Simpkins Travel Sweets

Simpkins was founded in 1921 by Albert Leslie Simpkin, on his return from World War One. His concept was to manufacture high quality glucose confections using, wherever possible, only natural flavours and colours.

The travel tin evolved to due it being the only container that was relatively airtight. This was an important factor because the sweets had a high fruit juice content and would go sticky when exposed to dampness. The white powder was initialy added to stop the sweets sticking together. The tins in the 1920's were not totally airtight, as they were seamed cans so the shelf life was still fairly short, however in the 1950's a can was produced with no seam so the sweets would remain fresh for years.