Yorkshire Mixture

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


Liquorice Root

Liquorice root was used as a cure-all in many ancient civilisations, from Egypt to China, it was believed to hold mystic healing powers. The liquorice plant grows naturally in the Mediterranean, but it is also cultivated in places such as Russia, the Middle east and of course here in the UK.

The root is known for its antiviral, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and antidepressant properties, to name just a few of its healing powers.

However, many of my customers enjoy liquorice root for its nostalgic properties. “I haven’t seen that since I was a young lad”. They will happily chew away on the root for old times’ sake, however I do often wonder how many actually enjoy doing so. Personally, I can’t stand the stuff however it does hold significance for a lot of people (maybe, of a certain age) chewing away on the liquorice root for what seems like an eternity.

Mrs B x


Sugar Free


Diabetic with a sweet tooth? We have lots of choice here at Mrs Beighton’s, from sherbet lemons and aniseed twist to liquorice.

In line with EU laws, products can only be labelled ‘Sugar free’, if they contain less than 0.5g of sugar per 100g or ml. ‘No added sugar’ can only be labelled if the product does not contain any monosaccharides or disaccharides. If sugar is naturally present in a product, it must be labelled as “containing naturally occurring sugars”.

Sugar free products include sweets and liquorice. No added sugar products include chocolates and biscuits.

Most of our sugar free items are sweetened with maltitol, xylitol or isomalt. Take a look at the product descriptions on our sugar free items to see exactly what each sweet/liquorice contains. Click on the link to take you to all the sugar free items we stock.


Mrs B x


Merry Christmas


Christmas is here!

Myself and my fellow ‘elves’ have been building up to this since August, busily creating hampers and preparing the shop for the festive period.

Every inch of the stock room, filled with spare hampers, Christmas gifts and tempting treats.

What a year it has been, 2016 has (finally) seen the launch of our website, many more exciting brands on our shelves and more fantastic 1940’s, 1960’s and steampunk events to name just a few.

We would like to thank you for your continued custom throughout the year and wish you all a very Merry Christmas and of course, a very happy and healthy 2017!

Mrs B x

Gluten Free liquorice


Our customers are often surprised to see we offer different varieties of gluten free liquorice. Many believing liquorice is just a distant, nostalgic memory of times before their gluten intolerance.

I search far and wide to ensure we are able to offer a suitable selection for everybody and (currently) offer 15 varieties of gluten free liquorice, from regular black liquorice to more exotic flavours such as salted caramel, cherry and chilli, raspberry and lemon octopus.

All the ingredients are listed online for each individual sweet.  In the meantime, here’s a photo of some of the gluten free liquorice to get those taste buds tingling!

Mrs B x

Gluten free liquorice: Cats, clogs, double salt, Belgian zout, hard coins, cherry & chilli, sour strawberry, raspberry & lemon octopus, ginger, salted caramel, Dutch houses, liquorice jelly belly beans, toupies, sugar free button, lions liquorice tablets.


The Yellow Shop

My childhood sweet shop. The place where liquorice flyers were sold straight out of the box and sherbet fountains were in paper instead of plastic.

When customers come into Mrs Beighton’s they often say ‘This reminds me of the sweet shop I used to go to as a kid’.

At first thought, I didn’t really have a local sweet shop as such… but what I did have was fondly known as the ‘Yellow Shop’.

A typical old newsagents. Rows and rows of chocolates, stacks of newspapers, ice creams and a selection of weigh out sweets.

To many, just a newsagents. To me, the place I used to visit with my Grandma as a young girl for a couple of flyers or a sherbet fountain, whilst on the way to greet my Grandad from work. The place that to this day, has the same man stood behind the counter. Still selling flyers from the box.

I wonder, what fond memories do you have from your local sweet shop/newsagents?

Mrs B x




Welcome to the Beighton’s blog. Here is a place where you can relive fond childhood memories and transport yourself back to the days of spending your pocket money on penny sweets. You can also be safe in the knowledge that you can indulge in the odd sweet or two (who are we kidding), without hearing ‘don’t spoil your tea!’

I believe, it is highly likely that the first purchase you made with your very own money, was something to eat. Also highly likely, it was full of sugar and if you’re anything like me, fuelled the sweet tooth that never seems to disappear, no matter how many years go by.

Inside Mrs Beightons sweet shop, you will find both children and adults (ok, mainly adults) gazing longingly at all the jars on the shelves… wondering how they can possibly choose.

We hope you do the same here on our website. Although, I must pre warn you… I’m afraid penny sweets, quarters and 4oz are all a thing of the past now.

You will be hearing a lot more from me, so until next time… give into that sweet tooth and enjoy doing so. I know I will (all in the name of research. Obviously).

Mrs B x