Talk about being whisked back to my childhood! I remember the good old days where you could walk into a candy shop with a dollar, buy individual pieces of candy ranging anywhere from a penny to a dime, and leave with a bag so full that it made me feel like the richest girl in the world. Well those days are long gone, at least in Chicago. That's why I was so excited to try Mrs. Kibbles, when I read about it in Luois Vuitton's City Guide of all places. Just as the book promised, this place did not disappoint! This sweet shop was something right of a fairy tale. The colors, the clear apothecary type glass jars that displayed sweets galore, and the glass showcase full of goodies all crammed into the tiniest candy shop in the world pulled at the heart strings of the little girl buried deep within me.
Everything that I sampled from the lemon and pear drops, the truffles, the gummy beer bottles were so yummy. I really felt like a kid again, and there's no better feeling!
How have I not written a review about Mrs K? For shame Miss B.
I remember the days of spending my few pence change (that I had remaining from dinner money), in the local corner shop (and it really was on a corner,) that was just at the bottom of the hill from my school.
"One Shrimp, two Mushrooms, two Cola Bottles and two Beer Bottles. That'll be 7p my dear", the store keeper would say. Handing over the money, I'd skip out of the shop clutching the small white paper bag to my chest.
It's funny how we can long for the nostalgia found only in the comfort of the unforgettable fizz of the sherbet, as it escapes from the centre of a flying Saucer.
For those of us who fell in love with Gene Wilder as Mr Willy Wonka, a trip to Mrs Kibbles, is like that of, little Charlie Bucket's first glimpse of the golden ticket - a rush of pure pleasure and exhilaration!
This is the only shop that I know of that sells beer bottle, and they are just as I remember them. It's actually a little surreal when one stop and thinks - now an adult with money to spend as she pleases, yet I seek out a cheap chewy sweet that sweeps me back to a time of simplicity and unparallelled delight.
Mrs K not only sells sweets, but in amongst the shelves stacked so high, and the jar packed so tightly. If you look closely, very closely, you might just find some memories tucked away too.
Adorable! Completely and utterly adorable! From its rows and rows of old-school sweeties in huge jars to the lovely lady behind the counter (who from here-on-out will be referred to as Mrs Kibble).
I popped in with JB and we were like two kids in... erm... a sweet shop. Cola Cubes, Fruit Salads, Black Jacks, Beer Bottles, Rhubarb & Custards, Pear Drops, all the retro classics were there. As well as the jarred selection there were Sherbet DibDabs, sugar mice, candy canes, Curly Wurlys and other blasts from the past. And of course there was the lovely, friendly and helpful Mrs Kibble who fully appreciated our passion for sweeties and somewhat shrill excitement.
I got myself a little bag of Strawberry & Creams for just £1.25 and skipped off one happy little London CM!
Warning: this lovely shop, with the smiling Mrs Kibble behind the counter, sells Seriously Sour sweets. They are serious when they say Seriously Sour. Only attempt to eat one if, like me, you're man enough to handle it and see it through to the end. That is all!
In writing this review, I do feel silly. I know Mrs Kibbles charges quite a lot but I love it all the same. Where else can you spend £10 on 1p sweets, I can hear my gran turning in her grave.
This said I'm absolutely addicted to the Strawberry Kisses, with their fizzy marshmallowness and can manage 200g in one sitting. The shrimp are great and an unqualifed sucess in my office, to the extent I have to hide them often.
I suspect this place is a far nicer experience than sweet shops were in the 80's, when I was a child in urban London, that is of course viewed without the rose tinted glasses of my late 20's.
All the sweets you will find here you will find in many other sweet shops (and cheaper) in Soho, one in Trocadero, one in King's Mall (Hammersmith) to name a few.
What you will not find in the above places is the atmosphere and the attention to detail that this tiny shop has. It is a delight and a treat to come inside. Its outside frame and window structures are painted in white, which make the sweet's colours and shapes pop out from across the street. Even the owner in her white robe adds to the charm of this shop. She is like an apothecary, that weights your sweet medicine and wraps it up in bag and a bow. The sweets will probably not heal any ailments but will definitely make you feel better, from the sugar high, that is.
I grew up in a tiny village that had an amazing sweet shop that had been in situ since the 1950's. I used to love it in there, and the first time i walked into Mrs Kibbles i was transported back to my village circa 1990.
The sweet smell, the rows and rows of jars rammed with sweeties, watching the vendor measuring out quantities of bon bons and pear drops, it is fantastic!
As vastly mentioned by others, they don't have the largest selection of sweets, but for me visiting here is more about novelty value. I love popping in and getting a bag full of cola cubes on a cold winters day, there should definitely be more shops like this in London.
Today I came across this fabulous little sweet shop. It looked so enticing from the outside we just had to have a look inside. The walls are lined with glass jars of every sort of sweet you could imagine, to name but a few, bon bons, clove drops, butterscotch, bulls eyes, milk bottles, fizzy cola bottles pear drops the list goes on and on. I was quite taken back to find wham bars by the counter as these were a big favourite of mine back in the day! growing up in Ireland in the 80's a wham bar was the ultimate treat. Probably explains why I have so many fillings actually!
The owner happens to be Irish also and is really charming, after chatting with her for a while and listening to some hilarious stories of bon bons spilling all over the shop floor I left with a smile on my face and a strawberry bon bon in my mouth, happy days. =)
I love this traditional little sweet shop with its stripy pink bags and little plastic bags that you fill with sweets and have a cute pink Mrs Kibble's sticker stuck to. I find if you're new to London and need to take a little gift home to those you love, family and friends, it's the perfect place and a great gift. Say it with sweets I say.
It gets really busy near closing time and for such a small shop, that's not good. But in the good old days they lined up outside the shop and this is what they do here. Mrs Kibble's Olde Sweet Shop, always a pleasure and never a chore.
Stumbled across this quaint little sweet shop the other day!
It has great reasonably priced sweets and is definately a favourite of my mum!
They have most traditional varieties in big glass jars and you can even make and customise your own jars.
The man who owns (or maybe he was just working there) the shop was extremely friendly and helpful and didnt show any signs of boredom as my friends and I spent ages debating between the large variety of boiled sweets!
-they also have some sugar free sweets!
- When you look for this shop; at the moment it is surrounded by scaffolding so you will have to look closer than you think.
Lovely sweet shop boasting all the old fashioned sweets you can remember plus some ones you didn't realise or remember you forgot.
Tiny shop a little hard to spot but once you see it you'll never forget it. The door is not on to the street so just go around to the side. Inside you'll see the counter and sweets everywhere. Take a look, decide which ones you'd like and let the person behind the counter know what you'd like. For an extra pound you can take your sweets home in a branded bag. Lovely!
This is a fantastic sweet shop where you feel as though you are stepping into another world and back in time. It is absolutely lovey. I was able to get sweets for my health concious dad as there are sugar free varieties aof hundreds of different types of sweets. The sweets are so yummy too. They taste like proper swttes should and are larger than those bought in packets at a corner shop. Extinct varieties are also found and they can do gift jars of retro sweets which make brilliant gifts. You can even put one together with your own favorite sweets which is what i chose to do with my gift as i could hand pick my fathers favourite sweets and fill up a jar.
Oh yes, and the shop keeper is wonderfully patient and helpful!
I go to Mrs Kibble's every week to feed my husband's sweet tooth. They have such a large variety for a good price. I've only ever seen a few different faces here and the staff are lovely. This is where I come to buy gifts, as they have a great deal on plastic candy jars filled with sweets. Being an American expat, it's really fun to get to sample so many British sweets of yesteryear.
It can get pretty crowded at Christmas time though, so my only complaint is that the shop's a bit too small.
I love this place and only wish there were more of them around London. If only sweet shops could be as cute and quaint and old-fashioned looking as this. All the sweets are in jars and measured out, just like in the old days and everything from the stripy pink and white bags to the sweets are just great.
This place is out of a 1950's fairy tale. It is so retro its adorable! It reminds me of Charlie & the Chocolate Factory, with jars and jars full of candy. Jars of flavoured sugar, the only problem is that it is such a small shop. Its a bit of a surprise to see such a cute shop, that inspires visions of childhood, only a few yards away from sex shops but maybe candy and sex go well together. I think this shop may be more for big kids than actual children, I can't imagine many finding their way here. If you are in the neighbourhood and fancy something sweet it is well worth popping in.
You can imagine what the place looks like just by the name... this little shop seems a bit lost in time and sells some sweets that have been too. While heavy on the very sugary stick-to-your-teeth candies, not all is a dentist's nightmare: oddly, not like the old days, there are quite a lot of sugar-free goodies (just don't eat too many!)
As someone has mentioned, there aren't many rare treasures here, but presentation is everything.
Had you never been to Hope and Greenwood then this may be your picture perfect quintessential old fashioned English sweetshop. If you have however, it is hard not to see it just as a downsized imitation.
But if it is pear drops and bon bons that you are craving, then there is a certain charm about Mrs Kibbles shelves of glass sweet jars.
It is at least nicer than buying Woolworths pick and mix.
Yum yum. This little sweet shop really takes me back to being 5 years old and going down to the local corner shop to buy penny sweets. Refreshers, cough candies, palma violets, wham bars - you name a retro sweet, they have it here. Everything is in the lovely big old fashioned jars and looks very tempting. I'm sure my dentist wouldn't like the fact that I visted this place, but sometimes a bag of bon bons can really make or break your day! Tiny little shop and can get busy with tourists and Londoners alike, but well worth the wait outside.
This is the sweetest (excuse the pun!) sweet shop in the heart of Soho. The outside decor makes it look like a dolls house and the simplicity of the old fashioned sweets in jars is a rare sight nowadays. The shop has jars of most of the old fashioned classic sweets you'd expect such as sugar mice, tom thumb drops and flying saucers. The sweets are pricey enough, and you are definately paying for the nostalgia trip but for anyone that fancies feeling like a child in a candy store for the afternoon this is the place!
this shop is just round the corner from my shop , so now know it's there i think i'm in trouble , was looking for an alternative valentine to chocolates and this was perfect , jars os sweets which if you ask nicely you can try before you buy ! I Was wondering when a shop became a shoppee though
I love this shop-it takes me back to when I was little and having the choice laid out in front of you. They even have milk chews! My husband and I live abroad and when back in the UK we always go there. He loves the shop and is just like a small child in a sweet shop as he never knows what to have!
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