It had two chocolate-covered wafer fingers and was launched in 1976 by
Mars. It was kind of like a Drifter, but had a layer of chopped peanuts.
There were two flavours, roast nut and toasted coconut. It was totally
gorgeous, but, sadly, it disappeared sometime in the 80s.
Jacks are one of the most well-known classic British sweets.
They`re aniseed flavoured, chewy and black with a unique taste, and they make your tongue go black!
original labels from the 1920's pictured a grinning golly and this
caused more and more controversy as the decades passed. By the late 80s
were left with no choice but to delete the golly
logo and it was replaced by a
pirate with a black beard.
In the early 1990s the pirate logo was replaced by a rather boring black and white swirl design - yawn - and now the wrapper just says "Barrat BlackJack".
Well, I'd almost forgotten about these chocolate buttons which were
covered with colourful sprinkles, and they used to have a wonderful
aroma when you opened the paper bag. Appealing to the eye, these were
always popular when I was young.
Remember this Cadbury's miniatures chocolate machine from your childhood? Well, you'll be pleased to know that they're still as popular as ever, and you can still buy them for your own little ones from Amazon UK.
were Launched way before the 80s in Southport, England in 1965. They
were cube-shaped, soft and chewy sweets that originally came in four
fruit flavours; strawberry, blackcurrant, orange and banana.
ad in the video clip above featured a Godzilla-like creature that was
threatening New York, and proved to be extremely popular. In fact, it
was so popular that Leaf International delayed the launch of the sequel.
ice cream flavour was introduced in 1989, and since then there have
been sour, fizzy and hot flavours, many of which were limited edition.
Sadly, like many manufacturing companies in the UK, the factory closed
in 2006 and production moved to Slovakia where Chewits are still being
A net of Chocolate Coins could always be found hanging on the Christmas Tree in our household, but by Christmas Day there were never any left!
Hmm, I wonder who ate them all? Tee, hee!
Now they come with a pirate theme and are ideal for kids parties to use in a treasure hunt or as a party bag filler.
Curly Wurly by Cadbury's is still available today from good sweet shops, although with a different wrapper design.
This was a chewy and long stick of chocolate with triangular holes
running through it. When you bit into it, the sticky centre was, well,
curly and wurly!
- I used to absolutely adore these as a child in the 70s. Not only did I
love the two different flavours on a stick, but I also got quite
excited by the different colours, as would many young children today, I
This is a very traditional lolly that is still popular and ideal for a party bag filler.
Fizzers - these fizzy and fruity retro sweets have a hard but brittle feel to them and leave a wonderful sensation on the tongue. They are similar to Barratt's Refreshers, but these small-sized rolls are ideal party bag fillers.
Fry's Five Centres
were phased out in the early 90's - please bring them back! You used to
get different fruit flavoured fondant centres and it was always a
surprise as to which one you'd bite into next. You can still get the
mint and orange bars separately, though.
Cadbury's Golden Crisp is an irresistible chocolate bar which contains honeycombed candy pieces. Just someone mentioning the word honeycomb has me salivating, and this is yet another product on this page that I adore (it's no wonder I have a pot belly!) and, thankfully, you can still buy these.
Jelly Babies. I suppose it was Tom Baker's fault for getting me hooked on these! As Doctor Who back in the 80s his catchphrase used to be "would you like a jelly baby?".
Fresh and fruity, these sweets are firm on the outside and jelly on the inside.
Jelly Beans were
gorgeously fruity and chewy, and bursting with flavour. They were,
apparently, invented in 1861 by Boston (USA) confectioner William
are traditional Mini sweets with sentiments printed within a 'love
heart'. Back at primary school in the 70s, the girls used to hand these
out to any boy they might fancy in the hope that they might get the
Judging by the reviews on Amazon, I believe that people buy these for their wedding reception as favours - sweet idea!
were a kind of Opal Fruits spin-off, but came in peppermint and
spearmint flavours. I really loved them, but I am told they were
discontinued sometime in the 80's. I'll have to do more research on
- made by Barratts, virtually everyone remembers these pastel-coloured,
fizzy sweets, which are a true retro classic. They're an acquired
taste, though, and I have to admit that I really can't stand them! But
just like Marmite, you either love them or hate them.
Sherbert Fountain - A great old fashioned and nostalgic sweet... colourful tube filled with
glorious sherbet and a delicious liquorice dipping stick - I used to consume rather a lot of these back in the seventies.
Spangles were fizzy, fruity boiled sweets that were manufactured by Mars during the 1950's, 60's and 70's.
Spangles were discontinued in the early 80's, and were briefly
reintroduced in 1994, exclusively in Woolworth's outlets in the UK.
Sadly, now even Woolworth's has disappeared, although they still have
an online presence. This wrapper for orangeade Spangles is from 1974. I
also remember there being cola and lemonade flavours, too.
Unfortunately, no longer available - darn!
produced by Mars confectionary from the 1960s to 1988 when they were
discontinued and replaced by M&M's. However, thankfully, they were
relaunched in 2009.They
were originally just called Treets, which were peanuts covered in milk
chocolate and a glazed candy shell. Eventually, three different types
were launched; Peanut, Chocolate and Toffee Treets. All of
these had the candy shell.
Do you love anyone enough to give them your last Rolo?
The main problem with Rolos is that I felt like finishing off the
whole tube before giving anyone the chance to get their mitts on the
last one - love that gooey centre!