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It is thought that Yorkshire mixture dates back to the early 1800’s. Street vendors in Yorkshire would buy whatever ends of productions were available from the previous day at the local sweet factory. The street vendors would then sell them to factory workers, they were cheap to buy and offered a variety of flavours.
This mixture of sweets had grown in popularity and became known as ‘Yorkshire Mixture’ when it was spoken of, outside of the County.
Most boiled sweet manufacturers have their own variation of Yorkshire Mixture, although you will always find pear drops, fruit rock and of course, fish.
I used to have a bag of Dobson’s Yorkshire mixture on long car journeys in my youth, always saving pear drops until last. I always feel rather nostalgic now when I weigh Yorkshire Mixture out.
Mrs B x