Nothing takes you back to your childhood more than the sweets you used to love as a kid. And boy did we eat enough of them back in the day! Here are nine uniquely South African sweets and treats that will take you right back to your childhood.
The Google of your childhood – most things we learnt as kids was from our Chappies bubble gum wrapper. And they were super cheap too, so a great investment for your weekly pocket money.
Gobstoppers or Jaw breakers
Changing all the colours of the rainbow starting from black going all the way to white, these were another childhood favourite. We used to always buy these from the little corner shop on our holidays down the South Coast of KZN. They’d last for hours and you’d take them out your mouth every minute to check if they’d changed colour.
These sweets would never be allowed at kids’ parties these days with so many kids being allergic to nuts, but back in the day, we used to eat these like they were going out of fashion!
These were always at every kids’ party when we were young. With all the flavours to choose from everyone could always find at least one they liked.
Maynards Sour Balls
Even though these were ridiculously sour it didn’t stop us coming back for more!
Another pocket money winner. The soft white sugar powder, the fluffy marshmallow, the cute shapes, all made for a yummy childhood treat.
Still going these days and in a whole range of crazy flavours, but back in the day, we had one option – original pink!
There were a fair few times we thought we’d be losing our teeth on these babies! The black toffee was the original but the milky one was always my favourite.
OK so I know they aren’t technically a sweet but no South African childhood is complete without some Zoo biscuits thrown in. And everyone knows the best way to eat a zoo biscuit was to lick off the icing animal (after working out what the heck it was), eat the biscuit around the edge and off the back and then polish off the icing!