5 great SA sweets that will make you nostalgic

Join us in a trip down memory lane as we reminisce about the sweets of our childhoods, safe in the knowledge that you can still pop down to the shops and find these delights in stock – before the new exorbitant price and/or piddly portion size ruins it for you… (Yes, you’re officially middle aged now.)

Wilson’s Toffees

You can never quite get 100% of the wrapper off, but a little extra fibre never hurt anyone. And once you make it through those first few seconds of hardship and the toffee begins to melt against your palate, you’re in fake-cola-flavoured heaven. Or are you a buttermilk kind of person? Just don’t say liquorice. Nobody normal likes those.



What is it about Chomp that is still so appealing? The slightly slippery feeling of the chocolate (we use the term loosely), that chewy wafery inner, the cheerful yellow wrapper? Maybe it’s that they’re so small that they don’t really count as cheating.

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Dirkie condensed milk

The packaging may have changed, but everyone’s favourite diabetic-coma-in-a-tube remains on supermarket shelves today. As a youth under my mother’s roof I was never allowed to suck these saccharine teats, but this one time I plunged my hand into an unattended can and licked the condensed milk from my fingers like an animal, so I like to think I made up for the deprivation. Were there strawberry and banana flavours too? My memory is hazy.



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Marshmallow mice with liquorice tails

Yup, these poor rodents still exist, trapped in their perspex prisons at the check-out counter. Some connoisseurs prefer them stale and chewy; others when their bodies are fresh and pillowy. As you can probably tell, they’re not really my particular jam, but I would be into trying them roasted over some coals – minus their devilish liquoricey tails, of course.


Did you know – a blue whale’s tongue weighs more than a car? Bringers of this and other facts so essential to the existence of 10-year-olds around the country, Chappies could be said to provide the soundtrack to a truly South African childhood. (Chewing, bubble popping, screaming when siblings put the globs of gum in your hair…) When the blue ones arrived on the scene in the 90s our traitorous Smurf-hued tongues gave us away in class. You used to be able to get two for 1c. (Yes, I’m that ancient.)



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