Whatever Happened To?
Remember a sweet but no-one you know has heard of it? Whatever happened to your favourite?
Small, hard, banana flavoured boiled sweet…..
Jack Oley remembers: -
thank Shiva I wasn’t imagining it! For what must have been a very short period around 1983, in only one shop I knew of in Wallasey on Merseyside, I bought Canary Bananas. It wasn’t in one of the usual and convenient sweetshops we would frequent, but I obviously happened in at a propitious time as there, amongst the other giant sweet jars, was a sweetmeat previously unknown to me; the CBs. Only half the jar remained. A sucker for anything new, I obtained my quarter and a new sweet sensation entered my young life. The CBs had obviously been there a while as the outside of the sweet was a little soft, presumably due to absorption of water from the atmosphere, but instead of being horrid, this softness added the the overall experience; the sweet was hard in the middle and had a really lovely banana flavour.
I returned again and again to the shop for more and I remember one day, getting to the bottom of he jar and there were no more to be had…The proprieters either declined to restock or they were unavailable.
I never saw Canary Bananas again. I find it strange that in a large town I had never seen these sweets before wandering into that shop and never since. Decades later, I would occasionally ask friends if they remebered them, to no avail, and I searched the ‘Net in vain finding nothing to confirm these happy memories.. until today. Now I know they were real and I can share my (excellent) story with all aficionados of sugary goods. Canary Bananas: a great sweet and a great name! Hurrah!!
Jack, Budleigh Salterton, Devon.
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