From elusive treats that dazzled kids at the local corner shop . . . to playthings young patrons bounced down suburban cinema aisles . . . to Sour Tongue Pops and Rip Snorter Booger Balls that offer young consumers extreme gustatory sensation and the opportunity to gross each other out: the history of lollies was the subject of a recent ABC 7.30 Programme. Peter McCutcheon did an excellent job of condensing twentieth-century Australian children’s lolly consumption into a few minutes through the use of interviews, objects, images and even film footage (if you haven’t seen Smiley then you are missing out on a revealing aspect of children’s lolly purchases and a superb Australian classic from the 1950s).
For those who missed the episode (could have been watching the State of Origin final) you can view it online: