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Sherbet Fountains

We used to have these if we were good as a treat. They were sherbet powder in a yellow paper cylinder and out of the top would be a piece of liquorice. The liquorice used to have a hole through it and you used to suck up the sherbet through it. Only trouble was it would always go down the wrong way and you used to end up coughing and spluttering with your eyes watering. Great fun!


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Sherbet Fountains Last post by kazboot
20 May 2009

Do You Remember Sherbet Fountains?

Do You Remember Sherbet Fountains?

  • Anonymous user
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    I concur that the liquorice was hollow (after biting off the ends). I used to empty the sherbert into a glass of water and drink it through the liquorice straw.
  • Anonymous user
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    Still readily available, but in plastic tube which spoils the fun, but probably much more hygienic.
  • Anonymous user
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    The liquorice was hollow but you had to bite the closed ends off first, then suck...
  • Anonymous user
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    used to love these. i ate loads as a kid and never once managed to suck the sherbet through the liquorice
  • neilo67
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    I remember my mate emptying a whole packet into his mouth on his way to school,gagging and exploding like some kind of Wonka-esque volcano finally spitting the whole lot out onto the pavement. The puddle was still fizzing as I passed it on the way home!
  • Anonymous user
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    I don't think the liquorice is or ever was hollow. Though I'm sure you could get hollow liquorice sticks to do that trick. I was never keen on the liquorice, didn't like it too much anyway, used to give it to my friend and then just chug down the sherbet. Mmmm, bliss.
  • Anonymous user
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    I always though these were a bit rubbish. I liked the fact that they looked like a big pencil, but they did go soggy and I didn't like the sherbet much - seemed a bit boring. I don't remember the liquorice being hollow either.
  • Anonymous user
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    up until a few years ago you could still buy these in packs of four in TESCO, I have not been able to find them in any shop recently but you can find them on the net. I might even try making them myself, its only really sugar and bicarbonate of soda, how difficult can t be?
  • Anonymous user
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    my corner shops just started selling those again. I reckon they've just found an old box in the back and thought they'd sell them to 90s kids like me!
  • Anonymous user
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    To Caroline The liquorice was indeed hollow, and still is. I remember them very well. We used to have races, put ALL the sherbert in your mouth take a sip of water the last to suvive without spilling or exploding is the winner.