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We had a recent long thread about sweets of our childhoods...I'll try to find it, and post a link.

Cheers

Robt P.

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Quarter of strawberry Bonbons please.

 

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When i was in Amsterdam,,,, old Rossem  worked in a VG shop...and Troost me she loved a good smoke,,down by the Canal's.....:rolleyes:

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It's  Dutch for the word 'comfort' 

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I just put Rossems Troost in the translator, it came back as Big Maud.

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VG began its days i believe in Holland....and somewhere in translation VG in Dutch meant working together ie Wholesaler/retailer Vay,vee,,Jee,,Gee or sumat like it,,,they had their main Office on Sackville street in London...enjoyed my time with them,,,at their Peak they had over 2,000 stores in the UK,,the largest Voluntary group was Spar,,over 5,000 in the UK...The other main Voluntary group stores were Mace,,Alliance,,Vivo,,Wavy Line,,APT and Centro...thought you might want to know that...

                        All stores were privately owned,,and it was a fierce battle trying to win over the opposition,,,but great days and nights,, My training at Marsdens in 'Grocery Retail' stood me in good stead for my role at VG...with A.B.Gibsons of Daybrook...

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Didn't VG stores have shop fascias with yellowish/blue vertical lines? Or have I imagined that?

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Yes Jill they did,,,AB.Gibson held the VG Franchise for most of the Midlands,,South.Yorkshire and East Anglia...with depots in Daybrook,,Peterborough and Moxley in the West Midlands....loved my 11 years with them,,,met and worked with so many great characters..with so many funny stories to tell....

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Back to sweets of old.

I bought some Black Jacks last week and find the product development people have been dabbling with the recipe again. The aniseed flavouring is hardly discernible any more. Whatever test/trial methodology they used to validate the change, it's failed miserably. The current product is light years away from the original I enjoyed as a school kid in the 50s and 60s. Almost certainly the recipe change is driven by the need to cut costs but sorry to say the product is now screwed. I fully expect it to disappear off the shelves as older consumers at least will be less than impressed.

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Interesting how tastes vary.

 

I never liked aniseed or licorice and still don't. I can eat almost anything else, but nothing with those two in it.

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I'm amazed the name hasn't been changed. Hardly pc nowadays, is it?

 

My sister and I used to love Victory Vs. We bought them from Merriman's shop opposite Berridge Road School.

Decanted from a large jar into a little, white paper bag.  Just the smell cleared your head if you had a cold.

 

You can still buy them but they are no longer the same. They took out the chloroform!  Ruined a good sweet! I'm surprised they're still called Victory Vs. A bit, erm....imperialist-sounding these days.  And what about mint imperials?  They'll be off the menu. Connotations of colonialism!  Hands off our sweets!

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Black Jacks or Fruit salads, 4 for an old penny. That's 960 for a quid.

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Another one was Barnips. Little squares of rock hard something that cleared your sinuses,  loved 'em. Another one was Zubes. Did find both of them in Boots, Norwich, about 4 years ago. Must have been in a time warp.

Jill, there's nowt wrong with Black pudding. You should try it sometime, (your cats would like it too).

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