Britain's Most Popular Sweets: 1960s and 1980s

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Last stop: 1960s and 1980s. Oh what a time it was to be in!! The Beatles rose to fame, the Mary Poppins movie was released and best of all sweets such as Flying Saucers, Rhubarb and Custards and Wham bars were created! Flying Saucers Flying Saucers are our signature candy and in 2004, Flying Saucers were voted Britain’s all-time favourite sweet. But what are Flying Saucers exactly? These colourful discs are made from a rice paper sandwich with sherbet filling. Yum! Rhubarb and Custard This list would definitely not be complete without the British sweet shop essential, Rhubarb and Custard. Created...

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Britain's Most Popular Sweets: 1950s

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The 1950s saw the launch of mouthwatering sweets such as Drumsticks and Love Hearts. Drumsticks Drumsticks are raspberry and milk flavoured chewy lollipop. They were created by the Swizzels-Matlow Company in 1957, Derby, England. At the time it was created, it was the only chewy lolly in the world. It is said to have been invented by accident when the son of one of Swizzels-Matlow’s founders was experimenting with a new machine and discovered it was possible to create a lollipop with two different flavours. No wonder why it is so popular: double the flavour, double the goodness! Love Hearts...

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Britain's Most Popular Sweets: 1930s and 1940s

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Welcome back to another post about Britain’s most popular sweets. Scroll below for the history and facts you need to know about the most delectable sweets of the 1930s and the 1940s. Fizzy cola bottles Fizzy cola bottles are sour, chewy cola gummies made from gelatin dipped in sugar.  They are an essential part of the classic pick ‘n’ mix selection and were first produced in the 1930s. Now they come in all different flavours and sizes including: fizzy cherry cola bottles, cherry cola bottles, giant cola bottles and giant fizzy cola tubs! Parma Violets Parma Violets are little blue discs....

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Britain's Most Popular Sweets: 1920s

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Fruit Salads. Black Jacks. Sherbet Fountains. What do they have in common? These scrumptious sweets were all invented in the 1920s. Fruit Salads Fruit salads are raspberry and pineapple flavoured chews first created by Barratt’s in the 1920s. Their iconic yellow and pink wrapper became synonymous with pick ‘n’ mix throughout the decades making Fruit Salads a staple British sweet. Black Jacks Black Jacks are known as the “big brother” to the Fruit Salads. They were first created in the 1920s, just like the Fruit salads. Unlike the Fruit salads however they are aniseed flavoured chews that turn your tongue black!! Smiling...

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Britain’s Most Popular Sweets: 1900s and 1910s

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The 1900s and the 1910s saw the conception of Wine Gums, Gobstoppers, Aniseed Balls and Jelly Babies! Scroll down to find out all you need to know about these delicious sweets. Wine Gums Wine gums were created in the 1900s and although the name suggests otherwise, they do not actually contain wine. According to the company Maynard, they were invented because Charles Gordon Maynard wanted to create a sweet to appeal to adults but not upset his teetotal father. Hence, wine-less wine gums were spawned. Gobstoppers Gobstoppers have existed for around 100 years although it is unknown who originally invented them or...

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Britain's Most Popular Sweets: Pre-1900s

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Ever wondered how certain sweets came to be or when they were invented? Then this blog is just for you. This post is the first in a series of blog posts about the history of some of Britain’s most popular sweets. First stop: Pre-1900s. Barley Sugars Barley sugars are boiled sweets and are made from boiling down refined candy sugar with barley sugar, cream of tartar and water. They are a time-honoured British sweet, but did you know they were not actually invented in Britain? In fact, they were first created by the Benedictine monks of Moret-sur-Loing, France in 1683. Pontefract...

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