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Lollies From a Bygone Era

I was a packet a day kid!

I was a packet a day kid!

I’m sitting here remembering some of the lollies we used to have as kids back in the 50s to the 70s.

There were Fags of course, the cigarette lollies that we used to buy in little packets and walk around pretending to smoke, like dad.

I remember Columbines that came in a long blue packet and each lolly was individually wrapped in a blue silver paper. Jaffas were made by a company called Sweetacres and came in a cardboard box. They were ideal for rolling down the aisle of the local picture theatre during the Saturday afternoon matinee.

There was gob-stoppers and conversation lollies, all-day suckers and fruit tingles. We used to buy nigger blocks (no offence intended), four in a square and from memory they use to cost 1d. There was Hoadley’s Polly Waffle and the original Violet Crumble bars, Minties and Fantales came in boxes not plastic or cellophane bags. There was Wrigleys Juicy Fruit and PK chewing gum in little packs of four pellets and from memory they were tuppence each.

Haven't had a Polly Waffle for years and Violet Crumble is definitely not the same anymore

Haven’t had a Polly Waffle for years and Violet Crumble is definitely not the same anymore

There was sherberts that came in a white packet that had a licorice straw and MacRobertsons made the original Freddo frog, barley sugars, Cherry Ripes and Old Gold chocolate. Allens had Tootie Frooty and Steam Rollers in those little cylinder packs and they also made packets of Coconut Quivers

There were Choo Choo Bars and Red Skins, White Knights and Milko, Life Savers came in all sorts of flavours including Musk.

And remember going to the corner shop to buy 6d worth of assorted lollies in a bag?

Conversation Lollies, a great favourte from the school tuck shop.

Conversation Lollies, a great favourte from the school tuck shop.

Then there were home made lollies too including toffee apples. stickjaw toffees, toffee in patty pans, Russian toffee and coconut ice.

They’re just a few that I can remember, I’m sure there was a lot more. How on earth did we escape with any teeth left in our head?

What was your favourite lollies when growing up?

 

69 Responses to Lollies From a Bygone Era

  1. Essa September 14, 2014 at 8:34 am #

    Cobbers, Pink Panthers, Sherbies, Lolly Gobble Bliss Bombs.

  2. ian tige September 14, 2014 at 9:14 am #

    my favorites were rainbow balls which you would get 4 for a cent so we would go to shop (deli) with 20 cents and come out with a bag of 80, also not sure what they were called but they were little choc balls, about the size of rainbow balls but they had little flecks of coconut through them. haven’t seen either since the early 70’s, wish I could find them again…yum yum….

    • Karen October 25, 2016 at 11:51 pm #

      They were coconut balls .. then there was cannon balls and butter buttons .. I used to get a bag for 20c and the white bag would be full to the top .. wish we could still get them ?

  3. Chris September 14, 2014 at 9:54 am #

    Cobbers were the best:)

  4. Michael Curran September 14, 2014 at 11:24 am #

    Came from England 1971 aged 11 have always called them sweets, Tex bars were brilliant as were Dinosaur chews anyone remember them ? choo choo bars, hard toffee that would last cobbers etc, mojo chews 2 for 1 cent, milk bottles and false teeth that were chewy not soggy before damaging fillings became a litigation issue I guess, chikos, black cats, chewy not soggy redskins the list goes on magic memories and I do have a few teeth left !

    • Vicky Byrnes April 19, 2018 at 1:58 am #

      Hi Michael, when is your birthday? ? I was also born in 1960..

      • Jon March 20, 2019 at 4:18 pm #

        1960 What A great year..me too

        Jon

    • Breanne Foster June 19, 2019 at 9:41 pm #

      Hello Michael can you remember a sweet with the same texture and size as a Choo Choo bar but was a caramel colour had planets and maybe space ships on the wrapper, I thought it was a Mars Bar, unlike the Mars Bar that we have today

  5. Vivienne O'Neill September 14, 2014 at 11:31 pm #

    Fantales were a favourite of mine: blue box with a fan on it. They were chocolate covered toffees (which removed to odd filling, I remember) and they were individually wrapped. The wrappings had details of film stars on them.

  6. chris allen September 15, 2014 at 4:46 am #

    still miss Tex Bars, and they haven’t been around for god knows how many years! and home made lollies … spuds and toasted marshmallows were yum! and it all tasted so damn good .. nothing tastes the same these days 🙁

  7. chris allen September 15, 2014 at 9:28 pm #

    Oh and Kooka Bars .. always loved those!

    • Lisa July 28, 2015 at 9:10 pm #

      Yes – kookas! My dad used to buy me one every week. I was beginning to think I imagined them. I a purple foil wrapper and looked a bit like a tim tam. Who made them?

      • Phil ryan May 30, 2017 at 6:14 pm #

        I use to love kookas as well and really enjoyed them especially because there were 2 in each pkt seperated by cardboard

  8. Stephen Herreen September 27, 2014 at 12:45 pm #

    If I remember correctly, Kookas were the forerunner to the current Tim Tams. YUMMY.

  9. Samuel of Kadina October 4, 2014 at 5:45 am #

    Acid Drops, and Cobbers.

  10. Bill August 8, 2015 at 7:51 pm #

    I would crawl a mile over broken glass to have a 1950s Tex Bat or Mintex Bar. Bill.

    • Mark Adams August 13, 2018 at 5:53 pm #

      Oh, to have a Tex Bar again. It is good to see that others remember them too. 🙂

  11. Bill August 8, 2015 at 7:52 pm #

    Sorry, Tex Bar.

  12. Dianne September 6, 2015 at 4:02 pm #

    In the late 50’s we were given scorched peanut bars. Drool. In one of the licorice show bags we used to get dumbbells. I cannot remember whether they were aniseed or licorice flavoured. Did I ever hang out for them. We also used to have fun peeling the licorice into fine strips or strings then eating it.

    • Robyn Morrison April 10, 2016 at 2:29 pm #

      Growing up in Adelaide early fifties….Tandy’s tuppeny toffees…a square of caramel toffee on a toothpick with a square paper sleeve you pulled off and stuck the toffee in your mouth to last about an hour if you didn’t suck too hard on it. Tandys was an Adelaide company.

  13. Joanne January 18, 2016 at 8:22 pm #

    Does anyone remember milky stars? White chocolate ones in particular, think there were milk chocolate ones too. And white chocolate sheriff badges, oh yum, my sister and I still dream about them! Jo from Canberra

  14. Karen September 22, 2016 at 4:17 pm #

    I work at the WEA centre, 223 Angas Street, Adelaide and it was once the Tandy factory!
    Ironic that WEA offers a course in Belgian Truffle Making.
    I have fond memories of the mashmallow bar, a slap of coloured mashmallow with wafer biscuits top and bottom and the sides of the mashmallow diped into coconut….mmm
    Do you remember the checkmate chocolate block, a mixture of milk, white & dark chocolate squares in one clever block.

    • David smith February 14, 2017 at 10:44 pm #

      Who could for get marshmallow bars

    • bilby January 30, 2019 at 5:44 pm #

      @Karen … thanks for confirming that I hadn’t imagined once having a couple of squares of my father’s checkmate chocolate bar. He left us when I was 4, and that was one of my earliest memories and one of only a few memories I have of him. Am I remembering right … that it was made by Smalls? I can’t remember if it was milk chocolate and white chocolate on a base layer of dark chocolate, or white chocolate & dark chocolate on a base layer of milk chocolate? I can still remember the taste & smell of that combination. I only ever had that one taste of it, as we couldn’t have afforded anything like that after he left us as there was no social security back then. Anyway,
      Cheers!

    • Marc Ellis June 7, 2019 at 8:49 am #

      Marshamallow bars (wafers top and bottom, coconut on the sides) are still sold in Tasmania. Milk Buds were heaven. I can taste them now.

  15. Tess December 3, 2016 at 6:00 pm #

    Finallllllly!!!!!! ?. I belonged to site of around 3000 teenagers that grew up in my town back in the 70’s and 80’s. The topic came up regarding sweets we used to eat. When I mentioned Tex bar , no-one knew what I was referring to. Similar to a Mars bar but nicer . I have looked online every now and then to no avail. Finally, someone has a pic of the bar I loved so much. Second to the Kooka bar but no less important. Yes I agree that the Kooka bar set the precedent for the now infamous Tim Tam. But Ohhh do I miss my tex bars. Someone bring them back !!!! ?

    • Leigh April 14, 2017 at 8:40 am #

      Tex bars were and are still my favorite. Every week at the pictures i would buy one or when we went on holidays the shop at the beach always had them. But alas when Nestles yes Nestles not the politically correct Nestlay bought out nearly all the others except Cadbury they decided to cull all sorts of our favorites. Scorched peanut bars were mums favs they are gone now. Green frogs and Mint Leaves last year got Axed. They now have a Tex Bar of sorts on sale but it has wafers in it the original Tex Never did

  16. David smith February 14, 2017 at 10:37 pm #

    Traffic lights round toffee lollies came in red Amber and green. And cocktail fruits. Good because they lasted longer

    • Susan December 4, 2018 at 4:08 pm #

      I remember the traffic lights but started to think I was imagining them as looked for years but never found them. Until today, yes today. Melba’s chocolates in SA still makes them.

  17. Donna Raaschou April 10, 2017 at 4:17 pm #

    I still miss Tex Bars. There is no equivalent these days.

  18. Mikey July 19, 2017 at 5:20 pm #

    I still miss them too. Nobody knows what I am talking about when I mention them.

    • Patrick January 1, 2018 at 5:26 pm #

      Tex bar there was no flavor like it and the size of the white knights peppermint and spearmint and I think that they had a musk one also polly waffles were a meal

      • peter September 1, 2019 at 3:30 pm #

        Yep my favourites White nights musk bars , and spearmint bars were amazing bring on a recharge !!!!!! Who madd them Nesles’’

  19. Rachelle July 22, 2017 at 11:57 pm #

    Does anyone remember Mexican jumping beans

  20. Bronwyn Camilleri July 23, 2017 at 10:01 am #

    I loved nigger blocks. I believe they were 8 for a penny when I was at school. At no time did I associate them with anything other than my favourite lollie which I must add gave me black teeth. But I could get a brown bag full for sixpence.

    • Sharon Kirkwood November 30, 2017 at 10:29 pm #

      I remember all the lollies and chocolate bars back in the sixties and seventies.
      The lollies these days r nothing compared to back then. My favourite were nigger blocks Choo Choo bars, Space bars like the Choo Choo bar but brown yummy 😋 the good old days!
      Wish they would bring them back.
      Thanks for the post I was flooded with great memories.

  21. Kim September 13, 2017 at 2:54 pm #

    Oh yes Bronwyn Camilleri – Nigger Blocks!! And Choo Choo Bars. And Spuds. And Fantales. Used to love playing “who am I” with the wrappers. And now I have to search markets etc for Spearmint Leaves (Stansbury market in SA have the best Spearmint Leaves) and I miss my green frogs soooo very much. I don’t understand companies disposing of life long favourites and then someone starts importing garbage like Oreos. Many years ago my top drawer at work was full of my favourite flavours of Life Savours – you could buy whole rolls of individual flavours – lime was my fave, and spearmint, and musk. Smyths Confectionary used to make something called a Toffee Crunch, looked like little pillows, came in bags in the lolly section of the supermarket and when I was a little girl you could go into Coles and buy them lose by weight. I really miss my little toffee pillows. And please bring back the Polly Waffle!!!!!!!!

  22. Bruce J. Mitchell January 18, 2018 at 10:21 am #

    Hi you all, I have read all your comments but does any one know what happened to Tandy’s. I worked as a tray boy for 5 years from the age of 11 to 16, the cinemas were: The Theatre Royal, Majestic, Civic, Mayfair and the York and they were all serviced by Tandy’s confectionary and chocolate. I worked there from 1951 to 1956.Has any one any photos of the old theatres. I was not one that had a camera and have no photos of that era.

    • Shanny April 19, 2018 at 1:23 am #

      18th post from top has this to say is that what you wanted?

      Karen September 22, 2016 at 4:17 pm #

      “I work at the WEA centre, 223 Angas Street, Adelaide and it was once the Tandy factory!
      Ironic that WEA offers a course in Belgian Truffle Making.”

  23. Camille dedman February 19, 2018 at 12:25 am #

    FRIDAY WAS DADS PAY DAY, HOME HE’D COME WITH A SHILLINGS WORTH OF MIXED LOLLIES, A WHITE BAG FILLED TO THE TOP.
    THEY WENT ON THE TOP OF THE FRIDGE AND WE HAD TO ASK FOR ONE.

  24. Maz Wood February 24, 2018 at 11:56 am #

    Hi everyone, I agree with you all, sweets and lollies just have no individual taste any more. As I got older I loved LLC,s and SOS,s does anyone remember them an acquired taste but I loved them. Also remember a lollie on a stick striped red and green and pink on the inside but I can’t remember what they were called.

  25. Ian McLean February 25, 2018 at 8:32 pm #

    Maz, you are thinking of Rosy Apples!

    • Molder May 26, 2018 at 8:11 pm #

      Yes Rosy Apples, I loved them. LLC and SOS one of my favorites as well. White Knights and Scorched peanut bars and original Whip bar.

      • nat July 25, 2018 at 4:38 pm #

        Were LLC ‘s a round aniseed lolly in a packet similar to lifesavers? I have been trying to see if you can get them from anywhere

    • Julie bowman October 14, 2019 at 5:40 pm #

      Yes l sure do and back in the 70s they were very popular

  26. Sharron July 23, 2018 at 3:45 pm #

    I remember when you could buy 50c worth of lollies n 2c would get you 3 lollies so 50 cents worth was a lot of lollies back then. You known those where the good old days when people talk, more and fun times come from warm laughter not heaps of technology. I am so glad I experienced that in my life it made a better person.

  27. panda September 24, 2018 at 12:29 am #

    No one has mentioned one of my favourites ‘MILKY MAXMUM BAR’. Sooooooo much better and not as ‘sickly’ sweet as a Bounty. It’s a compressed bar of coconut covered in chocolate, about the same size as a Peppermint Crisp.
    Why do they stop making our most loved sweets

  28. Irving Gribbish November 23, 2018 at 6:41 am #

    ZACs, from the ‘Sixties.

    Peppermint & caramel.

    Wrapped in foil.

    Were they biscuits or confectionary? And, who made them?

    No photos seem to exist.

    • Tony March 21, 2019 at 1:21 pm #

      Does anyone remember I’m not sure of the name
      But they were flat fruit flavoured candy covered in a wax paper and then plastic
      Came in orange, strawberry, lime, I think banana
      They were A type of nougha

  29. Carolyn January 24, 2019 at 9:25 pm #

    I wondered if Tex Bars are still made

  30. Trevor January 26, 2019 at 10:56 am #

    Like Carolyn, I hanker for a Tex Bar. Long gone unfortunately and nothing remotely like them now. Someone suggested that a Mars Bar is a close equivalent. They obviously have a poor memory. The only similarity is that they are both chocolate coated.

  31. Sandra February 7, 2019 at 11:10 pm #

    Who remembers SOS lollies they were red and hard

    • Stuart March 24, 2019 at 11:59 am #

      I do. Seem to remember liking them but didn’t make it into my huge list of repeat lollies.

  32. Rob February 15, 2019 at 7:03 pm #

    Looking for a “GIGGLE”

    I was 7 years old when we moved into a country fruit and veg/general store which had aside from packet lollies, an amazing lolly cabinet…
    Yes remember well what you could get for 10c back in the early 70’s, however I seemed to always get a bigger bag full. There were sherbet bombs, sherbet fountains, bellboy and black cat bubble-gum, metro gum, smarties, choc drops, caramel swirls, freckles, aniseed blocks, bullets, chicos, sherbies, red and green frogs, cobbers, clinkers, jaffas, fizzos, cigars, candy sticks, false teeth, snakes peppermints, spearmint leaves, witchity grubs, pineapples, milk bottles, fruit tingles, jelly babies oranges and lemons, wow I could just keep going as I remember sometimes sneaking a handful per cent…..
    The regular monthly arrival of the “Allens” truck was always my favourite day. The regular driver always had something new to try and of course he had a box of broken packets to hand out.

    So many of the favourites are long gone and ALAS the inhalation of sweet treats as a boy and up until recently, finally took its toll with a top set of false teeth and a doctors instruction to get off the sugar..
    Lesson learned over a long time indeed but by crikey I could list hundreds of favourites, consumed in copious amounts.

    I have been looking for information about a choc/marshamallow bar on the net to assist my search for its TV commercial which my brother and his school class were in.

    The Choc coated Marshmallow bar was called “GIGGLE” Its centre was white marshmallow with either a Nought or Cross running right through it.

    Hoping someone took the time to read my banter above and might remember the choc/marshallow bar and possibly who made it.

    Thanks for reading..

  33. Jennifer February 19, 2019 at 4:25 pm #

    I am so happy that so many people LOVE Tex Bars. I was starting to think that were a figment of my imagination because nobody that I speak to has ever heard of them and they were my very favourite. It’s hard enough to try to describe the taste and unique texture without everyone screwing up their faces and looking at me like I’ve come from another planet.
    Maybe if they can resurrect the Polly Waffle they can do the same with the Tex Bar – I live in hope…….

  34. Ben B March 22, 2019 at 12:11 am #

    Thanks Molder and Sandra!

    We were having a discussion at work about lollies from the 60s/70s and I could remember a red ball that you used to suck on for ages, but I couldn’t remember the name of them – they were SOS cough drops. Did some research and found they first came on the market in the 1920s. I imagine like me, that you both ate them as lollies rather than as a cough lolly. Wish I could find them again!

  35. Stuart March 24, 2019 at 11:57 am #

    So many memories.
    Does anyone recall the hard black aniseed (I think) drops which came in a white plastic tube with a stuck on label? These things were tiny but packed a flavor punch.
    So long ago I hope I’m remembering correctly…

  36. Anne May 3, 2019 at 12:58 pm #

    The tex bar was also my favorite from when I was about 5 or 6 years old in Brisbane in the very early 70s. Likewise this is the first time I found a website describing it, which I found difficult to believe, and made me question my memory. The only other tex bars I had been able to find descriptions of on the interest had wafers or ripple airy chocolate, nothing like I remembered. I am having trouble remembering it or describing it precisely but it was the caramel in it that I really liked. It had a texture and mouthfeel that nothing today really replicates, It had a CARAMEL TASTE, but the texture was not caramel or toffee or marshmallow, but a strange combination. Chewy but light, substantial not airy, not hard like a toffee or caramel can be, firm, not runny. As I said I cannot think of anything that replicates the mouth feel. It was sort of like a caramel nougat jelly with no wobble. I also really liked that there were two small bars in a packet. There was no wafer or crunch from memory, but I sort of half remember there being two layers a lighter and darker inside the chocolate coating, but that memory is hazy and I am not sure… but I know I loved the feeling in my mouth as well as the taste.

  37. Anne DYMOCK May 3, 2019 at 1:10 pm #

    LLC’s were a type of medicated cough lolly that came in a roll. They were hard jube jelly discs with a unique flavour that is similar but not quite like anything I have eaten has today. Sort of an aniseedish irish moss favour, but milder in some ways. They were aromatic as you would expect a cough lolly to be, and would sooth a trickly throat, but it also had flavour notes that were more like sarparilla or cola. There were not harsh like lollies with menthol in them. They were black, and would stain your mouth a black green colour. Probably a bit liquoricey like the indian/pakastani cough remedy JoharJoshanda.

  38. Ian Smith May 11, 2019 at 5:12 am #

    Hey does anyone remember a couple of chocolate bars called Long Tom and Short Sam ?
    I reckon about the mid to late 1960’s – from memory the Long Tom had a sort of lime green mint flavoured jelly stuff in it, looked a bit like a flattened Chokito.
    The Short Sam was – obviously – shorter in length, and I think a strawberry or raspberry jelly sort of flavour. Both in layers like a Chokito was, with the wafer stuff in there too. Anyone recall who made them ? Any pictures – long shot I know – would be sensational.

  39. Perry Kingston Lee June 14, 2019 at 1:52 pm #

    Used to love Spuds. Marzipan rolled in cinnamon to look like potatoes. Also liked the assorted boiled lollies in the shape of fish from Adelaide markets.

  40. Julia June 28, 2019 at 10:14 am #

    I used to line up for my penny sticks at the school canteen every day holding my penny, so more 60s than 70s but the name followed for awhile – think they call them musk sticks nowadays
    Thanks for all the memories everyone

  41. Trevor July 11, 2019 at 9:13 pm #

    I was born in 1945 and I remember Tex bars very well. I think they disappeared by the mid 1960s. I always bought one at the Saturday matinee. I agree with others comments on them. There is nothing today that comes anywhere near them. The centre did indeed have 2 layers from memory and they had a slightly different texture. Some people have described the flavour as caramel and they may have had some in them but I recall that they had a very malty flavour. Absolutely delicious and incomparable.

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  43. Chris July 28, 2019 at 12:30 am #

    Does anyone remember Coffee Crisp, made by Rowntree Hoadley’s. I worked in the wafer room, in Campbellfield in the early 80’s, & they were yummy. Haven’t seen them for many a year.

  44. Bernue August 15, 2019 at 10:36 am #

    What I remember is a red toffee that came in a small patty pan and if you were lucky you might get one that had a threepence in the bottom. lol. I also remember a block of chocolate called “Checkmate” the bottom layer was dark chocolate with squares like a chess board on top made from milk chocolate and white chocolate. yum

  45. Pamela Jackson August 15, 2019 at 1:53 pm #

    Tony, it sounds like you’re describing Necco’s.

  46. Rainy August 26, 2019 at 3:19 am #

    I think my all time fav. lolly of the 60’s was the black aniseed balls & Nugat (in the orange wrapper). A few years ago,Darrell Lea had them under a fifferent name, then they went & changed the nugat to more of a fudge, so I stopped buying them. I also loved the “original” choo-choo bars. The ones they have now are more like caramel, not licorice. I have found the closest thing to the real choo-choo bar. They come in a breakable slab. I’ll have to find the company name. I usually find them (strangly enough) in some fruit shops for $2.99. loved the fags with chocolate wrapped in thin paper; The other fags mentioned on this page were good as well,but I really loved the chocolate ones. Violet Crumbles; Crunchie Bars; black aniseed balls (loved them!!!!); creamy bats; the real milk bottles (not the garbaggy one now); those little red really hot balls; ironically, a toothbrush made of some kind of jelly (was it turkish delight? wrapped in chocolate + the bristles were while. Good thing, brushing your teeth with sugar hahaha. Polly Waffles (before Nestles bought the company & destroyed the taste, just like they did with Quality Street. I’ve got a carton of Polly Waffles in my kitchen. Just before they died out, there was a sale on them. I nought them mainly as a rememberance thing. It was the new awful tasting Nestles ones, so it wasn’t hard not to eat them. My all time fav dark chocolate was CLUB, ehich fisappeared just last year. What in the world were they thinking, Honey Smacks were fabulous! You can still get them from a company called USA Foods. There is an old lolly shop near me that makes the hood old lollies, so I’ll have to check it out. I know they have the “real” milk bottles. I don’t know the name of this lolly, but it was in the shape of a rectangle with curved edges , has some kind of see throigh jelly, tasted like aniseed, & was covered with purple hundrefs & thousands. Does anyone remember the name? I also loved that long thin, wide licorice that you could lick untill it disappeared. The closest I’ve found is called BLACK KNIGHT. There are different lengths, etc of licorice. Last year it was in the international section at Coles, in a yellow box, but I havem’t seen thrm for quite a w. They really need to bring all these back, with the ORIGINAL TASTES.

  47. Andrew Reed October 12, 2019 at 9:29 pm #

    No one seems to remember Tongue Tongue Balls. They were available in Australia late 60’s / early 70’s. Candy stick sized packet with aniseed balls and a small toy in the top flap. Balls were released by pulling a tab as the woodpecker on front of packet poked out his tongue. Can’t find pics anyway on the internet.

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