Whatever happened to Halloween being celebrated for about an hour and a half on the 31st, by way of cutting some eye holes in an old, white sheet and going to drink Tizer and do a bit of apple bobbing in your friend's dad's garage, before knocking on a few doors in the hope of a couple of Pear Drops and a nice Aniseed Ball
From traditional sweets like aniseed balls
, cherry lips, cinder toffee, Kopp Kopps and Jesmona's old Fashioned Black Bullets to familysized bars of Cadbury's, Galaxy, Bournville, Aero and Green and Blacks (not to mention the likes of locally made North Chocolates), the supermarket, delicatessen and corner store shelves are buckling under the weight of confectionery.
It's a shame there is not a Cypriot bitter to replace the Angostura, but it tastes delicious, like liquid aniseed balls
and is ideal for a hot Cypriot evening before dinner.
Everything in the shop was stored in big glass jars, including the sweets with lids that had to be unscrewed; tubes of sherbet, black bullets, aniseed balls
A police officer answered the door to Yummy Yummy, which sells Victorian-style sweets such as lemon bonbons, kola cubes, aniseed balls
and apple laces, but referred queries to Scotland Yard.
From refreshers and sherbet dips to gummy bears, mushrooms, liquorice strips, aniseed balls
and cola bottles, Mr Big Tops' pick and mix sweets are taste bud-tingling from top to bottom.
Just the thought of racing home to catch Grange Hill and calling at the corner shop for a quarter of aniseed balls
is enough to turn me misty eyed.
LIKE it or not that's the new perception, and if you think perception doesn't count, go out next Sunday and have a chat with a few of those people who used to like chasing foxes but now have to make do with chasing bits of smelly rag or men with aniseed balls
in their pockets.
They sold pineapple chunks hard enough to draw blood from the roof of your mouth; pear-drops, gobstoppers, aniseed balls
, cinder toffee, black jacks, as well as the Pendleton's Twicer, ice cream in a coat of frozen juice.
Today the Hamilton's chain carries about 120 lines including flying sauces, aniseed balls
, teacakes, sherbet lemons and coconut thread tobacco.
were used as a cure for indigestion in medieval times, and sugar was known as Indian Salt.
It says that while 'nostalgic' sweets such as acid drops, cola cubes and aniseed balls
have never stopped being sold, demand for them has soared.