Hello from Editor Des and some English friends
Well I have been traveling around England and OH MY WORD, I do like all the lollies here. I have to remember to call them sweets though, because English people think lollies are only on sticks! I thought I would share some pictures with you. I have tried all sorts since we arrived; a few I pinched when nobody was watching, but mostly I bought them with my very pathetic editor’s wages.
Have you heard of Brighton Rock? It’s very hard candy with words written through it. Isn’t that clever?
Some people put rude words in the rock. I didn’t buy those ones.
England is very multi-cultural (Yes, I had trouble with that word) and so now they sell Turkish Delight! My employer Pauline Conolly told me off for eating some without paying when we were in Bournemouth. But I was just checking to see which ones I liked best. I don’t think that’s wrong, do you? And anyway, she does the same thing with grapes and cherries in the supermarket! I tried every sort, but still couldn’t decide which ones to get. By then I was feeling a bit sick so I sneaked away. The lady behind the stall shouted at me. Bahahah…. I didn’t care….I just walked faster.
Well Pauline loves fudge and she eats far too much in my opinion. She says the best kind is crumbly Penrith Fudge, which she buys from Fortnum and Mason in London….that’s a very posh shop so we don’t go there very often Mind you, she seemed to think the fudge in the photo below was pretty good.
We went to a little shop in place called Lincoln , where they had every sort of sweet you could think of. So far it’s my favourite shop in the whole world. It was very old-fashioned, with a funny old radio and a proper cash register with a bell. It’s called Goodies, and is in a street called Steep Hill. If you eat too many lollies you can’t climb the hill, so it’s best to park your car down the bottom really.
They had packs of sweets made up for people who grew up in the 1990’s, the 1980’s etc. They even had one for the 1950’s, when Pauline was little. She was a bit disappointed that she couldn’t find any Fruit Tingles or Jaffas or Cobbers in it, but they didn’t know she was from Australia!! She liked the humbugs best.
Here is my big confession. I love Pick’n’Mix sweeties. Pauline says they are disgusting, which makes me love them even more!
Well I was going to finish here, but Pauline was so upset about the pick’n’mix that we made a special trip to Fortnum and Mason for her precious Penrith fudge and other snobbish things such as Violet Creams at twenty quid a box! TWENTY QUID!!
And here is some more F & M fudge and Ooh…. candied fruits and marshmallows. They had wonderful chocolates of course, but they are not really lollies, are they? Well Hershey Kisses are I think. And chocolate bullets might be.
Well we didn’t have time to go to Scotland. It was a shame, because I wanted to try Mars Bars fried in batter. And Pauline wanted to buy something called Tablet. She said it has magical qualities, and that a Scottish boyfriend once seduced her with it. Yes, she did say that!
What are your favourite lollies, or sweets, or candies……Americans say candy you know.
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