You’ll be glad to know, there are still a few days to prepare yourself for June’s festivities with such exciting holidays as National Doughnut Day, National Hug your Cat Day, Catfish Day, International Panic Day and my personal favourite- June is officially National Candy Month! So what better than to celebrate with some seriously sweet treats. But there are so many to choose from I hear you cry. Never fear, this is the perfect time to visit your local sweet shop and splurge on sugary goodness by indulging in some of your childhood faves, like these morsels of sugary deliciousness right here, enjoy!
Ahh Dweebs. Softer and chewier than their brother- ‘Nerds’, were introduced in the early 1990s by the Willy Wonka Candy Company. Maybe the most tragic of all discontinued sweets, unlike Nerds(which only had two), they came with three compartments each with different flavours and a super sour version were also created but later, also discontinued.
Double Dip Swizzle Sticks, featured orange and cheery flavoured fizzy dips for you to dunk your ‘swizzlestick’ in. Marvellous- and full of e-numbers.
Nowadays they are known as ‘Starburst’, Opal Fruits are chewy, fruit flavoured sweets (think Fruitella), created by the Wrigley Company, they also come in the form of jelly beans (Joosters), candy canes, lollipops and even lip gloss.
Rhubard and Custard’s go way back to the 80′s. This hard candy is a mouth watering combination of.. well Rhubard and Custard- bitterness and sweetness combined. You can still buy them today in most sweet shops- absolutely retro and absolutely delicious!
Pez have been around forever, they come in the most absurd and wonderful characters too. I’ve recently came across a Will’s and Kate set. These pocket sweetie dispensers hold about 44 little square candies and were invented in 1927 in Vienna by a candy maker named Eduard Haas, who invented peppermints using baking powder from his family larder.
Good old Flying Saucers! Made from rice paper and filled with fizzy sherbet, these melt in the mouth lovelies came about i nthe 60′s and in 2004 were named ‘The Most Popular Sweet of all Time’ . No aliens required.
A. G Barr worked in conjunction with McCowans (responsible for the ‘Wham Bar’), the Irn Bru bar was fizzy on one side, sweet on the other and packed with Irn Bru deliciousness!
Barratt’s Candy Sticks are a firm favourite. I can remember my Mum telling me off for pretending they were cigarettes as a kid. They often came in boxes which featured a variety of superheroes and cartoon character’s like Spiderman or Tom and Jerry, amazing!
What’s your favourite retro sweet? Don’t forget to let us know in the comments box below!
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