9 of the best summer treats you'll remember if you grew up in Scotland

With summer returning and the days getting warmer, we thought we'd take a look back at some of the fun sweets and treats you'll remember enjoying in the sunshine if you grew up in Scotland.

Published 28th May 2018
Updated 28 th May 2018

Ice-cream floats

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Would a visit to your granny's even have been a visit to your granny's if she didn't give you one of these when it was the summer?

A perfect example of the simplest of formulas reaping the most fantastic results - with a single scoop of ice cream dumped unceremoniously into a glass of fizzy juice to create ten minutes of flavour-filled delight - floats were the perfect way to cool off after an afternoon of playing football, making perfume from flowers and playing tig out the back.

Created using Coke, Irn-Bru, Moray Cup, (or our personal favourite) Cream Soda, there were more than a few flavour combinations to tantalise the taste buds.


Nothing summed up Scottish entrepreneurial spirit more than the enterprising shopkeepers who would turn the little-loved Kwenchy Kup into one of the most exciting icy treats by introducing them to the freezer and charging an extra 5p or 10p (still making them cheaper than your average ice lolly) for them.

The Jubilee, as they were affectionately known (though there were regional variants), had the added bonus of usually having all of the juice concentrated in one corner making for a punchy finish.

Best of all the plastic cartons were then used to magically transform any average bicycle into a motorbike (you'll know what we mean).

Mini Milks

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You could never have just one of these delightfully creamy ice lollies and they always seemed not to last long whenever the cow skin covered packaging appeared from the freezer - the hardest part was choosing which flavour you wanted.


Ice poles

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The utility player of the frozen treats team was the ever ubiquitous ice pole. Found in freezers across the land, these fun (and cheap) linear ice lollies are still well loved by children (and adults alike) around Scotland.

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The only disappointment was heading excitedly for the freezer in your local shop only to find they only had green or orange ones left.


Those with a bit more pocket money (or better pleading skills) the Calippo was always an option.

Strangely enough, these seemed to be available no matter where you ended up - be it your local shop or even on your holidays in Spain.


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Stretching your treat money that little bit further, Screwballs combined the deliciousness of raspberry ripple ice cream with a surprise gumball at the bottom for when you finished, meaning you not only had the ice cream to enjoy but also chewing gum to look forward to.

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Rhubarb and sugar

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A slightly more old school sweet came in the form of rhubarb sticks with sugar, with the tart flavoured plant coming into season late spring and into early summer, meaning it was usually plucked from the garden and washed before being handed out to Scottish children along with a bag of sugar for dipping it into.

Like Marmite, you either loved it or hated it.

Sun Lollies

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This weirdly geometric treat could be found in nearly every 80s and 90s parents freezers up and down the country and yet most would often struggle to remember buying them.

Synonymous with summer, they were harder to open than a bank safe, but once a set of scissors (and an agreeable adult) could be sourced, these juicy lollies were the most refreshing things to enjoy on a warm summer's day.

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A trip to the local Scots-Italian café was always the pinnacle of the month and getting to choose in which format the delicious ice cream would be delivered was always the best part.

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Would it be in cone form? Perhaps sandwiched in an oyster wafer?

Or best of all - delivered as a double nougat?

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Driven by a passion for all things drinks-related, Sean writes for The Scotsman extensively on the subject. He can also sometimes be found behind the bar at the world famous Potstill bar in Glasgow where he continues to enhance his whisky knowledge built up over 10 years advising customers from all over the world on the wonders of our national drink. Recently, his first book was published. Dubbed Gin Galore, it explores Scotland's best gins and the stories behind those that make them.
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