VICTORIAN SWEET SHOP
HYPE, the Wirral-based organisation supporting disadvantaged children and young people to achieve positive futures, officially launched its new premises in the South Lodge of the Grand Entrance to Birkenhead Park on 6 April 2019.
A highlight of the launch will be the opening of a traditional Victorian sweet shop within the Grand Entrance where children and adults alike will be able to step back in time and experience scenes and tastes from the past to purchase old-fashioned sweets served in the old-fashioned way. Rows of colourful, tall jars will be filled with traditional varieties such as pear drops, barley sugar, pineapple chunks and rhubarb and custard. Family members young and old will be able to enjoy picking their favourite sweets and watching them weighed out in the ‘old fashioned way’ by shop assistants in Victorian dress.
Until Victorian times sweets and confectionery were hand-made luxury items only for royalty or wealthy aristocrats. Technological advances during the industrial revolution lowered prices for refined sugar and allowed sweets and confectionary to be produced in volume. As more people came to enjoy sweets the Victorians invented more and more varieties and most of our modern sweets were introduced at this time, including chewing gum!