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Photo-a-Day  (Tuesday, 27th December, 2016)

Sweets


Sweets
Wigan Market Hall.

Photo: Mick Byrne  (Panasonic TZ100)
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Comment by: Ellen on 27th December 2016 at 00:58

This reminds me of the stall where we got Uncle Joe's and many other treats, (the only other one I can call to mind now being Pear drops) Still,it was more than 50 years ago!

Comment by: Ellen on 27th December 2016 at 01:03

This reminds me of the stall where we got Uncle Joe's and many other treats, (the only other one I can call to mind now being Pear drops) Still,it was more than 50 years ago!

Comment by: Helen of Troy on 27th December 2016 at 08:01

I wonder if this is the sweet stall that I remember in the Market Hall ?
We used to buy Uncle Joes Mint Balls, they were sold loose & were cover in white, powdered sugar. My brother lives in Calfornia & can buy them in tins but they are all individually wrapped,all very hygenic these days.

Comment by: Vb on 27th December 2016 at 09:33

Uncle Joe's taste the same but none of the other toffees taste quite as good as yesteryear somehow......and wine gums you can forget!! It's as if a secret ingredient is missing in most of them!

Comment by: maggie. on 27th December 2016 at 10:35

Thank you for such happy memories. We buy a lot of products from Santus. I am surrounded by 10 large jars of their products, very tasty!

Comment by: DAVID OWENS on 27th December 2016 at 10:36

Ellen and Helen you are thinking of Santus' stall (makers of uncle Joes. That is nearby to this stall, may even be across the aisle :-)

Comment by: irene roberts on 27th December 2016 at 12:07

Love this photo.....reminds me of buying 2oz of toffee as a child from Santus's in The Market Hall. Little toffee scales and little white paper bags.

Comment by: Helen of Troy on 27th December 2016 at 13:31

Thanks David, when looking at the photo again, I recall the stall we used to frequent was to the right of the market hall & there was an entrance into the hall nearby, off the road where Lowes department store was at the top of. Would I be right there ?

Comment by: Den s on 27th December 2016 at 13:52

Can you still get Midget Gems? I know you can get the soft ones but do they still make the hard ones?

Comment by: irene roberts on 27th December 2016 at 15:09

You need Lion Midget Gems and Sports Mixtures rather than Maynard's, DEN S. Lions also do a "football mix" or similar name which you can get in Home Bargains. Much better than Maynard's. I think you can still get Lion Midget Gems and Sports Mixtures on the stall shown in the photo. Helen, there WAS an entrance to The Market Hall on Market Street, right at the bottom end, whereas Lowes was right at the top.

Comment by: Vb on 27th December 2016 at 15:48

Den S midget Gems were my favourite but the soft ones are tasteless. Some of the bigger wine gums ... You might as well be sucking the buttons off an old mac!

Comment by: Sue on 27th December 2016 at 16:51

Anyone remember toffee hammers ?

Comment by: Brendell on 27th December 2016 at 17:29

I live in Norfolk and can buy my Uncle Joes loose in several sweet shops, all individualy wrapped in a "modern" wrapper which you rip apart.
Not quite the same as the old days, still tastes the same though.

Comment by: irene roberts on 27th December 2016 at 20:50

Sue, I still have a toffee hammer and I remember the ladies on Santus's Stall breaking trays of toffee with one. Brendell, my son went to San Francisco in 2003 and was amazed to see Uncle Joe's Mint-Balls in a shop there!

Comment by: Michael on 28th December 2016 at 02:14

There were two stalls selling sweets in the old Market Hall: Santus and O'Brien's.

Comment by: Sam h on 28th December 2016 at 12:09

I would like to compare the old mint balls to the new wrapped ones of today ,probly half the size these days,still tasty though.

Comment by: Garry on 28th December 2016 at 18:06

Without the wrapper they stick together. Better wrapped.

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