11 of The Best Old Fashioned Sweets in the UK
Old fashioned sweets will always have a special place in the pick and mix world. Their recipes may be old, but these old fashioned sweets managed to capture the hearts of us all and have stayed popular for decades! Loved by generation after generation.
Here at Sweet Love of Mine our pick and mix options contain a selection of some of the best old fashioned sweets ever created. Some of them have had their recipes tweaked to become vegan, others have been ahead of the curve and have been vegan all along!
Discover 11 of the most popular old fashioned sweets of the UK — some that were invented all the way back in the 1700s!
1. Sherbet Lemons
With their fizzy centres and wonderful, lemony taste, sherbet Lemons have long been a favourite of many people — including wizards! They first appeared on sweet shop shelves in the 1920s, and have since been loved for decades. They are even specially mentioned in the Harry Potter series as the favourite old fashioned sweet of the venerable Albus Dumbledore!
2. Fruit Salads
Another firm favourite from the 1920s, Barratts’ Fruit Salad sweets are one of those signature old fashioned sweets that will usually spring to mind first! With their yellow and pink paper jackets and unique fruity taste, they’re an old fashioned sweet that is still incredibly popular over 100 years later!
3. Strawberries & Cream Boiled Sweets
A true British classic, strawberries and cream is a pairing that is hard to beat. It’s been a favourite treat of the British since 1509! So it’s only natural that it was later immortalised in a tasty sweet recipe.
4. Liquorice Pontefract Cakes
These tasty little discs were first created all the way back in 1779! A young English man known as George Dunhill added sugar to a liquorice recipe that was actually used as a medicine. And the rest as they say, is history! Whilst liquorice may be as divisive as marmite, there’s no denying these sweets have the best heritage of any old fashioned British sweet!
5. Liquorice Allsorts
In 1899, just before the turn of the 20th century, a tray of sweet samples was spilt onto the floor of the Bassett’s office by a young sales representative… As he attempted to retrieve the mixed up sweets, the young Charlie Thompson had no idea that this accidental act would actually inspire the creation of a new, iconic sweet mix!
6. Bon Bons!
You’re definitely sure to come across a selection of Bon Bons in any old fashioned sweet shop! With their chewy centre, crispy shell and icing sugar dusting, they’re definitely one of our favourite inventions from the Victorian era!
7. Wine Gums
The sweet company Maynards created wine gums in 1909 as a sweet treat for adults! Although they have never contained any alcohol… wine gums have been loved by adults and children alike for over 100 years! They’re one of the most popular old fashioned sweets that can still be bought in supermarkets today!
8. Barley sugar
This sweet treat was supposedly invented by a French nun in 1638! However, it wasn’t officially moulded and sold widely in the UK as a sweet until the 18th century. With its simple recipe, Barley Sugars are a humble, old fashioned classic!
9. Pear Drops
Quintessentially British, the Pear Drop has been loved through the generations since it was invented in the early 1900s. Did you know, Oswaldtwistle Mills in Lancashire is the home of the largest Pear Drop in the World!? It’s over a metre tall!
10. Rhubarb & Custard Boiled Sweets!
The 1930s brought along another very popular sweet combination! The sharp fruity flavour of rhubarb pairs perfectly with the sweet, vanilla taste of custard. It was a popular pudding choice in the UK before someone had the marvellous idea to turn it into a sweet! Definitely one of the classic old fashioned sweets of Britain!
11. Rowntree’s Fruit Pastilles
These fruity classics were created in 1881! They have been loved by all generations for well over a century and are sure to bring on a happy wave of nostalgia! They are still loved by so many people even today — making them arguably one of the most popular old fashioned sweets in the UK!
Will you be adding any of these old fashioned sweets into your Veganuary Pick and Mix order?!