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eye poppers

Posted: Mon Feb 27, 2006 4:24 pm
by creeping death
any one remember eye poppers they were a gobstopper with a sour middle. i think that they also had ones with a hot centre :P

Posted: Mon Feb 27, 2006 10:02 pm
by star
Wow! I remember eye-poppers! :shock: :shock:
We used to buy them in droves in year 11 when we snook out to the shop!

Posted: Tue Feb 28, 2006 9:55 pm
by shirley
what about toffee cakes . Used to buy mine from a corner shop on the road up to Westoe school. Can't remember it's name. That was around 1954.

Posted: Tue Feb 28, 2006 10:01 pm
by Delilahcat
Used to go to school round there from 1955 I think the shop which sold toffee cakes was in one of the streets off Hunters Terrace. The older kids used to buy single cigarettes there.

Posted: Wed Mar 01, 2006 3:26 am
by shirley
Thats it ! Hunter's terrace. In '55 I was ten and went to Westoe school. Lived in Laygate Lane and was given a penny for the bus fare. Most days I walked and spent the penny on a toffee cake. Another good find for me back then was a little kind of shop across the bombed building site ( flats there now ) Anyway , they sold broken up sugar cones. A whole bunch wrapped in newspaper for a penny! Between those and the toffee cakes I didn't ride the bus too much. Don't want to think what the health inspectors of today would make of such a place as that ' kind of ' shop

Posted: Wed Mar 01, 2006 3:23 pm
by Delilahcat
The Health Inspectors would probably close them down. In the fifties and early sixties it seemed like there were corner shops on ..well every corner. They were run usually by old ladies and there was usually a cat asleep on the dusty window display. However we all bought our sweeties and toffee cakes there and never came to any harm.
I used to go to St Marys school at Tyne Dock and there was a shop outside the school gates where you could buy sticks of spanish ( a hard liquorice) Tiger nuts, liquorice root and Horlicks tablets. All were considered great delicacies by the local kids and more importantly were very cheap. Still got all my own teeth so they couldn't have been that harmful.

Posted: Wed Mar 01, 2006 3:48 pm
by marrasis
hi Delilah, i still have all my own teeth too,mmmm horlicks tablets :happy7:

Posted: Wed Mar 01, 2006 5:28 pm
by shirley
Horlicks tablets !!! God they were good !!!! I was a chubby child , wonder why :) what about victory v tablets? I remember being taken with the other older kids at the school to some orchestra performance at the Regent cinema . NO SWEETS ALLOWED! so didn't I take victory v's ? Stupid or what ? The head mistress (Misss Knox) sniffed her way along the row of us like a blood hound ! There was no hiding who had victory v's!!!!

Posted: Wed Mar 01, 2006 8:14 pm
by memor
If she had the sniffies you should have given her a "Victory V"

Do they still make Vicky V's ??

and Horlick tablets I remember them but never wanted one much preferred the real thing from Minchellas when I went shopping with Ma Maplin.

Posted: Wed Mar 01, 2006 11:51 pm
by Delilahcat
Yes they still make them but they are sold in fancy packets as opposed to weighed out from jars . Don't think I've ever had them since schooldays. They were so hot they made your eyes water! And as for Fishermens Friends...they were so strong they should have been sold on prescription

Posted: Fri Mar 24, 2006 1:05 am
by Jerry
My sister mentions:

Rhubarb rock
Empire mixture
Fishes in the sea
And yum,yum, - Horlicks tablets


Posted: Sun Mar 26, 2006 12:58 am
by Delilahcat
Thought I was the only person in the world to remember Fishes in the Sea. No one ever seems to have heard of them. The sea part was green sweets with white candy fishes. Now I know I wasn't dreaming. Don't think they make them any more.

Posted: Sun Apr 30, 2006 6:37 pm
by Jerry
I remember a tube-shaped thing, lightly dusted on the outside with a sweetish white powder. Inside it was mid-brown and rubbery, also sweet, and in the centre a nut running through like the eggs in veal and ham pie. I think it was on a cord. You cut it into segments to eat it. Does anyone know what it was called?

James Kirkup writes of sweets in Shields in the '20s:

Barley Sugar Fish; Berwick Cockles; Acid Drops; Lemon and Orange Slices; Jap Dessert; Pontefract Cakes; Jelly Babies; Raspberry Dewdrops; Genuine Silver Dragees; Nutty Nougat; Bubble Gum; Devil's Dumbells; Sherbet Dabs; Black Jack Toffee; Wigga-Wagga Slabs; Cut Cavendish Plug; Cinder Toffee and Barley Sugar Sticks.

Liquorice Braid; Liquorice Bootlaces; Liquorice Plug Tobacco; Liquorice Pipes; Liquorice Red Hot Pokers and Liquorice Root. There were small, hard, blood-red, translucent crescent-shaped cachous we called Angels' Toenails, and semi-medicinal Eucalyptus Fudge; Horehound candy; Coltsfoot Cubes, Chlorodyne Gums and Curiously Strong Peppermints. There were also little bird-cages made of lacy pink and white sugar, and watches made of coloured candy, whose hands always stood at ten past two .

Kirkup also mentions sticks of rock with HAPPY SOUTH SHIELDS right through - and locust beans, which, as they resembled 'caca', he didn't touch.


Posted: Sun Apr 30, 2006 6:49 pm
by baldy.smith
Locust beans are Carob beans and come from the Carob tree, I remember them and did not like them at all. They can be ground up and used as a cocoa substitute. uugh


Posted: Fri Sep 01, 2006 11:30 pm
by Delilahcat
Has Spanish Gold gone the way of Candy Tabs. Saw a kid on the bus with what looked like candy cigarettes. They are now called candy sticks to discourage kids from smoking.

Posted: Thu Sep 07, 2006 3:04 pm
by padlock man
I loved candy tabs, did'nt they have a red dot on the end, so you could pretend they were lit?
Barratt's sweet cigarettes, white with a red tip. (This was before smoking became a big no-no,)

Posted: Thu Sep 21, 2006 11:57 pm
by silver fox
average len wrote:Mercy, Memor, mercy!

By the way, does anyone remember liquorice root? (Not really a sweet as such, but I thought I'd ask.)
Liquorice root I love it.U can still by it at most chemists.u can also still buy imps.

Posted: Sat Sep 23, 2006 9:28 pm
by Babooshka
silver fox wrote:
average len wrote:Mercy, Memor, mercy!

By the way, does anyone remember liquorice root? (Not really a sweet as such, but I thought I'd ask.)
Liquorice root I love it.U can still by it at most chemists.u can also still buy imps.
I love liquorice too can you remember OROZO sticks of it (like a paddle shape) Boots have started selling liquorice under the PANDA brand from Finland and it is the nearest tasting stuff the what we used to get as kids, it's bleedin' lovely