Retro sweets from The Gobstopper

January 10, 2014

Standing there you could barely see the wood paneled walls for the coloured jars. There was something special about this retro sweet shop, perhaps that’s why you felt like Alice in Wonderland. You didn’t move but your eyes darted all over the place while you decided what went in your white paper bag.

Fizzy Cola Bottles were a firm favourite but what could go with them? Rhubarb & Custard and Kola Cubes? What about Flumps, Love Hearts and Flying Sauces? Or Strawberry Laces, Fried Eggs and Fruit Salad? So many decisions.

Once you had that white paper bag in your grasp, there was no stopping you. That first Fizzy Cola Bottle twinkled on your tongue before the fresh air hit your face.

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Decades later retro sweets have retained their appeal, not least for their ability to bring back the fondest of memories. The Gobstopper have recreated this feeling of nostalgia with a wonderful shop that sells everyone’s favourites.

Fizzy Cola Bottles was again my first choice. The decision after that was tough as The Gobstoppers’ range is huge! In the end Kola Cubes and Fizzy Peaches were selected.

The retro sweets arrived in great time and were perfectly packaged. A large smile spread across my face when I opened the Kilner glass jar. You couldn’t help but shut your eyes, take a deep breath and remember that wood paneled sweet shop. They tasted as you expected them to – utterly divine!

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Ordering retro sweets from The Gobstopper couldn’t be simpler. You just select your preferred Kilner glass jar size and the sweets you’d like in it. There are a wide range of gift options available too including jar and box sets. Not to mention retro sweet selections for parties!

There are a hundred variations to choose from so whether your taste is fizzy and sour, soft and chewy or boiled, you’ll find those childhood favourites you grew up with. Whether for you, a family member of a friend it’s a great trip down memory lane.

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Disclaimer: We received a Kilner glass jar with our choice of sweets from The Gobstopper for the purpose of this review. All opinions are our own.


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  • Hellie's Corner January 10, 2014 at 11:34 am

    I love those retro sweet shops. Great idea, you get the lovely glass jar as well 🙂

    • Charly Dove January 10, 2014 at 1:17 pm

      Really nice glass jar – loved the contents more though 🙂

  • TwinsplusTwo January 10, 2014 at 12:24 pm

    There is one of these shops in Aldeburgh, Suffolk and my kids love it….. nearly as much as I do!!! Miss the days of penny sweet selections and quarter of something in a little paper bag with the corners twisted. *sigh*

    • Charly Dove January 10, 2014 at 1:17 pm

      Those penny sweet days were just the best weren’t they. Remember that shop so well, no idea where it was though!

  • Mummy of Two January 10, 2014 at 12:49 pm

    Mmmmm they look great and you’ve got some of my favourites there! I think I would struggle to pick just a few varieties, I would want everything!

    • Charly Dove January 10, 2014 at 1:18 pm

      So true – I really did want everything. Definitely going back for more…!

  • Abby Boid January 10, 2014 at 1:21 pm

    Mouth. Watering. Love sweeties.

    • Charly Dove January 10, 2014 at 1:45 pm

      They tasted divine Abby – wish they’d not disappeared so quickly!

  • Keri-Anne January 10, 2014 at 1:29 pm

    gah! It was a mistake reading this when i am hungry ha!! Now i want fried egg sweets!!! I love old traditional sweets x

    • Charly Dove January 10, 2014 at 1:43 pm

      Was just thinking the same as I was commenting! Might have to get another order in 🙂

  • Mammasaurus January 10, 2014 at 1:45 pm

    Yummy yummy – I love old skool sweets! Mmmm black jacks!

    • Charly Dove January 10, 2014 at 1:51 pm

      Me too Annie – they’re just fabulous and so, so tasty 🙂

  • Mum of One January 10, 2014 at 3:10 pm

    Oh I could eat cola bottles all day long!

    • Charly Dove January 10, 2014 at 10:18 pm

      You and me both!

  • Vaidehi @vaichin January 10, 2014 at 3:13 pm

    No no no!! I am supposed to be on a diet 🙁 Maybe just one little sweetie won’t hurt x

    • Charly Dove January 10, 2014 at 10:19 pm

      I’m with you there – definitely my kind of sweets. Loved them 🙂

  • anna m January 10, 2014 at 5:24 pm

    We had these too and they are great! Something about the whole jar thing just makes them more fun to eat and I loved their selection. I am supposed to be dieting for the moment though, but will treat myself to some more of these at some point

    • Charly Dove January 10, 2014 at 10:26 pm

      They are wonderful Anna aren’t they, we loved them 🙂

  • Emily @amummytoo January 10, 2014 at 6:19 pm

    Great pics – very nostalgic 🙂

    • Charly Dove January 10, 2014 at 10:32 pm

      Thank you – really nostalgic!

  • Aisha from expatlog January 10, 2014 at 6:54 pm

    Pear drops! They’ve gotta have pear drops! Ooooh and sherbet fountains… *sinks into sugar-dream-delirium*

    • Charly Dove January 10, 2014 at 10:45 pm

      Oh my goodness I saw pear drops on the site and sherbet fountains. Almost tempted to get a larger jar with everything in it. That would be amazing!!!

  • Jen aka The Mad House January 10, 2014 at 7:01 pm

    My hub by loves retro sweets!

    • Charly Dove January 10, 2014 at 10:56 pm

      Him and me both – they’re wonderful 🙂

  • Cass@frugalfamily January 10, 2014 at 8:07 pm

    Mmmmm – I could just do with some now 😉

    • Charly Dove January 10, 2014 at 10:58 pm

      Very true – wish they’d not disappeared so quickly!

  • Aly January 10, 2014 at 8:45 pm

    Oh this is torture! All those jellies 🙁 I just had a look and they do vegetarian sweets so I might treat myself in a couple of weeks.

    • Charly Dove January 10, 2014 at 10:58 pm

      They do so much – incredible really. I may join you in getting some more treats 🙂

  • Jenni January 10, 2014 at 9:00 pm

    I love this kind of gift, lovely sweets and a reusable jar once you’re finished.

    • Charly Dove January 10, 2014 at 11:50 pm

      It’s great Jenni – although the jar is empty it’s a great jar 🙂

  • Jenny January 10, 2014 at 9:28 pm

    I adore retro sweets. Pink shrimps or sheets of rice paper that get stuck to the roof of your mouth – heaven!

    • Charly Dove January 10, 2014 at 11:50 pm

      They are just divine, love rice paper! So chuffed there is a proper retro sweet shop out there 🙂

  • thebeesleybuzz January 10, 2014 at 9:52 pm

    oooh they look nice! x

    • Charly Dove January 10, 2014 at 11:54 pm

      They were (past tense!) delicious!

  • Notmyyearoff January 11, 2014 at 2:04 am

    Mmmmmm fizzy cola bottles!

    • Charly Dove January 11, 2014 at 11:59 pm

      They are yummy aren’t they – really want some more 🙂

  • Kara January 11, 2014 at 11:28 am

    I adore retro sweets, I am a sucker for a sherbert dip dab or a wham bar. the one i wish they would bring back though is Pacers……do you remember them?

    • Charly Dove January 12, 2014 at 12:00 am

      I do remember Pacers, no idea what they tasted like though! Loved Wham Bars! Love them all too 🙂

  • Claire toplis January 11, 2014 at 3:44 pm

    I love flying saucers !!
    I love kilner jars

    • Charly Dove January 12, 2014 at 12:01 am

      They were the best weren’t they, used to just stick to your tongue!