Who remembers buying sweets by the quarter?

John Warner… You could buy 2 ounces of sweets in a brown paper bag no recycling problems.

Gerry Fortsch.. Not sure about this, at that time some of us had out side toilets and coal fires that needed banking up at night.

John Sperni… No central heating,two coal fires ,one in front room and one in the back room. And dare i say it,a tin bath in front of the fire.

Tony Davies… John, that’s what we had at Winchelsea beach,and, an outside toilet with an Elsan bucket. In the great freeze of 1962/63, dad had to dig a path through the snow drifts to get to it. Getting back to the sweets, does anybody remember Sally’s sweet shop in the old town Hastings,,,,?

Jan Deane… We only got three pence, enough to buy 2 oz., served in a white, triangular bag. The hard part was deciding between pear drops, pineapple chunks, rhubarb and custard, aniseed twist, scented satins and more. Decisions, decisions!

Janine Anne Scott… We were lucky,our Grandma worked in Maynards by the cinema for yonks.

Ian Mantel… As a family we used to visit the sweet shop in Mount Road most Friday afternoons. This was mid 70’s. It was run by an elderly couple and was between the butchers and the greengrocers – can’t remember the name

John Sperni… Yes i remember them. I lived in Ashburnham rd,just below the Pub on the corner.

John Warner… my Aunt and Uncle both worked for Sharps Toffees in Maidstone. We used to get huge bags of misshapen toffees for free.

Eric Peckham… Who remembers buying stuff by the pound (£)?

Lucy Pappas… Who remembers the shop on Old London Road, close to the old Sandown School, where you could get a twist of sherbet?

Clifford Rose… 2 ounces of wine gums or sherbet lemons were the usual. I only went for the quarter when I was feeling rich.

Mick Burt… Lemon Sugar crystals

Terry Corder… Used to cost 6d

Alan Pepper… I’ll have some black Jack’s , shrimps , penny arrow bars and some fruit salads ! From Fourboys in Blackman Avenue .

Pete Prescott… Yep ! Me !

Dave Nattress… Indeed, I remember this very well! Usually it was a 2 ounce limit (from my Mother), but occasionally a quarter! All those jars of sweets which of course made something of a comeback some years ago after just about disappearing. Anyone remember Acid Drops and the tiny fruit flavoured sweets about 5 – 6mm in diameter. The Acid Drops certainly brought your cheeks together missus! No wonder I had a lot of fillings as a child and now have a gap or two where teeth used to be. Brings to mind Ice-poles in clear plastic wrappers and Jubblies in waxy paper containers sort of prism shaped – I’m sure there is a technical geometric word for the shape. As in “Last of the Jubblies” England’s second album. The ice-poles came in various lurid colours and fruit flavours of course one colour being a weird mid-Blue. The Jubblies were usually sold as frozen I think and very gradually over what seemed like hours they melted and at one of the corners you could drink them.

2 thoughts on “Who remembers buying sweets by the quarter?”

  1. I’ll have some black Jack’s , shrimps , penny arrow bars and some fruit salads ! From Fourboys in Blackman Avenue .

  2. Indeed, I remember this very well! Usually it was a 2 ounce limit (from my Mother), but occasionally a quarter! All those jars of sweets which of course made something of a comeback some years ago after just about disappearing. Anyone remember Acid Drops and the tiny fruit flavoured sweets about 5 – 6mm in diameter. The Acid Drops certainly brought your cheeks together missus! No wonder I had a lot of fillings as a child and now have a gap or two where teeth used to be.

    Brings to mind Ice-poles in clear plastic wrappers and Jubblies in waxy paper containers sort of prism shaped – I’m sure there is a technical geometric word for the shape. As in “Last of the Jubblies” England’s second album.

    The ice-poles came in various lurid colours and fruit flavours of course one colour being a weird mid-Blue. The Jubblies were usually sold as frozen I think and very gradually over what seemed like hours they melted and at one of the corners you could drink them.

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