Nostalgic candy, British style

When we were in New York last fall and visited Dylan’s Candy Bar I was amazed by the huge selection of retro candy. Everything from Charleston Chews to Necco Wafers were available in a copious and dazzling display.

Apparently the English have a similar desire to return to the past via, as they would call them, sweets. Both Harrods and Fortnum & Mason have large displays of old-fashioned candy in their food halls. But the  nostalgic candy there  is in my opinion more charming than its counterpart in the United States:

Retro candy at Harrods

I was particularly enchanted by the names:

Hickory Dickory Mice at Fortnum and Mason

Rhubarb and Custard candy at Harrods

Potted Shrimps candy at Fortnum and Mason

My absolute favorite?

Toodle Pips candy at Fortnum and Mason

Tommy purchased a bag of Rhubarb and Custard – they are not chewy as they looked like they might be and although they are tart, I’m not sure I’m sure I’d say they tasted like rhubarb. But I love the idea of them. As did Teddy.

Teddy with candy at Fortnum and Mason

I share this as part of Wanderfood Wednesday at Wanderlust and Lipstick. Stop over there to see what else is cooking.

Reader Responses

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  1. Potted shrimps, what?? So funny!

  2. Totally cool photos!
    Here’s one to add of an old-style sweet shoppe in Falmouth, UK:

  3. Ohhh, I LOVE those names!! You made me grin so big today. “Toodle Pips” – love that. :-) Reminds me of Jeeves and Wooster. :-)

  4. What sweet sweets – too bad to didn’t get to Clifton Village where we could have directed you to a little shop that sells all these retro sweeties.

  5. now that smile at the end?? PRECIOUS!! i love it!

  6. Yum! These look great and we love English sweet shops. Or rather, my daughter loves them. She has never met a sweet shop that she didn’t love. We were just in one in the south of France that had quite the old fashion collection.

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