Watching nature take its course, from the top of a hill in northern England

Sweet Delights


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

Cranch's 1

(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.Sweet stash

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.

Rice cake 

 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.


Author: uphilldowndale

Watching the rhythm of rural life, from the top of a hill in northern England. Having spent most of my life avoiding writing, I now need to do it! I am no domestic goddess, but if I were expecting visitors to my home, I would whisk round with the duster and plump up the cushions and generally make the place look presentable. I hope that by putting my words where others may see them it will encourage me to ‘tidy up and push the Hoover around’ my writing. On the other hand I may just be adding to the compost heap. Only time will tell! Pull up a chair, sit yourself down, I’ll put the kettle on.

7 thoughts on “Sweet Delights

  1. Oh good grief, here I go with my Harry Potterisms again. But it IS a bit like Honeydukes… the kind of place, as a child you absolutely love and as an adult you love and hate in equal measure because you’re now old enough to be racked by guilt at the health implications of scoffing sweets.

    But it has to be done now and then, doesn’t it?

    More shops like this back in Britain, please.

  2. Must’ve been the cricket.

  3. This is a somewhat nostalgic post as my dad loved sweets and I vividly remember the one family holiday we had at Salcombe as a youngster. He took me to Cranch’s and gave me some extra holiday money to spend there! Wonderful! xx

  4. There is a touristy town in Washington (Leavenworth) that has a taffy shop. It is a required stop whenever I go there. Thankfully it has been a while since my last visit. Love the colors in which this one is painted – bright and cheery, just like your photos.

    btw – I voted for you at Dorset Cereal. Good luck!! Did you submit one of your photos to their photo contest? You should, if you haven’t!

  5. Dear me, that box appears to be full of Maoams. May I please ask the young man in question what is wrong with Chewits?

  6. What sweet delights 🙂 … The shop looks like sweet in itself!

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