Top 10 Retro Sweets From The 80s & 90s

We all have our favourite sweets from back in the day – retro classics that not only tasted great but cost just a few pennies. Most of them are still available and taste as great as ever! With that, let us take a trip down memory lane to get re-acquainted with some old time favourites…

10. Stinger Bars 

Stinger Bars are actually available in two different versions: a small, tutti-frutti flavour, chew bar with a fizzy centre, and a larger lemon and lime flavour bar. The one we have the fondest memories of is the lemon and lime flavour bar, due to its extremely fizzy centre and a remarkably chewy texture that provides quite a workout separating each bite from the rest of the bar! A classic chew bar.

9. Big Time Bar 

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Big Time Bars are one of the greats. Made by Caffrey’s Chocolates in Dublin, the success of the Big Time Bar is based upon a simple philosophy – “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”. The bar seems to have had the same yellow wrapper for an eternity, while the timeless recipe still consists of a rock hard, buttery, slab of toffee covered in a thin layer of milk chocolate. A national icon.

8. Candy Necklaces

In the 80s, Candy Necklaces were the only piece of jewellery it was acceptable for a young boy to own. Along with its companion, the candy watch, candy necklaces offered that winning combination of wearability and edibility – although usually we just skipped to the eating bit.

7. Black Jacks & Fruit Salads

Black Jack and Fruit Salad sweets have to be on this list, being a staple of another classic from the era – the 10p bag. Black Jacks, with their sweet, aniseed flavour – made liquorice palatable to non-liquorice lovers. Fruit Salads provided a cool contrast – bursting with orchard fruit flavour. Nothing compares to chew.

6. Flying Saucer Sweets


Flying Saucers or UFO sweets, as they are also known by, are believed to have gotten their name because they taste like something out of this world. A saucer-shaped wafer shell that can melt on the tongue or be chomped open to reveal the killer – fizzy, fruity sherbet dust. Too good.

5. Fizzy Cola Lollies

Barratt Fizzy Kola Lollies are a hard boiled classic – bursting with tongue tingling fizz and authentic cola flavour. We still get nostalgic for the days when you could get a free lolly if you found the number 7 on the inside of a wrapper.

4. Love Hearts

Love Hearts are another timeless sweet – as popular today as they have ever been. The idea behind love heart sweets is so simple yet complete genius – each crunchy, fizzy sweet is imprinted with a cheesy chat up line, romantic message or popular saying inside of a heart. A great retro sweet but also a great wedding sweet, particularly Love Heart Mini Rolls.

3. Wham Bars

One of the best selling sweets of the 80s, Wham Bars were an instant classic when launched. Immensely popular due to their chewiness and fizzy flavour, Wham bars most distinguishing feature are the flavoured sherbet bits sprinkled throughout the bar. The Wham bar has been the number one chew bar since it’s launch due to it’s great flavour and cheap price.

2. Refresher Chews

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Swizzels’ Refreshers are another eternally popular retro sweet. The combination of lemon flavoured chew with a fizzy sherbet centre is just so darn refreshing! Don’t confuse these with the hard round refresher sweets by Barratt, which are not true refreshers in our eyes. No retro candy buffet is complete without refresher chews!

1. Barratt Milk Teeth

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Milk Teeth have to be our favourite retro sweet of all time! These vanilla and strawberry flavoured foam delights take their place as number one in our hearts due to the unique powdery layer that covers each sweet. The flavour oozes out of the foam falsies for extra longer thanks to this mysterious, powdery layer. Milk Teeth tick all the boxes – a 10p bag staple, great taste and goofy play potential! In our opinion – the undisputed king of retro sweets.

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