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Bringing Back The Memories: Remembering The Sweets From Your Childhood

When many of us think back to our youth, one thing, in particular, can stand out for us as a testament to the ‘good old days’: our favorite childhood sweets.

Whether it was the variety or the lower prices (we’re looking at you, Freddo), our favorite sweets from yesteryear can immediately transport us back to our childhood.

In this post, we’ll be taking a look at some of the gone, but not so forgotten, sweets of our childhoods, as well as a few existing favorites.

Jelly Babies

Jelly Babies, produced by Bassett’s since 1918, were originally launched as ‘Peace Babies’ to celebrate the end of the First World War. Allegedly a favorite of The Beatles’ star George Harrison, this sweet has held a firm place in the heart of the nation.

Wine Gums

These chewy pastilles have been at the heart of a heated debate of generations of children, with many believing they contained real wine. This reached such a height that in 2009, one schoolboy was banned from buying a pack of the sweets for being underage.


Otherwise known as jaw-breakers, which gives you some idea of why biting into these is not a good idea! Varying from bite-size to giant whoppers, these sweets are most certainly a challenge and have been a favorite in the playground since the interwar period.

Drumstick lollies

These lollies and their newer counterparts of squashies and bonbons have been a favorite in the UK for 60 years. Characterised by their dual flavors and extremely chewy texture, these sweets have endured the test of time. They can still be found in our supermarket aisles today, and you can find out more about them here.

Black Jacks and Fruit Salads

These sister sweets, the tangy aniseed Black Jack and pineapple and raspberry Fruit Salad, have been around since the 1920s. They have been making generations of children happy since their creation, especially when they were available as penny sweets!

Sherbert Fountain

If you ask people about the sweet they most remember from their childhood, Sherbet Fountains will most likely be on their list. With the distinct bright yellow packaging and red writing, the licorice stick and the sweet sherbet, this sweet is the taste of many childhoods.


This sweet, introduced in 1950 until 1984, was known for its shape and variety of flavors. Initially introduced when sweets were still on ration, these were a steal at only one ration token rather than two. They became so popular that The Kinks’ referenced them in their 1981 song Art Lover, and in 2008 topped a poll of discontinued brands that British consumers would most like to see revived. Although you can’t find these around today, Retro-Sweet offers a variety of boiled sweet alternatives.

Flying Saucers

In 2004 the flying saucer was voted Britain’s all-time favorite sweet. Allegedly first produced in Antwerp in the 1950s, when a producer of communion wafers faced a decline in demand for their products, they are an essential sweet of many childhoods and have withstood the test of time.

If you can’t decide on a favorite sweet from our list, why not put all your eggs in one basket (so to speak) and get yourself a retro sweet hamper?