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    I was doing some weeding in the garden this morning and had entered that state of mind when ones thoughts drift aimlessly and at random when I remembered a childhood treat called a "Frozen Jubbly". An orange drink, sold in a pyramid shaped carton and which some enterprising sweetshop owner had popped in the ice cream freezer and which became a huge ice lolly. As I recall it cost 4d. Being a sad old so and so I then started trying to recall other childhood treats which have now disappeared. Things like:

    Spangles - square shaped fruit flavoured boiled sweets
    Potato Puffs - Somewhat like crisps (my favourite being Tomato Ketchup flavour!)
    "Proper" crisps with the salt in a twist of blue waxed paper
    Frys Five Boys chocolate
    Gobstoppers that seemed to be as big as a ping pong ball (but were probably much smaller)
    6d Boxes of Minstrels sold in vending machines on tube stations
    Lemonade Powder (2d a quarter pound IIRC) eaten using a licked finger

    Any other old timers remember anything else?

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    I remember all of those except the Fry's Five Boys chocolate. And a few more come to mind.

    Wagon wheels (a chocolate coated biscuity thing) - they were still around some years ago, and maybe still are, but they're tiny... The ones I remember were HUGE, unless memory deceives me...!

    Sherbet with a straw.

    I forget the name, but a liquid instant coffee essence, sold in small bottles which were square in cross-section.

    Travelling to school every day by steam train.

    Penny bangers (fireworks not sausages! )

    Jetex fuse, sugar and sodium chlorate weedkiller... Don't ask, but the penny bangers might give a clue... h34r:
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    Cadburys (I think ) Bar Six

    Curly wurlys that were 3 feet long (that maybe an exaggeration )

    1d bags of chips


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    I think you mean Camp coffee (as in tent, not Larry Grayson )

    Ah! Sodium Chlorate, in those days it didn't have a fire retardent added. I remember it well h34r:

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bill D (wwh) View Post

    I forget the name, but a liquid instant coffee essence, sold in small bottles which were square in cross-section.
    Camp! (the coffee, not you ) and I think they still do it.

    I remember Jubblies as well
    Lucky Bags
    Bazooka Joe bubblegum (which had a little cartoon strip inside and you could save them up and send off for stuff).

    and the sweet shop where everything was sold loose and you could buy 2penneth of anyting in a little cone shaped paper bag.

    And sleeping in a shoe box in t' middle of t' road, and getting up before we went to bed to lick t' road clean......

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Hornet View Post
    Gobstoppers that seemed to be as big as a ping pong ball (but were probably much smaller)
    When I was doing Rye Rample (GCMVZT) last September I found a fantastic, old-style Sweet Shop in the High Street that had Gobstoppers in all colours at least as big as a ping-pong ball or a bit bigger. It had all the old sweets like bulls eyes and humbugs as well. Not only that but they were in rows and rows of those big glass jars with screw lids (actually plastic immitation glass jars)

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Hornet View Post
    I think you mean Camp coffee (as in tent, not Larry Grayson )

    Ah! Sodium Chlorate, in those days it didn't have a fire retardent added. I remember it well h34r:
    Ah, Camp Coffee, that was the one!

    We were always trying to improve our sodium chlorate mixtures - one new recipe self-ignited whilst we were mixing it up... Phew, that was a close one!

    Quote Originally Posted by martybartfast View Post
    Camp! (the coffee, not you ) and I think they still do it.
    I obviously shop in all the wrong places!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bill D (wwh) View Post

    Wagon wheels (a chocolate coated biscuity thing) - they were still around some years ago, and maybe still are, but they're tiny... The ones I remember were HUGE, unless memory deceives me...!

    I forget the name, but a liquid instant coffee essence, sold in small bottles which were square in cross-section.

    Penny bangers (fireworks not sausages! )

    No your memory’s not going Wagon Wheels were Huge, and I loved camp coffee, however, as it has the sugar already added I now find it two sweet!!!!

    My favourite sweets were, Black Jacks & Fruit Sandwich Chews (2 for a penny ) and Victory V Lozenges.

    As for fireworks the "Jumping Jack" (like a coiled snake like banger but very unpredictable) was the best. It always chassed you round the garden or tried to get in the kitchen. I still don't understand why it got banned - LOL

    And we still have an old style sweet shop near us - jars n jars of the stuff opcorn:



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    Quote Originally Posted by Al & Tracy Smith View Post
    ...and I loved camp coffee, however, as it has the sugar already added I now find it two sweet!!!!
    Ah, I wouldn't like it now in that case... I do have sugar in my coffee, but what I loved about Camp coffee was dipping my finger into the essence and tasting the superb bitterness of it!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Al & Tracy Smith View Post
    My favourite sweets were, Black Jacks & Fruit Sandwich Chews (2 for a penny ) and Victory V Lozenges.
    Two for a penny?! When I were a lad they were a farthing each - and yes, I do remember farthings being legal tender.

    Much as I still like Victory V Lozenges, they are nowhere near as good as when they had chloroform in them. They had a real bite then

    Now, how about a real golden oldie - Virol

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    Do you remember Tizer, a red,fizzy drink that came in glass bottles with screw tops that screwed inside the neck of the bottle rather than outside like a preform?

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Hornet View Post
    Much as I still like Victory V Lozenges, they are nowhere near as good as when they had chloroform in them. They had a real bite then
    My Nan used to work in the factory where they made them. They were allowed to have a free amount each week and my Nan became addicted to them - even continued with them after they toned them down.

    I remember...

    - Bazooka Joe bubblegum
    - Aztec bars
    - Variety bags - had different sweets and chews inside with a toy - blue bags for boys and pink bags for girls.
    - Space Dust
    - Cough candy twists
    - sweet tobacco (in a little pouch)
    - chocolate cigarettes that used real cigarette papers
    - Gold nugget bubblegum (in a little pouch)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Just Roger View Post
    Do you remember Tizer, a red,fizzy drink that came in glass bottles with screw tops that screwed inside the neck of the bottle rather than outside like a preform?
    Yep, and you got a deposit back on the bottle, then could nip round the back of the shop, over the back wall, nick the bottles back and send your mate in to claim the deposit again h34r:

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    Tubes of Rowntree's fruitgums... Who remembers that you used to be able to buy tubes of the fruitgums only the blackcurrant flavour? I think you can still get the pastilles in "all blackcurrant".

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mrs Blorenge View Post
    ...Who remembers that you used to be able to buy tubes of the fruitgums only the blackcurrant flavour?...
    Yep, I remember them well...!
    ​​Do not go gentle into that good night.
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