70s and 80s Sweets and Chocolate Bars in the UK
This is the page hated by dentists but loved by the rest of us, and it's guaranteed to bring back some fond childhood memories.
Curly Wurly's, Black Jack's, Fruit Salads - remember them? All of the old-fashioned 70's and 80's favourites are here. Of course, some were available to buy long before the 70s and 80s - some are centuries old - but it was during this time that I personally remember enjoying them in my childhood.
Many are still available to buy right from this page, and others are just sadly missed. It's all now labelled as "junk food", of course, and we are forever being preached at to stop eating what we enjoy - who can resist when it tastes so wonderful!
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These are certainly 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!
The original labels from the 1920s pictured a grinning golly and this caused more and more controversy as the decades passed. By the late 80s manufacturers Trebor 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".
These 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.
The 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.
An 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 produced.
A net of these delights could always be found hanging on the Christmas Tree in our household, but by Christmas Day there were never any left - the temptation was just too much! Hmm, I wonder who ate them all? Tee, hee!
Now they also come with a pirate theme and are ideal for kids parties to use in a treasure hunt or as a party bag filler.
I used to absolutely adore these as a young 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.
Fizzy Cola Bottles
Fruit Salad Sweets
Funny Feet Ice Cream
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 with a jelly on the inside.
These traditional mini sweets with feature 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 - a sweet idea!
Popcorn With Crushed Sweets!
Sweet Bananas / Foam Bananas
These yummy, soft, juicy chews feature a lovely mellow banana flavour. Some of my friends don't remember these from the 70s, but I sure do!
Products that are no longer being made
Treets were 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.