Haworth Steampunk Weekend


“A genre of science fiction that has a historical setting and typically featured steam powered machinery rather than advanced technology.

A style of design and fashion that combines historical elements with anachronistic technological features inspired by science fiction”.



Haworth’s annual steampunk weekend will be upon us again on 24th-26th November. There are lots of activities to look forward to throughout the weekend, including tea duelling, a masquerade ball and a burlesque show. More information can be found on the dedicated facebook page here https://www.facebook.com/events/1744279009215894/

It’s always a great weekend to be part of, whether you come to enjoy the some of the weekend’s events, dress up in steampunk fashion or simply to come and admire the outfits and props that steampunk enthusiasts put so much effort into styling.


Here at Mrs Beighton’s Sweet Shop, we have some extra special products in store for the occasion, both for steampunk aficionados and chocolate lovers alike. I’m sure you will agree, these look amazing, and the detailing on them is incredible . I for one have not seen such intricate chocolate work, it really is something to be admired.











So, if you are planning a trip to the annual Haworth steampunk weekend, we do hope to see you in store soon.


Mrs B x

National Baking Week

National baking week

It’s national baking week and we have the perfect solution!

National baking week is upon us and here at Mrs Beightons sweet shop we have some products up our sleeve to allow you to enjoy your baking fix and tantalise your taste buds all with minimal hassle…

We discovered Bakedin at a trade show and after trying the products we knew we had to stock them. From melt in the mouth brownies to the gooiest of chocolate chip cookies these products are delightful! 


Mug mixes

I will start with the mug mixes, we stock sticky toffee pudding, gooey chocolate chip cookie and the award winning chocolate brownie mix. All delicious, but my personal favourite has to be the chocolate chip cookie. Just mix 2 tablespoons of milk and 1 tablespoon of butter and you have yourself a quick and easy dessert!


Baking kits

Now onto the baking kits, which are guaranteed to impress. We made the brownie kit here at Mrs Beightons HQ to tempt our lovely customers and the response was impressive, “best brownies I have ever tasted“, “really moist and chocolatey”, “so delicious”.

Now, I enjoy baking but i’m often pressed for time and this is now an ideal alternative to impress friends and family or perhaps take to work and wow your colleagues (they would be non the wiser). Just a few simple steps, 40 minutes in the oven and you have yourself some of the best brownies around!

All the kits include everything you need except the wet ingredients.


Here it is in action….



Ingredients supplied as a pack
1. Open the pack and read the instructions.
Mix ingredients in a bowl
2. Mix ingredients in a bowl.
Mix inredients
3. Pop the mix into the baking tray and then into the oven.
Serve and eat, hot or Cold
4. Bake, allow to cool and serve.

To discover the full range, click here


I will leave you with the thought of chocolatey goodness and wish you all a happy national baking week! I hope we have inspired you to pick up your whisk and don your aprons!



Mrs B x

Yorkshire Mixture

Yorkshire mixture

The history of 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.

Yorkshire mixture variations.

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 roots

Liquorice roots mystical healing powers.

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.

Medical properties of liquorice roots.

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 Sweets

Sugar Free sweets

Daibetic sugar free sweets.

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 sweets, with sweetener.

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

Christmas is coming…

Christmas is almost upon us and we have plenty of stocking fillers to get your shopping started.

Planning a visit to Haworth?

We’re on Main High Street (Map), and there’s lots for everyone to see in the run up to Christmas, from a Christmas market, scroggling the holly and a nativity to name a few!

The Elves have been busy this year!

Mrs Beightons online shopMyself 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.

Can’t make it to Haworth?

You’ll be missed!  You can buy your sweets at our online store – “Click on our helpful Elf,” he’ll magically take you there!

Postage and packing starts from as little as £3.99, and there’s free shipping on orders of £50.00 or more.

Already a customer?

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!

Coming soon.

You’ll soon be able to sign up to our newsletter (don’t worry, we won’t bombard you with email), but you will receive details about changes to our products and regular promotional offers.

Mrs B x

Gluten Free Liquorice for Coeliac sufferers

Gluten free liquorice for those who suffer from Coeliac disease.

Our customers are often surprised to see we offer different varieties of gluten free liquorice. Many people believe that 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.

Gluten free ingredients.

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!

If you need advice about Gluten free sweets, then call us to discuss what you’re looking for on – 01535 640303 or drop us an email.

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

sherbert fountains

The yellow shop was 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

Hello, Welcome to Yorkshire’s Willy Wonka sweet shop

Willy Wonka at Mrs Beightons
Willy Wonka at Mrs B's

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, fueled the sweet tooth that never seems to disappear, no matter how many years go by.

Inside Mrs Beighton’s 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