Jammie Dodgers, Wagon Wheels, iced gems, pink wafers … what topped the poll as our favourite taste of childhood?

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Image: And the nation’s favourite retro teatime treat is …

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We’ve had a lot to deal with lately: life without chocolate coins, Cadbury’s Creme Egg recipe change. It's been hard.


If there’s anything that will get us felling all warm and nostalgic again, it’s some retro teatime snacks.


It’s time to go back to those glorious days when you’d come home from school, raid the snack drawer and settle down to watch Neighbours.

A new survey by children’s charity Dreams Come True has revealed our favourite retro treats, and the results are in.

*puts kettle on *

1. Wagon Wheels

The ultimate threesome: marshmallow, chocolate and biscuit. Sweeping the board with a whopping 42.8% of people naming them as a nostalgic teatime treat is the kind of squidgy, really squodgy Wagon Wheel. We salute you.

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Wagon wheels

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2. Pink wafer fingers

We are a nation of biscuit-lovers. Fact. They may taste like you're eating sugar and air, but 34.8% of the UK loves the pale pink classic. 

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Pink wafers

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3. Jammie Dodgers

Shortbread and jam is a classic childhood combo and 32.7% of you agree. Now we’re talking.

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4. Iced gems

Blast from the past alert! These little biscuits topped with fruit-flavoured icing took 32.1% of you back to your childhoods.

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5. Battenberg

Old school but awesome. The marzipan, sponge and jam combo is a large slice of British childhood – 31.6% to be exact.

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6. Custard creams

This is a serious biscuit, it’s even included in the Oxford English Dictionary. Oh yes. Whether you eat it in one or extract the middle (guilty!), to 31.2% of us a custard cream = childhood bliss.

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Custard creams

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7. Victoria sponge

Some may be be fancier, some may be smarter, but a simple Victoria sponge is a glorious, glorious thing.

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8. Jaffa cakes

Don’t even get us started on whether this is a biscuit of a cake (biscuit *cough*). That combo of bitter chocolate, sweet orange and simple sponge dunked in a cup of tea is a winner by anyone’s standards.

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Jaffa Cakes

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9. Teacakes

Ah. Tunnock’s teacakes. Bulbous, brown and biscuity. After all, who wouldn’t enjoy a mouthful of chocolate, shortbread and marshmallow?

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10. Fondant fancies

If we’ve learned anything from the Great British Bake Off, it’s that those melt-in-the-mouth fondant fancies are a right old mess to make – but they are like a massive, sugary hug.

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Fondant Fancies

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Do you agree with the results? What's your favourite childhood treat? Let us know in the comments box below ...