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This is a big one from most peoples childhood, how could you resist a cardboard tube with lots of colours on it. When you managed to open that easy lid at the top, it just popped off in your hands. Inside you would discover hundreds of pill shaped coloured chocolate, it was heaven was it not?

Kids since 1937 have been enjoying this mainstay of children’s confectionery, and  they can be traced back further than that under other names. The Chocolate Bean, we used to call them, because they were bean shaped. The Smarties people called them that too, until 1977 when that disappeared as the word bean did not seem to be the right word for the 70’s.

What I probably did not get as a kid, was that the colours were all the same taste. The  sugar coated colours were just there to tempt you in, and have a look at any baby or kid, or even teenager, and the chocolate around the mouth showed it worked.

“When you eat your Smarties  Do you eat the red ones last?
Do you suck them very slowly? Or crunch them very fast?
Eat that candy-coated chocolate
But tell me when I ask — When you eat your Smarties
Do you eat the red ones last?”

And don’t forget Smartie people are happy people, and they smile all the time.

Occasionally other colours came and went like Blue and White, but the mainstay colours of Yellow, Red, Orange,Green, Pink and Brown were always faithfully waiting in the box for me. Oh what great memories.

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70s Retro Sweets

If you had to describe sweets from the 70s one word you would not use is boring. The seventies produced some of the wackiest ideas for confectionary you have ever known. From candy that explodes in your mouth to popcorn type sweets called HankyPanky, a selection of chocolates in a bar and coconut flavoured strands of chewy sugar wrapped in a tobacco type pouch called Spanish Gold.

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