From the first moment I dragged Country Mouse into an English newsagent's shop in search of a copy of The Sunday Sport and a 1/4 pound of aniseed balls my darling wife has been amazed the breadth of the candy selection on offer to residents of the British Isles. I'd never really considered the British national confectionery selection to be exceptional before she mentioned something- 60 million residents, 60 million varieties of chocolate bar or penny chew; it is a simple equation. But after she pointed this out, the scales fell from my eyes. Make no mistake, when compared to the abundance on hand in British sweetie shops most American convenience store candy aisles take on the aspect of a Soviet supermarket. How can this be? you ask. How can a country whose motto might as well be "like it or lump it, mate" far outstrip a land of abundance and make Americans reel with shock at the massive diversity of sugar and cocoa solids on offer?
Frankly, I don't give a hoot as to why. Instead, I propose we revel in the plain miracle that is the British confectionery industry by pondering the fact that in the great voyage of candy evolution, there have probably been more varieties of British sweets that no longer exist than are in existence today. It simply blows the mind. In order to aid visualization of this fact, I humbly present a website I stumbled across, called:
In the words of the old Cadbury's advertising jingle, "A finger of fudge is just enough to give your kids a treat". I however am a 34 year old man, so I'd like a case. Come on- it was my birthday last Thursday- you can all chip in if you'd like.