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Rhubarb & Custard Sweets

Later today I will be sharing my Gluten Free Rhubarb & Custard cupcakes inspired by Rhubarb and Custard Sweets.

Rhubarb & custard sweets take me down memory lane when my Grandma came to live with us and every Saturday she would ring a bell from her bed letting me and my elder sister know that the sweet shop was open...

You see back in the 1950's my Grandma ran a sweet shop, the old fashioned kind with jars and jars of sweets and when my Mum was in her teens she worked there, there is a fabulous black & white photo of my Mum working in the shop in one of the family albums.

So every Saturday my Nan would open up her little 'shop' for us to visit and spend our pocket money, there we would find jars and jars of sweets stacked on a cake trolley. My Nan would take orders weighing out all the different candy into little paper bags, ensuring that we did all the maths ourselves! Such sweet memories...

One of my favourite sweets was the rhubarb & custard boiled sweets. Ironically they contain neither rhubarb nor custard. Apparently their history is based on a rhubarb and vanilla custard pudding that was popular, then when candy making became popular due to the importing of sugar, this pudding was made into a hard sweet. You’ll find them in most traditional British sweet shops.

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