Saturday, 28 February 2015

Favourite sweets.


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I don't eat sweets, but I used to.

Amongst my top favourites as a child were these wonderful Sherbet Fountains.
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Sherbet filled Flying Saucers.
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Anything made from Licorice.
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Maynards Wine Gums (I do still occasionally have some of these).
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And those very non-PC wrapped Black Jacks (I didn't dare show the original wrappers).

Even thinking about them.... and I'm back to 8 years old again.



36 comments:

  1. I like homemade sweets better, but would love to try some of these ones.

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    1. Do you not have any of these where you are KK?

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  2. Not a single one of those treats are familiar to me! Well, except for licorice. My dad LOVES licorice and always has. He's the only person I know who really likes the stuff (and now you). I never could bear the taste of it!

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  3. I like licorice too. In Finland they have very salty licorice (salamiaki) no one exept them and my son can it it.

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    1. I've heard about salty licorice. I've not tried it, but it sounds nice.

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    2. It is so bad dont even try.Only Finish people can eat it,

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  4. Those sherbert flying saucers were a particular favourite. I have always liked liquorice and can remember buying very hard sticks of it from Boots the Chemist. unfortunately, it is not good for diabetics.

    I also remember father coming home on a Friday night with a Mars bar which was cut into slices and shared.

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    1. Post war Mars bar wrappers were printed showing how to cut them up.

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  5. I never liked liquorice. I spell it with a Q too. We still have Mars bars and cut them up just like we always used to. I liked sherbet lemons.

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    1. The spelling seems to be optional.... I use the easy way in honour of Licorice McKechnie; the missing singer from The Incredible String Band.

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    2. She probably lives in Bath now, they seem to like folk music there.

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    3. Maybe, but Licorice doesn't play the Ukulele.

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  6. I've just eaten a whole bag of liquorice allsorts. Don't know how that happened!

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    1. My favourite ones were the coin shaped ones with the blue Hundreds & Thousands.

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  7. But you know what - if you try them now they just don't taste the same as they did to you as a child.

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    1. I think that's much the same with almost everything; maybe not Marmite though.

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  8. You could buy 4 blackjacks for a penny. I enjoyed all those you show above plus pineapple chunks, sherbert lemons, Fry's 5 Boys chocolate, and even a black bubblgum called, unbelievable today, Sambo, and also gobstoppers.

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    1. I always loved those pictures of the 5 boys with their changing expressions.

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  9. I am joining you on the swings at eight years old, sucking a sherbet fountain. Those were the days.

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    1. The licorice straws never worked did they!

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  10. I used to buy these with my thrupenny bit pocket money. I just googled the old blackjack wrappers...as a child I never made any connection between a golly and an actual human being...I guess I thought of them in the way we might look at some cartoon characters now. My kids would be shocked to see stuff from the 60's now.

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    1. I still can't see Gollys etc as racist; but I'm told that I have to.

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  11. I still eat jelly babies. my faves are the green and yellow ones. Do you remember Kayli ? I don't really know how you spell it. Kayli was different coloured crystals layered in a jar (similar to those different coloured sand thingys) that you stuck your wet finger in and then sucked . A drink could also be made, but didn't give the same sugar rush.

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    1. Kayli doesn't ring any bells. I do remember buying yellow sugar/lemon crystals that sound much the same.

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  12. I still love wine gums - especially the green ones.
    I used to be scared of the old man on the Hacks sweet jar. I never knew he was sneezing, I always thought he looked like that because there was something frighteningly wrong with his hand!

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    1. Green and black wine gums are my favourites.... but they MUST be Maynards.

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  13. If it's chocolate I love it, the darker the better.

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  14. I loved all of those Cro ….. and, fruit salad { 4 a penny } shrimps, aniseed balls, rhubarb and custard, spangles and, do you remember Lucky Bags ? XXXX

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    1. Lucky bags...yes, I'd forgotten all about them!

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  15. I've always loved Easter candy available in the spring...Cadbury Eggs, jelly beans, and marshmallow Peeps (more for the fun factor than the taste).

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  16. So long ago...so VERY long ago....a kit could go to the corner store and get a little paper bag filled with assorted candies for a penny. I loved black balls.

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  17. I well remember sherbet fountains, we used to call them sherbet bombs. I loved licorice straps, they were about an inch wide and a foot long. You ate them very very slowly, if you were careful you could make one last for days. Lips and tongue used be stained a scary shade of black by the time you finished them. They don't seem to exist now, or I might be tempted to buy one.

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  18. My favourites were sherbert lemons, sherbet pips, cola cubes and floral gums. Bought by the quarter in a paper bag. Don't think my fillings could take them these days (thinking about it they probably had a fair bit to do with the state of my teeth now)
    Twiggy

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  19. In the 70's I used to work in Lavells the confectioners. I used to measure out the quarter bags of all the sweets they sold. I can remember on several occasions my "tab" being more than I earned on a weekend! My favourites were those peanut shaped sweets with real peanut bits in the centre, I loved cough candy, sherbert lemons, lemon bon bons, strawberry bon bons, cola cubes and the most expensive of all 45p a quarter (the only price I can remember because it was so mind bogglingly expensive at the time) miniature candy coated solid chocolate eggs. I also remember when a curly wurly was the most economical sweet to buy as it was really long and lasted ages. The only liquorice allsort I liked was the coins...same ones you liked Cro.
    Those were the days!

    Jo in Auckland, NZ

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