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Choo, Choo, Choo


Last week while at a trivia night I discovered my favourite childhood lolly had been revived.

I remember walking to our corner store with my big sister and buying one of these delights when I was a young girl. I felt so grown up walking all the way to the store. We had strict rules about crossing the streets we passed on our way. These streets mind you, probably saw half a dozen cars in the space of a day . What I also didn’t know until much later in my life, was my mum used to watch us walk to the shop with the shadow of a tree hiding her presence.

So what was this lolly ?? It was a Choo Choo Bar. A Choo Choo Bar was a long hard stick of liquorice toffee ( and it still is!!). In ‘the old days’ the bar was wrapped in a blue waxy paper not sealed but merely wrapped ( definitely doesn’t happen now !! ) and it was so hard you definitely didn’t chew chew it, rather you sucked it dragging the toffee out until it was thin and began being able to be shaped. When it was gone your mouth was stained black for quite a while, testament that you had enjoyed a Choo Choo Bar.


Today while shopping I found bags of these treats on sale. Excited I picked up a packet for both myself and another addicted friend. Although the wrapper is now hygienically sealed and they are mini size ( and that’s the design according to the packet, it’s not that they just seemed bigger in my childhood ha ha ) they are still just as hard and worthy of a long time suck….and the tongue remains as black as ever.

Did you gave a favourite lolly as a child? Is it still available?


Author: Travelling Macs

A mum to 2 grown up children who always make me proud, a wife and a full time school teacher. I love eating great food but am not motivated to cook. Love traveling around this great country in which I live. Often found traveling with my husband Brian. I write for pleasure and if it's read (and enjoyed) by others then that's a bonus! 2014 saw me begin the 'new' me. Working hard at leaving the fear of 'what if' behind and replacing it with YOLO adventures. :)

8 thoughts on “Choo, Choo, Choo

  1. Hahaha I remember the choo choo bar well. I use to love Big Charlie’s they were long cigar shaped gum, and also Mates (small bites size toffee dipped in chocolate) yum. 🙂

  2. Living in the US, I never saw the Choo Choo Bar with the other candies. However, I did love the Tootsie Roll. It wasn’t a hard candies but the combination of chocolate and caramel was delicious. The company also made Lolly Pops, which were hard candy on the outside that you’d have to suck on and the centers were the same chocolate that the Tootsie Roll was made of. I didn’t like them quite as much as the Tootsie Rolls but they were wonderful too.

    • The Choo Choo Bar must be an Aussie unique lolly. When I travelled to the states ( a long time ago but so many happy memories)) I remember my husband and I being like kids again with all the different lollies and I did like the tootsie roll!

  3. Ahhh the black teeth and tongue. I remember it well.
    I also loved Redskins and Fags (remember them) lol

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