Sweets from the 60s

Let’s take a trip down memory lane to the 60s. A whole bunch of the most delicious sweets appeared and dominated the shelves in that iconic decade. Classics that are still enjoyed by people both young and old, even today.

 In a time when Football Cards were all the rage, kids would pick up some tasty snacks on the way home from school from the local corner shop where they stored the their selection of sweets in big jars behind the counter. It was like a wall of deliciousness, scooped out to order and placed in small paper bags that were weighed on old school scales. So many fond memories. 

60s sweets

The firm favourites:

They originally appeared in the 1920s but were a favourite 60s sweet. Fruit salad sweets are a treat that has transcended generations and one that stills stand strong on the shelves these days, though a little softer than the rock solid beasts they once were. As a chew that’s stood the test of time for over 100 years, they’ll probably be around for a long time yet!

Pear Drops

One of the greatest hard-boiled treats of all time and a total classic. Pear drops were very hard sweets that you’d suck, sometimes for ages. The classic came as one sweet with two coloured sides, one red, the other yellow, a bit like a rhubarb and custard but pear-shaped.

The original sherbet fountain – a true icon that featured in most people’s childhoods. It’s not just the name, it’s also the packaging, the look and feel of the product that really brings back memories. It’s like a sting dynamite with a delicious liquorice dipper that each time you dipped, came back up coated in sherbet. 

As stunning as the packaging was, it was recently updated by the manufacturer, Barratt. Improvements include fresher contents and the liquorice stick is now sold INSIDE the packaging rather than in the dynamite stick format that it was originally. 

Another hard-boiled classic sweet that was popular in the 60s. Sherbet lemons had a hard, lemon-flavoured coating that you’d suck until you reached the sherbet in the middle. 

Murray mints

As one of the more iconic mints, Murray Mints were a deliciously smooth, minty flavoured boiled sweet completely with a tasty chewy centre. They were (and still are) made by Maynards Bassetts and have always been a true confectionery classic that stood the test of time.

They’re a bit like Marmite in that you either love them or hate them. These rock-hard, shiny balls of candy are packed with an intense aniseed flavour. Aniseed balls come with fond memories regardless of your feelings about them. As standard, they’re kept in a large jar and scooped into the weighing scales at the counter where you’ll probably purchase them by the 100g in a brown paper bag. 

Barley Sugars

These old fashioned sweets always were and still continue to be a classic. Barley Sugars were a rich, sweet, soothing boiled sweet often bought in bags or from behind the counter a scoop at a time! As British sweets go, these are one to remember.

Like someone captured the taste of cola and turned it into sugar-coated cubes of deliciousness. Because that’s basically what they did. Another classic hard-boiled icon that was always kept in stock at local sweet shops. Kola cubes are a classic.

Fruit Pastilles

A mix of blackcurrant, lemon, strawberry, lime and orange chewy sweets rolled in sugar. These were huge in the 60s and can still be found on the shelves today. They contain no artificial colours, flavours or preservatives. Originally, Fruit Pastilles were invented by Henry and Joseph Rowntree, in York in 1881

These tiny red lips would often be purchased with floral gums and an assortment of retro sweets. They were tiny, lip-shaped gummies with a delicious tasting cherry flavour. You could lick the back and stick them to your face to look like you’re ready for a night on the town…or just eat them a normal human. Either way, cherry lips sweets are delicious.

Sweets from the 60s

So it’s not a fully comprehensive list but these are some of the greats from the 60s, which we may update from time to time. There’s probably space for sugar mice in here somewhere and many other classic treats. As you’ll notice most of these are still stock on the shelves in supermarkets. We didn’t include any discontinued sweets as they’re covered in another set of articles. 

Take a look at our other candy by decades posts from the 70s, 80s and 90s to find more amazing vintage, sweet treats from decades gone by. 

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