Remember these? Ten of the best retro sweets

Flying saucers
Flying saucers

On this day in 1953, sweet rationing, put in place not long after the start of the Second World War, finally came to an end.

Children across the UK headed for their local sweet shop to snap up toffee apples, liquorice strips and sticks of nougat.

To celebrate the anniversary, we're taking a look at 10 sweet treats you either don't see any more or you'd maybe simply forgotten about.

Soor plooms - Originally manufactured in the Border town of Galashiels in the 14th Century, they taste just like, well, plums with a bit of a ‘tang’ to them. Like all similar items - pear drops, kola cubes - they're sold loose and by the quarter pound, though they're often far from loose, usually becoming stuck together in one massive pump at the bottom of the jar.

Old Jamaica - Getting kids into the delights of rum (and raisin) early, the Cadbury's chocolate bar offered an exotic taste of the Caribbean and piracy. Vanished from our shelves but came back fairly recently after a social media campaign

Aztec Bar - The nougat and caramel bar from Cadbury's was launched in 1967, but didn't last, perhaps being a bit too similar to the world-conquering Mars Bar.

Marathon - Went global in 1990 as its UK name was changed to fall in line with its American cousin, the Snickers...

Opal Fruits - Made by chewing company Wrigley, the 'made to make your mouth water' slogan was coined by motor racing commentator Murray Walker.

Parma Violets - Not containing ham, but remarkably, tasting of a purple flower, these hard tablet-like sweets are still popular with old ladies perhaps unaccustomed to modern confectionery.

Fruit Salad - The small chewy sweets tasted of, well, fruit, while Black Jacks were liquorice-flavoured. Still available, the latter's packaging seems to have changed for reasons of political correctness.

Sherbet dabs - Sherbet - basically fizzy sugar - has been, for some reason, popular with kids in many forms - the sherbet lemon, a tart-tasting boiled confection with the sweet stuff inside, or the sherbet fountain, where a liquorice tube is used to soak up the white powder. The sherbet dab usually comes with a lollipop which when licked can be used to quickly consume the contents of what would originally have been a paper bag.

Smoking kits - These usually consisted of sweet candy fake cigarettes and chocolate cigars (and a chocolate ashtray). Fake pipe tobacco (made from coconut) was another option.

Flying saucers - Again offering your tongue a taste sensation, the rice paper UFO filled with sherbet was named the most popular sweet of all time in a 2004 poll.