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Mmmm  mmmmm. I loved Nibbits. A big part of my foody memories. Sunday afternoon, round the back of the Chesterfield Arms. A bottle of pop and either a bag of plain or cheese crisps to last about two hours, then home, just across the road to Hardys Drive,  to Sunday Lunch.

 

 I discovered Pom- Bears a few years ago and thought they were brilliant. There are about five different arm positions in a pack. Best replacement for Nibbits that I had found.

 

Sadly in an attempt to make more profit, the texture of the Pom-bears has got thinner and thinner, until it is difficult to find an intact bear in a pack now. Usually at least one arm or head missing on most bears. The last part of the bag is usually the heads and arms Bless.It has had an affect on the taste as well. Still love them. There is always a six bag pack in my tuck box.:biggrin:

PS BK will give the Tesco and Aldi ones a try. Thanks for the tip.

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It says a lot for us Carni, when all we've got to discuss for topic of the day..is the state of crispy snacks !!:rolleyes: Pom bears also do a cheesy flavour, but I prefer the original. Of course, then there is Quavers, another delicacy. I'm sure Nibbits had a very slight Marmitey taste, but as stated, that's due to memory. ALL TOGETHER !,"are we sad or what !

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45 minutes ago, carni said:

Mmmm  mmmmm. I loved Nibbits. A big part of my foody memories. Sunday afternoon, round the back of the Chesterfield Arms.

 

 I discovered Pom- Bears a few years ago and thought they were brilliant. There are about five different arm positions in a pack. Best replacement for Nibbits that I had found.

 

I don't remember Nibbits at all, but Pom-Bears even have their own website.  http://www.pom-bear.co.uk/home.html

 

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CT, Nibbits were a bit before your time lad. They were a bit like crispy fried noodles that were in Vesta Chow Mein. Now there's another blast from the past.

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7 minutes ago, Cliff Ton said:

 

I don't remember Nibbits at all, but Pom-Bears even have their own website.  http://www.pom-bear.co.uk/home.html

 

 

And just for balance I loved Nibbits and have never heard of pom bears - until now.

 

My eyes must be worse than I thought, when I first read it I thought it said porn bears!

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Now we've really opened a keg of worms ! Now we've woken Brew up and got him interested. Any other takers ?

At next meet up, I'm going to have, fish and Pom Bears, with mushy peas on the side.

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I remember Nibbits and CT is older than I! Don't think I've ever had any Nibbits, though. At primary school, we had various biscuits and snacks on sale at playtime, among them Potato Puffs in a red packet. They tasted very salt and vinegary. Not my kind of thing. I'm a cheese and onion fiend. 

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I've been corrected at home chaps. Just to clarify, for our colonial cousins... It's Pom Bears, Aldi is Teddy faces and Tesco is Bunnies.

I rest my case your honour.

Jill, Potato Puffs are rubbish ! turn to mush in your mouth, as you say, vinegary.

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Goodness Nibbets that is a blast from the past. I loved them but only had them occasionally, never had crisps until I was in my teens (about 14) when my friends mum and dad started running a pub somewhere near the ice rink. We used to stay at each other’s houses alternate weekends, my mum and dad weren’t drinkers so it was quite an eye opener! 
I must say Wotsits are my go to now, always have a family side pack of them in the house, Kai likes them as well. 

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I remember Jubblys were 3d. You sucked for ages to get the last drop of orange out of them, till you were left with a lump of ice. Then you gnawed on that. It had to be the longest lasting thruppence you ever spent.

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Merriman's corner shop on Oakland Street/Berridge Road, opposite the school, sold Jubblies, Lucky Bags, 1d or 3d drinks and all sorts of sweets and ice cream.  I didn't eat a lot of sweets but did like Palm Banana Split Bars.

 

I remember my sister sending me to Towlson's sweet shop opposite the Capitol Cinema. She wanted a Funny Face ice cream.  Mr Towlson, who could sometimes be a little erratic due to a head injury sustained in the RAF during WW2, commented that he thought my sister already had one!  She wasn't amused.

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I used to like Palm toffee splits. They also did one that was a chocolate split, same price. Didn't they do the little trays of toffee that came with a little hammer. Then there was Barley twist sugar sticks or Butterscotch twist with chocolate through the middle. Oh, the joys of youth.

Just thought of something else I used to buy on the way to school ( when I had any dosh) and that was Domino cigarettes, 4 for 6d. real ones too ! for a crafty drag when at playtime.

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Paper carrer bags with straing handles,  willow woven gondola baskets, (the one which we used to take for cookery lessons)

 

""""""NUNS""""   where have all the NUN'S gone.

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2 hours ago, Beekay said:

Didn't they do the little trays of toffee that came with a little hammer

In the 1970s, in our 'Beer Off' we used to sell the 'Walkers' trays of toffees with the little hammer BK. One of my regular customers bought one of the trays from us and brought it back to me. She had found a metal nail inside one of the bars of toffee.

 

I returned it to Walkers, who sent two trays for my customer and reimbursed me my money, which I had already given to her anyway. I bet there would be a lot more fuss today, as it really was a danger and a big payout would no doubt be appropriate. Oh Well. My customer didn't want the fuss!

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Hi Carni, I believe the trays were tin, ( feel free to correct me) I'm not sure if foil was in vogue when I were a nipper. I've still got one of the little hammers somewhere in one of our drawer cupboard. Of no use for anything other than breaking toffee. :rolleyes:

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Yes, the trays were tin or metal of some type. An aunt used them as baking trays!  When spring cleaning kitchen cabinets earlier this year, I found one of the little hammers, along with a butter curler which I bought from Pearson's on Long Row decades ago!  Still works, too.

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I expect the 'tins' were tin-plated steel (the same stuff that 'tin cans' are made from).  The tin plate retards any rusting.

I keep a Walkers hammer in my tool wallet for small jobs.

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Ah, sweet cigarettes with cards to collect, late 50s, just like being grown up, walking along pretending to smoke them before consuming ...  matron says I can have my Horlicks and a lie down now, rather have a glass of Sanatogen, though, or take a tablet, Phyllosan, because it fortifies the over forties. Esso Blue, bum, bum, bum, cleans a big, big carpet for less than half a crown, no that can't be right. 

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Aniseed balls with the little black seed? In the middle  haven't seen them for years, remember the song..

Aniseed balls are best, good for your belly and chest you don't get many for half a penny but Aniseed Balls are  best.

Must get out more.

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