The Gobstopper – Review of Retro Sweets and Giveaway

I recently got asked if I’d like to review some retro sweets from The Gobstopper, an online shop specialising in a vast collection of 80s and 90s retro sweets as well as some old fashioned classics.

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I got to pick 3 I’d like in a kilner jar and after much though I went for some Double Dips, sherbet flying saucers and Sherbert fountains, because I am a grown up. They were awesome. I’ve since been eating them stealthily with my head in the kitchen cupboard.

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The shop obviously does a lot more than just sherbets (they also do sherbert crystals if you’re interested). Other choices include, and aren’t limited to, white chocolate mice, candy necklaces, bon bons, cola pips, black jacks and more.

The kilner jars come in 3 different sizes and there’s also unique section boxes that would make nice presents.

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The site is easily navigable with deprecate sections for medicinal, sugar free, vegetarian and halal sweets.

As always one of the things i look at is if they would make good alternatives to sending flowers. I would definitely recommend them for anyone that has a sweet tooth and has a love of old fashioned sweets.

The Giveaway

If you’d like to win your own kilner jar full of sweets then step this way. All you need to do is visit The Gobstopper site and leave me a comment below telling me what your favourite retro sweet is.

One winner will be chosen at random and will get a kilner jar with their choice of 3 sweet collections in it.

For additional entries you can:

Tweet the following:
“Win a retro sweets jar with the @the_gobstopper and @notmyyearoff http://wp.me/p2ZHox-1Az ”

Follow @The_gobstopper on Twitter

Follow Not My Year Off on Facebook

Please leave a separate comment for each.

This giveaway will end on Friday 24th January at 11pm, after which a winner will be selected at random.

Please note this giveaway is only open to UK residents.

Good Luck!

This competition is now closed. The winner is Anna McLean Fleming

202 Comments

  1. Tracy Nixon January 7, 2014 / 9:27 pm

    Bang goes my new year’s resolution lol! I love Retro and my favourite sweetie form the site is are the Fizz Wizzes! Yummy!

  2. Tracy Nixon January 7, 2014 / 9:29 pm

    I follow @The_gobstopper on Twitter as @tracyknixon

  3. Tracy Nixon January 7, 2014 / 9:29 pm

    I follow Not My Year Off on Facebook as Tracy K Nixon ! Yeah! Thank you!

  4. victoria thurgood January 7, 2014 / 9:37 pm

    I love Bumper Bananas yummy

    • victoria thurgood January 7, 2014 / 9:41 pm

      my tweet

  5. victoria thurgood January 7, 2014 / 9:40 pm

    Followed @The_gobstopper on Twitter @vic0314

  6. victoria thurgood January 7, 2014 / 9:42 pm

    Followed Not My Year Off on Facebook

  7. Ashleigh Allan January 7, 2014 / 9:56 pm

    lemon bonbons!

  8. Patrick Covernton January 7, 2014 / 9:56 pm

    I like milk gums and fizzy cola bottles.

  9. Patrick Covernton January 7, 2014 / 9:58 pm

    Tweeted

  10. Patrick Covernton January 7, 2014 / 9:58 pm

    Followed on Twitter

  11. Patrick Covernton January 7, 2014 / 9:59 pm

    Liked on Facebook

  12. Paul Wilson January 7, 2014 / 10:08 pm

    Fizzy cola bottles.

  13. Paul Wilson January 7, 2014 / 10:10 pm

    Tweeted the message. @prwilson101

  14. Martina Pichova January 7, 2014 / 10:10 pm

    I love the cola bottles too!

  15. Melissa Red January 7, 2014 / 10:12 pm

    I really like the Alphabet letters.

  16. Paul Wilson January 7, 2014 / 10:13 pm

    Following on Facebook

  17. Emma Walton January 7, 2014 / 10:14 pm

    My favourites are love hearts.

    Have tweeted – @EmmaWal16120602

    and liked on facebook – Emma Emskii Walton

  18. Jackie ONeill January 7, 2014 / 10:16 pm

    Sherbet Dip

  19. Jackie ONeill January 7, 2014 / 10:18 pm

    tweeted and following on Twitter @JackieMONeill

  20. AMy Beckett January 7, 2014 / 10:33 pm

    Flying Saucers

  21. Sarah Clarke January 7, 2014 / 10:34 pm

    Retro sweets omg!! ha loved Aniseed rock and Anglo Bubbly these used to cost me 2 pence πŸ™‚ a bubbly

  22. Stacey Carnell January 7, 2014 / 10:55 pm

    spaceships! πŸ™‚ x

  23. Lee January 7, 2014 / 10:57 pm

    Fizzy Strawberry laces

  24. claire WOODS January 7, 2014 / 10:57 pm

    Cola bottles

  25. claire WOODS January 7, 2014 / 10:58 pm

    Tweeted – @clairewoods32

  26. claire WOODS January 7, 2014 / 11:02 pm

    Following on Twitter – @clairewoods32

  27. claire WOODS January 7, 2014 / 11:02 pm

    Liked on FB – claire samuel

  28. EMMA WALTERS January 7, 2014 / 11:05 pm

    love blackjacks

  29. EMMA WALTERS January 7, 2014 / 11:06 pm

    tweeted
    @emmav6

  30. EMMA WALTERS January 7, 2014 / 11:07 pm

    like on fb
    emma j walters

  31. carole January 7, 2014 / 11:08 pm

    tweeted @maci234

  32. Francesca Tuck January 7, 2014 / 11:20 pm

    Flying saucers

  33. anthony harrington January 7, 2014 / 11:36 pm

    Flying Saucers!

  34. anthony harrington January 7, 2014 / 11:37 pm

    following you on FB

  35. anthony harrington January 7, 2014 / 11:38 pm

    following The Gobstopper on Twitter @freyerj

  36. Angie Hoggett January 8, 2014 / 12:05 am

    Sour Cherries

  37. Angie Hoggett January 8, 2014 / 12:05 am

    I’ve tweeted – @angiehoggett

  38. Angie Hoggett January 8, 2014 / 12:06 am

    liked on FB

  39. Angie Hoggett January 8, 2014 / 12:06 am

    following on twitter: @angiehoggett

  40. Louise Settle January 8, 2014 / 12:39 am

    Fruit salads and black jacks….Yum

  41. J. Tingay January 8, 2014 / 12:57 am

    I love the Buttered Brazils

  42. Debby January 8, 2014 / 2:54 am

    My favourite retro sweets are Floral Gums and Parma Violets – since childhood I have loved the ‘perfumy’ sweets, though I’m certainly not averse to lots of other sweeties too!

    I have tweeted about the comp so friends and followers also get the chance to enter (Twitter username: @Loreleigh)

  43. aj templeman January 8, 2014 / 10:51 am

    Coconut mushrooms

  44. Louise M January 8, 2014 / 3:45 pm

    Cheery Lips will always be a winner for me.

  45. Louise M January 8, 2014 / 3:55 pm

    Following on Twitter @ElvinFairy

  46. REBECCA WHELAN January 8, 2014 / 6:42 pm

    I ❀❀❀ Parma Violets but there are lots of other retro sweets that I ❀ too.

  47. Laura Pritchard January 8, 2014 / 7:56 pm

    I always LOVED Double Dips!

  48. clare d January 8, 2014 / 9:43 pm

    flying saucers πŸ™‚ x

  49. clare d January 8, 2014 / 9:45 pm

    liking on facebookx

  50. Jane Paddey January 8, 2014 / 9:48 pm

    Following on twitter and tweeted as @jpaddey

  51. Jane Paddey January 8, 2014 / 9:49 pm

    Following on FB as Jane Paddey Was Taylor x

  52. Samantha R January 9, 2014 / 1:06 pm

    the aniseed twists and black jacks would be my choice

  53. Samantha R January 9, 2014 / 1:08 pm

    tweeted as @lillyfer85

  54. Samantha R January 9, 2014 / 1:08 pm

    following on twitter as @lillyfer85

  55. Samantha R January 9, 2014 / 1:09 pm

    following on facebook

  56. mellissa williams January 9, 2014 / 3:32 pm

    sherbert lemons

  57. Christina Massue January 9, 2014 / 10:22 pm

    Choc nibbles has to be my favourite.

  58. pete cleasby January 9, 2014 / 10:43 pm

    Coconut Mushrooms

  59. Rachel Craig January 10, 2014 / 12:35 am

    Jelly Babies.

  60. Rebecca Murphy January 10, 2014 / 2:52 pm

    Sherbert fountains for me, please!
    Love the fizzy taste – and they’re especially good with lemonade!

  61. faye huntington January 10, 2014 / 7:35 pm

    ooh my favourite is definitely the coconut rolls! πŸ™‚ with love, faye xx

  62. faye huntington January 10, 2014 / 7:37 pm

    i’m ‘liking’ your facebook page! xxxx

  63. Hayley January 10, 2014 / 11:41 pm

    Lemon Bonbons

  64. Hayley January 10, 2014 / 11:42 pm

    tweeted πŸ™‚

  65. Hayley January 10, 2014 / 11:43 pm

    and following on twitter (@strawmeadow)

  66. Hayley January 10, 2014 / 11:45 pm

    and also following on facebook πŸ™‚

  67. Charly Dove January 11, 2014 / 1:07 am

    Heheh just been commenting on retro sweets as my review went up today too! They are just fabulous aren’t they. Shamefully I’ve eaten all of mine from The Gobstopper so I’ll be back to enter your competition to win some. Will take me an hour to decide what I want! Funnily enough we have to make s snowman for a competition at POD’s nursery mwhahaha :))

  68. sarah fleck January 11, 2014 / 10:49 am

    so much to choose from and so many i love but im going to say Edinburgh Rock is my fav πŸ™‚

  69. Emma Sant January 11, 2014 / 2:51 pm

    I like Aniseed Imperials – they are lovely!

  70. Jane January 11, 2014 / 3:57 pm

    Wine Gums.

  71. katrina walsh January 12, 2014 / 12:28 am

    Def the flying saucers. So may different ways to eat them and the fizzier the better x

  72. Angela Kelly January 12, 2014 / 11:41 am

    The Alphabet Letters

  73. Claire January 12, 2014 / 1:07 pm

    I love fruit salads

  74. Mickie Bull January 12, 2014 / 2:10 pm

    Fruit Salad Chews

  75. katie skeoch January 12, 2014 / 9:46 pm

    Heart Throbs – I always steal a few from the kids

  76. katie skeoch January 12, 2014 / 9:48 pm

    following on twitter @Top_cat81

  77. katie skeoch January 12, 2014 / 9:49 pm

    liked on facebook as Katie Skeoch

  78. Stephanie Whitehouse January 13, 2014 / 9:37 am

    I love RAINBOW DROPS

  79. Stephanie Whitehouse January 13, 2014 / 9:38 am

    Tweeted the following:
    β€œWin a retro sweets jar with the @the_gobstopper and @notmyyearoff http://wp.me/p2ZHox-1Az ”

  80. Stephanie Whitehouse January 13, 2014 / 9:39 am

    Followed @The_gobstopper on Twitter

  81. Stephanie Whitehouse January 13, 2014 / 9:40 am

    Followed Not My Year Off on Facebook

  82. Megan January 14, 2014 / 5:11 pm

    Rainbow Twists!

  83. William Gould January 14, 2014 / 10:42 pm

    Chewing Nuuts!! Not had any of those since I was a kid!

  84. William Gould January 14, 2014 / 10:42 pm

    Chewing Nuts!! Not had any of those since I was a kid!

  85. William Gould January 14, 2014 / 10:44 pm

    Tweeted the messsage as @gouldie7

  86. William Gould January 14, 2014 / 10:46 pm

    Follow @The_gobstopper on Twitter

  87. William Gould January 14, 2014 / 10:47 pm

    Follow Not My Year Off on Facebook

  88. Solange January 15, 2014 / 6:20 am

    Strawberry bonbons

  89. Leila New Hughes January 15, 2014 / 7:07 pm

    yeeeeeeeeeh get to re-live my child hood naming sweet :)))))))))

    i loved the sweets from my childhood,even though i srill love sweets now,retro sweet where the best,just tasting them now takes you back to the playground after school,when my mama would bring me either a 10p mix or a double dip dip as i would call them,or some blackcurrant giant flyers,magic colour changing space dust!!!!!!! Am loving this remembering all my favourites πŸ˜€ SHERBET FOUNTAINS!!!! O i soooo loved these,my favourite would have to be??? its so hard to choose would be either tootie fruitees or dib dab’s….i cant choose… ok all of them…hahahaha

    DIB-DABS HAS TO WIN…AWWWW I SO WANT ONE NOW…

    Really enjoyed thinking about my favourite retro sweets cant you tell ??? lol

    GOODLUCK EVERYONE,IF YOU WIN PLEASE SHARE WITH ME :)))

  90. Chris smith January 15, 2014 / 11:11 pm

    I love lemon sherbets

  91. Emily Hutchinson January 16, 2014 / 3:52 pm

    liquorice comfits

  92. Emilie Stokoe January 16, 2014 / 9:35 pm

    Fruit Salad Chews πŸ™‚

  93. Emilie Stokoe January 16, 2014 / 9:38 pm

    Following on Facebook – Emily Comps

  94. Emilie Stokoe January 16, 2014 / 9:38 pm

    Following on Twitter – username jhs4ess86

  95. Geraldine McCambridge Foster January 17, 2014 / 11:37 pm

    Cola Spangles

  96. Hannah ONeill January 18, 2014 / 9:49 am

    Flying saucers

  97. Ruth Tesdale January 19, 2014 / 10:46 pm

    My favourite retro sweets are sherbert fountains.

  98. Ruth Tesdale January 19, 2014 / 10:50 pm

    I am following The Gobstopper on twitter
    as @RuthMarianna

  99. Ruth Tesdale January 19, 2014 / 10:52 pm

    I am following Not My Year Off on Facebook

  100. izzy January 20, 2014 / 3:14 pm

    cherry lips

  101. izzy January 20, 2014 / 3:15 pm

    tweeted n following @dancehall_izzy

  102. Natalie Crossan January 21, 2014 / 2:42 am

    I love cola bottles πŸ™‚

  103. Tamara Payne January 21, 2014 / 10:21 am

    Banana flavoured Toffo were my favourite retro sweet

  104. sandra cloud January 21, 2014 / 5:47 pm

    Black Jacks were my favourite.

  105. melanie sears January 22, 2014 / 10:47 am

    anglo bubbly

  106. Sammie Martin January 22, 2014 / 12:50 pm

    CHOCOLATE CINDER TOFFEE

  107. Cathryn Bowen January 22, 2014 / 1:51 pm

    followed on twitter and my fav were cola cubes

  108. Gavin Cowell January 22, 2014 / 2:09 pm

    FB Follower; beer-flavoured gummies all the way for me.

  109. Paula Phillips January 22, 2014 / 6:21 pm

    Sour cherries

  110. Paula Phillips January 22, 2014 / 6:21 pm

    Following on facebook

  111. Paula Phillips January 22, 2014 / 6:22 pm

    Tweeted and following on twitter @pphil10

  112. Kelly Hooper January 22, 2014 / 8:32 pm

    love jazzies

  113. Kelly Hooper January 22, 2014 / 8:33 pm

    tweeted @lilysmum2008

  114. Kelly Hooper January 22, 2014 / 8:33 pm

    already following the gobstopper on twitter @lilysmum2008

  115. Mark Palmer January 22, 2014 / 10:51 pm

    Drumsticks

  116. Lisa Ellison January 23, 2014 / 1:58 am

    Coconut Mushrooms, I didn’t even know they were still about I LOVE THEM.

  117. chirag patel January 23, 2014 / 12:42 pm

    kola cubes

  118. stephanie campbell January 23, 2014 / 1:20 pm

    i love alphabet letters

  119. stephanie campbell January 23, 2014 / 1:21 pm

    following on facebook

  120. stephanie campbell January 23, 2014 / 1:22 pm

    following on twitter
    @jusanotherdiva

  121. stephanie campbell January 23, 2014 / 1:23 pm

    tweeted @jusanotherdiva

  122. Lani Nash January 23, 2014 / 1:51 pm

    I love cola cubes πŸ™‚

  123. Kathryn Casbolt January 23, 2014 / 1:59 pm

    I love the milk bottles πŸ™‚

  124. Kathryn Casbolt January 23, 2014 / 2:03 pm

    Following @The_gobstopper on Twitter

  125. Diana January 23, 2014 / 2:24 pm

    Sour cherries are my favorite πŸ™‚

  126. Hayley Todd January 23, 2014 / 3:35 pm

    My all-time favourite retro sweet has got to be Cola Cubes πŸ™‚

  127. Hayley Todd January 23, 2014 / 3:37 pm

    I have tweeted as @solarsangel x

  128. Hayley Todd January 23, 2014 / 3:37 pm

    I already your facebook page ‘Notmyyearoff’ x

  129. Megan Davies January 23, 2014 / 3:52 pm

    fizzy cola bottles!

  130. Jennifer Rhymer January 23, 2014 / 5:02 pm

    Bumper Bananas are my favourite πŸ™‚

  131. Jennifer Rhymer January 23, 2014 / 5:05 pm

    Following Not My Year Off on Facebook – my Facebook name is Jennifer Rhymer

  132. Ali Thorpe January 23, 2014 / 5:35 pm

    I like cola cubes, lemon sherberts and flying saucers.

  133. Liz January 23, 2014 / 5:41 pm

    So many to choose from but I think my favourites are flying saucers.

  134. Caitlin Wallis January 23, 2014 / 5:45 pm

    Flying saucers πŸ™‚

  135. sharon a January 23, 2014 / 8:30 pm

    Has to be pear drops – yum!

  136. tiffany callan January 23, 2014 / 8:04 pm

    nut cluster/peanut brittle πŸ™‚

  137. tiffany callan January 23, 2014 / 8:07 pm

    following on twitter @tiffanyjayne89

  138. tiffany callan January 23, 2014 / 8:09 pm

    tweeted @tiffanyjayne89

  139. Sheri Darby January 23, 2014 / 9:10 pm

    Fizzy cola bottles

  140. Sheri Darby January 23, 2014 / 9:12 pm

    I have tweeted

  141. Sarah Parker January 23, 2014 / 9:45 pm

    flying saucers πŸ™‚

  142. Jamie January 23, 2014 / 9:58 pm

    Giant Jazzies

  143. Jamie January 23, 2014 / 9:59 pm

    Tweeted;

    twitter.com/Jamiecomps/status/426459184935096320

  144. Jamie January 23, 2014 / 10:01 pm

    Following
    @The_gobstopper

    @jamiecomps

  145. jodie harvey January 24, 2014 / 12:21 am

    oooh double dip, havnt had one for agesssss love them!!!

  146. Ann MacLean Fleming January 24, 2014 / 12:21 am

    Can’t decide between Barley Sugars and Caramac…

  147. Victoria Varley January 24, 2014 / 12:24 am

    Definitely milk bottles!

  148. jodie harvey January 24, 2014 / 12:27 am

    liked on facebook – jodie harvey

  149. Ann MacLean Fleming January 24, 2014 / 12:28 am

    followed on twitter

    @liosach

  150. jodie harvey January 24, 2014 / 12:28 am

    following on twitter @jtl1121 xx

  151. Ann MacLean Fleming January 24, 2014 / 12:30 am

    liked on facebook

  152. Holly Boyd January 24, 2014 / 12:54 am

    Lemon BonBons

  153. Ros Irwin January 24, 2014 / 12:10 pm

    followed on twitter and tweeted

    I love midget jems

  154. Emma Price January 24, 2014 / 12:44 pm

    Proper fizzy cola bottles – not the fake ones you get nowadays!

  155. Emma Price January 24, 2014 / 12:46 pm

    Tweeted on twitter πŸ™‚

  156. Emma Price January 24, 2014 / 12:46 pm

    Following @The_Gobstopper on twitter

  157. Emma Price January 24, 2014 / 12:47 pm

    Following Not My Year Off on Facebook

  158. Helen Smith January 24, 2014 / 1:39 pm

    I love fruit salad chews mmmmm!

  159. Kirk Bevins January 24, 2014 / 2:00 pm

    Sherbet Fountain! Oh yeah!

  160. Kirk Bevins January 24, 2014 / 2:04 pm

    I tweeted the message

  161. Kirk Bevins January 24, 2014 / 2:06 pm

    I Followed @The_gobstopper on Twitter

  162. Kirk Bevins January 24, 2014 / 2:07 pm

    I Followed Not My Year Off on Facebook

  163. Sue Warr January 24, 2014 / 7:36 pm

    Sherbet Fountain – what a magical sweet and a blast from my past!!

  164. Emma Howard January 24, 2014 / 10:28 pm

    Have tweeted as @ammalinetheduck

  165. Helen Garner January 25, 2014 / 12:26 am

    giant strawberries

  166. sarah pearce January 25, 2014 / 12:36 am

    there is sooo many,wish i didnt scroll through everyone elses favs now,lol.i love liquorice torpedoes (though my teeth dont now!!),butterscotch lollies,bon bons.actually maybe better to list the retro sweets i dont like,lol!!!!

  167. sarah pearce January 25, 2014 / 12:38 am

    followed on twitter @spearcemse

  168. sarah pearce January 25, 2014 / 12:40 am

    retweeted @spearcemse xx

  169. sarah pearce January 25, 2014 / 12:41 am

    liked not my year on facebook,s pearce mse

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