In pictures: 13 sweets that made childhood in Birmingham so special
Let us take you back to the good old days - when the hardest decision you had to make is what sweetie you wanted that week
When it comes to childhood treats, Birmingham has a sweet tooth.
From boiled sweets to chocolatey delights, the shops are a welcome sight for many youngsters for many years - and, of course, we’re home to one of the best known chocolate brands in the world with Cadbury in Bournville.
But for those of us who grew up in Birmingham during a certain era, there are some sweets that really stand out as particularly special - sweets that are sure to evoke fond memories of childhood.
Some of the most memorable moments were the ones spent with friends, laughing and joking on the playground or calling your friend from a telephone box.
For any Brummie kid, walking into the local sweet shop after school was like walking into a world of pure joy. The brightly coloured jars on the shelves went right up to ceiling and were filled to the brim with a rainbow of sweets. After leaving the shop, you’d rummage through the bag, seeing which sweet to pick out first.
For some, the choice was easy - if you knew your favourite flavour you’d go straight for it. But for others, the decision was more difficult. Did you want Black Jacks, the chewy little squares or liquorice allsorts?
Friendships and relationships that were formed over those little paper bags of sugar-filled goodness, they were a talking point for many. If you really liked somebody, you’d give them your last sweetie - even if it was your favourite one.
Here are 13 retro Birmingham sweets that only a certain generation of Brummies will remember: