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Fill your mouth with foreign sweets so shockingly delectable that convivial cavities of intense joy instantaneously root in your brain and cause ecstatic bonbon phantoms. For just $8, this Groupon gets you $20 worth of rare British and European sweets from Fiona’s Sweetshoppe, a fairytale fantasy of a candy store in Union Square. Children and adults drool, ardently yearning for Fiona’s rare and delicious coconut mushrooms, old-fashioned humbugs, cola cubes, peppermint creams, gobstopping gingers, rich treacle toffee, and the rest of the extraordinary treats stocked in clear jars lining the walls of the cozy little shoppe (bulk candy can be purchased for $4.49 per 1/4 lb).
The owner, who scours France, England, Austria, and the Netherlands in search of the sweetest creations and rare Pog collections, is an expat Brit. Fiona’s founder opened the shop after she came to the United States on a raft fashioned out of Lion Bars and fell into a candyless coma of despair; Fiona’s Sweetshoppe rescues hikers lost in Candy Cane Forest with nostalgic sweets like Crunchies and warms the toes of frostbitten Gum Drop Mountain men with toffee bonbons. There are nuts, fudge, old-fashioned lollipops, marzipan fruits, 15 types of black licorice, and plenty of hard candy (a British staple). Many of Fiona’s products are homemade confections from tiny English and Scottish shops that needed special FDA approval for their extreme bliss-inducing ingredients. Since Fiona’s is family owned and operated, the crackerjack staff is as sweet as the store’s 140–200 different kinds of sweets.
The San Francisco Chronicle, Culinary Muse, All Sugared Up, and the San Francisco Bay Guardian say Fiona’s Sweetshoppe is pretty sweet: > * Peer through the windows of Fiona’s Sweetshoppe on Sutter Street and you’ll see 200 jars filled with glittering orbs in every imaginable color - sherbet oranges, lemon fizzes, white humbugs and even flying saucers in several pastel shades. This whimsical list might be unfamiliar to many Americans, but they’re just a few of the British candies in the comprehensive collection of an expat Englishwoman. – Jane Tunks, San Francisco Chronicle > * Nestled in Union Square on Sutter st. Fiona’s Sweet Shoppe is busting with large glass jars of licorice, lemon drops and toffee. Fiona’s specializes in treats that would tickle Willy Wonka like Humbugs, sherbets, Licorice brooms, and Gobstopping Gingers…The lovely girl behind the glass counter suggested in an enchanting British accent that I try the chocolate covered licorice. Delightfully dark chocolate melts over the salty black licorice. – All Sugared Up > * Like a candy store out of a scene from Mary Poppins, Fiona has filled her cozy shop with floor to ceiling shelves stocked with clear glass jars filled to the brim with English, Irish and Scottish treats. – Culinary Muse
More than 90 Yelpers give Fiona’s an average of 4.5 stars; Chowhounds are chowing too: > * The best hard candy anywhere. – jake b., Yelp > * Fiona’s sweetshoppe has a beautiful variety and it’s so fun and small. Aesthetically, it is a pleasing experience. One person to help one party at a time. I love that. And my personal favorite: Rose Turkish Delight. – Holly F., Yelp > * Just strolled by newly opened Fiona’s Sweet Shoppe… and was totally transfixed and forgot all my post-Thanksgiving healthy eating vows. She carries all sorts of English, Scottish and imported sweets - hard candies, toffees, chocolates, bars, gummies, etc in a cute little space. Only tried some lime and orange hard candies for now, but am sure this will be a regular stop for sweets cravings. – Celery, Chowhound
Order Sweets Like a Brit
To make the most of your experience at a British sweet shoppe, it’s best to place your order in a soothing, authentic British dialect. Try one of the following traditional British sweet shoppe phrases when you stop by Fiona’s:
- “Blimey, dey blinkered me gallivanting en de flutter and I’d like one pound of Idaho Spuds please.”
- “I’d milch the khazi if the bees knees weren’t pip pip. A quarter pound of Nut Goodies will be fine.”
- “Porkies are the smarmy sweet fanny adams taking the biscuit with a twee, two pounds of peppermint creams, zonked and yakking take a dekko on the fingershnaggle. Me teamies! Den in the papper pieper for twen deeble scuffer.”
An MD is one of the last people you’d expect to harbor a candy obsession. But Dr. Fiona of Fiona’s Sweetshoppe wholeheartedly embraces hers. When she relocated from the UK in 2005, Fiona couldn’t shake cravings for some of her homeland’s signature sweets—the same condition that drove colonial settlers to revolution. She finally silenced them by opening her own shop of British and European favorites. Fiona’s Sweetshoppe stocks candy beloved by children across the pond, from British toffee and Cadbury chocolate to gummy frogs and cola cubes, a cola-flavored hard candy. For those who can resist devouring their treats immediately, a variety of fanciful bags, tubes, boxes, and tins adorned with feminine flowers and enchanting stars line the shelves to package sugary gifts for friends, family, and recovering nutritionists.