Our Story

1848
Barratt WAS FOUNDED in Shoreditch BY MR George Osborne Barratt
1852
George one day left toffee too long on the boil and accidentally invents Stickjaw toffee, It’s a huge success and allows him to target working class markets with an affordable product
1880
Due to the popularity of Barratt, George bought a piano factory in Woodgreen, North London
1884
Barratt becomes one of the largest manufacturers of jam and confectionery in London
1899
The business expands and Barratt now employs 2,000 people. In the same year the business is devastated by a fire causing £100,000 worth of damage
1902
GEORGE OSBORNE Barratt enters retirement, splitting the business between his 4 children
1906
Barratt is now the largest confectionery manufacturer in the world, producing 300 tonnes of sweets a week across a nearly five acre site. G.O. Barratt also sadly died in this year, leaving an estate of £153,830
1907
E.W. Barratt gifted every employee of the company a 14-carat gold watch, in memory of his father
1920
Black Jack and Fruit Salad launched
1925
Sherbet Fountain was first sold, the sherbet contained in a paper wrapped cardboard tube with a liquorice ‘straw’ stuck in the top
1928
Pulling machines came into use towards the end of the 1920’s - Frank Barratt is regarded as the inventor of the batch roller
1935
Refreshers launched
1940
Dip Dab launched
1945
The company was flourishing after the war years and the only difficulty was a shortage of labour becoming increasingly difficult towards the end
1950
200 lines were in production 'lollipops to sherbet fountains, liquorice allsorts to brandy balls, sweet cigarettes to dolly mixtures, boiled sweets and toffees of all kinds, jelly babies and pastilles to nougat - everything, in fact, that fills the confectionery counter with luscious colour and the heart of a child with longing'. Barratt Company Handbook
1960
An important starch line was foam work, it appeared in several forms but the leading line was 'Shrimps'
1980
The penny chew had it's heyday, with Fruit Salad and Black Jack all favourites of the 'pick-and-mix' enjoyed by children during this time.
1985
Wham bars were a brand that became synonymous with the 1980s - selling a staggering 30 million bars per year at their peak
1989
Barratt was acquired by Cadbury
2008
In 2008 Cadbury sold Barratt to Tangerine Confectionery
2015
Softies LAUNCHED, soft versions of BARRATT RETRO favourite chewy sweets, Fruit Salad and Refreshers
2018
68 years after the launch of the Dip Dab, the new sour apple flavour is born. A unique twist on the well-known lolly that'll turn your tongue green, with a sour sherbet dip.