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Sweet Britain

March 30th, 2015

Episode 525 of 622 episodes

The nutritional debate over sugar doesn't seem to be putting off a new generation of sweet makers in this country. Sweets sales seem stable, and new treats are being created and exported all over the world. Sheila speaks to sweet makers Freya Sykes and Steven Bletsoe who are giving new life to a forgotten sweet and an old family recipe. She looks at the state of the confectionery market today with help from The Grocer magazine, and Jeremy Dee, Managing Director of family sweets firm Swizzels. And sweets historian Tim Richardson shares a bag of sweets with Sheila that cast light on a long history of sweetness in the UK. Sheila asks what's still driving our love affair with sweeties - young and old, old and new. Presented by Sheila Dillon Produced in Bristol by Clare Salisbury.

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