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Top Ten Sweets
Member Name: kaitlinsmummy
Top Ten Sweets
Advantages: A trip down memory lane.
Disadvantages: A trip to weight watchers!
1, For me fudge has to be entered into my top ten. Every year my mother in law goes to Cornwall and as my present from their trip brings me a bag of the locally made fudge.
I have to be honest, its not particularly a sweet I go out and buy myself, preferring to wait until the "in - law" buys it me, but on my latest trip to Whitby I discovered the most amazing fudge shop.
Inside from ceiling to floor was every kind of fudge you could possibly imagine, all made fresh on the premises, and every single one containing another sort of sweet.
I decided there and then I would purchase some to take home with me, then the dilemma, what to have!
As it was, of course, quite expensive, I decided on a selection pack affair, containing six different slices of fudge, this pack contained - cherry fudge with maltesers
Plain fudge with mint aero
Banana fudge with mars bar
Coffee fudge with chocolate flakes
And finally two slices of orange fudge with what I can only describe as chocolate truffles running through it........ Absolute bliss.
Surprisingly these lasted at least until we got home, well at £5.00 a bag you would want to make them last wouldn't you!
2, My next choice is rainbow sherbet. When I was a child we had an old fashioned grocery shop on the other side of the railway tunnel from my house, and every morning or evening we would visit so my mother could get her "bits", as my mum was quite got friends with the couple who ran the shop we occasionally got "freebies", which would always be a ¼ of whatever jar of sweets took our fancy on that particular day. My favourite was the rainbow sherbet.
Now when you looked at the contents of the sweet jar the sherbet was always in layers of colour, vivid ( and I'm sure full of E numbers), reds, blues, yellow's etc......
As soon as the sherbet was weighed out though and placed into one of the paper bags the colours would merge, giving it the effect of iridescent pool of colour. I would hold tightly onto my precious cargo until I reached home, then I would sit in the garden, never in the house I was not allowed to spread my sherbet all over the floor like my brother did! I would sit and eat it from the bad with a teaspoon!
3, Next are cherry lips, not the newer versions that you can get now that are soft and melting, but the ones that were rock hard and teeth breaking. They always came in a triangular shaped box and due to the hardness of them they would last a good couple of hours! I was lucky that my siblings never liked them so I would never have to worry about leaving them lying around only to return and find half missing.
A final note on these, yes they looked like lips and yes they smelled of cherries, but they tasted of nothing, yet still I ate them!
4, My daughter put this forward as we only bought them last week for my husband, I hadn't seen them for years then found that my local Tesco express was selling them.
Tootie fruities were one of the sweets I used to eat but my husband has rather more of a liking for them. The small square pieces of candy don't tend to last too long when he's eating them, so I usually have to buy two packs at a time, I have to say the purple ones were my least favourite, leaving a rather tinny taste in my mouth.
These are however just as I remember, some of the old sweets seem to be making a comeback, but most have been jazzed up, these fortunately have been left alone, sometimes the originals are the best, don't you think?
5, My next choice are liquorice pipes. I used to get these for 10p from the afore mentioned sweet shop, me and my brother used to sit for hours pretending to smoke them, feeling very grown up, I know looking back now very stupid but I think we have all done it at some point!
Once we had decided to start eating them, we always seemed to start with the "pipe end" and would sit endlessly nibbling away at the hundreds and thousands nestled at the top.
Incidentally there were also later liquorice twists available, the same sort of format, the same price but with more hundreds and thousands. Coming a close second are the liquorice catherine wheels with the alsorts centre, usually blue as to me these were the better tasting ones.
6, My next choice would have to be acid pips. Again these were purchased from the afore mentioned sweet shop, around 20p a ¼, the fact that you seemed to get so much more for your money was of course more than appealing. As a youngster they were never deemed as undersized, more perfectly formed, a saying my dwarf like mother in law likes to use to explain away the fact my 6 year old daughter is almost as tall as her! They came in a variety of vivid colours, of course now they would all be very insipid colours due to the fact everything has had the artificial colours removed from them.
7, Next is my holiday favourite...... candy floss, which is also my kids favourite! Of course these days they are more likely to come in plastic tubs to ensure a slightly longer shelf life, but my favourite was the freshly made pink stuff that you could buy wrapped around a wooden stick.
Nothing will ever beat the memory of my dad buying me a stick of candy floss on our yearly jaunt to Chapel st Leonards, the candy floss fresh, the sea breeze blowing around you and as the sea breeze was always quite strong the memory of my mum having to pick lumps of the stuff out of my then long hair whilst tutting at my dad will stay with me forever!
8, Again, another joint favourite between myself and my husband has to make the top ten. I have always loved Turkish delight, more so the boxes of sugar powdered cubes of yellow and pink deliciousness that at one time was saved solely for Christmas. Mostly arriving in a hexagonal box, featuring pictures of a heavenly looking sultan surrounded with plump and soft cushions inviting you to join his harem....... No, just me then!
Many years later I did develop quite a penchant for the Fry's Turkish delight bars, which my husband tends to favour now, but for me the original rose water and lemon Turkish delight will always hold the magic of Christmas for me!
9, My next choice has to be chocolate nibbs, although nowadays it maybe called something else. On my yearly trip to Whitby, I always get drawn to a wonderful old fashioned sweet shop that still sell sweets from the jars, albeit in grams now and not ¼!
On visiting this shop in May I was truly delighted to find they were selling another sweet from my childhood, the afore mentioned choco nibbs. These are essentially all the left over pieces of chocolate, honeycomb, nuts, biscuits and anything else you could think off, with the exception of jellies!
These were then put into what can only be described as a "mincer", the scraps are thus melded together and reformed into "nibbs".
These to me are a culmination of all my favourite things enveloped in chocolate then dusted in cocoa powder, they are not the easiest thing to eat, but are incredibly delicious.....bliss!
10, My last top ten finalist is not so much a favourite sweet as a collection of favourites that are presented in a way that entices me as much now, as when I was first given them..... Selection boxes.
As you may have gathered Christmas seems to be a reoccurring theme in this top ten, memories of my childhood at Christmas are truly magical, thanks in full to my mum and dad,
As most people who are around my age will remember, Christmas in the early to mid eighties was a time many parents worried about, my family were no exception. My mum didn't work until my younger sister was about 5 years old, so money was a precious commodity (as it of course is now!), so had to be spent thriftily and wisely. The fact that my parents could make Christmas sooo incredible on their meagre wage was only topped by the fact that there was always a selection box for each of us kids.
My dad would pay weekly into the social club fund every week from January to November to entitle us to see the Christmas pantomime and visit with Santa, this visit always ended with the obligatory presents, usually a doll for the girls or a gun for the boys, then we would receive an orange, a bag of assorted nuts in a net and of course the selection box, which had to be placed under the Christmas tree for the big day.
The fact that the selection box was usually opened and the contents eaten by 8am was neither here 'nor there to us!
These usually contained a fudge, a mars bar, a flake and a curly wurly, these are the one thing that has to be under our Christmas tree religiously ever year, or else now my children complain!
Thanks for reading and taking a trip down memory lane with me x
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