The Top 10 Retro Sweets

Retro Sweets at The British Hamper Compan

There is no finer example of the UK’s love of the past than the continued success of the country’s retro sweet industry. In these days when nostalgia is big business, this passion is great news for confectioners – from large manufacturers to small independent outlets.

A market that can appeal to all ages and tastes, we take a look at some of the all-time classics that are still popular today. Here is our top ten of the nation’s favourite retro sweets.

Drumsticks Lollipops at The British Hamper Company

 

Drumsticks

Currently celebrating its 60th Birthday, these chewy multi-flavoured lollies have been a favourite of the country’s sweet lovers for decades. Produced by the ever-popular Swizzels Matlow, they are a real timeless classic.

 

Milkybar chocolate at The British Hamper Company


Milky Bar

One of the most popular UK sweet brands of all time, and the no. 1 white chocolate brand. First produced back in 1936 by Nestle’, the bar is probably best known for its TV adverts portraying the ‘Milky Bar Kid’ that were first aired in the early sixties.

Refreshers Sweets at The British Hamper Company

 

Refreshers

These fizzy centred chews have been a firm favourite with the nation’s sweet lovers for decades. First manufactured in 1955 by Swizzels Matlow, they have been appearing in countless mix bags of sweets ever since.

 

Delicious Sweets at The British Hamper Company

Love Hearts

For over sixty years, these fun sweets have appeared in the confectioner’s stores of the UK. Each sweet displaying a love related message, the sugary sweet tablets have spread much enjoyment and amusement over the years. They are a Swizzels Matlow Product.

 

Delightful Treats at The British Hamper Company

Rhubarb and Custard

A timeless classic made with all-natural flavours and colours, this boiled sweet is popular with all ages. A perfectly balanced blend with just a hint of sharpness, a real all-time sweet shop favourite.

 

Smarties at The British Hamper Company
Smarties

One the nation’s undoubted favourites, Smarties were first produced back in 1937. Owned originally by Rowntree and Co, they are now part of the Nestle’ group and the multi-coloured, sugar-coated treats have been enjoyed by generations.

 

Jelly Sweets at The British Hamper Company

Fruit Pastilles

Delicious fruit sweets with a jelly-like consistency and sugar coating. Made by Rowntree’s, this oldest of British confectionary were first made way back in 1881. As their TV advertising campaign from the 1980’s would say: “You can’t help but chew.”

 

Classis Sweets at The British Hamper Company

Sherbet Fountain

A real retro classic from the seventies and eighties, and instantly recognisable to all ages of sweet lovers. Inside the bright, distinctive wrapper lies a liquorice dip and sherbet delight that has never lost its appeal. Made by Barratt, it was first manufactured back in 1925.

 

 

Jelly Babies at The British Hamper Company

Jelly Babies

Sweet, fruity and delicious, a true timeless classic, made with all-natural flavours and colours. First manufactured in the late 19th century, this soft sugared jelly sweet has been a favourite of generations of sweet lovers – from The Beatles to Doctor Who.

 

Swizzle Double Lollies

A real classic by Swizzels Matlow, they were introduced in 1952 – The year that Queen Elizabeth II became Queen. Still extremely popular today, they experienced a huge surge in popularity when lolly sucking TV detective Kojak (played by Telly Savalas) was a fixture on the nation’s television screen in the 1970’s.

 

 

So, there you have it. Like all top ten or favourites lists, there’s bound to be much debate over the ones that didn’t feature. However, one thing that can’t be disputed is the high affection in which these classic treats are still held by the sweet lovers of the nation.

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Bought as a gift, recipient was very pleased with contents

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I found this service excellent. Just what my cousin in Australia needed to brighten her up.

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This was a lovely, delicious hamper sent to our gluten free friend who absolutely loved it. He shared it with the WHOLE family and I have heard nothing but positive comments from all of the family. This is a VERY good idea for people that are allergic to wheat. Will definitely be ordering again

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I have ordered Hamers as presents from The Netherlands to be sent to Italy and England to the great surprise and Delight of the recipient's. Their feedback to me was: The quality was excellent, the quaintly was generous and everything was beautifully packed.. What more could a person wish for, Thank You.

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My sister loved the hamper I sent her. I was disappointed though that it did not contain the flapjack biscuits as they are divine. A second fruit cake had been substituted so no loss of items in the contents Thank you

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Excellent service. So fast and efficient, my relatives in Canada were delighted with the contents of their hamper and thrilled with the surprise. The tracking service was fascinating to follow, I could picture my hamper as it travelled through all the checkpoints and it arrived 2 days before it's predicted delivery date. Will definitely use this company again.

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I purchased this hamper for my daughter and her family. I understand that it was enjoyed by them all. I wanted to get them something that they could all share. I would definitely purchase from you again and I believe that my daughter would too,

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Good choice of hampers with great treats inside. The hamper I ordered was a gift which was delivered to friends in France very quickly.

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Staff always very friendly, helpful and accommodating with any request. Great products too!

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We were very happy with our selection, it went down well!

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It is a pity the rating only goes up to 5 stars, the service from the British Hamper Company is worthy of much more. From my first order all the way through to the delivery in Japan, everything was first class. I will be ordering a Christmas hamper soon. Highly recommended, thank you. Mr E. Green.

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