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MEET: The Cheddar Sweet Kitchen by Mich Yasue of myfuroshiki.blogspot.co.uk


In the period between the two world wars, virtually all towns and many large villages had their own small sweet shop where the local sweetmaker produced a huge range of handmade confectionery, which was only sold and known locally. When these shops closed, many types of favourite products disappeared. The Cheddar Sweet Kitchen, situated in Somerset, in the heart of the Cheddar Gorge, set out to remedy this situation and now produces a huge range of old fashioned boiled sweets, toffees, fudges, peanut brittle, rainbow sherbet, rock and lollipops.


We meet Martin Mizen of the Cheddar Sweet Kitchen who gives us an insight into their business and the ways in which they keep traditions alive.


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Please tell us about The Cheddar Sweet Kitchen. The Cheddar Sweet Kitchen was opened in the early 1980s as an old fashioned sweet shop. It soon became clear that there was a tremendous


demand products. When the


for these next-door


premises became vacant, we bought them and turned the original shop into a demonstration area open to the public, with the newly acquired


area becoming the shop. Almost overnight we found that we had created one of the West Country’s most popular tourist attractions.


Your family has been making confectionery for over 100 years - how did it all begin? The Mizen family started making sweets in the area in the early 1900s. My father started at the age of 14 delivering to local shops with a


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