Treats from my childhood.

(55 Posts)
GlobalDisaster Mon 07-Jan-13 11:32:31

When I was a child, my Mom would often take to to the local department store for a special treat in the 50's style cafe.
The treat? Coke float in a sundae glass ,complete with doilly and long spoon; and sometimes an iced bun spread thickly with butter. Delish! Knocks spots off cupkcakes and bottled juice which seem to be today's standard fayre.

Binfullofresolutionsfor10thjan Mon 07-Jan-13 11:36:53

Don't know if this was specifically a Welsh thing, but a treat used to be a fake ice cream from the bakery - wafer cornet filled with mallow and coated in sprinkles.

Never quite sure what the point of them was.

Either that or a toasted tea cake and jam.

GlobalDisaster Mon 07-Jan-13 11:37:55

WE had those in the midlands. And does anyone know what happened to Rum Babas?

Binfullofresolutionsfor10thjan Mon 07-Jan-13 11:40:17

I only ever see Rum Babas in kebab shops in the UK.

Another treat mum usedto buy was a pack of ten frozen mousse deserts in a clear bag. We were allowed to defrost one each to eat on Sunday afternoon. It was vanilla with a raspberry ripple swirl through it.

GlobalDisaster Mon 07-Jan-13 11:43:59

I remember those too. My Dad used to sell them in his shop. It was our staple pudding most days. Didn't really like them much.I used to enjoy Ski hazelnut yoghurt.

Ruprekt Mon 07-Jan-13 11:46:34

Sainsburys used to bring out a new flavour yoghurt every month and my mum always got it for me.

I used to count things in yoghurt eg 'Only 4 more yoghurts til we go on holiday!'

we would get one choc biscuit a week as Mum baked a lot.

Used to get penny ice lollies from the kiosk on the way home from school.

MonoBrowser Mon 07-Jan-13 11:47:37

Burger, chips and a strawberry milkshake followed by pancakes woth hot syrup at Wimpy. My granny used to take us for that treat every school holidays when she got her pension.

Another big treat was getting a minute maid orange ice lolly or mivvy strawberry split occasionally instead of a mini milk. My mum was hard up, so if she surprised us woth a 'big lolly' it was happy days.

dashoflime Mon 07-Jan-13 11:49:50

Teats from my childhood:

Icecream with THREE (count 'em!) flavours. So Neapolitan then hmm

Being allowed to accompany Dad to the Scrap yard

Being the person who was allowed to break the seal on a new jar of hot choc (strictly regulated rota system for this as task was so much in demand)

I also remember fighting my sister for the privilege of holding Mums "special" hand: the left one, with the wedding ring on grin

GlobalDisaster Mon 07-Jan-13 11:49:59

Those sausages.Notched to curve around the tomato.

GlobalDisaster Mon 07-Jan-13 11:51:04

Going to the sugar beet factory in my my uncles ancient lorry.

dashoflime Mon 07-Jan-13 11:52:25

Oh, Oh, nearly forgot. Saturday Morning breakfast:

Slice of white bread, toasted on one side only, covered in lemon curd and topped with hundreds and thousands.

To accompany: Jam doughnut from the bakers van.

Enjoy with cartoons until migrainous and hyperactive

GlobalDisaster Mon 07-Jan-13 11:55:07

Toast with proper beef dripping. Mug of bovril after swimming. Surely that was healthier than all the crispd and cereal bars we give our children today.

zapotek Mon 07-Jan-13 12:01:08

Oh yes cola floats!!!

Also syrup sandwiches useing whitebread

Sugar on toast grilled until it melted and solidified again

Angel delight (usual 70s dessert)

GlobalDisaster Mon 07-Jan-13 12:05:06

I sent butterscotch angel delight to France for my BIL. He loves it,well, so do I.

JamNan Tue 08-Jan-13 09:23:29

Oh a mug of hot Bovril after swimming. I had forgotten that! The pool I went to was a lovely Art Deco outdoor one and we started Swimming Club in May - so it was freezing cold shock but we were hardy in those days (Sixties).

My treats were a florentine that my aunty bought from the baker's on Friday nights. Choc ice that came in a waxed paper wrapper. Bread and dripping with a bit of salt with some of the brown gravy from underneath on (preferably) a slice of white bread. Toffee with nuts on top that came as a slab in a tin tray and you my grandad had to bash with a little hammer to break it up.

janji Tue 08-Jan-13 09:36:16

The 'pop' used to bring a crate of mixed fizzy pops every Saturday; used to love mixing pop cocktails!
Sunday at grans watching old black & white movies eating jacket potatoes filled with butter & cheese with a vanilla slice for afters!

GlobalDisaster Tue 08-Jan-13 11:30:42

My mom never used the pop man. She was/is a terrible snob, but I suppose it saved our teeth.
As for florentines, where have thwey gone. Bakers seem to produce huge pillows of similar tasting cakes. I suppose nowyou have to pay an arm and a leg at the artisan bakery.

GlobalDisaster Tue 08-Jan-13 11:32:45

Oh another treat, tinned fruit with evaporated milk poured over. Heaven, I could eat that now.And a cup of camp coffee in a glass cup and saucer.

Tinned peaches and vanilla ice cream.

BlackandGold Tue 08-Jan-13 21:13:50

Tinned salmon for Sunday tea, followed by peaches and tinned Nestle cream ( never see tinned cream nowadays!)

PS I cook Florentines!

GlobalDisaster Tue 08-Jan-13 21:22:04

I love tinned slamon and florentines. Bring back those lovely treats from yesteryear and bin those nasty wraps and dodgy cupcakes.
Pork pie ( I'm a veggie now) and English mustard. Plain crisps dowsed in Lea and perrins, a special treat on /sunday night whilst watching a variety show.

GlobalDisaster Tue 08-Jan-13 21:26:32

Cucumber and onions in vinegar. Proper blanched celery and gorgonzola,Epicure mango chutney,butter puffs oh, I'm having a flashback. I'm seeing the Black and White Minstrals and The Nolan Sister,oh and here comes Donny.

Taffeta Tue 08-Jan-13 21:27:10

Blackcurrant sundae cakes from M & S they still do them Hell Yeah

and special once a year treat was The Picnic Basket restaurant in Selfridges - THE most special goulash and mash in the world. Ever.


Willdoitinaminute Tue 08-Jan-13 21:27:28

Huntley & Palmers biscuits especially the honey creams they were like jammy dodgers but oval with honey rather than jam.

GlobalDisaster Tue 08-Jan-13 21:35:12

Ginger thins, they were very large and thin with pepper. posh shops sold them. My wealthy aunts pantry and her stash of Epicure stem ginger in syrup I used to nick ditto the bar of marzipan in our cupboard.

A beano, a tiny can of pop and a 10p mix in a paper bag from the newsagents on a saturday morning.

One of those big nasty red dummy shaped lollies on a string every time we went to the seaside or butlins. I'd make such a fuss when she tried to take it away in the car on the way home, even though by that time my hands face and hair would be glued together and I'd have several ulcers on my bright red tongue. blush There's no way I'd let my two have one of those!

Getting to wear a bit of mums lipstick, or getting to have a look through her jewellery box was a treat, too.

GlobalDisaster Tue 08-Jan-13 22:08:33

My mom used to put a bit of make up on me when I went to a party. A dab of lippy,blush and green eyeshadow and some of her perfume. Oh boy did I feel grown up.She also used to cellotape my unruly fringe and spray it with elnette until it set.She did remove the tape.Pearlised nail polish ( which I still love) completed the look

GlobalDisaster Tue 08-Jan-13 22:24:32

Liquoirice wood anyone?From the chemist? I can't say I really like the taste but it gave me a buzz, also cherry lips, palma violets and fishermens friend, all a bit strange tasting but in a way exciting.

I used to consider going out with my dad in the car a big treat as he never used to take me anywhere, he used to buy me a pint of milk (!) and a custard pie or a full size mars bar (for a 4 yr old) so I thought he was super cool. Turned out he was using these outings as a cover to see his fancy woman, used to take me to play with her daughter while they got up to god knows what.

My other favourite treat was a when my dad used to bring me home a little bunch of freesias. I LOVED this, and idolised him for it. Years later I realised it was mum buying them for him to give to me, he'd never do anything so sweet or thoughtful, but he took the credit, the rat. I still love freesias but they make me a bit tearful for the dad I thought I had who never really existed.

greencolorpack Tue 08-Jan-13 22:43:40

Sesame seed buns and burgers with thousand island dressing. I wonder if that still exists. That was the coolest dinner evaaaar.

GlobalDisaster Tue 08-Jan-13 23:02:51

You can still get thousand Island dressing, it's called seafood sauce.I love it even though it's not trendy, but I'm very anti Jamie Oliver and all that bollocks.
I love prawn cocktails, I'm not ashamed to admit it.
Berni Inns were where my family went for a treat.

greencolorpack Tue 08-Jan-13 23:06:25

Thanks Globaldisaster, I will go and look forthwith!

Devora Tue 08-Jan-13 23:10:33

Arctic roll for special occasions.

On Friday after school my mum would give us (me and two brothers) 10p. We would buy three tubes of smarties and bring her back the change.

GlobalDisaster Tue 08-Jan-13 23:15:35

Remember blue smarties? Arctic roll was a very special treat indeed. Much nicer than Vianetta.
Pickled egg anyone? My 6 year old loves 'em. They always giggle when she asks for one at the chippy.And cockles, caustic, gritty, and unctuous at the same time.

We used to go to Wimpy on a Saturday afternoon and have a Knickerbocker Glory, I would look forward to it all week! Favourite treats at home were either Fondant fancies and Viennese whirls or home made butterfly cakes and rock cakes.

Agree that cupcakes are rubbish - much prefer a slice of Victoria sandwich or a fairy cake.

Ooh yes. Cockles and mussels in vinegar sitting outside the pub with a panda pop! There used to be loads of kids at the pub on a weekend, does that still happen?

soaccidentprone Tue 08-Jan-13 23:25:29

sugar sandwiches, spicy tomato snaps and potted meat sandwiches, blancmange and home made coconut cake.

sometimes my mum used to give us small raw rhubarb sticks which we used to dip in the sugar bowl and then eat confused

I didn't realise you could get flavoured crisps until 1973 as my mum only bought ready salted

does anyone remember the concentrated orange juice that the health visitor gave us? lushgrin

GlobalDisaster Tue 08-Jan-13 23:25:35

Fondant fancies... Well theres another story. Personally hated them but each to his own. Lemon Puffs, can't get decent ones now.Prefer a Garibaldi .
Seed cake anyone? What ever happened to caraway seeds. I've even tried the polish shops but they elude me.

GlobalDisaster Tue 08-Jan-13 23:29:13

Accident I do!!! and also frozen orange juice concentrate. Rose hip syrop, it's no good, I've got to hit the hay.
Grandad gave us Rhubarb and a bag of sugar, Mandy the terrier uses to perster me for some.

ThePathanKhansWitch Tue 08-Jan-13 23:30:09

Ahhh. Englishgirl, my childhood was spent on the pub steps, with cockles and mussels and a bottle of panda!.

Glad it wasn't just me! We loved going to the pub on a Saturday night with mum and dad, we used to sit outside and watch the bats in the woods. People would be horrified by that now but it was great!

Thought of another great we loved - tongue sandwiches smile

Binfullofresolutionsfor10thjan Tue 08-Jan-13 23:40:33

pathan was that sat outside whilst your parents were in the pub?

I remember my DB and I sitting in the car in the pub carpark drinking coke in a glass bottle with a straw, and having a packet of Hedgehog crisps.

I think we just used to mess about in the drivers seat and play with the buttons.

Such was life in the 70's.. hmm

ThePathanKhansWitch Tue 08-Jan-13 23:53:45

Yes, mostly on a Saturday afternoon.
I,d wedge meself on a corner and people watch, used to get given bits of change by drunkards customers coming in and outblush grin.
Bloody hell, it was different world back then.

Binfullofresolutionsfor10thjan Wed 09-Jan-13 00:17:34

I remember the smell - warm beer & cigarettes, and the laughter coming from the swing doors.

My gran also used to run a pub, and while she worked, and babysat us confused my cousins and I would sit in the yard around a beer keg with crates for chairs, eating chicken and chips in a basket.

Then we'd collect the bottle tops and play games, running around in the dark like feral kids.

ThePathanKhansWitch Wed 09-Jan-13 00:33:14

I,m all misty eyed with the fumes nostalgia grin.

Happy days!

Taffeta Wed 09-Jan-13 08:04:18

Sainsbos sell caraway seeds in the spices section.

Fish 'n' Chips crisps, lime Crusha, chocolate cigarettes and Panda Pops grin

GlobalDisaster Wed 09-Jan-13 09:36:43

Jamaica rum chocolate. Dad always gave me a bit of his.
Cheese and onion cobs, that shattered when you bit into them.
Heinz oxtail soup on a cold night.
Wrapping my pyjamas around my hot water bottle to warm them up.
Lying in the back of our estate car,with a quilt over us, watching the lights at Blackpool.
Whistle sweets after a trip to the dentist ( they were sugar free).
Egg and cress on tiny bridge roll " boats" with a cheese slice for a sail,only served at the best birthday parties.

Binfullofresolutionsfor10thjan Wed 09-Jan-13 13:07:44

Choc cigarettes were delicious. My brother once had a Dunhill Junior smokers kit, complete with choc pipe and coconut "shag".

If we were well behaved during shopping "in town" we also used to get the choice of a flake cake or a Belgian bun to take home for tea. Flake cake was choc sponge square with jam in the middle, coated with chocolate and a mini flake on the top. Belgian bun always had lemon curd filling in the folds.

Did anyone have a "screwball" as a treat on the beach/seaside? We lived on the coast so most Sundays meant walking the dog down to the beach. If it was hot and the ice cream man was there were were allowed one of three things:

A "99" - vanilla cornet with flake and raspberry sauce
A Zoom lolly
A screwball - plastic cone with chewing gum in bottom, whipped ice cream on top with sauce.

But we were never allowed an "Oyster" because they were too expensive. I had my first one when I was 33, my dh bought me one after listening to me wittering probably and it was most disappointing!

GlobalDisaster Wed 09-Jan-13 13:30:07

They still sell screwballs here. I always had a cider lolly.Oysters looked pretty though.
Remember when pies in the chippy had a proper crust? Now they are flabby microwaved offerings.

soaccidentprone Wed 09-Jan-13 18:18:36

evaporated milk, usually on tinned peaches or tinned mandarin segments.

Fizz bombs - used to make your tongue a vivid colour

Vesta meals (we thought we were sophisticated eating paella)!

Frozen french bread pizza's (exotic)


Tuppence2 Wed 09-Jan-13 19:31:33

Treats from my gran:
A scoop of ice cream in my glass of lemonade
Raspberries with squirty cream zapped in the middle of it
Rhubarb sticks dipped in sugar

Treats from my mum:
Pancakes smothered in lemon curd
Iceberg sundaes from Mark Toney (vanilla ice ream with mint and chocolate sauces, 1 of those spiral wafers with chocolate in the middle and an after eight in the top!)
Angel Delight

GlobalDisaster Wed 09-Jan-13 20:16:21

Vesta mealls. They were vile ,but dad used to buy them from the cash and carry. You were lucky if you got two prawns in the paella.
Fizz boms, yes I remeber them well.
I love tinned mandarins ,with evap. I'm going to get some and make a trifle( with ahmed jelly, I'm veggie
didn'thvae french bread pizza, used to like those ham and cheese escalopes, now what were they called?

Zapotek Wed 09-Jan-13 22:40:32


To those of you who look back with nostalgia at sitting outside pubs in the 70s, you'll probably enjoy some of this thread.

Zapotek Wed 09-Jan-13 22:40:54

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