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The golden age of British sweets - in pictures

Pacers When Mars punted out a mint variant of their counter-conquering blocks of citrus paste, tolerant half-smiles were the order of the day, but a simple change of name took Opal Mints out from the shadows of their mouth-watering forebears. A sp

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The golden age of British sweets - in pictures

Black Jacks and Fruit Salad - used to buy these at three for a penny in pre-decimal coinage. Then the price was hiked up to three for a new penny as the UK went headlong into price inflation, causing the dark days of the when wages couldn't keep up!

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The golden age of British sweets - in pictures

Steve Berry and Phil Norman travel back in time with a survey of the highs and lows of the British sweetshop

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The golden age of British sweets - in pictures

Steve Berry and Phil Norman travel back in time with a survey of the highs and lows of the British sweetshop

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The golden age of British sweets - in pictures

Spangles (1948) The same year George Orwell gazed apprehensively into a totalitarian future, Mars unveiled a more upbeat response to post-war austerity with these translucent sugar squares. Over three decades tangerine, butterscotch, 'Old English', cola and dozens more varieties appeared, until their liquidation in ... 1984.

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The golden age of British sweets - in pictures

Steve Berry and Phil Norman travel back in time with a survey of the highs and lows of the British sweetshop

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