This weeks challenge over on Listography with Kate Takes 5 has gone all retro and is favourite childhood sweets, so I really couldn’t resist joining in!
Back in the olden days when I was a girl *ahem* you could buy sweets for half a penny. Can you even believe that such a currency existed now..? Am I really am that old that I can remember that..? Pounds also came in the form of a banknote instead of a coin too but I didn’t have many of them. It was much easier to lay my hands on half a penny! And I clearly remember being allowed twenty pence every Friday to go to the corner shop so that was a whole lot of sweets!
The sweets were kept on a ‘penny tray’ that the shop kept under the counter and you had to ask the
miserable old bat of a shopkeeper to see the ‘penny tray’ but if you didn’t remember your manners and say please or thank you she would refuse to get out her tray of goodies! So out would come the silver tray and there would be a selection of sweets and it would always take me an age to decide what I wanted (much to her annoyance!) Or, if I was feeling flush I would get a ‘quarter’ of sweets from the big jars on the rows of wooden shelves and she would weigh them out on her scales and put them in a white paper bag. What was the ‘quarter’ measurement, does anyone know? Was it a quarter of a pound maybe because that sounds like a lot of sweets..
Anyway, here are my childhood favourites:
But it wasn’t the jar of Nutella that we know of today. This was the closest picture that I could find but it was a square little tub of Nutella that came with a little plastic shovel for you to eat it with. If I remember rightly, these cost a mighty five pence so obviously I didn’t splash out on one of these every week 😉
Now these chewy little sweets used to be tiny but at just half a penny, they were just right for my budget! I remember once getting a pound note in a birthday card and I went to the shop and spent it on Mojos. You can imagine the shopkeeper’s delight when she realised that she had to count out two hundred of these things. She made me come back an hour later for them and I had a huge stripey paper bag waiting for me. That was one happy birthday 😉
3. Travener’s Spearmint
These were chewy minty sweets and I remember they used to last forever which is why I liked them. Plus my Nana always had a little tub full of them in her sideboard. The bonus being that I could eat them for free of course! I actually saw some as an adult and couldn’t resist trying them and they were actually awful and tasted of not much at all in fact!
4. White Mice
Oh how I loved white mice! Always a firm favourite and I used to like the ones that had ‘blood’ in too. They were still white mice but had some sort of red syrup type stuff just in the bottom of them and I would bite of the mouse’s head and watch it ooze out, horrible child that I was!
5. Melody Pops
These were lolly pops that doubled up as a whistle and you could move the stick up and down to play your tune. I was back and forth to the dentist all the time as a child (who’d have thought it.. Not like I ate too many sweets..) and my Mum would always let me have a treat for being so brave after my (many) visits to the dentist and they actually sold these Melody Pops in the chemists of all places which was next door to the dentist! It was definitely an incentive enough to get me to climb upon the dentists chair and knocked the spots of his sticker that was for sure 😉
So there you have it, my top five favourite childhood sweets. I could have easily come up with a top one hundred I think but to see lots more, do stop by the linky over at Kate Takes 5. There are some real blasts from the past there!