Sherbet dipper, curly wurly, push pop, gob stoppers ... all of those lovely memories under one roof! I cannot even begin to explain how amazing it feels to walk into Fizziwiggs (Meeting Lane, South Lanes) - every wall is lined with treats; with jars of sweets to suck on, to chew, to eat and to dip. This is the stuff kids (and myself - anyone else?) dream of, and what better time to visit, than just before those New Year Resolutions kick in.
I visited Brighton's best old fashioned-sweet shop for the (ahhhhmth!) time and was lucky enough to meet with Nick, the owner who was kind enough to answer some questions.
Laura: I imagine that kids love this shop. What's the average age of people coming in?
Nick: We serve everybody from 3 up to 100. There's no specific age group at all - the younger ones like to come in to eat sweets and the older ones for the memories.
Laura: And what's the most popular sweet?
Nick: Rubarb and Custard definitely.
Laura: Do you think sweets are going to change in the future?
Nick: Not at all. They'll always be the same. Perhaps they'll change shape, but the taste will stick - that's what people like.
Laura: If you could recommend that I try 3 sweets in the shop, which would they be?
Nick: (looks around the enormous selection, bewildered) Toffee crunch, strawberry bon bons, orange sherbets and coconut marshmallows (sounded more like 4 than 3 to me, but with such a selection was a tricky one!)
I chose a bag of sour plooms - Nick put about 20 in a bag for me and wouldn't take a penny for them (something to do with the thanking me for writing the blog). Now, I wonder if I now go to interview my favourite pub landlord, would 20 glasses of wine equate to the same number of sour plooms I wonder!
Thanks for reading this blog post, I'm off to cram in some sweets before the New Year diet begins ...