I REMEMBER WHEN you could buy a bag of lollies for 20 cents!

July 9, 2020
lolly shop

lolly shop

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LOLLIES!  When I think back to my childhood it’s impossible to not think of lollies (if you’re in the USA I’m meaning ‘candy’ of course).  It’s not that I constantly ate lollies, but I have some happy memories of the joy they brought to me when I did eat them!  Here’s some memories that instantly come to mind:

  • A sometimes treat when out and about with Mum (particularly after a doctor’s appointment but sometimes I got an ice-block instead – my favourites being a Hava Heart or Redskin Split)
  • Ekka showbags – always chosen for best balance of lollies/chocolates/chips and toys such as YoYo’s etc!
  • When we lived in Warwick we would occasionally be given 10-20cents and allowed to walk down the street to a corner shop to buy a bag of lollies. That particular shop’s specialty was hard boiled lollies and boy they were colourful and delicious!
  • In high school we used to stop in at ‘Mrs Greer’s Corner Store’ and buy a bag of lollies on the way to the bus after school – yes a really decent sized bag for only 20 cents!
  • Dad would sometimes bring us home some lollies from his trips away when he was doing ‘relief work’ (he worked for a bank).

So what kind of lollies am I talking about?  Here’s some examples from back in the day – many of which you still see today and some you don’t.

Do you recognise some of those lollies? Bring back some memories? Tell me your memories in the comments. I love this kinda stuff! Oh and let me know what lollies I may have missed.

Ciao for now,

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  • Reply Joanne Tracey July 9, 2020 at 7:49 am

    Oh yes! 20c worth of mixed lollies. Paddlepops used to be only about that much too. It was such a weekly treat to spend pocket money on and I remember most of these (I used to love wizz fizz’s). Grant to this day can’t walk past what he calls a sweetie shop without going in.

    • Reply Min July 9, 2020 at 3:54 pm

      I loved the wizz fizz’s too! That is one of the ones I don’t think my palette would tolerate now. LOL

  • Reply Sydney Shop Girl July 9, 2020 at 8:29 am

    I remember the Fags! So sad, I don’t think I have the teeth or tastebuds for any of these lollies anymore but gee they look pretty!

    SSG xxx

    • Reply Min July 9, 2020 at 3:55 pm

      Who could forget the fags! LOL Politically incorrect for these times! I’m with you – there are many lollies I enjoyed back then that I couldn’t eat now. Mostly the pure sugar variety! xo

  • Reply Natalie July 9, 2020 at 9:56 am

    They are “eye candies” as much as they are candies. Thanks, Min, for sharing your happy memories. #lovinlifelinky

    • Reply Min July 9, 2020 at 3:56 pm

      I agree Natalie. They’re a feast for the eyes. So pretty! It’s nice to reflect back on happy childhood memories, especially at times like we are currently experiencing. xo

  • Reply Christine July 9, 2020 at 11:20 am

    I’m actually a lolly expert, and quite addicted. I can’t have them in the house because I’m unable to stop eating them. We used to go for Sunday drives and get 10 cents worth of mixed lollies in a white paper bag, which was quite full. My absolute favourites were caramel quivers (sometimes called kisses) which came in boxes at the movies or the drive-in, hard caramels coated in coconut. Now I’m hankering for lollies! Hard musticks which I would suck into a thin pencil for ages, sherbert bags, potatoes (no one remembers those except me it seems, clinkers, …

    • Reply Min July 9, 2020 at 3:58 pm

      Ahhh my father-in-law was a lolly addict. He had jars of them on a table beside his recliner! LOL I remember the mixed lollies in the white paper bag. 10c or 20c – always such a treat! I’m not sure that I remember the caramel quivers but if I saw a picture of them I might. I loved must sticks. I think I still would! Sherbet bags would a favourite too but I think that would be far too sweet for me now. I remember the clinkers and in fact there’s an image of them in this post. Loved them! 🙂 xo

  • Reply Leslie Susan Clingan July 9, 2020 at 12:13 pm

    When I was a little girl our neighbor in the next duplex would throw down Whoppers or malted milk balls from her apartment window. Bless her heart, there are very few candies I didn’t/don’t like but malted balls was/is one! My favorites these days are Atomic fireballs that I think have been around for a very long time, too. Fun post. We visit a candy store in my PC;s tiny hometown each time we go home. They have many of these oldies but goodies.

    • Reply Min July 9, 2020 at 4:02 pm

      I love hearing the names of ‘candies’ from another country. It’s funny hearing the names just as it’s probably funny hearing the names of ours! I didn’t list the names in this post so might go back and do that. They were things like: freckles, minties, jaffas, clinkers, fags, teeth, bananas, bullets, redskins, choo-choo bar, wizz-fizz sherbert, chuppa chups, milkos, fantales, etc! xo

  • Reply Mick July 9, 2020 at 5:43 pm

    we had the same or similar in London and I recognise some of those sweets. You can still get quite a few of them today although not the fags (or matches) .
    One vivid memory i have which scarred me for years was that i used to go to the shop with my tanner (6d/half a shilling) and buy 6 penny chews. 3 black jacks and 3 fruit salad. Then one day decimalisation came. I went down the shop with that same tanner and could only buy 5 penny chews and i had to decide on whether to have 3 black jacks/2 fruit salad or 3 fruit salad and two black jacks. What a decision for a kid. They told me that the shilling had become 5 new pence so my tanner was now 2 and a half new pence. Divisible by 5 hence only 5 chews. I was distraught. What a swizz!!!!

    • Reply Min July 13, 2020 at 10:33 am

      Good to see you back here Mick! Did you get your Aussie holiday in before Covid came along to spoil the party? Good to know you had some of the same lollies over there. What a disappointment decimalisation was to you! Such hard decisions for a young boy! lol (I shouldn’t laugh). I was 2 years old when decimal currency came to Australia so have no memory of before dollars and cents.

      • Reply Mick July 13, 2020 at 4:06 pm

        Sadly Min, we never made it. We had our bags packed and ready to go but two weeks before we were to leave, we got some bad news. My wife had Breast cancer in 2018 and we thought it was all clear and had been told so. A routine scan in late January revealed it had come back and and we were called to the hospital to be told not to go to Australia. Had we been going to Spain for a week or two, that might have been ok but we were going too far and for too long and the treatment could not wait. As you can imagine, on all fronts, we were devastated. However, that is not the subject on this post which is a jolly subject on kids sweets so i will leave it there.

        • Reply Min July 21, 2020 at 2:13 pm

          Mick, I’m so sorry to read your news. I will keep you both in my prayers. I hope that your wife’s treatment is successful and she is healthy and well again very soon. 2020 sure is turning out to be a challenging year, and more so for some. Take care!

  • Reply Denyse Whelan July 9, 2020 at 7:02 pm

    So many lollies..so many memories…and whilst I am sure my teeth problems did not stem from eating them, I know i had to be careful as an adult…

    When we were kids in the 1950s and visiting our grandfather, he would keep the soft drink bottles and my younger brother and I could take them to the local shop up the road and trade for lollies.

    Lovely nostalgic post.


    • Reply Min July 13, 2020 at 10:36 am

      I have lovely memories associated with lollies as a kid … but couldn’t eat a lot of them now. I can remember returning soft drink bottles in return for money! xo

  • Reply Mick July 9, 2020 at 7:48 pm

    We did that in London too. In the next decade though,early 60’s. We used to actively scour the streets searching for bottles so we could take to the shops to get a few coppers for sweets. Many a time we were told to bugger off by the shopkeeper because we came in with to many bottles or some that he did not sell. He knew they never came from his shop and he did not want to drain his till or have the bother of dealing with excess bottles. A wooden crate of them was pretty heavy to move around!!!

    • Reply Min July 13, 2020 at 10:37 am

      You were an entrepreneurial kid Mick! lol

  • Reply Leanne | www.crestingthehill.com.au July 11, 2020 at 3:46 pm

    Oh my goodness that brought back some memories! I loved whizz fizz sherbert cones (still do!) and the sherbert that came in a yellow cylinder with a licorice “straw”, also chocolate buttons, Fags, musk sticks, and one deli sold sugar mice with string tails….. so bad for the teeth, but that was definitely a part of my childhood too! Thanks for the stroll down memory lane Min.

    • Reply Min July 13, 2020 at 10:38 am

      Yes to all of those lollies you mentioned! Never once did I worry about my teeth or weight back in those days though. How lovely it was to not have to worry about such things and to just enjoy the joy of it all. xo

  • Reply Leanne @ Deep Fried Fruit July 16, 2020 at 6:24 am

    So many of those are my faves too. I remember walking home from primary school and having 5 cents and that was enough to get me a little roll of lollies called “punch”. They were kind of miniature fruit tingles. 5 cents!!!

    • Reply Min July 21, 2020 at 2:16 pm

      Yes I can remember getting a decent amount of lollies for 5 cents too. I can’t remember the lollies called “punch” though but might if I saw them! I loved fruit tingles! Yum!

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