Sugar based Hard Candy Confectionary
Cane Sugar, Glucose Syrup (39%),Natural Flavour, Natural Colour (160b).
When I think of Barley Sugars - school days doing the 40 hour Famine spring to mind. Sucking on them like my life depended on it, as we were so hungry. Then there's the more fonder memories of going thru my nanas handbag and finding them scattered thru out the base of the bag, then being told off for eating them all. Or that one time my cousin and I hid behind the couch and tipped all the contents out all over the floor while looking for the golden treasure, then running for our lives knowing nana was going to yell big time so we ended up hiding by the river - laughing and filling our mouths with as many as we could fit.
It's funny that I had forgotten all of this until I had one in my mouth and it all came rushing back to me. I had completely forgotten about Barley Sugars entirely exsisted until I saw this up for review. A huge part of my annual holidays at nanas revolved around these and I must of blanked them out.
I remember them coming in a box now they are in a plastic bag. I am sure the logo and the colouring are the same though. Taking it in my hand not much has changed. As soon as I put in my mouth it was like being united with a long lost friend. They taste amazing. I have started taking two a day to work so when I start feeling peckish I slip one in my mouth and suck away. Perfect behind a mask so no one sees and then when I do bite down the feeling of it sticking to my teeth then playing with it till it comes loose.
I have lost one to the floor as with my eagerness I ripped it to fast and it flew out of my hand. My daughter had the same thing happen. So we have learnt to take it easy and have a good grip. But it is beyond easy to open.
Now that this has popped back into my life I am not letting it go again. Its great to have the energy boost when I start getting sluggish and bonus moistens the mouth - which is very helpful when the masks are drying it out. Considering these have been around since 1914 and nothing has changed it definitely is a winner in my books. I just can't believe I had forgotten about them.
When I was a child, I used to be given a barley sugar every time we went out in the car. Those were the days of no in-car air conditioning, social smoking, and bumpy back roads. I always sat in the back seat and invariably one of the grown-ups would light up a cigarette. Inevitably I would be car-sick - unless I had the miracle cure in my mouth. Barley sugars would take my mind off the hot, airless, smoke-filled atmosphere of the back seat and most of the time I would avoid the indignity and discomfort of throwing up.
It was useful that I enjoyed barley sugars anyway; I liked their taste and smoothness. We did not eat lollies often. They were more of a party treat, or sometimes a reward for doing something extra special like taking your medicine. Barley sugars were not regarded as a sweet, however; they were given to children as an antidote for a tummy upset or to give them energy when they had just completed a hectic sports match or finished some demanding chore on the farm. We quickly learned to make it known when we had been involved in a strenuous activity and might not be able to stay awake to complete our homework. A barley sugar would speedily restore that lost energy.
These days there are many more types of lollies produced and a great number of yesterday's varieties are no longer available. Barley sugar, however, is as popular today as it always was, and possibly for the same reasons. It is still a useful preventative for car sickness; I usually have a few in my glove compartment just in case! I also find these lollies handy to suck on a hot day as my mouth gets very dry. It is not always possible to stop for a drink, but a boiled sweet is an excellent substitute. Barley sugars are better than most because they contain just a few simple ingredients.
Miss Nine is a great fan; she loves to travel in my car and knows where I keep my stash. Because she is not yet allowed to sit in the front, she makes sure to look in the glove compartment and help herself to a few for the journey before returning to the back seat. I have air conditioning and there is nobody smoking these days, but she assures me it is important to stop her tummy getting affected due to my erratic driving! (Although I have told her my driving is fine, she believes in having a good insurance plan just in case.)
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