|Image credit: Darren Richard Haynes|
In fact the old fashioned sweet shops had row upon row of sweets jars and they were sold by the quarter pound in small white paper bags. In those days you had more sweets than packaging.
My first job was as a Saturday girl in F. W. Woolworths on the makeup counter which was situated just behind the legendary Pick 'n' Mix counter. Nobody particularly worried about the sticky sets of fingers helping to 'test' the various types of sweet. You could even buy broken biscuits by the pound and a peanut and raisin mix (the 'healthy' option!).
Incidentally, if you would like to wallow in confectionery nostalgia, there is even a Facebook Group - Sweets of Yesteryear where you can revisit the sweets of your youth - or at least pictures of them.
And it's not surprising that Roald Dahl's Charlie & The Chocolate Factory remains an all time classic. I can still remember the thrill of Charlie finding the last golden ticket in his Wonka Bar. It's certainly a story that keeps Caitlin and Ieuan transfixed. What about Everlasting Gobstoppers, Luminous Lollies for eating in bed at night, Mint Jujubes and Hair Toffee?
Here's hoping you get some sweet treats this Easter!
|Ieuan as Willy Wonka|