Pandora’s Box sweet shop Water Street

What a brilliant name for a sweet shop! Pandora’s Box. It was just across the road from another well-named establishment: the Jolly Fryer chip shop. Pandora’s Box isn’t a sweet shop now, but it used to be when we were at school.

There was a craze at Ysgol Glan Morfa at one time for Traffic Lights lollipops. We used to go to Pandora’s Box to buy them. And then along came Kojak (whose gimmick, lo and behold, was eating Traffic Lights lollipops). This pushed their price up from 1d to 2d. A blatant cash-in by their manufacturers and we’d been supping ’em for years before Kojak even joined NYPD. After that lollipop price-hike, we had to look for other sweet-ways to spend our pocket money.

Love Hearts were a giggle: ‘Be Mine’; ‘True Love’ ‘Squeeze Me’. Always tasteful; never raunchy. Boys couldn’t eat them without being teased. I just liked their fizzy flavour – like a bigger version of Swizzles.

I wish you could still buy Sweet Tobacco, it was delicious. It looked just like the real thing. Brown, ready rubbed but made of coconut in a waxy wrapper with a picture of a sailing ship on it.

Liquorice came in all shapes and sizes: Catherine wheels, shoelace, pipes… One day, on the way home from school, Dewi offered me a tiny liquorice sweet from a snuff tin. Then he gave me another… and another one… and another one. When I’d eaten half the tin, he told me they were laxatives.

‘What’s that?’ (Why should a boy of 11 know what laxatives are?)

‘They’ll make you go to the toilet all the time,’ said Dewi.

‘Yeaugh’ They didn’t though. I’m sure I’d have remembered.

6 Responses to Pandora’s Box sweet shop Water Street

  1. Trevor Dutton says:

    does anyone remember the unofficial shop on the corner of peel street and llysfaen ave? I seem to remember buying a mars bar in an outbuilding there.

    • melyn says:

      Trevor, Around what year was that? Maybe someone reading this remembers. Feel free to use the comments form here if so.

  2. David Hughes says:

    Trevor, I presume you mean the little shop in Peel Gardens. It was in the outbuilding on the left as you went in through the entrance. It was at top of Peel Streeet just before Sydenham Ave and the building you refer to is still there. If it is the same place you remember I think it was open around 1964/5. I’m not totally sure but can remember going in there on the way to school when I was about 13. They used to sell produce from their own gardens and that’s why I think they opened it. You could buy their home grown vegatables and eggs and also a small range of sweets. We used to buy two onces of the coloured puffed corn sweets and because they were light, you got a load for two ounces.

  3. Richards says:

    It was the “Jolly Frier” not the “Happy”

  4. Glyn Jones says:

    Peel gardens shop was operating before 1950, probably not long after WWI
    Glyn Jones

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