10 ice creams we loved…
It’s getting warm outside – so we’ve been reminiscing about our favourite ice lollies of times gone by. The jokes on the stick were always terrible, and nobody had heard of E-numbers. Happy days…
Came in a plastic cone, and featured vanilla ice cream with a violently coloured ball of bubblegum at the bottom (usually blue.) You had to squeeze it into your mouth then have the gum, which was inevitable freezing and crumbly by then.
The joy of a strawberry or pineapple Mivvi was its basic-ness. Vanilla ice cream with a flavoured fruit ice coat was all it amounted to, and yet the excitement to be had from nibbling all the ice off first was astonishing. (This technique also worked with Fab lollies).
Dull yet desirable, Sparkles were just flavoured ice frozen into a stick shape, and came in lemonade or orangeade flavours. They were also very cheap, which is why mums liked them.
The giddy horror of eating someone’s big, pink foot was what drove sales of these rather revolting lollies. Luckily, they didn’t taste of feet but rather of a vague, synthetic strawberry flavour, which seems to have died with the lollies.
This winner of a lolly is just chocolate-coated ice with tiny round hundreds and thousands all over it, making it both nobbly and indeed bobbly. A smile on a stick.
Lyons Maid Red Devil
Flavourings and colourings a go-go in this devil-shaped lolly. The wrapper featured the devil asking children a riddle (that wouldn’t happen nowadays, we suspect), and if they got it right they could keep the lolly. It was a tasty strawberry ice cream with a vanilla ‘kreem’ centre, and was priced at a tiny 3p, so it was worth the trouble of answering.
This three-parter featured a triptych of colours and flavours in a space-age rocket shape. Raspberry, strawberry and banana gave it the unforgettable tang of weird tinned fruit, but the ice-cream texture of the banana bit, that you could scrape with your teeth, gave it the edge.
Basically, a lolly made from pressed ice cream with a blurry purple picture of something not very frightening printed onto it. In fact, looking back, it’s likely the scariest thing was whatever the food dye was made from. Still, the wrappers could be quite spooky.
Ah, the Jubbly; bought in the supermarket and frozen at home… these little triangular cardboard packs were full of flavoured ice, and the trick was to open it without it flipping out and landing in your friend’s lap. They weren’t very exciting – but they were a reliable lolly when you weren’t allowed any money for the ice-cream man.
The whole point of this dramatically cider-flavoured lolly was to pretend you were drunk, and stagger about giggling. It was, in fact, a bit boring, as it mainly tasted of apples and sugar. But at eight, as far as we were concerned it might as well have been a full bottle of Woodpecker.