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28th May 2008, 13:50

I was just reading this and with the pictures and comments from readers it really brought back some memories from childhood and going down to the local sweetshop and buying yourself sweets with your pocket money. I used to be sent to the shop to buy my father his cigarettes, (the ones in a white and blue pack with a sailor on the front) and wanting to emulate him bought sweet cigarettes and sweet tobacco. One never became a smoker, however, father worked in a hospital and took me into the path lab at an impressionable age to see the various glass jars and their contents :yuk:

Those fruit gums with the knobbly bits on one side brought back some memories, i could almost taste em'! Anyone else here got some stories ?



28th May 2008, 14:15
The cigarettes were Players Navy Cut..

28th May 2008, 14:19
Thanks 1DC!

I just remember the sailor had a beard and there was a ring (no funny comments please :E) made up of rope or was it a flotation device and he wore a hat. Were they any good as a brand ?



28th May 2008, 14:23
Preferred Senior Service myself,they were a bit milder than Players, if i remember correctly the hat band said HMS Hero but i wouldn't bet folding money on it..

28th May 2008, 14:33
These were the ones were they not ?


Maybe it's just the dulling of memory over time, but i thought that the packet was different.....

Thread drift from the get go!



28th May 2008, 14:42
...And doesn't this...


look similar to this...


or is it just one's fertile imagination:8



tony draper
28th May 2008, 15:18
When I first went to sea our duty free ciggies came in tins of fifty like that,pain in the arse they were couldn't gerrem into the pocket of yer wranglers,mind you they only cost 40p for 200,so one can't complain.

28th May 2008, 15:42
My memories of getting sweets at the corner shop, were stepping in white dog poo 'cos I was busy unwrapping my sweets !! Doh !!

28th May 2008, 15:47
Mr.Draper, tins of fags, that really does date you. Although I can remember the Blue Stripe.

28th May 2008, 16:01
Funny thing, one was only thinking of Spangles, Rowntree's Fruit Gums and Fry's Five Centres only the other day. Now it appears that at least two of them no longer exist. On another thread one learnt that Opal Fruits are no longer called that. :{

The country really is going to the dogs.

When I was young my father used to smoke Senior Service, so did my mother. However, when Mum wanted to be a bit "posh" or was going out she used to smoke Du Maurier, packed in a flat, red topped box that opened like a trinket box.

28th May 2008, 17:09
My memories of getting sweets at the corner shop, were stepping in white dog poo 'cos I was busy unwrapping my sweets !! Doh !!

That's another thing that i miss, ironically...... :( Strangely enough a milky way without the chocolate overcoat looked a lot like that from a distance :}



28th May 2008, 17:33
Blue liners, that what they beknown as.

28th May 2008, 17:35
Aniseed balls and humbugs in the jars, sherbet dabs in paper tubes,barley sugar Piccadilly, Woodbines and Players Weights,Strand,Turf, Gold Flake,Guards,Kensitas (with the silk flags) and two for your friends,Bar None,Churchman No1 and 2, those Sobranie and 'Turkish' ciggies.
No wonder our teeth fall out ,and we breathe poorly!! Good old days?

Beatriz Fontana
28th May 2008, 17:46
I will never forget the time brother number 2 gave Space Dust to the dog...

Ah, then there were Pacers (mint Opal Fruits really). Whatever happened to them? Although at home last week I spotted Screwballs at the local frozen food shop, yet no sign of the Chilly Willys. No idea why they were renamed Mr Freeze or something similar.

Krystal n chips
28th May 2008, 18:33
Spangles can still be seen on C5.....reading the news....albeit not understanding it !.......:E

( Sorry, couldn't resist ! )

And what happened to those long pink spearmint bars..the ones with little dimples in ?.

28th May 2008, 19:06
I remember that there was a long pink strip that had a layer of sherbert in the middle and it had really tiny dimples, was this the one that you remember mr Krystal ?

I will never forget the time brother number 2 gave Space Dust to the dog...

Thank God that the dog warden wasn't around to see the poor mutt foaming at the mouth, otherwise it would've been dispatched tout suite as a rabies candidate :uhoh:



Krystal n chips
28th May 2008, 19:14
Don't remember the sherbert SHJ....but the strips were about 1inch wide and about 4 inches long...loads of dimples as you say.

28th May 2008, 19:20
'Twas pear drops (why did the red ones always taste better than the yellow ones?) and pineapple chunks for me.

The sugar on 'em would remove most of the skin from your palate.....

28th May 2008, 20:45
this, an many like it are still offering old fashioned sweets


28th May 2008, 21:05

28th May 2008, 21:47
I believe those long thin pink bars with tiny hard bits in them were called Wham Bars. I think. You could get them in Irn Bru flavour for about 30 seconds before production stopped.

There's a tiny little ice shop up in my local village, The Cabin (as long as you only like vanilla ice cream you're on a winner) that still sells Toxic waste.
:ooh: <------ me eating eating toxic waste. Sour doesn't describe it.
Took me half an hour and a lock knife to get the bloody tub open.

28th May 2008, 22:23

A great list. Were sherbet dabs the yellow tubes of sherbet with a stick of liquorice in them? There were also Flying Saucers with sherbet in them. One remembers the old 4D (four old pennies - about 2p) Lucky Bags, a great collection of sweets for a child.

On the "Turkish" cigarette side one remembers "Passing Clouds".

28th May 2008, 22:34
You can still get Flying Saucers from Makro (Metro where you reside).

Old Hairy
28th May 2008, 22:37
Being given a penny.Off to the local sweet shop and agonising over the farthing selection.Triangular bag of sherber,with the liquorish straw,Gobstopper,Peter Pan Toffees,Liquorish Rope,just a few I remember,decisions,decisions????:\:\

29th May 2008, 00:19
Pa used to smoke Players Navy Cut medium pipe baccy like the good navy man he was.:ok:

sweets - pear drops! and space saucers and sherbet dips and strings and and and.....

29th May 2008, 00:29
Rowntree's Fruit Gums you still get in South Africa under the Beacon's name (they're still labelled Rowntree though).

Those were the days.


29th May 2008, 08:35
Happy days indeed Pa in law used to smoke Chuchmans counter shag

and my father used to smoke St Bruno rough cut can smell it now.

both long gone but good memories

29th May 2008, 08:48
Hello Chaps, anyone remember Jamboree Bags? IIRC, they had all sorts of goodies inside; and what about Tiffin and Frys Five Boys bars? My Uncle (RIP) smoked Gallahers Plain, which he bought in box shaped packs of 200. Keep this nostalgia thread simmering!

Beatriz Fontana
29th May 2008, 08:59
Whatever happen to the Texan bar? Made at York, they were bright orange toffee stuff covered in chocolate. My uncle used to work there and me and my cousin used to have bags of misshapes.

29th May 2008, 10:35
Splicer, how about those things. A bar of two twisted colours of chewy something you could unravel during breaktime if you were bored enough.

This product may contain additives.. reallllly, y'think

29th May 2008, 10:43

I remember Jamboree Bags. They were what I meant by "Luck Bags" in an earlier post. Thanks for giving them the correct name.

Wern't those twist things made of marshmellow? i never had them, but I remember my sister buying them (she's much younger than me).

29th May 2008, 10:44
S'land - the yellow tubes with liquorice straws were Sherbet Fountains. Sherbet dabs were the bags of powder with (if I recall correctly) a toffee lolly

Effluent Man
29th May 2008, 10:54
We had a sweet factory in a big shed two streets away, making all the old favourites.Pear Drops - never understood why they tasted like the cellulose dope you used on model planes.

It was called Foreman's and the owners mother ran a tiny shop situated on a triangle between three roads. On a sunday,finding a veg shortage to accompany the roast my mother would send me to Mrs.Foreman's,the only shop that opened,to buy a tin of peas.

The old girl would wrap them in several layers of newspaper and I would be briefed to tell the local village cop that I had just got them from my auntie's house.

29th May 2008, 11:04
Remember these ?? I'm not sure if they're still around :


The jingle would go something like "What has a hazelnut in every bite ?" Instead of the obvious answer, the kids answer would be "Squirrel sh!t !!"

29th May 2008, 11:25

Thank you for that. It is all coming back to me now, I even recall the sherbet dabs, it was the toffee lolly that reminded me.

29th May 2008, 12:29
Someone asked about texan bars....


Lots of blasts from the past here:}

29th May 2008, 12:46
I know those marshmallow things you were talking about but they were absolutely vile and for girls.
Splicer's were made of the same ubiquitous Spacer/Chewit stuff.
There must be a factory somewhere making tons of that stuff, then they just put in the different colours at the end depending on where it's destined.

All this is just bringing back the vagaries of tuck shop rules. Two prefects outside for crowd control, (500 dwarfs in uniform with handfuls of small change all desperate for sugar) two inside to serve over a counter, or from behind a hatch. No wonder so many went into the police and army.

I remember Fisherman's Friends being the vindaloo of the playground.

29th May 2008, 14:11
I really don't want to be cast as the old fart who keeps on bringing up examples of threads that have been done before, but I'm going to do it anyway. It's my opinion that http://www.pprune.org/forums/showthread.php?t=11556 is one of the top ten threads ever covered in JB. Why on earth it was closed is beyond me, but those luxuriating in nostalgia will (trust me) find a rich vein to be mined there. Enjoy!

29th May 2008, 14:18
Another mystery item was the liquorice stick. It looked like a dried twig that was chewed until it became a paintbrush,and meantime stained the tongue and adjacent areas yellow, they were quite addictive as were locust beans long kind of runner beans with a hard brown skin and sweet something inside. Funnily enough I last saw these growing on a tree in Spain, where they were fed to cattle and pigs!!
During the WW2 around D-day as children we used to find the supper and dinner packets dropped overboard by the US forces. The were waxed boxes containing cigarettes , Sweet Caporal,Lucky Strike ,Chesterfield and Philip Morris,Kraft cheeses and Spam and other things, My Dad looked forward to our little excursions to the beach !!


29th May 2008, 14:21
Remember Blackjacks and Mojos? You got 8 for a penny I recall. No doubt have to be rebranded with more politically correct names if reintroduced :rolleyes:

29th May 2008, 15:07
I prefer the original...

Sweets for my sweet (http://nl.youtube.com/watch?v=sBPYT2KHuJQ)

29th May 2008, 19:58
:}That Topic TV commercial and the kids joke got the grey matter working and.......

Does anyone remember the Marathon bar commercials ? Marathon was the name of 'Snickers' bars back in the day, for anyone saying wtf :confused:

It used to go "marathon, peanuts and nougat....marathon, peanuts and chocolate.......marathon, peanuts and caramel.... marathon comes up peanuts bite after bite." Well the joke being that the person enunciating the word peanut made it sound like pen1s and in schools around the country the kids used to sing the amended version.



Beatriz Fontana
29th May 2008, 20:01

Reminds me of the soft porn that was used to advertise Cadbury's Flake in the late 70s!!

29th May 2008, 20:28
slight thread drift but still sweet nonetheless.... :)

I miss these... the jam golliwogs


used to wolf down Robertson's jam (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robertson%27s) just so that we could get a new badge for our collection! :O

29th May 2008, 20:28
Murraymints, Murraymints, the too good to hurry mints.

I used to buy aniseed balls, "spanish" sticks, Trebor four-a-penny chews and Smarties.

As to smoking, I started with "me marrer" Ray buying Senior Service. The corner shop sold them as singles out of a box of a hundred for a penny a stick - as long as you said you were sixteen (we were twelve) - and we'd share one round the back street. Later, when we had more money, we'd buy Nelsons in packets of five.

Kensitas were the first to give away coupons, if I remember right.

I remember in 1976, finding a Mars bar in a vacuum packed tin in a four man ration pack that confirmed they were bigger in't auld days. The wrapper had the price marked on it - 6d - and it was twice the size of the 1976 version.

29th May 2008, 21:04
Wagon Wheels used to be huge and cost 3d. Even as a greedy kid I could only just manage one (at a time).

Used to buy single fags from Lil at the corner shop - she couldn't care less how old you were.

29th May 2008, 21:24
Parma Violets.

Can still get them if I try looking for them. Not the modern ones that are about the size of a 2p bit but the little ones in the cellophane roll.

It used to be a good diversion in the first line-out on the rugby field. Get the sweets out of the thoughtfully provided pocket in the cotton twill shorts, offer one to the hulking semi-neanderthal adjacent to you and while he is still bemused by the flavour explosion (and the offer) - give him a dig in the kidneys.

What? Cheat? Moi?


Beatriz Fontana
29th May 2008, 21:35
Parma violets??!! :yuk::yuk:

29th May 2008, 21:47
Parma violets??!! :yuk::yuk:

Beatriz, I am shocked. A lady of your obvious good taste would surely appreciate the subtle taste of meadow flowers albeit in E number form.

My dentist loves them. Tells me they keep him in small fast cars year upon year. I can believe that.


30th May 2008, 01:23
Not the modern ones that are about the size of a 2p bit but the little ones in the cellophane roll.

Also in said cellophane rolls were orange and lemon flavoured "fizzy" sweets. Cannot for the life of me remember what they were called.

30th May 2008, 09:58
Refreshers, S'land (I think)

30th May 2008, 10:55
Blackjacks, Fruit salads and "Debbie does Dallas."

30th May 2008, 12:16
Does anyone remember the little brick shaped sweets of various flavours that could be dispensed from a plastic gadget ? I seem to recall the name Pez.



30th May 2008, 15:27
Not Refreshers selfloadingcargo, they were about the size of an old halfpenny. The ones I am thinking of were much smaller. Mind you, I had forgotten about Refreshers, quite liked 'em when I were young.

At one of the preserved transport venues (I think that it was the Crich Tram Museum in Derbyshire) there was a "shop" that used to have a lot of sweets, cigarettes, pipe tobaccos, etc. from the forties and fifties, well at least the packages - you could not buy anything.

One also remembers that when one was a pipe smoker back in the seventies and eighties the only place that one could get Digger Shag was in the House of Pipes in Sussex.

30th May 2008, 15:56
Like Binos been here before

Think I posted this a few years back herewith Candoo living room table!


30th May 2008, 16:33
SHJ - I think those litle brick shaped sweets were called PEZ (or something similar), there were a whole range of novelty dispensers with flip tops shaped like animals and cartoon characters.

Haven't seen those for over twenty five years now.

30th May 2008, 16:42
S'land, I think I have it....Swizzles Fizzers


30th May 2008, 16:52
Yup! Swizzles rings a bell . . .

30th May 2008, 16:56
You still find PEZ dispensers in the US... a LOT of them. There's a whole cottage industry around them (isn't that how eBay got started?)...


30th May 2008, 21:49

Yep. Them's the little blighters, thanks.

31st May 2008, 03:55
Cough Candy. (Batger's were the best) Suppose the huggy-fluffs have had them banned by now, for 'false' medical claims.

Floral Tips. Like smaller versions of Wine Gums, but much more delicately-flavoured.

And, yes, Refreshers. Many have tried to copy them, but none have succeeded.

Now you've got me drooling.

31st May 2008, 04:44
As for PEZ, thousands of PEZ dispenser heads have been produced and are highly collected these days, much like the Beanie Baby craze. I thought the candy itself was not very tasty and boring.

Beatriz Fontana
31st May 2008, 09:06
A lady of your obvious good taste would surely appreciate the subtle taste of meadow flowers albeit in E number form

That's very sweet of you to say so, SOTV, but to me they were the closest thing to eating perfume. Not that I ever ingested perfume, but that's the sentiment.

One doesn't see aniseed balls as much these days.

31st May 2008, 13:20
"Cough Candy. (Batger's were the best) Suppose the huggy-fluffs have had them banned by now, for 'false' medical claims."

Nothing false about it. They made me cough!

31st May 2008, 15:32
Available from MORRISONS

Dobsons 'Yorkshire Mixtures' certainly bring memories of the early '50's

On the subject of 'Cig's', my Mum & I joined Dad in Nairobi in June '54 (BOAC Argonaut) - Dad was DCA - ATCO at Eastleigh initially, and I remember the tin's of 50 - UK brands Player & Senior Service but also local brands Clipper & Yeoman;

Clipper & Yeoman were also available in boxes of 50, on the back of the box was lined section section headed Daily Shopping List, one of the subtlest (sic) marketing hints I've ever seen!!!

Worked as well, by '64 when I'd started smoking (don't tell Mum) our family (3 of us) consumption was an estimated 200 a day!!!

Dad made it to 81 - Mum's still going at 83 and well I'm still here as well but have been off the weed for nearly 15 years;

PZU - Out of Africa

31st May 2008, 20:03
Anyone remember those frozen things I think called a Jubbly! It came in a cardboard carton which was like a double triangle difficult to explain,I loved them in the 60s.

31st May 2008, 20:38

I think you've just made a brain cell jump in my brain! They were, if one remembers, in a kind of pyramid packing, a bit like tetrapack, but probably made from thick paper or cardboard. I believe that they came in orange, cola and ? flavors.

Does anyone remember the gloriously named "Lolly gobble chocbomb" made out of various elements and possibly resembling a rocket of Dan Dare vintage ?



31st May 2008, 20:44
Yes Orange Cola and Raspberry I think Ive just sussed it !take a cardboard tube crimp the bottom fill ,with product turn 90 degrees and crimp the top,
hey presto a Jubbly.

Regards Hoof

31st May 2008, 21:07
Jubblys are alive and thriving up here. Mind you, so are deep fried pizzas and mars bars. :eek:

Bea. Thank you.

I ingested perfume once as a bet (Brut, 1978, about 100ml), spent over 2 weeks in Rooke sick bay.