Retro Sweets Notecards Box Set
This stunning set of 10 retro sweets notecards is presented in a deluxe embossed keepsake box. Double-varnished and printed on high quality 300gsm card, these are ideal to send to friends or family for birthdays, or any other occasion (cards are blank for your own message; quality textured envelopes are included). As they’re so vibrant and attractive, and include their own border (or mount), they can even be framed to brighten up any desk or wall (they will fit any standard 7” x 5”frame).
(Trebor/Bassetts) Refreshers – It’s The Fizz That Gives You Whizz
(Nestle) Milky Bar – The Milky Bars Are On Me
(Mars) Opal Fruits – Made To Make Your Mouth Water
(Topps) Bazooka Bubble Gum – Bazooka Joe and His Gang
(Mars) Peanut Treets – The Heart Of Every Crunch
(Cadbury) Picnic – Deliciously Ugly
(Mars) Spangles Orange – The Sweet Way To Go
(Nestle) Tooty Frooties – Froot Flavours
(Mars) Marathon – The Biggest and Best
(Cadbury) Bar Six – The Big Six
Launched in 1935, Refreshers are a classic pastel-coloured fizzy sweet. Made by Trebor Barratts.
Nestlé Milkybar is a still-available white chocolate confectionery product (also called Galak, from 1967). White chocolate has been available from Nestlé since the 1930s. Making his debut in 1961, the Milkybar Kid is the famous face of the television advertising campaigns - a blond, bespectacled child-cowboy his catchphrase is "The Milkybars are on me!".
Opal Fruits was launched in 1960 as a brand of a square-shaped, soft fruity candy made by Mars. In 1998 the name was changed to Starburst to standardise the product’s names globally (the original name came from a competition – won by Peter Pfeffer). Originally in four flavours (strawberry, orange, lemon and lime), the slogan "Opal Fruits - made to make your mouth water!" (coined by Murray Walker) was well known throughout the 1970s and 1980s. The tune in the TV adverts was also very catchy: "Opal Fruits - made to make your mouth water - fresh with the tang of citrus - four natural flavours – there’s strawberry…there’s lime…there’s orange and lemon too…” (the link opens in a new window):
Bazooka bubble gum appeared shortly after the end of the Second World War and was produced by Topps. Packaged in red, white, and blue, small accompanying comic strips were included from 1953. These featured "Bazooka Joe" and his friends. Starting with "Original" flavour, others followed: "Strawberry Shake", "Cherry Berry", "Watermelon Whirl" and "Grape Rage".
Originally called Treets, and later Peanut Treets (to accompany Toffee Treets and Chocolate Treets), these were peanuts coated in chocolate and an outer glazed-sugar shell. Launched in the 1960s, they continued to be available until 1988 when they were replaced by several other brands. Sold by Mars, Peanut Treets had a yellow packet (replaced by M&Ms), Toffee Treets had a blue packet (replaced by Relays) and Chocolate Treets had a brown packet (replaced by Minstrels). All three were marketed with the slogan "Melts in your mouth, not in your hand" (first used in 1967).
Cadbury’s Picnic is a milk chocolate coated confectionery bar containing caramel, raisins, peanuts, nougat, biscuit and crisped rice. First launched 1958, it still remains on the confectionery shelves.
Spangles were introduced in 1950 (when rationing was still in effect – one of their advantages was that they only needed one ration point rather than the two that other sweets of the time needed) and were available in various flavours until discontinued in 1984 (though they did have a brief reprise in 1995, in orange and blackcurrant flavours). Hopalong Cassidy (played by William Boyd) featured in advertising, alongside the slogan "Hoppy's favourite sweet". Manufactured by Mars, they initially came in a paper tube of unwrapped sweets but were later individually wrapped. The sweets themselves were an odd shape - a round cornered square with a semicircular depression in each face. Today, the Tunes brand, a relation of Spangles, maintains the shape and wrapping characteristics of the original.
Tooty Frooties were packed in a multicoloured, but purple based packet. The sweets were one of several colours/flavours, square, and had a hard crispy shell with a chewy centre.
Marathon was launched in the UK in the 1930s as a chocolate-coated peanut, caramel and nougat confectionery bar. Named Snickers in the US, after a prize winning racehorse (by Frank Mars, the company’s founder), it was apparently named differently in the UK by his son, Forrest Mars Sr, who linked the name with its high calorie content. The UK name was changed to Snickers in 1990, when the company standardised the product’s names globally.
Cadbury's Bar Six was a chocolate covered wafer and hazelnut cream bar.