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Retro Sweets: How Old Do Sweets Have To Be To Be Retro?

Remember Friday afternoons spent in the local sweet shop after school? Remember counting up your pennies for the pick and mix and then running how with sticky pockets filled with delicious goodies? Our Retro Sweets are sourced from decades gone by and perfect for taking you on a nostalgic trip down memory lane.

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Whether you are looking for treats to sweeten up a wedding, christening, party or event, retro sweets are perfect for all occasions. Satisfy a sweet tooth before busting some moves on the dance floor or have some good old-fashioned fun with a game of ‘Guess how many sweets are in the jar’. One of the most popular options if you are catering for a large crowd is a Sweets Bar. These beautiful selections of glass sweet jars are not only filled with the tastiest traditional and retro sweets on offer, but also look stunning and would make a great table centre piece or addition to any party. Complete with metal tongs and paper bags to create an authentic retro feel, it is sure to bring a smile to even the fussiest of guests. Just a few ideas of the tasty treats inside include Black Jacks, fizzy Flying Saucers and fruity Jelly Babies - yum!

If you are looking for specific sweets from your childhood, all our retro sweets are categorised into the decades they originate from. Not only is this perfect for finding all your favourites that you remember but, it’s also great for finding new sweet treats and goodies that you may not have tried before. For example, the 80s were when sweets really came alive and sweets of the 80s are some of the most popular around. Remember Fizz Wiz, Black Jacks and Fruit Salads? All from the 80s! Big Lips? Another 80s classic! But by far the most popular sweets from the 80s were Gumballs. Commercially available gum was invented way back in the 1850s when, rumour has it, a New York greengrocer was unhappy that normal flat gum was not selling and threw a piece across the store when it fell in a bag of sugar. He then noticed it’s new shiny appearance and the gumball was born! It wasn’t until the 80s that Gumball machines and the brightly coloured delights we know today were developed and we are so glad that they did!

Or maybe you are looking for some more recent retro sweets from later years? If so, our selection of 2000’s sweets are a true demonstration of sweets of the weirdest, wackiest and most unique varieties! One example of the bright and colourful options the 2000’s had to offer is Beach Mix. These fruity flavoured gummy sweets simply can’t be mix and are guaranteed to put a smile on every child and adult’s face. Perfect for days out or long car journeys, these edible seaside shapes will make you long for summer to come quicker even more than you already were. Another popular gummy option that is particularly a favourite with children are Alphabet Gums. These mouth-watering jellies are perfect for spelling out fun messages and are a great way to keep the kids occupied.

Retro sweets also make a fun and unique gift for all ages. Maybe you’re looking for alternatives to the usual t-shirt or perfume? Or looking for a gift for that one person who has everything? If so, we are firm believers in the fact that there is no better way to somebody’s heart than with sugar! Retro Sweets Jars are available in a huge variety of different sizes and themes to suit every occasion and to please everyone. For example, our Football Jar is the perfect quirky gift for any footie fans out there and contains a range of football themed sweets to get them through the next game. Or for an even more special gift, our Personalised Sweet Jars are the perfect birthday, anniversary, valentine’s or Easter gift to brighten somebody’s day and one they are sure to remember for years to come. For example, our Birthday Jars are just one of our many options containing retro sweets such as Drumstick Bars to Candy Sticks that are simply irresistible!

View our full selection of Retro Sweets here and please don’t hesitate to get in contact with us via our email on if you need any help seeking out your childhood favourites!