Category Archives: Retro Sweets

Lucky Bags- What would you have in your’s?

I’ve just had a conversation with several people
on twitter about Lucky Bags. I used to lovely getting a lucky bag as a child
and seeing what surprises would be inside. Like lots of traditional sweets
everyone I have spoken to tonight has very fond memories, and we’ve now got on
to the topic of what we’d like in a Lucky Bag if we were to have one today, so
I thought I’d open up the question to the readers of my blog.

My bag would definitely have to have a sachet of
popping candy, some refreshers and a giant Curly Whirly (you know the huge ones
we used to have as children)

So let me know what you’d like to see in your
lucky bag and any childhood memories you have of Lucky Bags

 


What’s your favourite Retro Sweet?

We’ve selected some of our customer’s favourite Retro sweets, and we’d love to know what your favourite sweet is! Click on one of the sweets below (I know only one?!) or if we’ve missed your favourite sweet off our list you can add it 🙂


Your Sweet Memories

There’s one thing we love about running a sweet shop and that’s all the stories we hear off our customers. Everyone has a favourite childhood memory that revolves around sweets or chocolates. From simple memories of finishing school and running to the corner shop to special moments like Christmas and Easter.

Growing up we can remember tucking into Wham Bars, Refreshers and the delicious Giant Strawberries and Twin Cherries, we used to love how chewy they were. We’d be given 10p once a week to go to the shop and choose from the penny sweets.

I fell in love with Rose and Lemon Turkish Delight as a child partly because of the BBC TV adaptation of the Chronicles of Narnia. I used to love the decadence of opening a box at Christmas as a treat for all the family.

Rhubarb & Custards and Kola Kubes were also favourites as I got older; even now I can remember memories of my childhood as soon as I pop a creamy Rhubarb and Custard into my mouth. I became quite an expert at picking Kola Kubes, I preferred the ones with the chewy centre, but as my taste of developed I now like the hard ones with more of a traditional flavour.

When I opened the shop for the first time back in November 2008 it was great to hear stories from my friends, and see them gasp at sweets like Parma Violets that they hadn’t seen for years. Popping Candy was a focal point for friends and many of my customers as they hadn’t seen the sachets for years. Some people believe that it had been banned; some just thought they’d stopped making the little Popping Nuggets.

I really believe food is an important part of growing up, and although we shouldn’t eat sweets and chocolates everyday it’s really interesting how certain tastes and flavours bring back so many memories. A Sunday Roast can be just as important to us as the flavours of the Rose and Violet Chocolates our Grandparents used to give us at Christmas. So many children will point to the Rose and Violet Creams at Christmas when their parents are buying chocolates; as it’s something they associate with their Grandparents and will undoubtedly remember as they get older.

As we know so many of our customers have great stories about their favourite childhood sweets and chocolates we’re looking for some guest bloggers to write short blogs. If you would like to write a short piece about your favourite childhood sweets, which we can publish on our website we’d be interested in hearing from you. A blog doesn’t have to be long! Usually 250 words is a good size, but it can be shorter or longer.

Please send any blogs or if you’d like any more information please contact Julia – julia@tootsweetschocolates.co.uk


Valentines; Love Chocolate, Love Toot Sweets

So January is nearly over, we’re all a little down about Christmas being over….but never fear Valentines is just around the corner!

We have a delicious selection of handmade chocolates and delicious retro sweeties perfect for your Valentine! What’s that you say? You don’t have a Valentine! Fear not we have also made some scrummy sweetie hampers and chocolate gift boxes perfect for all the singles out there J

Many of you bought our special Valentines bars last year, so we’ve been busy making them this week. If you haven’t seen them check out the picture below of a few of our designs! We can also personalise them with special message, so get in contact if you’re interested in doing this. The chocolate bars are available in milk, white and dark chocolate adorned with lovely sweets to help you spread a little bit of Valentines magic!

Our Red Velvet hearts are also back this year as well as our Gold Ballotins decorated with beautiful Red and Pink ribbons. The boxes can be filled with your choice of delicious handmade truffles and chocolates; Champagne Truffles always prove the most popular, but don’t forget we also make delicious Caramels, Cardamom, Praline and many more delicious handmade chocolates!

Sometimes we know people just want a chocolate fix, so if you know your partner likes rich smooth delicious chunks of chocolate then we recommend our Solid Chocolate Hearts available in milk, dark and white chocolate. We can even make them into lolly pops if you want something a little more fun!

As much as we know our customers love our chocolates, we also know that some people just wants sweets…you can’t really blame them can you? So back my popular demand are our Love Jars, Gift Boxes and Gift Bags. Filled with lots of retro sweets such as flying saucers, double cherries, strawberries, cherry kisses, strawberries & crème, traffic light lolly pops, mini love hearts, heart throbs, jelly beans, smarties, fizz wizz and lots more nom nom nom! The gift boxes and jars are filled with so many pink and red sweeties they are the perfect Valentines Gifts. We can personalise the gift boxes to your specifications if you want different sweets, so get in touch or check out our other gift boxes and jars!

Our Gift Bags are perfect if you want a mini gift or your loved one really likes a specific sweetie. All our sweets will give you the option to either purchase a traditional paper bag filled with a quarter of sweeties (114grams) or a 200gram gift bag. We’ve also made-up some special Valentines inspired Gift bags with either a nice pick & mix selection or individual sweets such as Traffic Light, Strawberry Split & Crème Soda Lolly Pops, Cherry Kisses, Double Cherries, Heart Throbs, Love hearts and lots lots more.

As we said at the beginning of this post we have a range of special treats for all the singles out there. From Chocolates to Retro Old Fashioned Boiled Sweets we have lots of delicious treats perfect if you’re having a night in with a group of friends or you just want to treat yourself.


Truly Scrumptious Sweet Shop moves to a new location

Toot Sweets has moved to a new location in Shrewsbury Town Centre! The new shop based on Fish Street opened last week and so far has proved just as popular as the previous shop on Butcher Row. The new shop has a fitted kitchen which is ideal for the award winning artisan chocolates made by Julia at Toot Sweets.

“After wining 2 Great Taste Awards earlier this year we were inundated with orders and really need to find premises which would incorporate a kitchen so we could keep up with demand” says Julia Wenlock, the proprietor of Toot Sweets. Plans to serve luxury hot chocolates are well underway as well as offering some new services.

The new shop has a much brighter modern feel with a huge wall dedicated to the 300 jars of boiled sweets on offer and a larger display of Wedding Favours, Gift Boxes and Jars.

Toot Sweets is open Monday- Saturday 10am – 5pm, with regular shopping and tasting events held.


Scrumptious Christmas Gifts

Wow this year’s nearly over! Which means 1 thing for all of us…..Christmas is just round the corner woohoooo? We love Christmas; the lights decorations and of course meeting up with friends makes Christmas the best time of year. It also means we have to get our acts together and go Christmas shopping, and we can’t just buy things for ourselves…..boo!

We’ve got a fantastic range of presents from mini stocking fillers to huge bumper boxes of scrumptiousness. Below is our Top 10 Gifts available from our Shop in Shrewsbury and online…..we get slightly peckish writing these blogs hehehe

1)      Mega Lolly Pop gift bags- fantastic stocking fillers

2)      Gift Bags- the pick and Mix retro bags are the most popular, but we can make them up with any sweets you like in. Take a look in our gift area, but if you can’t see something email us and we’ll make the bags up especially for you 😀

3)      Gift Jars- we have lots of different sized jars, so hopefully we’ve got something for everyone! Again the retro pick and mix jars are the most popular but we can make them with sherbet in, mints liquorice….ok you get the picture with everything!

4)      Bumper sweetie Hampers- a great gift for a sweet-a-holic friend or as a huge bumper family present. Who can resist a huge box of sweets? Errrrrrr no one!

5)      2 pc Chocolate boxes- a great little stocking filler for a chocoholic or as a lovely favour for the Christmas table. We sell a range of different colours and themes

6)      Chocolate Shoe……..every girls dream (sorry boys) Delicious Belgium Chocolate moulded into a Cinderella shoe. Available in a selection of chocolates and designs…..with truffles included.

7)      A box made of chocolate and filled with yummy truffles. A great gift for any truffle lover or perfect as a centre piece for the table.

8)      Personalised Chocolate Bars- another great Stocking Filler decorated with lots of sweets and ABC letters

9)      Chocolate Champagne glasses so you can celebrate in style!

10)   Sugar Mice and Candy Canes- traditional tree decorations and great for stockings!


Cola bottle no longer Britain’s favourite pick and mix sweet!

Shock horror a recent poll by Woolworths has been featured in today’s Telegraph. According to the survey which asked 2000 to name their favourite pick and mix sweetie the Cola Bottle was ousted by the delicious juicy Strawberry.

We’d ay Cola Bottles and Juicy Strawberry’s are neck and neck at Toot Sweets, but let us know what your favourite pick and mix sweetie is


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