Here at The Sweet Team we always like to indulge in a little nostalgia. And a recent survey has shown how certain sweets just tend to linger longer in the memory than others.

Sweets are pretty universal stuff. Even adults can’t resist a good binge now and then. And if you put some of the classic sweets of their youth in front of them, adults can’t ignore them.

So it’s no surprise to see that Spangles are the ‘most missed’ sweet in a recent survey by The company found that this classic treat, last seen in the 1980s, is the one sweet that people pine for the most.

Sweets and their power

Around 620 shoppers were polled on the subject, and Spangles gained 18% of the vote. This is incredible stuff, because it shows the power a sweet can have over a consumer.

Adults were once children too, so they know exactly why sweets are so powerful, and harking back to treats from their childhood really gets their taste buds going. It’s why so many adults still eat sweets now.

The rest of the list? Well, we have the famous Banjo chocolate bar, itself a bar that was discontinued in the fifties, only to be brought back to life in the 1970s.

The list in full is here:


Top Ten Missed Sweets

1.      Spangles                     18%

2.      Banjo                          16%

3.      Fry’s Five Centres     14%

4.      Golden Cup                13%

5.      Galaxy Counters        12%

6.      Toffo                           10%

7.      Texan                         7%

8.      Treets                         4%

9.      Candy Whistles         2%

10.  Fuse                            1%


We think you’d be hard pressed to not find a sweet you loved once in that list.

As it happens, a sweet tooth is something we develop while in the womb, and it’s something that we carry with us through life. And it’s a pretty safe bet to say that most of us enjoy the odd sweet or chocolate bar every now and then, even if we won’t readily admit it.

The term ‘sweet tooth’ originated back in the 1300s, when Spangles weren’t around. It generally applied to anyone who liked delicacies, and not just foods that were sweet. So it’s all about the finer things in life, really.

Do you have a particular favourite sweet from the past that you miss?