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Sweet recollections!

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RedLetter Mon 04-Mar-13 12:55:43

Wondering what sweets you loved as a child? I always chose rhubarb and custard sweets, even though I hated real rhubarb!

gillybob Mon 04-Mar-13 13:08:24

I loved (and still do love) Pear Drops. The proper ones that are pink or yellow and cut your tongue to shreds. smile

numberplease Mon 04-Mar-13 16:53:49

Sherbet lemons, and these days I would die for a bag of American cream soda sherbet and a stick of liquorice, haven`t seen any for years!
One of my childhood highlights was our weekly visit to my grandma`s, there were 5 of us, and she`d cut a Mars bar into 5 pieces for us, mmmmm!!! I was an adult before I had a full one all to myself.

j08 Mon 04-Mar-13 16:55:06

Adore pear drops!


kittylester Mon 04-Mar-13 17:04:30

Flying saucers, sherbert fountain, caramac. grin

Ana Mon 04-Mar-13 17:17:02

Rainbow crystals. You used to buy them loose in a little paper bag and suck them off your finger....blush

Yamyam Mon 04-Mar-13 17:17:24

Used to love Refreshers- are they still around? Barrett's sherbet fountains. Also their Licquorice Allsorts. And Caramac!

PS re. the sherbet fountains. I lived in Paris for years, with 2 small children, and everybody who came over to see us was asked to bring a supply of the above.
They all thought the sherbet fountains were for the children.........I did confess-eventually! smile

Yamyam Mon 04-Mar-13 17:22:39

Numberplease- your Mars bar story is identical to my memories- didn't it feel luxurious and sinful the first time you had a whole one ???

LullyDully Mon 04-Mar-13 17:26:38

used to crunch Refreshers, spit them out into water and mix to make a lovely drink!!!!

LullyDully Mon 04-Mar-13 17:27:04

PS are they still made?

ninathenana Mon 04-Mar-13 17:28:53

All of the above plus wine gums. Still can't stop until I've ate the lot grin

kittylester Mon 04-Mar-13 17:33:26

Walnut whips!! Refreshers are still available - DD2 put them in party bags for everyone when she got married. smile

numberplease Mon 04-Mar-13 17:37:54

Re sherbet founntains, they`re still available, I get them for myself, blush but not keen on the new packaging, it`s more solid, and so is the sherbet inside, no way could it be sucked up the liquorice straw anymore, not that I want to, I just tip the thing up into me gob! grin

Goose Mon 04-Mar-13 18:07:27

Rainbow drops (chocolate drops covered in 100's&1000's){grin]

vegasmags Mon 04-Mar-13 18:17:32

All of the above are unfortunately available at the old fashioned sweet shop round the corner from my house. I say unfortunately as I am a person of weak will - cinder tofee, toasted teacakes and coconut mushrooms amongst my personal favourites. Last time I visited with my DS and DGC, the damage was over 17 quid! But it was worth it grin

Ana Mon 04-Mar-13 18:20:50

£17! shock

vegasmags Mon 04-Mar-13 18:40:20

In my defence,* Ana*, they do live 200 miles away, so this was a special treat. Usually, I have to steel myself to walk past and not go in! I do allow myself a teensy lapse from time to time.

annodomini Mon 04-Mar-13 19:09:34

The need to preserve my teeth saves me from such temptations nowadays, but I was fond of mint imperials and rhubarb and custard.

LullyDully Mon 04-Mar-13 19:56:50

When I was learning to drive my instructor kept mint imperials in the dash. if I made a mess of a manouver he would make me stop for a mint imperial, seemed to work.

Agree about teeth, really don't want dentures.

Children don't seem to lay into the sweets like we did or is it my imagination?

Joan Tue 05-Mar-13 09:42:57

Coconut mushrooms, kayli and spanish*, licorice allsorts, Kendal mint cake, and mars bars. The mars bars were in my cycling days: I worked out that if you got the wobbles (which we called 'knock') you could eat a mars bar and you were good for riding another 20 miles.

* kayli was a sort of coloured fizzy sugar, and spanish was a hard strong stick of licorice.

numberplease Tue 05-Mar-13 12:11:28

One of our favourite things to do was go into the shop, and ask, "how much are your ha`penny spanishes?" As kids, we thought it was hilarious!

vegasmags Tue 05-Mar-13 12:39:48

Oh numberplease how that took me back? Our favourite was to say: 'My dad wants to know if you've got any Wild Woodbines?' Invariably, the answer was in the affirmative, to which the retort was 'You'd better tame them, then' before legging it out of the shop.

soop Tue 05-Mar-13 13:19:31

I adored aniseed balls. Had a filling this morning. #lateral thinking

whenim64 Tue 05-Mar-13 13:35:21

Sherbert lemons, Spangles, and those tiny chocolate covered caramels from a glass jar - can anyone remember what they were called? I loved 'Spanish' - didn't even know it was called liquorice till I was older. Wednesday was half day closing, so my dad would shut his shop and bring home quarter pound bags of sweets to share out after tea, plus a walnut whip for my mum and a bag of mints for him.

Sweet day was a special treat, and my children only had sweets once a week when growing up.

LullyDully Tue 05-Mar-13 14:00:36

I do remember that ice cream at home was a treat before anyone had a freezer. Mum used to send us out with the money for raspberry ripple just before lunch. She would cut it in slices and we had it with wafers. Great.