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seaside rock

Blackpool is the centre of the universe when it comes to seaside rock. There are plenty of rock manufacturers in the town, George Formby penned an ode to it (“With My Little Stick Of Blackpool Rock”), and it was Blackpool that Ben Bullock, an ex-miner from Burnley, targeted when he began manufacturing sticks of lettered candy at his Yorkshire factory in 1887.

The production of rock – and the innuendo associated with it – has never looked back. Sticks of rock became as much a part of the English seaside as kiss-me-quick hats and saucy postcards. (To read about seaside fun in Blackpool, click here.)  The ingredients – water, sugar, glucose syrup, flavouring and colour – are simple and cheap, but the manufacturing process is highly skilled. The forming of letters from the pliable sugar mix is the hardest part. Each coloured letter is roughly two inches square and six feet long, and is shaped by hand along with the white sugar mix, which makes the spaces between the letters. This combination is rolled into a giant cylindrical stick before receiving its outer coating and being chopped.

Photo: Maria Gibbs


Your comments

rock is part of any seaside holiday, its unthinkable to go home without it, but it never gets eaten with the relish its bought . It always gets left but is very fondly thought of when its found sticky in a drawer months later.

kathie watt

No trip to the seaside is complete without this sweet, sticky, delicious treat, perhaps as the perfect 'dessert' to fish and chips.
Peter Musiol

Every child who ever went to the 'seaside' in England will have cherished memories (and maybe some broken teeth!) of this famous and very English confection.
Stephen Phillips

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I believe rice, peas and jerk chicken is an Icon of England.

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