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Published April 10th 2012
Jan Kibble has been trading from her shop in Brewer Street, Soho, for about four years now, and has also opened a second branch in St Christopher's Place, just behind Selfridges. Not only does she sell the old fashioned sweeties that we all love and remember so well, but the original branch looks just like a Regency sweet shop, the kind that is pictured on a tin of Quality Street. On previous visits to the shop I've been served by Jan's mother, but on this occasion Fleur was behind the counter.
If you go to one of Mrs Kibble's shops I'm sure you'll find yourself reminiscing about the sweet treats you enjoyed as a child. If you're as old as me you'll also recall when these goodies were weighed into paper bags and the shop assistants didn't wear protective gloves. Times may have changed, but the sweeties are still the same. Hands up if you can remember Chocolate Limes, Cream Soda Crystals, Sarsaparilla Tablets, Sugar Mice and Wilko Mints, to name but a few.
At Mrs Kibble's Olde Sweet Shoppe you can buy your sweets loose or in small, medium and large jars. You can spoil yourself or you can opt for a Nostalgic Sweet Jar to give as a present. If you are diabetic you will also find a range of sugar free goodies.
If your children aren't old enough to remember shops like they used to be, take them to Mrs Kibble's to show them how we used to buy our sweets.