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Blackpool Rock: A U.K. Candy Favourite

An all-time United Kingdom candy great is now found in select Aaron’s Sweet Shop candy boxes. Blackpool Rock is a popular tourist treat in seaside towns in England, commonly appearing in places like Brighton, Southend-on-Sea, Scarborough and of course Blackpool! It’s a boiled sugar stick that can come in a massive variety of flavours from fruit to peppermint. Its popularity comes from the long-term enjoyment that it brings – it takes a bit of work to finish off a stick of Blackpool Rock. The making of Blackpool Rock is considered an art form dating back to the 19th century. Craftsmen known as “Sugar Boilers” would render a sugar syrup down in large vats with water, which would then be placed...

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Gummy Bears: Candy perfection

Tiny, colourful, perfect.  Gummy bears now take on many forms – gummy octopus, frogs, hamburgers, snakes, just to mention a few – but the original small bear gems still command the biggest request for gummies among Aaron’s Sweet Shop lovers.We can thank German candy maker Hans Riegel Sr. who started the now famous Haribo company in 1920 for these small drops of heaven. Inspired by trained bears in street festivals and markets, Mr. Riegel invented the Dancing Bear, an affordable fruit-flavoured gummy candy for children and adults. Haribo’s Dancing Bear treats remained popular despite tough economic times in Germany and quickly spread worldwide as a mini-treat perfects for pockets. These days, Haribo remains a staple producer of gummy bears, and its commercials...

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