On February 1953, the rationing of sweets and chocolate was finally abolished, after more than ten years, and shops throughout the UK reported a brisk trade in everything from lollipops to liquorice. An earlier attempt to remove confectionery from the ration books, in 1949, had underestimated the nation's hunger for these itmes and ended in failure when demand outsripped supply. During teh latter half of WW2, teh weekly ration of sweets was a mere 2 oz per person, althought this was gradually increased to a more generous 6 oz in teh post-war years.
(Chambers Book of Days)When we were gorwing up, both (yes, we had 2!) village shops had seetie trays; the sweeties were arranged in little compartments in a big sectioned tray, according to price, starting with the two Blackjacks or Fruit Salads for 1/2d up to bigger more luxurious items for 3d LOL Highland toffee, Refresher chews, Blackjacks and Fruit Salad, spaceships, sweetie cigarettes., Swizzles, Parma Violets...............we tried them all! A whole Mars bar to yourself was pure puxury and happened very rarely.
I've just found this site - they might just be getting some custom from me soon, when the finances allow!
Life was sweet. :)