The Sweet Jar

The Sweet Jar caters for all tastes

Did you know that Jelly Babies were first launched by British sweet-makers Bassett’s as Peace Babies in 1918 to commemorate the end of the First World War? It wasn’t until they were later re-launched in the 1950s that they acquired the name we know them by today.

A quick visit to The Sweet Jar will certainly fill you with nostalgia. Offering more than 240 varieties of sweets from wine gums, fudge and chocolate raisins to pink and white mice, cola cubes and cough candy, there really is something to satisfy everyone’s tastes.

Sugar free sweets are also on sale as well as sweet trees, cones and hampers.

Jayne Bedford, shop owner, said: “We keep our prices real and affordable for everybody. People can come in browse the jars full of a wide range of sweets. I then weigh them out and bag up in traditional white paper bags.

“People come in and say, ‘Oh, I remember that!’. It’s a real treat to come in and browse what we have on offer.”

In fact, Jayne is happy to cater for all your needs from children’s party favours to wedding favours and retirement gifts. 

A sweet cart is available to hire for weddings and parties at £150 including sweets, jars, tongs and bags.

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Sweets to choose from include:

  • Toffees
  • Apple bites
  • Shrimps
  • Fizzy cola bottles
  • Pineapple cubes
  • Coconut rolls
  • Liquorish All Sorts
  • Mega sours
  • Flying saucers

Jayne added: “I love it; the atmosphere is great. People like to pop in for a chat. One elderly lady sits and has a coffee every week for an hour. Everyone is welcome to come and have a browse.

“I left the social care industry to start up the shop. I fancied a change and did it! We celebrated our first anniversary on February 20th.”

Starting at £1 for 100g of sweets, visitors to the shop also have the opportunity to purchase larger items such as sweet boxes, trees and cones for that special occasion.

Ready-made mix-up bags and bags of flying saucers can be purchased for £1 with impressive, cellophane wrapped sweet trees featuring 400g of Quality Street priced at £15. Smaller 250g chocolate fruit trees cost £10 with the smallest tree priced at £4.

Others gifts are also on sale including a range of candle holders, and soap roses.

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Five reasons to visit Sweet Jar:

  • Want to take the stress out of organising children’s party favours? Jayne will be happy to take care if it for you.
  • Do you like to be served by friendly staff? Shop owner Jayne is ready to welcome you and discuss your requirements however big or small.
  • Are you looking for traditional sweets at affordable prices?
  • Struggling to come up with that special gift to mark a birthday, retirement or other special occasion? Sweet Jar’s cellophane wrapped sweet trees could be the perfect gift.
  • Looking for sugar free sweets? Sweet Jar can satisfy your needs.

Sweet Jar is located in Market Street. The shop is open Monday to Friday 9am – 4.30pm and Saturday 9am – 5pm. 

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