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Still sold in ‘vintage’ shops
I remember the sweets we used to buy very well and sometimes see them in the ‘Vintage Sweet Shops’ that are around these days and it takes me right back. My favourites used to be ‘Lemon Sherberts’ or was it Sherbert Lemons; ‘Rhubarb & Custard’; ‘Aniseed Balls’; ‘Sherbert Dabs’; ‘Red Licorice Laces’; ‘Black Jacks’ (4 for a penny)! and I never went home without a ‘Jamboree Bag’. From memory they used to cost 6d and were good value as you usually got sweets and a game.
6d for a ‘quarter’
Other sweets were ‘Winter Mixture’ which I never liked as it usually tasted of either cinnamon or cloves and if you kept it too long it would all stick to the paper bag! ‘Loose Sherbert’; ‘Palma Violets’; ‘Love Hearts’; ‘Sweet Cigarettes’; ‘Sweet Tobacco’ and ‘Kola Cubes’. There was always a vast array of ‘Humbugs’ and ‘Mint Imperials’. My parents used to like ‘Nut Brittle’ which was very hard to eat. The loose sweets were sold from large glass jars, and they used to mostly cost either 3d for 2oz or 6d for 4oz, commonly known as a ‘quarter’.
Too much Caramac made you sick
I used to like the bars of chocolate you could buy as well. A lot of them are still around today like ‘Mars’ or ‘Milky Way’ and ‘Bounty’, for a special treat I liked ‘Milk Tray’ but in the form of a bar of chocolate. It was the same content as you would get in the box of ‘Milk Tray’ but slightly smaller and a bit more expensive than a normal bar of chocolate. At Christmas I used to buy ‘Caramac’ so I could save the golden inner wrapper for making my own Christmas decorations. The actual sweet was very sickly if you ate too much in one go though. The one sweet that I really did not like was ‘Flying Saucers’; they were shaped like a flying saucer and made of rice paper with sherbert inside. I tried one when I was about 6 or 7 years old and I really didn’t like the plastic texture and nearly choked, so no more of those for me!
Share your memories?
Do you remember these sweets? Did you have any other favourites? Where did you buy your sweets? How much did they cost? Please share your memories with us by posting a comment below.