There used to be a great little sweet shop in the village when I was small.
Sat in the heart of the village, and across from the village green, was situated the local grocery shop that had an old fashioned till, a long counter and shelves upon shelves behind it filled with heavy jars with screw top lids.
Filled to the brim with proper, old fashioned sweets that the shopkeeper used to dive into, weigh out onto his scales and tip into your paper bag before totting up the price on his piece of paper he kept next to the till. (None of your fancy till doing the work for you back then.)
To small children, the sweets were a great sight, and especially the penny sweets. You could fill your bag for 10p back when penny sweets were just that – a penny.
Now you’d be lucky to get one sweet for 10p, never mind ten.
These were the firm favourites:
One of these would last for ages. Mmmm
One of my all time favourites. Suck it until you get to the middle and all the fizz explodes on your tongue…..
The best time of the week was when we could go and choose what sweet to have out of the many jars.
Or, if you wanted to help yourself to the pick and mix bit opposite the counter, these were always the best to go for:
Fried egg sweets
Recently introduced to my two on holiday, and they found it hilarious when it all started exploding in their mouth. Should have had a camera handy for the expressions…. I had to have some myself of course, for nostalgia’s sake….
Squashy little mallow type bananas. I used to love these things.
It’s a wonder all my teeth haven’t fallen out over the years, really…..
What were your favourite sweets? Do you have any sweet memories?! To see what others chomped away on, visit