My friend Nathan and I are doing the pub quiz at The Prince of Wales on November 4th. I’m doing a round on one of my favourite subjects: sweets.
Every Saturday morning I work for my daughter’s music group. I get to sell sweets to kids, fulfilling a long-held childhood ambition of working in (not even owning!) a sweet shop. I have intense memories of getting my pocket money on Saturday morning and spending it on sweets and girls comics (Bunty, Judy and Mandy). For children, this an important educational stage; learning how to budget.
Now I relive this. Little kids standing over the sweets, brows furrowed, asking how much each item costs… you can see the cogs turn…
‘If I get a Kit-Kat, a packet of crisps, and a drink, have I got enough? Can I get a Milky way too?’
I’ve found that the UK also has some regional sweets, which keeps surprising me coz you seem to find the same stuff everywhere. Lions Liquorice for instance. Haven’t found them outside Yorkshire yet, and I’m such a liquorice addict! London is good for salty liquorice (which you can get in at least one Swedish Deli) and New Zealand liquorice! The rest seems to have national coverage (Panda, Bassetts, Pontefract Cakes). Anyway, Caroline told me about your blog. It’s great! And also it’s good to see somebody else has recently been experimenting with butternut squash…
I’m a massive liquorice fan. I’ve bought mildly salty liquorice at IKEA. And ‘soft eating’ liquorice at Lakeland Plastics. Be nice to try the Yorkshire stuff, which is where I come from originally!