- Nov 16, 2015|
- M Fezziwig
Reputed to have been invented in1899 when salesman, Charlie Thomson, accidentally dropped a tray of samples he was presenting to a client. The client was so impressed with the mishmash of colours, shapes and textures that the sweets went into production. The iconic Bertie Bassett Allsorts mascot was borne in 1929.
Swizzels Matlow, the leading British confectioners, first produced Lovehearts as a novelty Christmas cracker filler in the 1950s.
The name is somewhat a misnomer. Contrary to popular belief, wine gums do not actually contain wine. Maynard’s claim to have invented the wine gum in the early 1900s when Charles Girdon Maynard set about creating a sweet that would appeal specifically to adults without upsetting his teetotal father.
Said to have been invented by accident when Trevor Matlow, the son of one of Swizzels Matlows founders, was experimenting with a new machine and discovered it was possible to create a lollipop with two flavours. The original drumstick was milk and raspberry. There have been other two flavour variations including banana and cherry and apple.
Fruit Salads & BlackJacks
Fruit Salads and their aniseed flavoured sister sweet, Blackjacks have long been one of Britain's most popular ‘penny chews’. The price for these chewy morsels may have changed but the flavours are largely the same as when first introduced. Blackjack labels originally featured smiling golliwogs but the packaging was changed in the 1980s for political correctness.
The distinctive mint with a hole in went on sale in 1948. It is said that each polo is produced under intense pressure – the equivalent of two elephants jumping on it.
Very hard balls of layered sugar candy. Usually, each layer is a different colour and often a different flavour. Traditional gobstoppers are usually 1-3 cm across however giant versions are available that can take days to dissolve in the mouth. This traditional sweet was a favourite with schoolboys in the interwar years.
The Barratt’s Sherbet Fountain has been sold since 1925. It consists of a tube of sherbet and a liquorice stick to dip in it. In 2009, the traditional paper packaging was replaced by a plastic tube with a twist off lid.
First launched by British confectioners Bassett’s as ‘Peace Babies’ in 1918 to commemorate the end of the first world war, they were relaunched with a new name in the 1950s. Beatles fans used to pelt the band with them after it was revealed they were George Harrison’s favourite snack.
These sweet treats and various other boiled favourites like sherbet lemons, rhubarb and custards and aniseed twists date back to the Victorian era. There is no pear involved in the creation of a pear drop but their distinctive taste has tickled tastebuds for generations.
These striped, peppermint-flavoured humbugs date back to the early 19th century though the origins are shrouded in some mystery.
Voted Britain’s all-time favourite sweet in 2004, the flying saucer is a kind of rice paper sandwich with sherbet in the middle. The flying saucer is believed to have been first produced in the 1960s.
A flagship confection from Swizzels Matlow launched in the 1930s and named after the flower of the same name. Back in the 1930s, a large roll of Parma Violets cost about 1/2d.