Do You Remember...Spangles?

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Do You Remember...Spangles?


I, Tom the owner of The Sweet Scoop, am constantly asked for sweets which honestly I do not remember growing up with in the 90s and 2000s. Now I am in my 30s, I thought it may be just the right time to delve into the history annals of sweets and confectionery of the past.

Join me on this quest of Do You Remember? This week… Spangles!

A Trip Down Memory Lane

Spangles, are most remembered by my parents' generation, and almost lost on mine. They were manufactured by Mars Ltd in the United Kingdom from the 1950’s to the early 1980’s.

A rectangle of boiled sugar, moulded with fingertip-friendly indentations otherwise known as ‘the sweet with the dimple’. The most common and memorable flavours were Orange, Lime and Blackcurrant, however after sifting through history books on the internet I was able to find other lesser known flavours that include butterscotch, liquorice, barley sugar, golden mint, soft centre ice mint and also there was a herbal infused Old English assortment. Furthermore there was even a mystery flavour with a question-mark studded wrapper, later it was revealed to be Fruit Cocktail flavour.

In the 1970s fizzy flavours were introduced to revitalise the brand, these included Orangeade, Lemonade and Cola. But it was all in vain they slipped out of fashion with the British public and were discontinued in 1984.

Ahh... but all was not lost

The year is 1994 and Woolworth’s (remember them?) brought back the Spangles nostalgia and relaunched the brand with Tangerine, Lime, Blackcurrant and Old English flavours. Unfortunately, the revamp did not last and thus Spangles were confined to the history books.

Here at The Sweet Scoop

We have our own hard boiled sweets such as Butterscotch, Barley Sugar, Old English Mints, Acid Drops and Mint Humbugs, albeit they are not the dimpled Spangles, but I am sure they are just as tasty.



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