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Old Fashioned Sweets Lead The Way In The Taste Stakes!

Rhubarb and Custard

Why are old fashioned sweets so popular?

As consumers we are spoilt for choice when it comes to sweets. There are new weird and wonderful creations being made available to us every day yet these old fashioned sweets are still leading the way in the taste stakes.

The candy history and its development took off in the 1800s. By the 1850s, there were hundreds of confectionary factories. The very first sweets included Boiled Sweets, Marshmallows, and one of the very earliest was Turkish Delight.

Rhubarb and Custard is just one of the many traditional sweets that people still want today. This boiled sweet in particular has a special, sticky place in our affections and once tasted, takes us right back to our childhood. Maybe it’s the contrast in flavours that makes this sweet such a keen favourite. It combines the sharp, fruity flavour of the Rhubarb with the smooth, creaminess of the Custard. Or maybe it’s the contrast in texture, the jagged edges of the Rhubarb half mixed with the smooth roundness of the Custard half. Personally I think it’s the combination of the two which make this such a strong contender in the taste stakes and I think it will be a keen favourite for many years to come.

Another favourite among the old fashioned sweets is Pear Drops. The classic Pear Drop is combination of half pink and half yellow boiled sweet in a pear shaped drop. These have been a favourite since the 1920s. Even though Pear Drops do not have the contrasting flavours of Rhubarb and Custards, they seem to still be a keen favourite amongst us consumers.

It’s not just boiled sweets which are amongst our favourite old fashioned sweets. One of my favourites has to be Sugar Mice. The taste sends me right back to my childhood, not to mention they look wonderful. Sugar Mice are a traditional sugar candy. They consist of a mass typically containing icing sugar, egg whites and golden syrup. They come in a range of flavours such as Strawberry, Raspberry, Lemon or Vanilla. Sugar Mice are extremely popular in the United Kingdom, especially during Christmas season either hung on the Christmas tree or placed in a stocking with the face visible. The sweet taste mixed with their unique appearance, I think are just two of the reasons these are a favourite and will also be around for many years in the future.

These are just some of the wonderful examples of traditional sweets that have been around for many years and are still going strong today.

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