No child who has visited Salcombe can fail to be drawn to Cranch’s sweet shop and as the shop has been around for 140 years it’s fair to say that generation after generation have spent their pocket money on its sweet delights. It’s manic inside, hoards of kids making exacting decisions on just the right combination of lurid coloured pick and mix sweets, the staff must be wrung out by the end of a busy day
(you’d be more likely to find me next door, at the Salcombe Dairy Ice cream shop where they sell ginger ice cream) Joe had been planning his Cranch’s sorties for months, he even designed and made (with a little help from his dad) a wooden box for his bounty, which he packed with precision and labelled ‘Do not open’* I admired the camouflage design, he told me he’d thought of it when he was bored at school.
The sweets on the left of this shot are something all together different and not from Cranch’s, (one of our friends had been given them as a gift) I have to say they are an acquired taste, I’d doubt they’d keep Cranch’s in business for the next 140 years, they’re Japanese rice cakes, they have the texture of pipe insulation and seem to be filled with peanut butter, I even tried them with red wine, but it didn’t help; in their defence, the colours were funky.
You can buy 60’s ,70’ s and 80’s retro boxes of sweets on- line from Cranch’s , Parma Violets anyone?
*I can report that the box is now empty, so somebody ignored the instructions.