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Old fashioned sweets, Nigel Slater programme

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Sue Report 6 Nov 2012 11:38

Saw an interesting programme last night with Nigel Slater looking into the history of sweets.
What was your favourite sweets as a child, or now, and do they bring back any particular memories.?

I used to love sherbert, of any sort, reminds me of summer days long ago.!


JoyBoroAngel Report 6 Nov 2012 11:41

i used to like
jelly mushrooms witha peanut on their bottoms but cant get them nowhere
and i loved ther coffee ones in milk tray but they dont do them anymore :-( :-(


Bobtanian Report 6 Nov 2012 12:00

liquorice allsorts..............but todays versions are 'Orrible...........

coconut ice........but too sweet now


Sue Report 6 Nov 2012 12:03


Ive heard of jelly mushrooms, but not with peanut on their bottoms.!!! How very rude.!!!!.....



AnninGlos Report 6 Nov 2012 12:50

I too liked sherbert lemons but they don't taste the same to me now. Also liked sherbert dabs/fountains. I also like the coffee creams Joy.

Used to love Milk tray chocs and my Mum always bought me some but they are not the same these days.

Even things like mars bars don't taste as nice since the healthy eating brigade got them changed.


wisechild Report 6 Nov 2012 13:02

For a real trip down Memory Lane, you can´t beat the sweetie shop at the Black Country museum in Dudley.


Sue Report 6 Nov 2012 13:24

I think the place Nigel Slater was born was Wolverhampton , and it may well have been that same sweet shop he visited. It was pretty spectacular if it was,.
Pity that sort of thing seems to be disappearing now.!


wisechild Report 6 Nov 2012 13:29

That´s interesting Sue. I didn´t realise that.
It really is a wonderful place & the chippy on the same site is not to be missed.
(the museum is interesting too)


GinN Report 6 Nov 2012 13:37

I used to love Choc Sticks, a long twisted stick of brittle toffee with a core of chocolate. If anyone knows where you can buy them.......
Also have a thing about coltsfoot rock, but it has to be a whole stick, not chopped up.


Mauatthecoast Report 6 Nov 2012 13:41

Sue there are quite a lot of shops selling 'nostaligic sweets',we have one in our town.

Joy do you mean coconut mushrooms? I've always liked them...Sainsbury's sell 'em:-D

Here's a good link to set your tastebuds going



Mauatthecoast Report 6 Nov 2012 13:49

I loved choc sticks and come to think of it you can't get Rhubarb - rock in sticks either ..or twisted barley sugar sticks....not that I'd eat tomorrow :-(


Susan10146857 Report 6 Nov 2012 13:54

I watched some of that but he came across as rather creepy, I thought.


GinN Report 6 Nov 2012 14:08

Yes, there is something a bit creepy about Nigel Slater, glad I'm not the only one who thinks so. Much prefer the Hairy Bikers (but I am a prejudiced Geordie)


Barbinsglos Report 6 Nov 2012 14:09

The sweet I remember most from way back is liquorice root. Could chew away for hours. Not long ago I went into one of those old sweet shops and bought some. It was disgusting!!!!!

Mum used to make us paper cones containing cocoa powder and sugar. Imagine kids having that now.


Merlin Report 6 Nov 2012 14:11

Banana Toffees were pretty good,and Gobstoppers.We,ve got a local shop that makes all types of old sweets.


GinN Report 6 Nov 2012 14:11

Back to jelly mushrooms with peanuts on their bottoms - I think you may be remembering birds nests, the peanuts being the eggs.


Merlin Report 6 Nov 2012 14:15

What about the Cadburys Milk Tray in a Bar,,can,t get them now, mind Cadburys have gone to pot now. :-S


JoyBoroAngel Report 6 Nov 2012 14:15

we called them jelly mushrooms
i am going to try sainsburys see if they are the same ones


Barbinsglos Report 6 Nov 2012 14:19

What about 5 Boys choc bar. with the boys faces on.

Looks like nobody else was poor enough or old enough to have the liquorice root then :-( :-( :-(


Julia Report 6 Nov 2012 14:21

We had sweet rations until I was 8 years old. Lost me sweet tooth after that. Must have had a deprived childhood. LOLOL

Julia in Derbyshire