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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?


157 Responses to Lollies From a Bygone Era

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

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

    • Dawn July 1, 2020 at 11:02 pm #

      Fruit tingles licorice blocks 8 for a penny

      • Marg February 5, 2022 at 9:05 pm #

        Cbocolate bullets 8 for a penny. I also remember a chocolated coated biscuit similar to a timtam which i think was called Zac or -Zack . I think came in 2 flavours and was wrapped in foil wrapper. Anyone else remember them?

        • Helen March 17, 2022 at 1:50 pm #

          I sure do!

        • Sandra April 4, 2022 at 10:19 pm #

          I remember a bar of 2 biscuits in a dark blue (I think) foil type wrapper called the kooka Bar and was very much like tim tams but actually nicer.

          • Ken August 22, 2022 at 11:46 pm #

            Yes they were great. I think tim tams copied them.

          • BearstarRRs December 23, 2022 at 10:07 pm #

            Yep, dark blue foil wrapper & much nicer!

        • Fiona September 2, 2022 at 12:44 am #

          I remember the biscuits called Zacs but I cant find any photos online of them. My great aunt used to always bring one for my sister and I when she visited. They were wrapped individually in a green foil wrapper (possibly other colours also?) I strongly suspect that they were the forerunner to Tim Tams because in my memory they were exactly the same. Yum!

          • PK October 9, 2022 at 8:07 am #

            I remember getting a zac on very rare and special occasions for little lunch.
            I remember blue waxy foil wrapping.
            Absolutely they were the predecessor of the ubiquitous Tim Tam; but much more prized and exciting. Thanks for the memory.

          • Alaine October 9, 2022 at 1:33 pm #

            Yes Fiona…I also remember these. I have a vivid memory of them coming in a strip of 6-8 with assorted colour wrappers. To separate, one would tear along a perforated line. Bright Blue, Green, Purple, Pink and Orange foil wrapper. Precursor to Tim Tams…I’m certain of it.

        • Karen December 8, 2022 at 7:28 am #

          I do! And I think before those it was called a KOOKA. It was like 2 original Tim Tams!

        • jacqui July 11, 2023 at 12:54 pm #

          Hey Marg yes I do! My partner and I are wracking our brain to remember what sweet or lolly came with the paper tattoos you had to wet to wear?

          • Nadine March 17, 2024 at 2:10 pm #

            That was a bubble gum I’m pretty sure. Maybe Black Cat? I remember those ‘lick and stick’ tattoos from the very late 60’s or early 70’s.

        • Jo March 23, 2024 at 5:15 pm #

          Three flavours.Choc,choc mint and choc orange.

  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 ?

      • Karen December 8, 2022 at 7:31 am #

        I LOVED butter balls.
        I worked in the corner shop near school at lunchtime and the owner would offer to pay me 10c or 10c worth of lollies. Guess what I always chose?
        That was when the kids would come in and say “I’ll have 1 of those, 3 of those, 1 false teeth, 2 cobbers, etc

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

    Cobbers were the best:)

    • Sylvia February 19, 2022 at 10:37 pm #

      Absolutely Cobbers we’re my favourite of all.

  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 too


    • 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

      • Hazel April 16, 2020 at 4:01 pm #

        Space Bars ? I was beginning to think they were a figment of my imagination because no one else remembers them,

        • STUART May 21, 2020 at 4:16 pm #

          They were Space Food Sticks inspired by NASA of course.

          • jacqui July 11, 2023 at 12:59 pm #

            yuk they were horrible weren’t they?

      • Lindsay June 8, 2022 at 8:06 pm #

        For many years i have been looking for the same product they were great
        But cannot find any history of same

      • Nadine March 17, 2024 at 2:14 pm #

        Jupiter bar perhaps? That was a caramel and cereal concoction (supposedly ‘healthy’ but still loaded with sugar. I think there was also an Apollo bar that was a white nougat with nuts & maybe fruit. Jupiter bar was my fave. Loved the caramel!

  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

      • John May 22, 2022 at 10:47 am #

        I went through the same thing, Lisa, thinking I must have imagined Kookas. My sister and I used to buy them at the corner shop on our street. They came two colours of foil wrapper, in purple or green, and the first time I bit into a Tim Tam I was transported back that little shop. It’s sixty years or more since I’ve seen a Kooka bar.

      • Pam Topham March 17, 2024 at 1:05 am #

        Cadbury’s Kookas. I’ve been googling them for years and this is the first time I’ve seen anybody else mention them. Thank you all. And Cadbury’s if your listening: BRING BACK THE KOOKAS!!

    • Grace October 12, 2020 at 4:45 pm #

      I am so happy you all remember Kooka Bars, My friend and I used to share one most nights walking home from work. From an old type of milk bar with lounge chairs and tables. I’m thinking it was at least 50 years ago. Now they are Tim Tams.

      • Sandy April 4, 2022 at 10:25 pm #

        Yes I loved loved them and I remember them being a little different from tim tams,,,,Kooka Bars were nicer and I think made by Cadbury not arnotts.

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

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

    • Sandra Tobin June 17, 2020 at 12:07 am #

      Yes but the kooka bar was even better than the tim tams. The biscuit inside was so delicious and choc. coating reminded me of Cadbury chocolate. Wonder if they were made by Cadbury. Wish they would bring them back.

  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. 🙂

      • Ros December 31, 2021 at 11:02 am #

        I lonnggg for a Tex Bar still. Mars are awful in comparison. I need a recipe.

  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.

      • Emjai July 14, 2021 at 2:37 am #

        I vaguely recall Tandy’s lollies. What happened to them?

    • Karen December 8, 2022 at 7:37 am #

      Yes!! I remember licorice straps, and pulling them apart!
      And the ‘sample’ bags from the Easter show, when they were FREE, because they we’re promoting their samples!

  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,

      • John April 30, 2024 at 1:15 pm #

        The Checkmate chocolate block was made by Nestles at their Sydney plant in the early 60’s.
        It was a thin type of block with a milk chocolate base and dark and white chocolate squares that resembled a chess board. The nicest chocolate ever in my opinion.

    • 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

      • Emjai July 14, 2021 at 2:39 am #

        Why is the French pronunciation of Nestle “politically correct”? I still call them Nestles which reflects my age, my memory and my family but I would nt say that is not PC?

      • Mel May 6, 2022 at 11:13 pm #

        I had a scorched peanut bar yesterday. Still sell them here in Tasmania.

        • Karen December 8, 2022 at 7:40 am #

          Sounds like we all have to retire in Tassie! ????

    • Rosemary February 27, 2022 at 7:26 pm #

      Hi Tess, a Tex Bar was THE most delicious treat. In the late 50’s and early 60’s I just loved them

  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.

      • Gail Baker May 19, 2020 at 10:35 pm #

        Sharon,what were the bars of chocolate that had the noughts and crosses inside them please?

        • Tony June 17, 2020 at 6:36 pm #

          Would love to know too Gail but few people I speak to remember them. I certainly remember them. I think they might have been just called noughts and crosses.

          • Sam April 3, 2022 at 8:34 am #

            they were indeed – noughts and crosses bars – marshmallow with chocolate coating 🙂 I used to get one each week in the grocery shopping when I went with mum in the late 70s 🙂 pink and white marshmallow inside. I can’t even find a pic online of them but was talking about them myself recently.

  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 #


    • Mike Micanopy March 4, 2020 at 12:04 pm #

      Putting them up on the fridge and making you ask for one is bordering on torture …….

  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.

    • Craig Smith May 22, 2021 at 10:43 pm #

      I loved LLC’s I wish we could still get them now.

      • Patricia Phelps January 30, 2022 at 4:59 am #

        Hi Craig I used to also love LLC’s

        • mary April 16, 2022 at 11:32 pm #

          I started to think they were a delicious figment of my imagination , im so glad other people remember them tooooooo .

      • René Smith February 8, 2023 at 8:59 pm #

        SOS Cough Lollies! They were the best. So miss them!!!

    • Leith Cornell June 6, 2021 at 12:24 pm #

      LLC’s were a favourite of mine too. I often wonder if they had something in them that we shouldn’t be having though…lol. I have moved onto Campari now that I can’t have an LLC anymore ?

      • Jo February 23, 2022 at 11:01 pm #

        Also loved LLCs. Been looking for them for years with no luck.
        Oddly, I needed to use some topical wart treatment and the smell was weirdly like those jibes you’d buy in a roll.

      • Lee March 19, 2022 at 5:00 pm #

        Hey Leith
        I too loved LLC jubes. I believe they were taken off the market because yes there was something in them apparently.
        Very disappointed.

        • Barbara Petersen April 3, 2022 at 9:55 pm #

          I loved LLCs, they tasted just like ether smelt which is probably what the mystery ingredient was.

        • Linda Jackson April 11, 2022 at 10:19 am #

          Wow.. hadn’t heard that before. I’ve been searching for them for years… Yeah an ingredient that worked. They were my life savers literally… as I used to(luckily) get a type of whooping cough & within moments of having an LLC I’d stop. If you hear or know of anything more about them please let me know.

        • Bob watson April 5, 2023 at 2:25 pm #

          Yes I remember buying a packet of llc,s every Saturday afternoon in the autumn of 1974 and eat the whole packet at the age of 15 then lay in the sun on the front verandah with this very pleasant carefree light headed head spin like I was drunk or something for the rest of the afternoon,

      • Greg May 7, 2024 at 3:30 pm #

        LLCs were like drinking chloroform, with a few drops of Pernod.

    • Cherylee Oloughlin July 24, 2022 at 4:26 am #

      Hey sweetie, are you thinking of the good old Jupiter bar ??

    • Karen December 8, 2022 at 7:45 am #

      My mum and brother worked at Sweet Acres and at the end of the week, they’d bring home a great big brown bag if OS’s (Orange Squash’s) and/or black jelly beans!!!!!

  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

    • Bella October 29, 2019 at 9:46 pm #

      I loved these bars. I was trying to remember what they were called so thanks for reminding me. I only ever had the mint ones

  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.

    • Catheryne May 24, 2022 at 12:31 am #

      Yes I loved them during primary school around 1985

      I remember I used to buy them when I was sick and pretend they made me better.

  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..

    • Bobbie May 20, 2020 at 11:20 pm #

      Hi Rob!!
      Tell me more?!
      Did you ever find more info??
      What school was it and what year?

    • Catheryne May 24, 2022 at 12:37 am #

      I remember most of those from the 80s but also recall my favourite from mixed lollies were little June hats and battleships that had the same texture as Jet planes by Pascal (still available in NZ)

      No problem me seems to remember them which makes me wander if they were real lol

      I recall my favourite was a purple one that had so much flavour and when you bit it the inner edges would go white.

      Also recall Toffe Apple bars and pretty sure a similar one called a space bar that had tingly bits inside.

  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…

    • Rosi September 20, 2020 at 4:09 pm #

      Cure ’em Quick

  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.

    • dianne collins December 4, 2020 at 8:36 pm #

      Long Tom was caramel and short sam my personal favourite was peppermint
      Omg I loved that chocolate bar
      It was made by nestle

  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.

    • Lyn Perrington November 10, 2019 at 7:30 am #

      I was born in 1940 and find it hard to find anyone who remembers them. My recollection of the taste was of a slightly mint, malt caramel and chocolate. It’s very hard to describe, but oh we’re they good.

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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.

    • Sandra Tobin June 17, 2020 at 12:31 am #

      Oh thanks so much for relating to the coffee crisp. As a child a didn’t like coffee but these bars

      were not like coffee in flavor but I loved them so much. I remember my favourite aunt loved chocolate

      and she always had an assortment in her bag. She would give me Bertie Beetles which I loved and

      the coffee crisps which were my favourites. Also I remember a Crispin bar and a Tosca bar, all really

      yummy. Such a shame they stopped making these popular sweets. The Kooka bar was another

      memorable bar also not available for years. I do remember a bar called (I think) Butternut Brickle, it

      was an imported sweet I thin. Used to get them when in high school, would buy a box full if I could

      get them now.

    • Emjai July 14, 2021 at 2:44 am #

      YES!! Loved coffee crisp- almost forgotten they vanished

    • Sandy April 4, 2022 at 10:55 pm #

      Yes I remember them very well as my favourite auntie always had them whenever I visited. They were another top of my list and why do they discontinue some really exceptional chocolate bars and substitute others that dont come close.

    • Marisol March 23, 2024 at 5:28 pm #

      I. Used to buy one every day along with a nougachew.

  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.

  48. Bella October 29, 2019 at 9:40 pm #

    Does anyone remember in the late 60s eating a small chocolate bar called Zac I think, it was a hard chocolate biscuit coated in chocolate with a layer of mint as in mint slice but not soft like mint slice

  49. Lyn Perrington November 10, 2019 at 7:19 am #

    I would give my soul for a Tex bar…. I was born in 1940, and my recollection of the taste and texture was as being similar to a mars bar, only better, but with a slight minty, malted layer with a caramel layer and coated with chocolate. What has happened to our modern world. Don’t they have any taste any more. What about sherbet cones, they used to be soft with lovely fluffy sherbet. Now they’re hard and dry,!!! I could go on about modern hamburgers, ugh! Does anyone remember what a real hamburger tasted like?

  50. Colin Hazell November 19, 2019 at 5:00 pm #

    What were the ones kids rolled down the aisles at the movies?

    • Leith Tegart Schotte April 30, 2020 at 4:08 pm #


      They are called JAFFAS.

      The boys used to sit up the back, roll them down the aisles & throw them at girls heads in front of


  51. Leith Tegart Schotte April 30, 2020 at 4:04 pm #

    Does anyone remember the forerunner to Bounty,? It was compressed milky coconut covered in

    chocolate, about the size of a Scorched Peanut Bar, but flat, like Choo Choo & called, I think, called

    Milky Maxum Bar? I loved those, Coconut Quivers, Choo Choo Bars, Scorched Peanut Bars,

    Peppermint Crisp, Polly Waffle,& Jaffas.

  52. John Ure October 15, 2020 at 10:34 pm #

    Hi, does anyone remember battleships and stetsons? I think they were through Allen’s, also arctic mints they were similar to Jaffas and came with both a green and white shell covering milk chocolate and a mint centre.

    • Helen May 7, 2022 at 9:45 pm #

      Hi John I remember battleship lollies also fried eggs and top hats good ol do days?️

  53. Peter November 25, 2020 at 1:11 am #

    Penny blocks in pink and pale blue. The goal was leaving a neat coloured square after sucking them through my hanky.

  54. Ian millar February 2, 2021 at 10:35 am #

    Remember the Cadbury add

  55. I Millar February 2, 2021 at 10:46 am #

    How true all those sweets and going to the shop
    And driving shop keepers nuts with 2bob and I have one of those two of them three of them and so on to fill the bag I was born 1947 so was in those times

  56. Brett March 17, 2021 at 2:05 am #

    Can anyone remember the chocolate bar that had marshmallow inside with a pink face??

    • Philip April 27, 2021 at 9:23 pm #

      Hi Brett. I am also searching relentlessly for that chocolate covered marshmellow. I remember a thin layer of chocolate. The filling was white and the when you bit into the bar there was a pink skull or face as you recall. Also the bar maker made different sorts of centres. I also recall that there was also a checkered pattern like a flag in the centre too.

      I’ve also posted this question on Facebook, but No responses as yet.

      • Smooth July 8, 2022 at 4:41 pm #

        I remember these, I would buy them on occasion from the local corner store. This would have been around 1978-81. I can’t remember the name or brand but “Mellow Logs” comes to mind. They were not wrapped just stacked in the display box with either wax or tissue paper separator. In those days Mastercraft brand was prevalent along with Allens and also Scanlens who offered Footy cards with bubble gum stick. They also did Swap Pops and Cricket Cards. Metro Gum individually wrapped bubble gum. The slogan was “Metro gum with the star on the wrap, Metro gum won’t leave you flat!” More memories found at

        Oh, I could go a Streets (McNivens) Triple Treat ice cream and some Scanlens Black Jack bubble gum.

  57. Stephen June 7, 2021 at 8:06 pm #

    Remember Butterballs? They used to be red or yellow as I recall and they used to leave a grease pattern as the real butter soaked through the bag. There were also Tarzan Jubes (hard as rock) and Big Charlies (bubblegum). Truly loved the Scorched Peanut Bar.

  58. Linda Murphy November 25, 2021 at 11:57 am #

    Does anyone remember Lypties – a hard shelled white cough lolly with a eucalyptus flavour. I loved them.
    The other lolly I’ve been thinking about was a golden colour, round & hard. I think they were called Golden something. Loved them as well. They were a bit chewy towards the centre & delicious.

  59. Smooth July 2, 2022 at 4:07 pm #

    Tex-Bar by Hoadley’s Chocolates: A twin-layer bar with a caramel base and a malt cream fudge top coated in dark chocolate. Advertised as “the King of candy bars”. Discontinued sometime in the 1970’s soon after the purchase of Hoadley’s by Rowntree Mackintosh Confectionery in 1972. The company became Rowntree Hoadley until it was sold to Nestlé in 1988. Where they went on to ruin Smarties, Kit Kat and most of the loved Australian flavours with a completely different sweeter flavoured chocolate.

    Texan Bar
    Texan bar was a nougat and toffee candy bar covered with chocolate, manufactured during the 1970s and 1980’s Made by Nestlé. The advertisements for the Texan showed a cartoon cowboy, who was captured by bandits and tied to a stake. When asked if he had a last request he asked for a Texan bar which took him a long time to eat, during which time his captors fell asleep, allowing his escape. The cowboy’s catchphrases were “Someone should have told ’em, Texan takes time a chewin!” and “Sure is a mighty chew!

    History shows people are confused and think these to bars where one in the same but they are/were different. Even though Nestlé went on to own both recipes through business takeovers and amalgamations.

  60. Muriel Eather July 3, 2022 at 4:12 pm #

    Going back to the 1930’s and 40’s, I remember Ruggles which came in a bar shape and were very similar to today’s chocolate crackles. Also Kurls, which was a longish slim chocolate coated toffee. Comversations were popular, also Texas chews and sherbets, soearmint leaves and clinkers. Boiled lollies and licorice all-sorts. Guess my favourite was Hoadley’s Violet Crumble Bar.

  61. Jo July 9, 2022 at 9:28 pm #

    In the 80s our primary school canteen had lollies called “stix”. I never saw them anywhere else. They were about 10cm long and had 3 strands that you could pull apart, and they came in different colours/flavours – I remember red, green, yellow. They were the best!

    • Kathy February 20, 2023 at 10:57 pm #

      Yes! They were mine & my partner’s favourite confectionery of all time ! If I had the recipe & machine to make those as they once were, that would be my new business adventure!

  62. Deidre L October 28, 2022 at 9:24 pm #

    Does anyone remember a lolly that came with fake plastic fingertips that had long red fingernails? I think it was one fingertip per lolly. It would have been the late 1960’s / early 1970’s. I used to wear mine on every finger, but I have no memory of what the lolly was. I think l do remember there were toy rings on them too, but might not be. We bought them from the corner shop in Thornbury, Melbourne. I over them so much!

  63. Christine J December 10, 2022 at 8:37 pm #

    Does anyone remember a lolly that came in a packet and they were wrapped individually and were called Sweet n Sour? I used to buy them in the early 70’s and loved them!!!! (In Tasmania) I have tried but can’t even find a picture of them or any info on them and no-one else remembers them and say I am dreaming lol. They came in a packet like Anticol n Throaties do.

    • Elspeth November 18, 2023 at 3:32 pm #

      I remember them.

  64. Mitchell December 15, 2022 at 1:41 pm #

    Does anyone remember a Lillie maybe in the 90’s it was a hollow ball of bubblegum covered in a layer of hard clear candy???? Im thinking maybe it came with a trading card or something but not 100% sure about that. I vividly remember this Lillie but can’t remember what it was. Did it maybe only come in a show bag or something???

  65. Steve January 1, 2023 at 8:17 pm #

    Hi Christine J. I lived in Sydney and also remember the Sweet and Sours. As I recall they were at least yellow and orange (maybe other colours too). Seem to recall a small gel centre as well although I may be imagining it or confusing with another sweet. Definitely remember the S & S though

  66. Christina January 31, 2023 at 4:01 am #

    Hi does anyone remember the name of this lollipop from the early to mid 70’s ? It was a round white lollipop with fruit specks of flavors throughout it. It was flat round vs round like a ball. I remember them hanging on racks individually wrapped mainly in drug stores which are now called pharmacies lol! In the store my mom went to they were near “ the bags of gold” gum lol. Funny I can remember that, but not the names of these pops. Idk if I ever new their name because they hung on a rack and never in a box. Any help would be greatly appreciated. ( I can’t even find a picture of them on the web)

  67. Elspeth November 18, 2023 at 3:30 pm #

    I remember Melody bars, and Razzle Dazzles which had bubble gum in the centre.

  68. Michelle April 3, 2024 at 6:10 pm #

    I remember a soft bar Lolly that you could break off a square at a time.
    It was in clear plastic wrapping they were about 10cm long and 2cm wide and came in green orange and yellow and maybe pink. The texture of soft nougat but not a nougat and really chewy. As a kid I called them chew bars but I’m not sure if that was their actual name

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