This is a straightforward reminiscence activity, based on old fashioned sweets.
Ask members to look at the pictures and name the sweets. As you work through them discuss:
- Which were members' favourites?
- Can you still get them?
- Has their name changed?
- Can anyone remember any advertising slogans?
- How much did they used to cost?
- What was the weekly pocket money rate when we were children?
- How about visiting the dentist? (Ouch!)
To make the session more engaging and multi-sensory, play the songs below while members guess at the answers and have some of the actual sweets on hand for a tasting session.
Feedback as to how this works in practice would be lovely.
Also let me know about any obvious sweets and songs missed 😃
Some Songs to play while people are guessing and discussing ...
I've added some clues in brackets, to use if members get stuck ...
1. White Mice (Mickey)
2. Coconut Mushrooms (Not much room for this huge sweet nut in the fruit bowl)
3. Sugar Almonds (Nut in the middle)
4. Strawberry Laces (Boots)
5. Sherbet Lemons (Sour fruit)
6. Barley Sugar (Made from a grain)
7. Sherbet Fountain (Fizzy powder and a stick of liquorice)
8. Turkish Delight (Lemon and rosewater flavours)
9. Sports Mix (Orange segment in a game of Trivial Pursuit)
10. Pineapple Chunks (The real thing often goes with cheese on a stick)
11. Nougat (Made from sugar, honey and egg whites)
12. Liquorice Allsorts (Bertie Bassett)
13. Parma Violets (Floral taste)
14. Fisherman's Friends (Sea shanties)
15. Opal Fruits ("Made to make your mouth water")
16. Mint Humbugs (Scrooge. "Bah ...")
17. Black Jacks (Casino game)
18. Love Hearts (Valentine's Day)
19. Pear Drops (Acetate gives them their distinctive flavour)
20. Cola Cubes (Pepsi)
21. Jelly Beans (Full of .....)
22. Jelly Babies (First produced in 1918, after WW1, they were originally called 'Peace Babies')
23. Banana & Shrimp Foams (Melt in your mouth)
24. Jelly Tots ("Love you lots, like ....")
25. Cola Bottles (Pepsi)
26. Gobstoppers (This'll keep you quiet for about 10 minutes)
27. Dolly Mixtures (Baby's toy)
28. Flying Saucers (UFOs)
29. Midget Gems (Small precious stones)
30. Polos ("Mint with a hole")
31. Milk Teeth (Babies teethe when they come through)
32. Tooty Frooties (Sounds Italian)
33. Traffic Light Lollipops (Red amber green)
34. Torpedos (Liquorice)
35. Sweet Cigarettes (You don't need a light for these)
36. Wine Gums (Red white or rose)
37. Lime Chocolates (You might put some of this in your lager)
38. Sweet Peanuts (Charlie Brown & Snoopy)
39. Toffo ("More than a man can chew")
40. Rhubarb & Custard (Children's dog and cat cartoon characters)