Sweets from the 70s

For some, the 70s were an iconic decade packed with character, from the emergence of punk rock to the rise of a variety of delicious and tasty treats. Some of your favourite sweets today were also popular in the 70s and have well and truly stood the test of time. 

From the niche, Parma Violets and the lesser sibling of the Fruit Salad, the Black Jack, there were some golden choices in amongst the retro sweets of the 1970s. So candy fans, read down this list of some of the most popular sweets from the 70s and if you’re not hungry by the end, we’d be very surprised. 

70s sweets

Black Jack sweets are aniseed flavour chews, it says so on the packaging and it’s hard to argue with that description. They come as individual sweets, each wrapped in a little wrapper and often found in bags with Fruit Salad sweets

They’re a chewy confectionary treat and one of very few black sweets on the market. They’re manufactured by Barratt who also make a huge amount of other sweets and first appeared in the 1920s but took a while to truly rise to popularity but since they did, they’ve been an icon in the chewy sweets world.

Such an unusual treat but a favourite sweet nonetheless. Parma Violets are a British made, violet-flavoured sweet that’s sort of like a pressed tablet in a tightly-wrapped tube of many.

They’re a classic addition to any party bags and a real relic of all the sweets made in the United Kingdom. Manufactured by Swizzels Matlow, who are based in Derby, they got their name because of the flower that the sweet is flavoured with. They’re very similar to Fizzers, which are described next. 


Fizzers are very similar to Parma Violets. They’re a pressed-tablet sweet but these are flavoured similarly to fruity sherbet and a favourite of the 70s sweets. Even up until the 90s, these were regular features in party bags and often preferred to their violet flavoured sibling.

Fizz Wiz Cherry Popping Candy

If someone offered you cherry flavoured candy crystals we know you’d jump at the opportunity for mouth-popping deliciousness. 

Fizz Wiz was quite unusual but may have been the original popping candy that was later found in Wonka candy bars as a surprise twist to frighten your gran. They were also available in Cola flavour and these days have a large selection of flavours. 

Not too long ago, these Fizzy cola bottles were voted  the favourite sweet in the United Kingdom and it’s easy to understand why. They’re a sour, chewy cola gummies, the fizzy version of the equally delicious cola bottles. They were first produced in the 1930s but peaked in the 70s and have remained a classic addition to any pick and mix since.

It’s probably the most famous sweet from Scotland. It’s one that triggers fond memories for those that were born and growing up in this decade. Highland Toffee Chews were originally made by McCowans LTD who also made the Highland Toffee Bar. 

They ran into money troubles and were eventually taken over by an administration firm and then acquired by Tangerine Confectionery and are still available in the shops today. 

Flying Saucers

What kind of party bag or pick and mix doesn’t include Flying Saucers? I’m not sure I want to know. With a hollow core filled with sherbet and a rice paper shell there’s nothing not to like about these little guys. They are and always have been a best seller and still capture the imaginations of young people.

They say you shouldn’t play with your food but Dip Dabs are surely the exception? Dipping away to get more sherbet and splitting open the packet to make sure you got every last bit and none of the delicious sherbet went to waste. 

It started with opening the pack and grabbing the fruit flavoured lollipop, giving it a lick and dipping it into the bed of sherbet below. They came in a variety of flavours, lemon was one of the most popular.

Sweets from the 70s

And that’s a wrap on this list of 70s sweets. It doesn’t include every single one  as that would be impossible but we’ll be adding to it over time to make sure we’ve got as many of these classics as possible. 

It’s amazing to see how many of these retro candies are still on the shelves of supermarkets today and enjoyed by many, both young and old. 

Take a look at our other candy by decades posts from the 60s, 80s and 90s to find more amazing vintage, sweet treats from decades gone by. 

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