Thai sweet shop gets mixed reviews over Buddhist amulet candies

Photo via Facebook/Madam Choops

A Thai sweet shop is facing criticism from many locals and praises from others for making candy Buddhist amulets, which are usually worn around the neck as ‘protection’ from evil spirits. Madam Choops candy shop in Samut Songkhram, just southwest of Bangkok, says the edible amulets made from Thai sugar candy can protect your inner organs (but probably less successful at protecting your teeth). Just 100 baht for a box of 20 Buddha candies.

While some say the sugar amulets are disrespectful to Buddhists and may contribute to some losing faith in Buddhist monks who bless traditional amulets, others have praised the idea to make the candies.

Madam Choops made a post on Facebook saying the amulets were made to celebrate Songkran, the Thai New Year in mid-April. Since then, there has been so much interest in the Buddha candies that they’ve had to put recent orders on hold. Due to limited production, it now takes 2 weeks for delivery, and orders are capped at a maximum of 5 boxes.

“Protect even your inner organs, suitable for both the alcohol and exercise-lover. They’re for celebrating Songkran, and each is baked over 12 hours.”

Well-known monk Paivan Warawoono praised the candy shop’s idea and shot back at those who have criticised Madam Choops, saying that those who strongly disapprove of the sugar amulets should also be critical of normal amulets. He told Coconuts Bangkok reporters that normal amulets are a “scam to people” and are associated with black magic.

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Tanutam Thawan

Local Thai journalist speaking fluent Thai and English. Tanutam studied in Khon Kaen before attending Bangkok’s Chulalongkhorn University.

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