Lawson runs the sweet shop in the Bubble Factory at Oswaldtwistle
Mills. Stockley's have been manufacturing sweets since 1918 and
Kath's favourite nibble is cinder toffee. "It's absolutely
brilliant if you crumble it on ice cream!"
She's also rather partial to liquorice, coltsfoot rock, pineapple
cubes and sarsaparilla tablets. "Sarsaparilla tablets were
a childhood favourite of mine although unfortunately we have had
to make a few alterations on the recipe due to new EEC regulations."
is a visitor centre where you can see how the sweets are made before
you face the challenge of what candy coated delights to get your
sticky with it
tried to recreate Mr Stockley's old kitchen where he started making
his sweets by hand on his kitchen table. You can look through the
viewing windows where you can watch cinder toffee being made, and
all the pick 'n' mix sweets. Then you can sample all the sweeties,
that's the attraction definitely!"
you've done gawping at the sticky process of sweet making, brace
yourself for a whopper of a sugar fix. Kath boasts, "We've
got the biggest pear drop in the world in a glass cabinet on the
way out before you go into the shop. And yes, it is a real sweet.
Pear drops are manufactured and then crystallised in a crystallising
pan but because the pear drop is so big, obviously we couldn't get
it in a pan, so we had to leave it uncrystallised so it's just sugar
coated. It is actually nine years old now, so it's getting a bit
The giant pear drop might be showing its age now, as might you,
but the memories in an old style sweet shop can be lip-lickingly
comforting, however old they are.
What's your favourite sweet? Send in your favourites on the form
dollimix because they r just gorgeous.
Abbie Tombs, Oxford
I am a big fan of the coltsfoot rock as I usually crush it up and
put it in tea.
John Henry, Newtownards, County Down
cakes, Kay li and liquorice straw and liquorice root.
Colin Benbow, Shearwater, Tasmania
Trevor Cowie, Accrington
Rosey apples. I actually visited Oswaldtwistle mills and stockleys
sweets visitor centre last march, and took myself a big jar of rosey
apples and for my sister a jar of straweberry 'n cream drops. I
Wendy Romkes, Deventer, Holland
Fruit Salad and Blackjacks. They could both rip-out fillings in
your teeth quicker than anything else.
Keith Rumley, Poole, Dorset
drops that my grandma used to get for us when she came to visit
from hove sussex.
Eve Harris, Nottingham
Liquorice sticks the hard ones!
Sweet Tobacco! I found it online at www.britishcandy.com
Doris Eccles, Stevenage
Kay li, with a licorice stick. Or how about plot toffee.
John Turner, Solvang, California
Dorothy Spagnuolo, Vicenza, Italy
Fizzy cola bottles.
Marjorie Devonport, Blackpool
Les Howell, Warwick, Rhode Island, USA
in any form or shape.
Barbara Robinson, Chorley
Uncle Joe's mints, Everton mints, and pear drops. We used to stop
at the sweet shop in Chorley on the way to school to get a quarter
of sweets when we could afford them!
Sue Hesketh, Perth, Western Australia
Bars, Rhubard Rock, Pan Drops.
mixtures - grew up eating them in Bispham! Edinburgh Rock. Coconut
Maria, Chicago, Illinois, USA
Judy Tejani, Staten Island, New York, USA