by ANTONY CLAY
AS if we in Yorkshire really needed telling, our part of the world is the sweetest in the whole of the country.
Yorkshire is the UK’s biggest producer of sweets — and that’s official.
Holiday cottage provider Gorgeous Cottages has investigated the counties behind the creation of the nation’s favourite British sweets.
Yorkshire, being the home of such delicacies as Fruit Pastilles and Quality Street, as well as being the base for Haribo, comes out right on top.
Since the early Pontefract Cake, Yorkshire has been the county responsible for confectionery brands such as Rowntrees, Bassetts and Mackintosh inventing sweets that include Smarties, Liquorice Allsorts, Fruit Pastilles, Jelly Tots, Quality Streets, Yorkshire Mixtures and even seaside rock.
Not only is Yorkshire responsible for a bumper collection of our favourite sweets but it is also home to the oldest sweet shop in the world. The traditional sweet shop in Pateley Bridge — aptly called the Oldest Sweet Shop in England — has been given the title by the Guinness Book of World Records and is filled with row upon row of old-fashioned glass jars containing classic pick ‘n’ mix favourites.
Yorkshire is a hub for the UK’s sweet factories with large sites in Sheffield, York, Castleford and Pontefract now responsible for Maynards, Bassets, Trebor, Barretts, and Haribo ranges of sweets.
The factories produce everything from Jelly Babies and Flumps to Haribo Starmix, with Pontefract Cakes still made at the Haribo’s Yorkshire factory.
So what is the UK’s candy capital Top 5? Here is the list:
1 – Yorkshire (home of: Smarties, Liquorice Allsorts, Quality Street, Fruit Pastilles, Yorkshire Mixture)
2 – London (home of: Flumps, Black Jacks, Dolly Mixture, Maynard’s Wine Gums)
3 – Derbyshire (home of: Love Hearts, Parma Violets, Refresher Bars, Drumstick Lollies)
4 – Lancashire (home of: Jelly Babies, Uncle Joe’s Mint Balls, Fisherman’s Friends, Pear Drops)
5 – Berkshire (home of: Skittles, Starburst, Celebrations, Maltesers)
Other honourable mentions go to Merseyside for Chewits and Leicestershire for Fox’s Glacier Mints.
And Yorkshire comes out at the top of the sweet shops list too, with 250 listed on the Yell directory, alongside Lancashire, Herefordshire and Greater London.
The full top ten sweet shops list is:
Yorkshire – 250
Lancashire – 250
Greater London – 250
Herefordshire – 250
West Midlands – 214
Greater Manchester – 184
Kent – 129
Hampshire – 128
Devon – 115
Essex – 106
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