To say I love sweets is a complete understatement. Anything sweet and chocolaty, gummy and sucky, gets hovered up by me within seconds; there's no holding back when it comes to my relationship with jelly beans, jawbreakers, sherbert and chocolate slabs. The other day I made my way over to Dick's Sweets in Northcliff. Dick's Sweets has been around for generations, my parents can attest to that, formerly occupying spaces in Von Brandes, Rissik, Loveday and Eloff in the Joburg CBD after being established in 1938 by the Dicks family and, even though they haven't been around for a while, they still have the same quality that made the public fall in love with them all those years ago.
I've always had a love-hate relationship with the term "like a kid in a candy store", I mean, I get what they're trying to say but I could probably eat more sweets than any little kid out there and I'm, arguably, not so much of a kid anymore. As soon as I stepped inside Dick's Sweets I knew that this is exactly where I wanted to live for the rest of my life. My eyes must have been as wide as saucers as I scanned the shelves filled with some of the most miraculous, traditionally made sweets that you can think of. They've got chocolate fudge slabs, honeycomb, Turkish delight slabs covered in chocolate, packs of an assortment of gums that you would literally kill for and a few savoury options that I couldn't bring myself to try but I'm sure taste just as great as everything else.
I immediately had to have it all but thought that I'd only be able to get one or two things because, you know, sweets cost dollar these days. Oh was I mistaken. Dick's is probably the cheapest sweet store I've ever been inside, I actually felt bad at paying so little for so much happiness. With Halloween coming up they've got all the gooey spiders and vampire teeth and poisoned lollies for naughty kids, kidding, that you can think of so stock up here and simultaneously support a local business that's stood the test of time and beaten off those evil international corporations. Like how a drunk always finds himself bent over a pint at his local bar, I'll probably find myself here, dazed and confused, with a cheek full of sugar and a crazed grin on my face.
Photographs by Affricanalien
When? Monday to Saturday: 09:00 - 17:00, Sunday: 09:00 - 13:00
Tel: 011 888 1991
Where? Impala Centre, Corner Beyers Naude Drive and Hocky Avenue, Northcliff, Johannesbur
by Daniel McCaughtry