Werther’s Original (from the original German: Werthers Echte) is a brand of caramel flavoured candy owned by the German company August Storck KG, based in Berlin, Germany. The candy is popular in Europe and North America. Morinaga Milk Industry has the rights to import and sell the candy in Japan.
The candy brand is named after the town of Werther in Westphalia, where the company was founded in 1903. From 1969, the sweet was marketed under the brand name Werthers Echte. The brand name Werther’s Original was adopted in the 1990s for the international market. They are now manufactured nearby, in Halle.
The original Werther’s Echte was a caramel-flavoured hard candy. Later variants included chewy toffees, and a soft, waxy form which melts easily inside the mouth called “Caramelts.” A variant with chocolatefilling is also available, as well as three sugarless variants that use isomalt as a sugar substitute: the original caramel flavour, a caramel coffee swirl, and a caramel mint swirl. A product available in the United Kingdom is “Werther’s Chocolate,” a dark and milk chocolate with butterscotch running through it, sold in the same packaging and wrappers as Werther’s Originals. A variant available in Canada, “Caramel Apple Filled,” has a green apple-flavored filling.