Retro sweet of the week!

We’ve had a few weeks of bright retro classics as sweet of the week, so we thought it was about time we chose something a little more traditional…

This weeks Retro sweet of the week is…

aniseed balls

Aniseed Balls!

Now, this is another controversial sweet! Much like Parma Violets, you either love or hate ’em. The Chewbz office is pretty split when it comes to all things Aniseed and Liquorice too. Emily can’t get enough of the stuff, whereas Henry and Kayleigh perfer to stick to their Fizzy Bubblegum Bottles and Chocolate Jazzies ;).

Are you a big Aniseed Ball fan too? If you would like to win some of these, then leave a comment on this post, and tell us why you think you deserve to win the sweets!

All comments need to be in by Monday 11th July, when the lucky winner will be chosen by us…. So get typing retro sweet fans!

106 thoughts on “Retro sweet of the week!

  1. Keith C says:

    BLLEUUGHH!!!! Yuck yuck yuck, my most hated of all sweets in the whole universe ;p Hope they find a nice home though – NOT MINE THO PLEASE 🙂 😉

  2. JO JONES says:

    My husband loves Aniseed Balls and so does my dog too! If I win they can share, nicely!!

  3. Claire says:

    I loveeee aniseed balls and haven’t had them in years! I’d love to win these, although I’d have to hide them because my dad is also a massive fan of aniseed balls and likely to pinch them!

  4. tony says:

    I love aniseed balls! I haven’t had these for years, I would love to share some with my Daughter who doesn’t have a clue what they are!

  5. Dan says:

    Because they are ace and I’m full of cold and they will cure me of said cold meaning I can actually breath again (which is something I enjoy doing)

  6. Rhonda says:

    I think I should win because I need cheering up and these sweets are my all time favs!

  7. susan says:

    love them!love them! love them! remind me of school days
    buying a quarter of them at the corner shop.

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  9. katherine grieve says:

    they are definitely an acquired taste and ive acquired the taste!! me please!!!!!!!!

  10. Tracy Nixon says:

    Yes I loved Aniseed balls and still do! Reminds me of the Greek Alcoholic drink, Ouzo! LOL!!!

  11. Linda Morris says:

    Aniseed balls remind me of my childhood. As kids we use to see who could get to the middle first, fab!

  12. Nicola Woodings says:

    My dad used to buy me a bag of aniseed balls from the garage every Saturday and I LOVE them. I honestly had to go cold turkey for a while as I was so addicted! I’m willing to fall off the wagon x

  13. Jane says:

    Remeber these from trips with my parents. We was all given one and we had a competition to see who could make the anissed ball last the longest. The winner could pick what we had as a treat.
    I always picked more sweets!
    Would love to win some so as I could play this game with my own children.

  14. Elizabeth Coates says:

    Love these!! A sweet that last more than a few seconds! A prize to savour and enjoy 🙂

  15. Chiao Lee says:

    My grandmother loves these, and describes them as ‘sweet sweets’. We used to try and play marbles with these, but I never really liked them much…
    My grandma would absolutely love them though and these would also make a great anniversary gift for her! Strange thing though, my grandma hates parma violets! As for aniseed balls, they’re not for me. Sorry.

  16. Paul Green says:

    Mmmmm lovely best sweets in the world sucking away untill you get to the little seed…..pick me pick me pick me!

  17. Ian says:

    Aah, aniseed balls, unique long-lasting deliciousness with the little seedy bit at the end! Om nom nom.

  18. Stacy Ward says:

    I love aniseed balls they are in the same category as cough candies love them too x

  19. James Spicer says:

    this would be great to share with friends, would bring the good times back, they look great!

  20. Tina says:

    Yuck, these are revolting, and should not be on a sweet page!! On the other hand I could be persuaded to have some lovely sherbert lemons instead…

  21. sarah tulley says:

    meee, I LOVE these, had them all the time as a kid, not had any for a while 🙁

  22. Phil Darling says:

    I used to nick my mates aniseed balls – he thought it was Dave. Ha ha – it was me. Sorry Mate – if you’re eading – and If I win – i’ll give you half

  23. Amber says:

    I deserve to win the treats,
    because I love eating aniseed sweets.
    I might say I will share them now,
    But if they arrived im not sure how.
    If I won, I would give a little squeak,
    How exciting to win the sweet of the week!

  24. Dean says:

    3 Reasons why i should win these,

    1.The closing date is my BIRTHDAY what a way to celebrate.
    2.Tina (see above) is constantly winning competitions, I want to experience the winning feeling.
    3. I am Ginger and all my life i have been persecuted just like these sweets seem to be by some people already in this comp.

  25. jo wilding says:

    Mmmm…….. love these sweets, haven’t had them for years, all this take of them has taken me back to my school days when i use to sit at the back of my maths class paying full attention, while i sucked the red colouring off first then the white only to be left with the black centre.

  26. JoC says:

    Aniseed Balls…ooh that really takes me back! A tiny sweet with such a strong after-taste means you get to enjoy them so much longer….

  27. kirstine meredith says:

    These would be for my mum.
    Who turns 60 next month.
    She loves anything aniseed be it balls or cough candy!
    She may be nearly 60 but hip and trendy she is.
    I am sure if she was on facebook she would definitely like chewbz ;).

  28. Harry Bower says:

    I just puked. Into My dinner, cuz i saw aniseed. Can you re-fund my lush home-made spaghetti bolognase? :/

  29. Danielle Heesom says:

    I had these all the time when i was little every time I have them now they bring back lots of good memory’s back from when I was little.

  30. Anne Bostwick says:

    I remember the first time I tasted an aniseed ball. I was on my way to school, and the bus conductor gave me one from a paper bag on the 194 bus from Croydon Airport.

  31. A farrey says:

    Love them remind me of my childhood,bought some in Keswick last year the memories of childhood came flooding back.Please put me in the draw.

  32. trevor griffiths says:

    took me ages to find the practical joker who had the neighbourhood dogs following me around!

  33. Alice says:

    I am utterly obsessed with Aniseed balls, i think they contain crack or something! need need need.

  34. Hazel says:

    I want these so I can eat some and make my hamster jealous, he’ll think they’re strawberry drops for him XD

  35. Linda Smyth says:

    Yummy my favourite sweets ever and getting hard to find. I have been on a diet for the last five months and have now reached my target weight so I think I deserve a treat.

  36. Sarah Laycock says:

    Used to have the dogs salivating at my feet with these, the smell drove them wild! x

  37. calley bryson says:

    I LOVE aniseed balls its the ONLY sweets that my children DON’T steal from me please let me win this as they have stolen all my other sweeties 🙂

  38. Chris says:

    My absolute Fave , they last forever and have loads of taste, I love getting to the very centre and finding the little seed in the middle .lol

  39. kitty says:

    My boss would be delighted if I won..It would keep me quiet for longer than normal..Lol

  40. Sophie Bristow Harris says:

    Hi Anna!!

    I love Aniseed balls, I sucking love the rich red off ~ down to the white and then cracking open the case to get to the cute little seed. LOVE ANiSEED balls. Mnmmmmm 🙂

  41. Ellen Stafford says:

    I love them….they are like the best. My Dad loves them too….they are so moreish – YUM!!!

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  42. Judy says:

    Haven’t had these for ages, would love to win them and take a trip down memory lane!

  43. Julie reilly says:

    From my traditional past
    These would be the perfect present!
    The taste once acquired
    Is forevere desired!

  44. VIVIAN ALLMAN says:

    aniseed balls………………. my mouth is watering at the thought… thank you so nuch for the memory 🙂

  45. Sally says:

    I don’t remember having any sweets with a seed in the middle when I was younger! I like aniseed and would love to try these please.

  46. Jesse Partington says:

    The secret of the mystic art of the true Aniseed Ball Fanatic is the suck them slowly and carefully until they finally and magically disappear!

  47. Colin Faulkner says:

    OMG I love Aniseed Balls, have’nt had them for years but i can still remember the taste. mmmmmmm

  48. Amy Watson says:

    LOVE these, takes me back to being a young kid. Going to the sweet shop and picking a bag full of goodies 🙂 Aniseed balls always top of the list!

  49. K. Francis says:

    I deserve to win these because I have 2 sons who forget my birthday, ignore Mothers Day and think Christmas is all about them, so I deserve to be given a gift by someone!

  50. Kelly Koya says:

    I remember going on camp with the Girls Brigade to Wales. The food portions were a lot smaller than at home, and I got very hungry. So I spent all my holiday money on these aniseed balls! They lasted much longer than any other sweet and so staved away the hunger pangs!
    I still remember that camp every time I see them!

  51. Alice B says:

    I love Aniseed Balls!! I remember every Saturday morning my mum dragged me food shopping with her and her horribly embarrassing brown shopping trolley to the Library to get a new book, then to Sainsbury’s then as a treat on way home (whilst I was grumbling that having to carry the loaves of bread in the carrier bag was too heavy…) she would buy some aniseed balls from a cute little old school style health food shop. It made up for the whole Saturday drag!

  52. Laura Sterling says:

    i have never try these but they were my mom’s favour sweet
    she told me stories about camping as a child and how Aniseed balls, would be eat round the camp fire i would love to try them

  53. Harold kilmore says:

    I love aniseed balls and im a tight git. So surely i should have the FREE ones !

    ” I love the smell of Aniseed in the morning “

  54. Jo Summerfield says:

    I love aniseed balls, to the extent that I sometimes put them in cola for aniseed cola. Coming harder and harder to buy them nowadays though. Would love to win these.

  55. kerry sharpe says:

    Ooooooh haven’t had these since my Grandma used to give them me as a child… 41 years old now with 10 and 3 year old children and I would love to introduce them to this classic traditional british favourite. Mmmmmm aniseed. Shame my Grandma isn’t still around to share some with her.

  56. Judy Ali says:

    They’re hot and sweet and and give a few minutes piquant pleasure before revealing their hidden treasre.

  57. tim woolfenden says:

    With me gnashers hanging by a thread after enjoying all yer other delights , these aniseed balls are my last and only chance for retro continuation!

  58. Kim says:

    Mmmmmmmm who doesn’t like aniseed balls remind me of my childhood would share with my two sisters so there would be 3 winners yummy

  59. Leonie Sanford says:

    I MUST have these, it will bring back memories of the good old days in my childhood.

  60. Emily Spooner says:

    I remember sucking these whilst doing headstands in the back of my dads car … yes health and safty would cry!

  61. Ruth Tesdale says:

    I want to give them to my grandson who is moving away so that he can hand them out at school on his last day there. They need to have a real sweetie experience.

  62. nicola barter says:

    I was always given these as a child to keep me quiet couldnt talk for ages while sucking on these!! would love to win so i can now enjoy the peace by giving them to my little girl!!!!

  63. Stacey Schofield says:

    i would love to win these to give to my mum to say thanks for all she still does for me. she always used to have a bag of these in the car lovely memeories when i have these now.

  64. Rick Smith says:

    OMG Aniseed balls were the best, My sister loved them. I would love to win these for her. Dont think she has had ones for years.

  65. fiona mcbride says:

    To let me remember the good old days my teenage daughter reckons I talk about too much, winning would mean I could just suck my sweets and shut up!

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