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Old Fashioned Sweets / Candy From Your Childhood

Updated on June 13, 2018
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The author formerly worked at a veterinary practice in the Channel Islands. Her interests include fishing, gardening and singing.

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Do You Remember?

Do you remember your favourite childhood sweets and the excitement of going to the local sweet shop and choosing from the vast array of jars on the shelves full of colourful mouth watering temptations? I remember this vividly, and often get cravings for the sweets from my childhood, purchased by the quarter, weighed on a big old fashioned metal scale pan and packaged into small white paper bags.

I only recently realised that many of these sweets are still available, and can be purchased online, either as a nostalgia trip, or simply because you think they would make a great gift for a friend or family member who reminisces over their childhood favourites.

I now want to take you all on a journey down memory lane, not only by listing all the sweets I can fondly remember at the age I am, (38), but also the sweets my parents remember, (now in their 70's), as well as other friends and family's favourites. In addition to this, where possible, I am going to put adverts on this Hub that relate to where you can still purchase these same sweets, and therefore experience the memories the flavours from your childhood will no doubt prompt. Please feel free to add your personal favourites to the comments section, as if I can find a source for them I shall edit this Hub to include them and show where they can still be obtained.

The Sweets

Prepare your mouth to water, in no particular order here goes..........

Aniseed Balls

*****

Aniseed Twists

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Army and Navy Tablets (also aniseed flavour)

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Cough Candy, (not so great, a bit like a menthol version of an aniseed twist, certainly looked the same)

*****

Chocolate Limes

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Sherbet Pips

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Tom Thumb Drops

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Flying Saucers

*****

The Real Liquorice Sticks, (the actual roots from the tree).

*****

Cinnamon Sticks

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Peanut Brittle

*****

Cola Fizz Bottles

*****

Blackjacks

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Fruit Salad

*****

Gobstoppers

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Sherbet Lemons

*****

Pear Drops

*****

Victory V's

*****

Chocolate Coated Brazil Nuts

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Uncle Joe's

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Mint Humbugs

*****

Mint Imperials

*****

Love Hearts

*****

Sherbet Dib Dabs

*****

Sherbet Fountains

*****

Chocolate Cigarettes

*****

Candy Cigarettes

*****

Candy Shrimps

*****

Liquorice Boot Laces

*****

Ice Breakers (great chocolate bar with mint chips in it).

*****

Traffic Light Lollies, (changed colour as you sucked your way through the layers, just like a traffic light).

*****

Fried Eggs, (I really didn't like these, but they were very popular).

*****

Barley Sugar

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Liquorice Comfits

*****

Sherbet Dib Dabs

*****

Sherbet Fountains

*****

Kola Kubes

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Parma Violets

*****

Yellow Bananas

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Chocolate Covered Bananas

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Toffee Bonbons

*****

Strawberry Bonbons

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Lemon Bonbons

*****

Milk Bottles

*****

Jelly Beans

*****


Coconut Mushrooms

*****

Wham Bars

*****

Space Dust

*****

Candy Necklaces

*****

Cinder Toffee

*****

Treacle Toffee

*****

Coconut Ice
Coconut Ice
Sherbet Pips
Sherbet Pips
Flumps
Flumps
Milk Gums
Milk Gums
Parma Violets
Parma Violets

Sweet Peanuts

*****

Imps

*****

White Chocolate Fish and Chips

*****

Rhubarb and Custard

*****

Foam Mushrooms

*****

Flumps

*****

Chocolate Tools

*****

Drumstick Lollies

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Chewits

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Chocolate Mice

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Whistle Pops

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Gold Nuggets

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Jazzies

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Jelly Tots

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Tutti Frooties

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Poppets

*****

Rainbow Drops

*****

Refresher Chews

*****

Swizzels

*****

Milk Teeth

*****

Coconut Ice

*****

Rosy Apples

*****

Pineapple Chunks

*****

Everton Mints

*****

For those sweets that you can't find a source for on this Hub, I have managed to find outside sources by looking online. Take a look at my links section to see where you can get hold of your old favourite sweets.

© 2008 Cindy Lawson

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    • mistyhorizon2003 profile imageAUTHOR

      Cindy Lawson 

      3 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      Not one I have heard of Mike but hope you track it down.

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      Mike 

      3 years ago

      A neighbour of mine(86),remebers a sweet called a double six.anybody out there know of it.thanx.

    • mistyhorizon2003 profile imageAUTHOR

      Cindy Lawson 

      5 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      Thanks pstraubie48, I too remember the days when we could buy sweets individually or by the quarter, like you we chose from colourful jars of sweets, and like you we got a load of sweets for the few pence it cost us. So many nostalgic memories tied up there.

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      Patricia Scott 

      5 years ago from sunny Florida

      Way back when I was a very young girl, I would traipse through two sets of woods to go to a tiny market that was on an isolated road in the tiny town I grew up in. My friend and I went together never wanting to make the trip through the woods alone although neither of us would admit it.

      There in that store was a counter like the one in Little House on the Prairie topped with jar after jar of favorite sweets. Little cardboard boxes held still more treats for us to purchase for almost NO money. Kisses were 2 for 1 cent. Candy cigarettes could be had for a whole nickel. We would leave the store with a small brown bag filled to almost overflowing with candy to last for the whole day...or more...for 25 cents. What fun it was to read this. Thanks for sharing.

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      Michelle 

      5 years ago

      Does anyone know where u can buy. Black Cat gum. It tasted like licorice but the same shape as double bubble

      Thechickencoop@telus.net

    • mistyhorizon2003 profile imageAUTHOR

      Cindy Lawson 

      6 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      Good Luck Terry, keep on checking back here if you have no luck, just in case someone else has commented with more information on a source for these.

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      Terry 

      6 years ago

      Ok Thanks i will try that see if i have any luck or maybe your members or readers might have any information on these sweets Thanks

    • mistyhorizon2003 profile imageAUTHOR

      Cindy Lawson 

      6 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      Hi Terry, I remember coconut mushrooms, but not ones with a peanut in the middle. Can I suggest you check out the links in the section at the end of my article, as those shops specialise in retro sweets, and a couple of them even contacted me for inclusion on this page so I am sure they will try to help if they can, or at least point you in the right direction. I suggest typing up a standard request, and then copy and paste it to each contact form or email you send to them as it saves typing out the same request multiple times.

      Good Luck

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      Terry 

      6 years ago

      Hi Misty,,, Ive looked around for the old fashioned fruit flavoured coconut mushrooms (with the peanut in the middle)cant find them anywhere !!! the only ones i can find are the ones with the icing piece in the middle as these are not the originals,,, please help havnt had the original ones since the early 70s,, they must be out there somewhere!!!! Thanks

    • mistyhorizon2003 profile imageAUTHOR

      Cindy Lawson 

      6 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      No idea Boharris, I have never heard of these, sorry!

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      Boharris 

      6 years ago

      Do they still make the Chocolate covered mint drops that you really only could get around Christmas. I have looked for the last few years and can't seem to find them. I don't even remember who made them.

    • mistyhorizon2003 profile imageAUTHOR

      Cindy Lawson 

      7 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      Never heard of pez candies Lela, must be a US thing. Good point on the candy cigarettes :)

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      Lela Bryan 

      7 years ago from Alameda, CA

      I used to like pez candies with the pez dispensers. I haven't heard of a lot of these! I used to like the candy cigarettes too..maybe that was why I grew up to smoke and then teach people how to stop smoking! he he

    • mistyhorizon2003 profile imageAUTHOR

      Cindy Lawson 

      7 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      I used to buy the mint ones too moonlake. If yours were the same as mine they were white candy, and each packet had a picture card inside it as well.

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      moonlake 

      7 years ago from America

      My candy cigarettes weren't chocolate. They were a mint flavor.

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      moonlake 

      7 years ago from America

      When I was a little girl we use to love Candy Cigarettes. We would push our doll buggies down the road smoking our candy cigarettes and wearing our pop beads.

      Enjoyed your hub.

    • mistyhorizon2003 profile imageAUTHOR

      Cindy Lawson 

      7 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      What a lovely trip down memory lane pstraubie48. I could almost see you at the shop counter on tiptoe asking the shop lady for your sweets. Happy days :)

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      Patricia Scott 

      7 years ago from sunny Florida

      This collection of candies took me right back to being the little kid I still am. The town I grew up in was very small..one hundred live souls in the fall and winter and most of spring lived there...it was tiny. There were two tiny stores. One of those tiny stores was like the one you see on Little House on the Prairie...jars on the ocunter, filled with all manner of sweets. A quarter would fill several little brown bags...and my friends and I would be set for the day.

      The other little store had an array of candies as well however they were in small boxes just out of reach behind the counter (a tall, wobbly 3 foot long counter). We would ask the lady at the counter to please give us two Hershey kisses...two for a penny, 2 Mary Janes, a pack of wax 'cokes', and on and on. Many of the candies, like the Hershey kiss. were 2 for 1 penny!!! O and BB bats too...this was fun...

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      Wacky f 

      7 years ago

      Hi Bell,

      Wow how good those chocolate cigarettes were, the only issue was you never had enough of them in the little box.

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      Wacky f 

      7 years ago

      Hi Bell,

      Wow how good those chocolate cigarettes were, the only issue was you never had enough of them in the little box.

    • mistyhorizon2003 profile imageAUTHOR

      Cindy Lawson 

      7 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      Hi Bell, Chocolate cigarettes were nice, but only chocolate at the end of the day. They were more fun because children could pretend to 'smoke' them, which made them feel like adults. Of course now we know the real horrors or smoking, it would be highly immoral to encourage kids to emulate smoking as it might encourage them to smoke the real thing in later life.

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      bell 

      7 years ago

      omg i am only a kid but mum haz been telling me that chocolate ciggaretts were da bomb

    • mistyhorizon2003 profile imageAUTHOR

      Cindy Lawson 

      7 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      Sorry "Turkish Delight", I don't welcome people spamming my hubs with comments which are only meant to lead people to their own "sweet selling" websites. Please approach me privately and negotiate in a businesslike fashion if you want your link added to this site. In the meantime your comment and link have been deleted.

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      Steve Cawood 

      8 years ago

      This is by far the best online sweet shop we've found, it's so uptodate with a blog, interactive tiwtter, facebook and youtube accounts as well as all our favourite sweets from our days at school. They have every sweet imaginable! www.bahhumbugs.com

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      SweetiePerson 

      8 years ago from redditch

      Yes There is also another one you can add to your list is www.sweetthingsdirect.co.uk

    • mistyhorizon2003 profile imageAUTHOR

      Cindy Lawson 

      9 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      Thanks LG, will definitely take a look at this :)

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      Debra Allen 

      9 years ago from West By God

      I found a site for you to browse of all Cnady we ate as kids. This is page one:

      http://www.oldtimecandy.com/candy-pix1.htm

    • mistyhorizon2003 profile imageAUTHOR

      Cindy Lawson 

      9 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      They are lovely, you should order some as they aren't expensive. I just had a big box of them sent to me from Sweet Heaven (link above), and they really bring back memories for me. Yummy :)

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      ertweryt 

      9 years ago from China

      actually,i've never tasted these kind of sweets

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      James 

      9 years ago

      I love buying old fashioned retro sweets. It reminds me of the good old days. I use Sweet Heaven.

    • mistyhorizon2003 profile imageAUTHOR

      Cindy Lawson 

      9 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      Well we didn't have Jaw Breakers, Bit O'Honey, Candy buttons or MaryJanes here, but "Good and Plenty" sound very much like Liquorice Comfits or Liquorice Torpedoes that we did have over here, and were one of my favourites.

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      Debra Allen 

      9 years ago from West By God

      I forgot one other one....Good and Plenty.

      Jaw Breakers were large balls of hot cinammon candy. MaryJanes were like taffy but sort of like a peanut butter in the center. Which reminds me of another one--Bit O' Honey another taffy candy. Candy buttons were just drops of candy on a sheet of paper and you could get them in rolls. Good and Plenty were licorice inside a hard candy shell.

    • mistyhorizon2003 profile imageAUTHOR

      Cindy Lawson 

      9 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      I wish I had got to try them LG.

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      Debra Allen 

      9 years ago from West By God

      They are sold or were sold in the US in the 70's. I remember walking a mile and a half to the corner store and buying them and a soda for the walk home.

    • mistyhorizon2003 profile imageAUTHOR

      Cindy Lawson 

      9 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      Hi LG, I acutally don't remember those ones, unless we didn't have them over here. Great to hear from you by thr way.

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      Debra Allen 

      9 years ago from West By God

      Wow what a sweet hub ;) Some of the ones that I remember are not on your list: MaryJanes, Candy Buttons, and Jaw Breakers.

    • mistyhorizon2003 profile imageAUTHOR

      Cindy Lawson 

      9 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      Thanks for the link Sweet Tooth, hopefully people can order online from them anyway.

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      sweet tooth 

      9 years ago

      all of those sweets are making my mouth water had a look for some pictures of nostalgia sweet shops

      http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_azWmV5p47Rs/SNvuIGsnp-I/...

      That’s about the only one i could find but the site it’s linked to hasn’t got any place names

    • mistyhorizon2003 profile imageAUTHOR

      Cindy Lawson 

      9 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      To be totally honest I have no idea Richard, but there are plenty others like them around. Easiest way to find them is to search Google images for things like "nostalia sweet shops" etc, then when the pictures come up find a picture such as the one above and click on it, then click on the link below the image that shows the site where it was originally used.

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      Richard Hoare 

      9 years ago

      Great looking shop in the picture above, where is it?

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      Sweet Greetings 

      10 years ago

      For all your Old Fashioned Sweets Online.

    • mistyhorizon2003 profile imageAUTHOR

      Cindy Lawson 

      10 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      mmmm, delicious weren't they!

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      starrkissed 

      10 years ago from Arizona

      haha candy shrimps caught my eye. most of those aren't familiar to me, but they look good! :D

    • mistyhorizon2003 profile imageAUTHOR

      Cindy Lawson 

      10 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      Thanks Himachal, glad you enjoyed it.

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      himachal 

      10 years ago from himachal

      Good hub

    • mistyhorizon2003 profile imageAUTHOR

      Cindy Lawson 

      10 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      Hi Chris, thanks for your feedback. I remember whistle pops very well, although our Doctors only gave us Jelly Babies as rewards, the whistle pops we had to buy in shops ourselves. I don't remember Choc-Lick though.

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      ChrisSnil 

      10 years ago from United Kingdom

      I think my sweet tooth just returned at the sight of all those lovely goodies :D I can remember getting Whistle Pops from the doctor's surgery if you were good during a checkup :)

      So many that I remember from my childhood - although where's Choc-Lick on the list? ;)

      Nowadays I may have a sneaky Kola Kube now and then - and there's a lovely little shop in Lincoln that still sells sweets by the jar, I try and visit it every year when I return for the Christmas market :)

    • mistyhorizon2003 profile imageAUTHOR

      Cindy Lawson 

      10 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      Hi Jim10, Do try the aniseed sweets, especially aniseed twists and aniseed balls as they are addictive and very delicious.

      Thanks for your comment too.

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      jim10 

      10 years ago from ma

      So much candy I have never even heard of. But they all look so good. I think I will try some of these. Candy made from aniseed seems strange. But it sounds like everyone likes it. Thanks.

    • mistyhorizon2003 profile imageAUTHOR

      Cindy Lawson 

      10 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      Hey I used to take back the coke bottles too and use the money for sweets. You used to get 5p for a small bottle and 10p for a large bottle.

      Dafla, I never liked the peanut sweets, but loved anything with aniseed in it. I remember vending machines that gave out aniseed balls for 1p though.

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      Bob Ewing 

      10 years ago from New Brunswick

      Takes me back to the penny candy days when we exchanged empty pop bottles for candy at the store.

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      dafla 

      10 years ago

      The names are different here in the states, but the candy is the same. I remember when you could buy a package of 5 small peanut butter cups in a vending machine for a nickel. I still love peanut butter cups.

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      Cindy Lawson 

      10 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      I remember Star Dust, it was much the same as Space Dust and popped in your mouth. Do you remember how Space Dust used to pop so violently sometimes it actually hurt your mouth?

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      Compu-Smart 

      10 years ago from London UK

      Mmmm sweeeet sweeeties!!

      :)

      I used to love star dust! it was a powdery like substance that made your face go all funny bcos it was soo tingly!

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      moonlake 

      10 years ago from America

      My friend and I use to push our doll buggaies and smoke Candy Cigarettes. We thought we were so big. Enjoyed your hub.

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      Steve Andrews 

      10 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal

      Yes, I remember them and I've been remembering some other sweets like Sour Grapes bubble gum, Everlasting Strips, Lucky Bags, and then in high school we had tuck shop and wonderful Chelsea buns and Chipmunk Oxo crisps. These were some of the things I did enjoy in my schooldays!

    • mistyhorizon2003 profile imageAUTHOR

      Cindy Lawson 

      10 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      Good days that I remember well Steve. Remember "Bazooka" Bubble Gun, that was so hard to chew it used to make your jaws aches!

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      Steve Andrews 

      10 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal

      So many sweets I remember there Cindy! I used to love Flying Saucers, Black Jacks, Shrimps, Golf Balls, Aniseed Balls, Gobstoppers, Rainbow Drops, Licorice Root (or Spanish Root as we also called it), and by the quarter Halls Winter Mixtures with the clove flavour ones, Sherbet Lemons and Rum and Butter toffees, not forgetting Chocolate Eclairs! And I used to buy hundreds of bubble gums that had free cards like Flags of the World and the Outer Limits. That sort of stuff was incredibly important to me as a kid! lol Those were the days!

      Space Dust was much later in the punk rock days - I remember pinning empty packets on my jacket because I thought that looked punky!

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