Sour surprise for sweets: Brexit may raise German candy cost

Lollipops handmade in the EU are displayed at the international candy fair ISM in Cologne, Germany, Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2019. Approx. 5 % of German pr...
A woman takes sweets out of candy bowls at the international candy fair ISM in Cologne, Germany, Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2019. Approx. 5 % of German produ...
British candy producers show their products at the international candy fair ISM in Cologne, Germany, Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2019. Approx. 5 % of German p...
Lollipops handmade in the EU are displayed at the international candy fair ISM in Cologne, Germany, Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2019. Approx. 5 % of German pr...
A display dummy wears golden German lebkuchen (Gingerbread) at the international candy fair ISM in Cologne, Germany, Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2019. Approx....
Lollipops handmade in the EU are displayed at the international candy fair ISM in Cologne, Germany, Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2019. Approx. 5 % of German pr...
A woman stands in front of candy bowls at the international candy fair ISM in Cologne, Germany, Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2019. Approx. 5 % of German produc...
A machine produces hard candy at the international candy fair ISM in Cologne, Germany, Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2019. Approx. 5 % of German production of s...
British candy maker Mr. Stanley shows his sweets boxed in an English taxicab at the international candy fair ISM in Cologne, Germany, Wednesday, Jan. ...

Lollipops handmade in the EU are displayed at the international candy fair ISM in Cologne, Germany, Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2019. Approx. 5 % of German pr...

A woman takes sweets out of candy bowls at the international candy fair ISM in Cologne, Germany, Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2019. Approx. 5 % of German produ...

British candy producers show their products at the international candy fair ISM in Cologne, Germany, Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2019. Approx. 5 % of German p...

Lollipops handmade in the EU are displayed at the international candy fair ISM in Cologne, Germany, Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2019. Approx. 5 % of German pr...

A display dummy wears golden German lebkuchen (Gingerbread) at the international candy fair ISM in Cologne, Germany, Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2019. Approx....

Lollipops handmade in the EU are displayed at the international candy fair ISM in Cologne, Germany, Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2019. Approx. 5 % of German pr...

A woman stands in front of candy bowls at the international candy fair ISM in Cologne, Germany, Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2019. Approx. 5 % of German produc...

A machine produces hard candy at the international candy fair ISM in Cologne, Germany, Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2019. Approx. 5 % of German production of s...

British candy maker Mr. Stanley shows his sweets boxed in an English taxicab at the international candy fair ISM in Cologne, Germany, Wednesday, Jan. ...

COLOGNE, Germany (AP) — German gummy bears, chocolate and licorice are popular sweets in Britain, but aficionados there might have to start stockpiling if they don't want to go cold turkey when the country leaves the European Union.

German candy retailers are worried that exporting sweets to the United Kingdom will become as slow as molasses after March 29's Brexit, causing supply shortages and price increases as new unclear customs regulations are instituted.

Bastian Fassin from the Association of the German Confectionery Industry told the German news agency dpa: "We don't even know which customs form to fill out and which customs class we'll be in."