The British Lolly Shop at the Hunter Valley Gardens – Yum!

Here’s a visual feast for anyone who grew up in the UK.

In Scotland we called them ‘sweetie shops,’ and our grannies bought sweeties from them for us. My granny always had a supply of treacle toffees for all occasions.  I had missed those treacle toffees for many years!

Have you ever tried this soft Edinburgh Rock? So sweet and crumbly.

Imagine my joy to find my beloved treacle toffees again. And trust me, they keep children quiet for ages.

Should you feel the urge, you can find the British Lolly Shop at the Hunter Valley Gardens, see map here.


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What lollies (or sweeties, or candy) bring back the best childhood memories for you?

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Posted on: November 16, 2011


  • Reply November 16, 2011


    I don’t need to be Brititsh to appreciate lollies! I have a sweet tooth.

    • Reply November 16, 2011


      Me too, sweet teeth. My Gran and Papa had no teeth when I was wee so they didn’t have to worry about theirs. I used to love their dentures, they seemed very useful, fascinating for wee kids.

  • Reply November 16, 2011


    I have a huge sweet tooth, I would be in trouble in a shop like that!

    • Reply November 16, 2011


      I managed to be very restrained, I have to admit, proudly… didn’t buy the lot. Really enjoyed the toffees and choccie that I bought. I got humungous gobstoppers for my older boys, hadn’t seen such huge ones for at least 20 years.

  • Reply November 16, 2011


    Ohhh … YUM. I think I need to find an excuse to go for an trip up to the Hunter.

    • Reply November 16, 2011


      No excuse required… just make sure you take me along… and lets leave the children with their dads!

  • Reply November 16, 2011


    Oooh my sweet tooth loves looking at your photos

  • Reply November 16, 2011


    mmmmmmmmmmmmm lollies!!!! YUM!
    Loving your photo collages!

  • Reply November 16, 2011

    Naomi Ellis

    I love lollies. Too much! I remember eating lots of cobbers. Caramel and chocolate. Yummo! N x

  • Reply November 16, 2011


    Heaven!! What a fabulous shop…..I am certainly very weak when it comes to sweets! I love your post, the photos are fabulous. I ‘m off to raid the lolly jar….teehee! I am your newest follower! Thanks 🙂

  • Reply November 16, 2011


    Childhood memories – probably lolly jewellery, though the best memory would be when 20 cents bought you 20 lollies!

  • Reply November 16, 2011

    mums the word

    oh my goodness this takes me back to my childhood! I must get to this shop!!

  • Reply November 16, 2011


    mmm…. lollies….

  • Reply November 17, 2011

    Mairi Stones

    My mouth is watering. Remember the little old ladies at the corner shop. Sometimes the oldies are the best. Love hearts still a fave with me.

    • Reply November 17, 2011


      Morag just told me that in her local sweetie shop in Nairn they still have all these sweeties. We’ll have to have a three sister expedition there one day. i do remember the old ladies at the corner shop very well. Hard to believe that was all so long ago now.

  • Reply November 17, 2011


    Lollies – yum! There is a little shop called Present on St Mary’s Street in Edinburgh (just of the Royal Mile down near Holyrood). It has a wall of old fashioned sweets behind the counter – so exciting!

  • Reply November 18, 2011


    Oh how I love these little shops. We have an English Sweet Shoppe in Hahndorf which we take the kids to occasionally on the way back from the Hills. It’s sensational. All my old memories come flooding back. They even sell English crisps like Wotsits and Frazzles and Hula Hoops and Golden Wonder. (Can you tell that these are my weakness??!)

    We had a sweetie shop near my school. It had a huge old wooden crate that the little kids could stand on to chose their penny sweets from. My Dad would take us there on a Friday after school for a quarter of sherbet lemons…

    • Reply November 18, 2011


      Sherbet lemons!! One small phrase but it brings back SO many memories! And I love cheesy Wotsits, Twisties are good but not as light and crispy… and Hula Hoops, the joy of eating them from your fingers. Ahhhh….

  • Reply July 11, 2016


    Bad service, discriminate Asian, impolite saleman, bad tasty lolly, poor poor shop, very very very rude service. Never never never buy anything in this shop . Can’t wait it will close down .

    • Reply July 12, 2016

      Seana Smith

      Very sorry to hear this. Did you take your issues with the management, and if so, what was their response?

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