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Many oldies among us can remember the joy of popping in to your corner shop to buy a mixed bag of cobbers, milk bottles, snakes and bullets. Other customers waiting to be served would roll their eyes in frustration as we pondered whether to spend the whole 20 cents now or maybe come back later for something different. At around one cent each, it could take a while to reach a decision.
Fast forward to today and there are shops specialising in satisfying your sweet tooth with goodies from around the world. The Funworks Lolly Shop is a good example, with two shops in Adelaide selling an exotic range of imported and local confectionery.
You are hit with an almost surreal rioting kaleidoscope of colour in every direction, but instead of hot Mexican spices for adults, there is a cornucopia of confectionery for kids (or adults if your tastes lean that way). After fighting past a trio of truanting schoolgirls, it was my turn to explore.
Twix from the UK, Hershey's bars from the States, much sought after cans of Dr Pepper Cola and of course our own favourite Cadbury's Milk Tray that is so popular on Mothers Day are all on display. It made me wonder if there is a dentist nearby.
For those with more mature tastes, there is a varied selection of imported food from around the world. Rusks and porridge from South Africa, HP Sauce (Original or Fruity flavour), Pot Noodle in a feast of flavours, and Bisto gravy and sauces from England.
As a school holiday treat this place is a great way to corrupt your kids, or If you need some unusual food give this place a try. But don't bother with their website because curiously it seems to be designed for their staff and retailers.
There is another Lolly Shop at Marion if that is more convenient.
Love lollie shops! Ahh the good old days, not sure what you mean by 'oldies' among us, you don't appear that old! I remember buying 4 aniseed balls for 1 cent!? Great review to take us down memory lane and great to hear there are still lollie shops around to satisfy the sweet tooths! L:)
Lolly shops are fascinating but I always come out empty handed. Can't say I ever grew up on lollies - I was constantly reminded of tooth decay. The thought of a toothless grin probably put me off. Luckily this hasn't t detered me away from chocolates but I imagine if I got given a tray of Cadbury's Milk Tray, I might just cry.
Blackeby's has aniseed balls too - the red and black ones!!!! I think they've got cans of root beer and sarsaparilla too. Thought I was the only one who still liked aniseed ballls & black cats. Good selection of the Dutch licorice sweets (or rather salty) mix at Coles in Unley.
For a more central fix for your kids - Blackeby's in James Pl. has much to delight! Interstate child visitors like this too, as it's a bit cave-like. Has a good mix of American sweets and from the UK, as well. Plus that Wrigley's American red cinnamon gum... sadly, the sweet shop in Norwood Mall (nr Coles), has closed.