- March 4, 2021 at 11:54 pm #457805Grace ScarlettParticipantRegistered On: February 16, 2021Topics: 52Replies: 1098Has thanked: 3816 timesBeen thanked: 5691 times
A very good morning from England, i hope you are all well.
Gosh, haven’t the forums been great lately, full of girly things inter spaced with more diverse topics….. isn’t that just how it should be. I’ve been a critic in the past, but not now!!!
Okay, we’ve paraded our panties, snapped our bra straps, loved our latex?? and bounced our favourite forms off each other, even learned how to repair them!!!.
Lets go diverse for a moment, rest in the afterglow, and reminisce….ah schooldays!!!
When you were a knee high, did you have a favourite sweet???…in the playground did you swap with others???…steal from others??? remember all those goodies….love hearts, gobstoppers, fruit salads and blackjacks, bazooka bubblegum aniseed balls, etc etc…..
Well for me…it had to be the Sherbet fountain….!!.
a card tube covered in yellow paper…full of sherbet powder with a liquorice tube stuck in the top you used as a straw….this took practice…too big a suck resulted in a throat full of powder, resulting in the ” choke” and teary eyes….omg, the memories……you could tell ” fountain addicts” in the playground….streaming eyes and black lips!!!…
We never had a tuck shop at school…but at the end of the day…a mad rush across the road to the shop opposite, armed with your ” dinner money” to spend on much more important ” food”…only 6 kids allowed in at a time because of the
shopliftingenthusiasm!!!..which got so bad, a teacher had to be there!!!
and now, has grace become more sophisticated??? more refined??? well i dont chomp on sweeties like as a kid….but there’s always a bar of chocolate in the fridge, usually a toblerone……
and if you touch my Jelly Babies……i WILL have to kill you.. haha.
So…..did you have a favourite sweet at school……and do you have anything you cant live without now..???
Thanks for reading my ramble…
Love you all, grace ❤️❤️
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- March 7, 2021 at 8:23 pm #459228patty williamsLadyRegistered On: January 19, 2019Topics: 70Replies: 1313Has thanked: 2170 timesBeen thanked: 4625 times
HI Grace it looks like I showed up late to the candy party.LOL
I gave up sweets 2 years ago other than natural sugars and its been hard .
This definately doesn’t help.
I love chocolate those good old Hershey bars with almonds,Mounds bars ,almond joy and Zero bars and of course snickers bars Yum.
Occasionally down in Tennessee at the lake a good old Goo Goo Cluster.
I liked the cakes better though gravitated to Ho Ho’s or King Dons more than candy bars.
My goodness Im glad I have a dentist appointment tomorrow Think I got a cavity from reading all this.
Fun Topic Thank you Grace
Hugs Patty sweet tooth
- March 7, 2021 at 11:50 pm #459268Grace ScarlettBaroness - AnnualRegistered On: February 16, 2021Topics: 52Replies: 1098Has thanked: 3816 timesBeen thanked: 5691 times
Is a goo goo cluster something i should really be asking about????
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- March 8, 2021 at 1:22 am #459287Paula FDuchessRegistered On: August 7, 2019Topics: 13Replies: 1029Has thanked: 13086 timesBeen thanked: 4060 times
I bet you folks in the UK have almost the same sweets we do here Grace, just with a different name. It would be interesting to see pictures of the products to see if we have the same thing under a different name. Goo Goo Clusters are sticky sweet nutty confections.
- March 7, 2021 at 12:25 pm #459023Sarah Du HessisseLadyRegistered On: September 16, 2020Topics: 20Replies: 433Has thanked: 2270 timesBeen thanked: 1593 times
Morning Grace I was always a chocolate lover, as kids we used buy sherbet straight from the jar and just lick your fingers and dip them in. However my real passion was Rock Cakes and Pink iced Buns.
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- March 6, 2021 at 5:36 am #458325Katey DoeLadyRegistered On: February 3, 2021Topics: 35Replies: 637Has thanked: 1539 timesBeen thanked: 1834 times
For me it is and has always been the peppermint patty. Ever since I was a kid on that playground until now. It’s just plain and simple but for whatever reason I love them.
Have a great day!! Hugs – Katey
- March 6, 2021 at 5:06 am #458312Stephanie RobertsPrincessRegistered On: May 20, 2020Topics: 4Replies: 509Has thanked: 4465 timesBeen thanked: 1736 times
Hi Cap’n Grace…
In Adelaide there was something similar to a sherbet fountain, packets of “Whiz Fizz”. Plastic packets of flavoured sugar with a plastic spoon. I remember eating them at school as a kid.
There used to be a fantastic bakery on the way home from school. My favourites were cream buns, doughnuts with sprinkles, which we called fancy doughnuts, and finger buns.
In Adelaide we also had a soft drink company called Halls. They made outstanding creaming soda, lemon twist, and sarsaparilla. The company was bought by Coca Cola in the 90’s. 😢
We have a bakery company in Adelaide called Balfours. They made great custard tarts which I enjoyed right throughout school.
By the way, I think I’m short enough to be considered a dwarf, but I have no beard. I could imagine Cap’n Grace brandishing a broadsword though…
Love and hugs, Stephanie 💖
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Thank you for replying, as to all of you girls.
Anyone bought out by coca cola must have been good…can you really believe how we literally ” spooned ” sugar down our throats as kids???….i honestly think the biggest difference between then and now….i was out as a kid from first light to dark…playing, running, jumping, i never seemed to stop….no sitting in front of a tv/computer screen all day for me….just like now, i was/am out there…..but i do love a good custard donut!!!
Biggest huggs Steph ❤️❤️
- March 5, 2021 at 5:39 pm #458150Alice UnderwireLadyRegistered On: September 16, 2019Topics: 25Replies: 2988Has thanked: 2612 timesBeen thanked: 6218 times
Pop Rocks ingredients include sugar, lactose (milk sugar), and flavoring. They are shaped like little pebbles and pressurized carbon dioxide gas bubbles are embedded inside of the candy. From one’s saliva a small popping reaction occurs when it dissolves in one’s mouth causing release of the gas. They came out in the mid 70’s and lasted on the market until the early 80’s.
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Don’t know if you are familiar with the TV show Mythbusters, but they featured pop rocks which were small lumps which contained CO2 and when put in the mouth dissolved, giving a fizzy sensation, they lost popularity when the story got round that a person had consumed pop rocks and coke and ruptured his stomach – theshow replicated this (blech) using colossal amounts of both in a pigs stomach. Anyways thats my two cents worth.
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Just wanted to add…
In England, we had ” sweet shops” with row upon row of glass jars…full of glorious concoctions….sherbet pips, winter mixture, pear drops, sherbet lemons, liquorice torpedos, mint humbugs, everton mints, etc
…..and i remember chewing nuts, toffee balls covered in chocolate………….half a dozen in your mouth rendered you almost ” speechless”….and the smell of the shop….oh my…
- March 6, 2021 at 1:36 am #458228Laura LovettLadyRegistered On: March 26, 2020Topics: 13Replies: 1091Has thanked: 3586 timesBeen thanked: 5273 times
Unless the pandemic has put paid to them, “traditional” sweet shops still exist in England.
I mean specialist sweetie emporiums rather than the old style post office/newsagents which used to sell them.
There’s one in Reading, Bath and Brighton that I’m aware of.
I got my favourite childhood sweets in there – realistic chocolate pebbles and lucky bags – but they have jars and jars of old fashioned sweets. And sherbet fountains…
- March 8, 2021 at 12:15 am #459272Andi DuBoisLadyRegistered On: January 7, 2021Topics: 4Replies: 69Has thanked: 86 timesBeen thanked: 283 times
There are plenty of them about still, in fact I would expect to be able to find one in most reasonably sized towns and cities.
I think I went to the one in my home town growing up as the owners knew exactly what I wanted before I even had to ask – fizzy cola bottles and sweet cigarettes! Last time I checked, the latter still existed but had lost their pink tip and just become candy sticks!
- March 6, 2021 at 3:23 am #458265MartiBaroness - AnnualRegistered On: February 5, 2019Topics: 16Replies: 222Has thanked: 864 timesBeen thanked: 895 times
When the kids were little I’d pick them up from school, and once a week go into the local ‘proper’ sweet shop. The woman behind the counter was so patient. If it wasn’t busy, we’d have time enough to chat and set the world to rights waiting for the kids to make up their minds what to buy. It’s not a place for indecisive souls!
- March 5, 2021 at 9:24 am #457980KristaDuchessRegistered On: January 24, 2017Topics: 8Replies: 534Has thanked: 1291 timesBeen thanked: 2308 times
Oh my gosh Grace, you are taking me back over 50 years. I can’t believe the crap I ate when I was a kid. Sweet Tarts, skinny rope red licorice, some disgusting malt candy on a stick (can’t remember the name), candy necklaces, bubble gum from hockey & baseball trading card packages, Ju Jubes, Popeye Candy cigarettes (my younger brother’s favourite, not mine).
I still have my sweet tooth. Nowadays, you’ll find me munching on Skittles or any Sour Patch candy when we go to the Cinema (hopefully soon again). My SO adores Dairy Milk chocolate (I buy them buy the box of 25), just plain chocolate and I help her eat those. But I really like any chocolate mixed with caramel and nuts i.e. Turtles, Snickers, etc. No wonder I have to exercise so much just to stay the same weight, makes it harder trying to lose a few pounds so I’ve been laying off the chocolate for about a week now. After a few days, the craving does go away, but those few days are HELL!!!!!
Great topic as usual, Oh and I still have over two feet of fluffy white snow in my back yard. Come over and play. Hugs, Krista.
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something has become obvious already…. different countries have such diverse names for their sweeties…i don’t recognise half of what’s mentioned…im sure its the same to everyone…but we all know what snow is!!!….and I’d love to play….haha
- March 5, 2021 at 5:24 pm #458141Alice UnderwireLadyRegistered On: September 16, 2019Topics: 25Replies: 2988Has thanked: 2612 timesBeen thanked: 6218 times
You’re right! Seems we grew up with different candy treats in different countries. I recognize Kristas selections south of the Canadian border but hadn’t heard of many of your aEnglish treats.
That brings me to a question for you. As you (and others) grew up with Dr Who who introduced us to Jellybabies, can you describe the jellybabies taste/flavors for those never to have had the chance?
- March 5, 2021 at 9:02 am #457975Rozalyne RichardsLadyRegistered On: March 10, 2018Topics: 0Replies: 532Has thanked: 971 timesBeen thanked: 1807 times
Jubley’s like ice lollies but a funny shape,
Marathons before they became snickers,
Mars bars, twix, Cadbury flake i used to think about being the girl in the advert,
And all because the girl loved milk tray x lol x
When i was a kid we used to go in the shop and get a bag full of goodies for a shilling 5 pence in today’s money x
Hugs Rozalyne x
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Wow…that ” flake girl”…
but what amazes me most is that you could get all those goodies for 5p…….these days people dont even bother to pick up a 5p if they see one in the street….
- March 5, 2021 at 11:01 am #457999Rozalyne RichardsLadyRegistered On: March 10, 2018Topics: 0Replies: 532Has thanked: 971 timesBeen thanked: 1807 times
We used to get 4 chews for a penny in them days, pre decimal there used to be 12 penny’s in a shilling so work it out 12 times 4 =48, we used to get a lot for our pocket money then, we didn’t have much pocket money though coming from a big family x
Hugs Rozalyne x
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- March 5, 2021 at 8:33 am #457961Inga KrasivayaLadyRegistered On: January 18, 2021Topics: 16Replies: 391Has thanked: 451 timesBeen thanked: 1301 times
Eeeehhhh… Grace, Grace, Grace; how to take me back far too many years….. I am going to mention two words that inevitably make everyone do a Long John Silver impersonation and start asking “Do they still do that?” My all time favourite – OLD JAMAICA. Only problem I ever had with it is that it’s 500 calories just to think that name…… Loads of hugs: Still Overweight Inga.
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Sorry darling, but never dare a darer..
“haha inga, me beauty…pin back yer buccaneers and listen. What’s a few calorific failings compared to an old jamaica moment!!!”
….every girl should have one….or eight….haha……
pieces of eight, pieces of eight.
Cap’n Grace xx
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Aaaaaaarrrggghh, Jim Lad… and Grace Girl! Keel haul the mutineers who don’t like Ol’ Jamaicee – walking the plank be too good for them!!! Having now read the bits above, it strikes me that Diana Morgan is both right and wrong: wrong because the term should be “Dwarfen” or “Dwarfish” (please note the appendices to the LOTR, where JRRT made it plain that “Dwarves” is pretty much just a Disney term and not grammatically accurate English.) Diana is, however, totally right about Opal Fruits, which were far, far better than the miserable “Starburst” version. Similarly, Marathon was far better than Snickers, Chocolate Treets beat Minstrels by a million miles and Tooti Frooties (hope I’ve got the spelling right or Stephanie will – quite correctly – smack me over the head with a 38c bra…) were incomparably better than “M&M’s”… or am I just getting far, far too old and nostalgic? Ancient Inga……
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Sorry Inga I had completely forgotten about the dwarfen/ dwarfish thing until you mentioned it, consider me admonished and corrected..
Your mention of M&M’s awoke another memory though – Smarties in the cardboard tube – are they still around or has my friend the Opal Fruit murderer done his dirty work on those too?
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Something I have to mention at this point; I am inevitably going to be about 40 years out of date on some of these subjects as I’M VEGETARIAN and too many of these things aren’t! I may be listening too much to rumour, but Smarties definitely use gelatine in their shell – hence why I can’t comment on the blue ones (obviously, that’s only ever going to be the single reason…) and I could never expand this subject into the area of Fruit Gums/Fruit Pastilles… or (I’m told) Curly Wurlies. Big problem is that this has started me thinking… (never a good sign.) Are Opal Fruits (or their feeble imitator) allowable? Can I never again have an evening of Merlot and… oh, strewth… NO! Midget Gems and Wine Gums aren’t allowable are they! I’m now going to curl up in a foetal ball and gibber to myself for a few hours: life isn’t quite over, but so much of it has just disappeared……. Not your fault, Grace – but making me realise this means I may never speak to you again…… Introverted Inga…
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When you said “sweets”, I thought you were talking about a girl that we had a crush on in school.
Alas, I was never born with a sweet tooth. I don’t mind the odd nibble of chocolate now and then, but I’m just not a candy type person.
However, in school, my fave was sour cream and onion or ketchup flavoured chips. To this day, they are still my kryptonite (minus the sour cream and onion flavour), gotta add in cheezies/doritos, and I am set. I would often head to the convenience store, buy a bag of chips and a medium slurpee, man that was the life. I was never one to mix flavours of slurpees, I just liked it one flavour thru out.
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I’m not sure if I had an absolute favorite sweet treat. My taster was always moving around from one to another, and the very best ones came from the movie theater. SweetTarts in the foil package, Snow Caps, a big cup of pickle juice on the rocks for a quarter, Hot Tamales ( cinnamon jelly beans for you UK girls), and super buttery popcorn with lots of salt.
In the summer when the sidewalk would burn your bare feet and the street turned to liquid tar, a big icy A&W Root Beer made it alright again, and of course some more SweetTarts or a Cherry Mash, maybe a Moon Pie (chocolate or banana), and always keep a Reese’s Peanut Butter cup in the freezer in case of an emergency, and M&M’s hidden in the sock drawer in your dresser.
At some point, all the treats moved from the special occasion to an almost staple as we devoured way, way to much sugar and used the treat for a meal it seemed. Until your mom clamped down on your trips to the little store around the corner and started actually making you eat carrot’s and other colored organic matter, some of which you knew for a fact would poison you if you had too much. Or maybe you got in a staring contest with the glob of spinach she put on your plate and said you couldn’t leave the table until you ate it. I once stared at spinach and Brussel sprouts from lunch until supper because I just could not make myself eat them. Mom still won that one though and I went to bed hungry because “There were little children starving in Asia.” or so I was told, and we were not going to waste good food.
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They are all yummy good Grace. SweetTarts are a flavoured sugary candy, Cherry Mash is a chocolate covered cherry confection, Snowcaps are like Hershey kisses but have crunchy white sprinkles over the top. A moon pie is Graham cracker and marshmallow covered in a chocolate or banana icing
None of them should be eaten if you want to lose weight though.
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- March 5, 2021 at 3:57 am #457867BigBangtheoryLadyRegistered On: January 14, 2020Topics: 0Replies: 174Has thanked: 52 timesBeen thanked: 714 times
Hershey chocolate bars with almonds was my favorite and still is to this day. Although at the small Catholic elementary school I attended, I still fondly remember that once a week the school supplied donuts. They were always warm since the bakery was across the street. That kind of treat was rare at home with six kids. I still LOVE hot donuts and pass a bakery every time I go to town. It is definitely a struggle to not stop there. Stephanie
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A bag of lemonade crystals that turned my fingers yellow, 6 flying saucers, 2 park drive and a single match all for an old shilling on the way home from school.
I sometimes regret growing up to soon!
- March 5, 2021 at 2:58 am #457852stephanie plumbBaroness - AnnualRegistered On: November 17, 2018Topics: 146Replies: 1954Has thanked: 3114 timesBeen thanked: 8991 times
Jamboree bags. Wagon wheels. Shrimps. cider lollies. Caramac. Cream soda. Tizer. Monkey nuts. Liquorice all-sorts. And, yes, the Sherbet fountain!
I don’t have much of a sweet tooth anymore – now its 85% dark chocolate, and plain crisps. And vanilla ice-cream.😁
- March 5, 2021 at 2:28 am #457843IsabelBDuchessRegistered On: March 18, 2019Topics: 3Replies: 297Has thanked: 751 timesBeen thanked: 893 times
This brings back a few memories, Grace.
Sherbet fountains definitely were in the favoured selection of sweets, but kit-kats very quickly became my favourite and have remained there ever since. Four fingered, of course. Chunky ones are good and some of the flavoured ones are ok too (especially orange), but the original, standard four finger kit-kat is hard to beat.
I may have to go get one now…
Fortunately, I have a stash in the cupboard 🙂
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As a child I loved Opal Fruits which I last tasted in 1962 when we left Blighty. On a retun visit in 82 I discovered their fruity delights again, imagine then my horror in discovering in 2004 that they had disappeared to be replaced by some insipid crap called Starbursts – or similar I would happily dismember the individual responsible for this crime!
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Ahhh. That’s a shame, I would love to meet Gimli for a chat. I wonder if there are any dwarf crossdressers, beard and all? Some of the Elves appear to be wearing dresses. On second thoughts…. no … Gimli in a miniskirt? …. not a good look.
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In the later years of high school, I got a job at the bus company that ran my school buses. I was chief bus washer no less *giggles*. As I knew all of the drivers, every day I’d ask them to stop en route at a village newsagent so I could grab a bag of marshmallows.
Oh how I loved those white and pink fluffy cushions of yummy hehe.
Nowadays, I don’t really do sweets (although I am rather impartial to a Boost bar hehe) but biscuits, french bread and wine are my weaknesses.
Back in the days of summer fayres and such, I might have had the odd marshmallow or 2 to reminisce…
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In secret… all good so far? Ahhh… stolen from mothers stash!
Like St Trinity’s but was actually Our Lady of the Asumption… though we called consumption instead! Ooops
Bubbles of ‘fun’ (Bubbles was/is a girl)
A secret hiding place… actually the old Presbytery (it was falling down)
Surely you don’t need an explanation for ‘hiding from the nuns’ do you?
Secret surprises would have to be a pm… but if I told you I would have to kill you! 🧐
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Hah…I know what you mean, when I was a small boy my father took me to a rugby match at the Marist high school and I was badly frightened by two nuns who walked past their black habits billowing out in the wind – way too much for a youngster from a long line of Ulster Presbyterians.
Still traumatized Diana.
- March 5, 2021 at 12:09 am #457808LisaTLadyRegistered On: January 31, 2021Topics: 41Replies: 472Has thanked: 357 timesBeen thanked: 2103 times
Fruit salads. Small square fruity chews that I could buy at 4 for a penny although I seem to recall them being 8 for a penny at one time. To put this in new money 16 chews for 1p. Of course there were also black jacks and small chocolates and flying saucers. So a sizeable paper bag of sweets could be assembled for 2.5 p (6 old pennies). A sherbet fountain was often included in the bag.
Does anyone else remember witches hats. Well before the supermarkets the ice cream man did the original twofer. A soft ice cream in a cone with an ice lolly stuck in it for 6d. So good on a hot summer day.
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