Paynes PoppetsPaynes Poppets have had a makeover. It's sort of Icons of England meets I Love the 1970s with spacehoppers, slinkies, furry dice and the like. There are 4 different designs for each flavour ("an industry first" they say), with 4 flavours altogether - raisin, peanut, toffee and orange (coconut and "crunchy" have fallen by the wayside). The packets drive home the nostalgia thing with a message "to help you Remember When?". The one on this packet was about burying someone up to their neck in sand. I like Poppets but I'm not hit by waves of nostalgia every time I bite into one, so this seems like over-egging the pudding a bit. Maybe that's just me. I did find some Tooty Frooties (have they gone away and come back?) and was instantly transported back to the park I used to play in when I was wee. Still, the packets are very nice (they're going into the museum) and stand out a mile in the sweet shop - makes you realise how dull most chocolate wrappers are. For enthusiasts the history of Poppets (from 1937) is on Fox's website.

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Poppets are great but Dolly Mixtures always take me back in time whenever I see them, regardless of packaging. They are so rare now, over here in Cape Town. Ireland and Scotland were awash with Dolly's when I was a nipper.

Hi Neal. Dolly Mixtures are still pretty common here. They never really do it for me. It's the way they're not chewy and not crunchy, just hard. But maybe if I couldn't get them I would miss them too.

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