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Retro sweets

Sweets would probably make my top ten all time favourite things list.  Maybe top five.  Few things can replace the childhood joy of saving up pocket money and spending it all on pic 'n' mix or ordering treats from the rows of colourful jars lined along shelves in the local sweet shops.  Remember when there was so much trust abound in shopkeepers that you'd fill a paper bag up with sweets in the local One Stop (Circle K anyone?) and the lady behind the counter would just ask 'How much?' (And you'd have no idea, so you'd just guess and then round it down a little bit...)

I can't say I've ever grown out of my love of sweets.  The demise of Woolworth's was a sad day for me; I have lots of happy memories of filling up bags with all manner of sugary treats (except for jelly snakes, they were too heavy and made it too expensive) and then spending the afternoon gorging on them until I felt sick. These days I love a good bag of Haribo or Sour Skittles, but nothing can replace good old fashioned, sweet shop sweets.  Bubblegum bottles, chocolate mice, shrimps, strawberry bon bons, giant strawberries, Wham bars... just thinking about them has my mouth watering! So when The Gobstopper kindly offered me a jar of their retro sweets, I knew just what to choose.  Their click and mix jars come in three different sizes, this small jar costs £9.99* and can be filled with three different choices of sweets.  I chose fish and chips, rosy apples and sour apples.

It arrived a couple of days later in a lovely Kilner Jar, with a sweet little Gobstopper luggage tag tied on with string, full to the brim with my chosen sweeties! (My mouth really was literally watering as I took these photos, I wanted to dig in immediately!)




When it arrived, my first thought was 'That's not going to last long!' but actually the jar holds a deceptive amount.  A week later there are still two or three rosy apples at the bottom of the jar (the fish and chips were the first to go!).  I'm looking forward to cleaning it out once its finished and using it for something else as the jar is so nice (let's face it, it will probably be filled with more sweets!) The jars are great for a movie night in or for giving as a gift (it's my birthday in a couple of weeks, hint hint!)

Overall I'd definitely recommend The Gobstopper - check out their site for lots of other retro sweets, American candy, gift boxes and even wedding favours.

What's your favourite sweet shop sweet?

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15 comments

  1. Ahh this looks brilliant and I'm very tempted to order myself some as a treat!

    There's a 100 year old sweet shop in the village my Gran lived in, and some of my favourite childhood memories are going to the sweet shop with my Gran and Uncle. Sometimes Gran would send us to get her a bag of sweets, and I would always eat a few of hers sneakily on the way home!

    My favourite sweets are Sweet Peanuts, although they're not as good nowadays!

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  2. I love chocolate limes, but to be honest, any sweets will do for me! xxx

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  3. Aw Woolworths Pic n Mix was the best!

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  4. Ahh yum, I'll never grow out of sweets. My favourite is hands down jellybeans xx

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  5. Aww it's so cute :)
    I love strawberries, the flat ones that Haribo have bought out recently, not the rounded strawbz, they're just not as good!
    Mia
    Prettyxeclectic.blogspot.com
    X

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  6. Man I used to LOVE filling a paper bag with sweets when I was little! I used to bump into Uncle Albert from Only Fools and Horses in the newsagent often as he lived in our village. I remember thinking I was so cool buying those chocolate cigarettes and pretending to smoke them in the park on the swings.
    Not sure what my favourite sweets are. I'm definitely not a Haribo girl. They make me feel sick. And there's no way I'd chance the pick'n'mix in Tesco. The amount of kids I've seen sticking their hands in and then licking their fingers and diving in for more. Barf.
    x

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  7. oooh very yummy, we have a great sweet shop in my town with sweets all lined up in jars and great Welsh ice cream, love that place x

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  8. Sweets are my vice, my weakness. I have pick & mix way more often than any one person should! I'm so suprised I don't rack up huge dentist bills!

    I have rather fond memories of 1p sweets at the local shop, telling a little fib as to how many I actually had :P

    I should probably steer clear of that website to be honest :P

    Jenny | sunny sweet pea xx

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  9. I love it !

    Love, unicorns and glitter on you. <3

    Florian,
    http://www.like-enchanted.com

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  10. PICK N MIX.. YES!! Oh gosh I just want to eat it all, my faves were/still are (!) the white chocolate mice!

    The Little Things

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  11. I love this post. I used to love buying sweets that were actually 1p, and pic n mixes are still a favourite of mine though I rarely have them. Glad you enjoyed your treats, I definitely think you should keep the jar as a sweet jar from now on! x

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  12. ah this looks amazing! i love pick n mix, i know it doesn't compare to how yummy these looks but wilkinson's is the place for sweets these days!

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  13. Woolies! Long live Woolies forever in my heart. Also who remembers when penny sweets ACTUALLY cost a penny? Those were the days. Favourite sweet shop sweets can only be anything deathly sour & sugary like cola bottles in all their incarnations, fizzy snakes, etc. Also chocolately goodness made in that fake-chocolate stuff like chocolate tools <3 and RAZZLES! I think they're called? The buttons covered in hundreds & thousands. Oooh, now I'm salivating...

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  14. Ha yes Circle K! I used to stop in there on the way home from playgroup! Love a good blast from the past x

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  15. Was never a fan of the fish and chips, the rosy apples however were top!

    http://retrozap.blogspot.co.uk/

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