SWEETS: A variety of sweets. Photo: FABRIZIO BENSCH/REUTERS

An 11-year-old German boy struck by a craving for something sweet drove his mother's car 10 kilometres down the road towards the supermarket.

The motoring minor had no accidents but was busted before he could satisfy his sweet tooth. A driver in another car spotted him behind the wheel and raised the alarm, police said Thursday.

After police pulled him over, he parked the car safely on the side of the road. The officers then brought the boy back to his very surprised mother in the Boerde district of the central state of Saxony-Anhalt.

The boy, who undertook the journey on Wednesday, apparently gained his motoring skills driving a tractor.