 27, 2007 06:53 AM

                Now that you mention it, I believe most Bristol Farms tend to have a selection of Cadbury chocolates, including Crunchies.

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                Jwsel Aug 26, 2007 07:42 AM

                It would help to know where you live. A lot of places carry Crunchie bars, but they often pop up at the strangest locations. Not only do they have them at the Continental Shoppe and regularly have them at the Cost Plus World Markets, but I run across them at tiny markets all the time. A recently closed shop at the bottom of the Century City Towers carried them. I also see them at Sri Lankan Delights, a small market in Tarzana (between Vanalden and Wilbur).

                The worst thing about Crunchie bars is the mark-up. No matter where you go, they will always be over $1 each.

                You also may find Violet Crumbles at different stores. I believe they are an Aussie version of a Crunchie bar. They have a similar honeycomb center, but I always found the chocolate the be waxy and not nearly as good as Crunchies.

                Finally, there is always resort to Amazon.com: http://www.amazon.com/Cadburys-Crunch...

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                  glutton Aug 27, 2007 06:47 AM

                  I'm in Venice, so many of the suggestions so far will work for me. Thanks to everybody...

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                    maisonbistro Aug 27, 2007 06:53 AM

                    make yourself a canadian friend and get them sent to you - by the case!!

                    Every corner store her has them.

                    Good luck -

                    Barbara from Montreal

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                  Erika RollerGirl Aug 26, 2007 07:28 AM

                  Try CostPlus World Market - they have tons of English foods and candy bars there, including the Violet Crumble, Flake, and lots of other Cadbury goodies.

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                    nick_r Aug 26, 2007 12:35 AM

                    I know I've gotten one in L.A. but I forget where. Try snobby upscale food stores like Bristol Farms and Gelson's. Famima might have them too.

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                    1. re: nick_r
                      Feed_me Aug 26, 2007 01:04 AM

                      I agree with Emme that the Continental Shop on Wilshire in Santa Monica is a good bet to have them. Sometimes you spot U.K. candy bars in Indian markets.
                      I've seen British bars (don't recall the exact ones) in Hurry Curry, that Indian take out place on Venice Blvd.

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                      October Aug 25, 2007 10:34 PM

                      I'm really surprised. You could try around the corner from there at King's Head. Or there is a Sainsburys Deli on Wilshire at the corner of Amherst that sells Brit candy. If you see Violet Crumble I think that's the same thing but it isn't Cadbury's chocolate.

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                      1. re: October
                        GenevieveCa Aug 27, 2007 09:11 AM

                        Violet Crumble is an Australian Candy confection and is NOT the same as a Crunchie.
                        As a French Quebecer in LA i look for chocolate bars of my home, they just happen to be the same as the brits.
                        Go to this amazing site for all the chocolate you can handle.


                        the shipping is worth it when you consider what they charge you at the local import stores for a single bar!!!!

                      2. Emme Aug 25, 2007 10:32 PM

                        The Beverly Glen Market up at Beverly Glen Circle just south of Mulholland carries them, as does the Beverly Glen Pharmacy in the same center.

                        You might also check the Continental Store on Wilshire west of 20th st.

                        Odd that the Tudor House didn't have 'em, as they usually do.

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                        1. re: Emme
                          Emme Aug 25, 2007 10:37 PM

                          Almost forgot... Vicente Foods in Brentwood.

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