Ye Olde English Sweet Shoppe



Here’s a funny thing: I’ve no idea whether or not sweet shops (candy stores) such as the one pictured above ever existed in the U.S. or not. This Mr. Simms Olde Sweet Shoppe is in Falmouth, England. The jars of sweets, especially the boiled sweets, reminded me of the thrill of excitement my sisters and I had just buying candy when we were very little. Choosing which sweets to buy from the shelves of jars such as you can see through the window in this photo was a delightful yet tortuous process – for us and, I’m sure, for my parents.

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". . .life is short and the world is wide" - Simon Raven I'm not sure I've ever consciously planned a trip based on this sentiment, but it definitely influences my subconscious! I've been traveling as frequently and widely as possible since I finished school. And I love it. I love the research, the planning, the fervent packing and the curiosity of exploring somewhere I've never been before. My husband & I are both Irish - as in born-in-Ireland. But we live in Seattle. We have two boys: wild, boisterous, regular boys. So, since becoming a Mom, I've been a WanderMom. Given our slightly-unusual family situation, routine "visits-to-Grandma" are international trips requiring passports, 10hr-flights and (oh joy!) airport transfers. I have rants, raves and opinions about how, where & why to travel with kids (start them as young as you can, I say!). I hope to learn even more by researching topics which other wandermoms may be interested in reading about on this blog. Passports, pacifiers, diapers and gameboys at the ready - off we go! Contact Info: Email Michelle: michelle (at) murphnduff (dot) org

12 thoughts on “Ye Olde English Sweet Shoppe

  1. Jen@TwoKidsandaMap

    I have fond memories of a sweet shop near Sutter’s Fort in Sacramento. I remember my little sister and I wandering through the store with our plastic bags digging through the big barrels of candy. Yum!

  2. Kymri

    Yummmm….I love the sweet shoppes in England! Even Cadbury’s chocolate, which we do get in the US, tastes entirely better from a sweet shop in Britain.

  3. Victoria

    I do know that they are even more popular in Scotland, where they have a very sweet tooth. They developed it when all the sugar was being brought through the ports like Glasgow from the West Indies. We have a small sweet shop near us in London and we occasionally take the children in for a special treat. My favourite sweet is rhubarb and custard!

  4. Steve

    It’s a new national chain of sweet shops in the UK and the one you photographed is in Falmouth CORNWALL and not England.

  5. Dominique

    Boiled sweets? What is a boiled sweet?
    Growing up, our local “candy store” was a “party store” (or convenience shop) a few blocks away. We’d walk down there for our weekly haul of gum cards and “penny candy” like Mary Janes, Squirrels and Bit o’ Honey. Just walked through the old neighborhood yesterday, and past the party store-still a party store, but has barred windows and looks like its major stock is liquor and ciggies.

  6. Ted

    Steve is right. Falmouth is in Cornwall, not England. Cornwall has its own distinctive, Celtic identity; very different from that of Germanic England. Both are in the UK but, are different parts of it.

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