With the revival of the Y2K trend in recent years, Singaporeans have been expressing nostalgia for the days of the past. And what better way to relive those childhood memories than indulging in those colourful retro candies and biscuits that were once sold at the mama shops under HDB blocks?
Although spotting any of those retro snacks in Singapore is pretty rare these days, you can still find these hidden gems at various locations across the island.
1. King of Snacks
King of Snacks is undoubtedly king when it comes to its wide selection of retro snacks and toys. You name it, they have it. From wall-climbing sticky Spidermen toys to handheld water games and magic pop candies, it truly is a treasure trove for everyone seeking a nostalgic trip down memory lane.
They have a store in one-north Fusionopolis One, but if you find it a little too out of the way, you can choose to shop online on their website as well.
The best part? Their products are all halal-certified, so everyone can enjoy them with peace of mind.
2. Seah’s Biscuit Shop
Next up, we have a small shop tucked away in Ang Mo Kio’s neighbourhood, just opposite Broadway Plaza.
This underrated store sells traditional biscuits such as half-half animal biscuits, crunchy chocolate wafers, kueh bangkit and more with prices from S$1! All snacks are stored and displayed in old-school biscuit tins, so you can tell that the store owners are definitely doing their best to recreate the vibes of yesteryear.
You can also request for specific snacks that are not listed via their Facebook page.
???? Block 716 Ang Mo Kio Ave 6, #01-4024, S560716
???? 9am–3pm (Mon), 9am–8pm (Tue to Sun)
Also located in Ang Mo Kio is CookiesTalk, another retro snack store selling biscuits with over 200 varieties. This well-known store is definitely one of the OGs, having been in operation since 1978.
Their bestsellers include mini roti sugar, sweet heart biscuits, tapioca chips and small roll crackers (from S$7.80), just to name a few. If you are planning to shop online on their website, they conveniently offer five different container sizes — a whole tin, big bottle, tall bottle, pack, and small bottle — so you can choose how you’d like to satisfy your cravings.
4. SnacKING Retro Biscuits
SnacKING Retro Biscuits is one of the more famous retailers of retro snacks in Singapore. You can find goodies like Satay Sticks (S$1.50), Pola snacks (S$3), and old-school card games like Old Maid and SNAP (S$1.50). But these barely scratch the surface of their inventory, and you can look forward to even more surprises in store!
They are conveniently located at four locations across the island at Northpoint City, Jurong Point, City Square Mall and Woodleigh Mall, so anytime you want to go for a trip down memory lane, just make your way down to your nearest outlet.
5. The Biscuit Shop
Located on the first floor of Tanjong Pagar Plaza Market is a biscuit shop selling some of our favourite retro snacks. The tri-coloured Kuih Piring Wafer is an absolute favourite among customers, and prices start from just S$2. You can choose to purchase small quantities or larger tins, and even choose to mix and match and fill your container with whatever snacks you like.
These halal biscuits can be pre-ordered for events as well — it’s a good opportunity to share the joy with your family and friends.
???? Tanjong Pagar Plz, #01-08/09 Block 6, Singapore 081006
???? 10am–7pm (Mon to Fri), 9am–4pm (Sat), Closed on Sun
6. Teck Leong Lee Kee
What could be more delightful than indulging in your beloved childhood biscuits any time you want? This wholesale retailer has been around since 1968, providing many with quality chocolates, candies, and biscuits. You can find Teddy Bear Biscuits, Choki-Choki chocolate paste, Mommom eyeglass candy and other popular market brands like Pocky all in one place.
Torrone candies which I rarely ever come across nowadays, can also be found at the retailer, in classic flavours like choco-mint and sour orange.
The shop only takes online orders and offers delivery for orders above S$200, so let this be your go-to for those big parties and events!
???? Blk 5029 Ang Mo Kio Industrial Park 2, #01-141, 569532
???? 10am–4pm (Mon to Fri), 10am–1pm (Sat), 1pm–4pm (Sun)
7. Biscuit King
Biscuit King is a pretty well-known retro snacks retailer in Singapore, especially since they have a huge store filled with yummy treats stacked all the way to the ceiling. You will be spoilt for choice with a wide variety of candies, jellies, chocolates, biscuits, and retro games like five stones and chapteh.
Online orders via their website are temporarily closed, so you’ll have to get your fix of retro snacks from the physical store at Upper Thomson.
???? 130 Casuarina Road, Singapore 579518
???? 11am–10pm (Tue to Fri, Sun), 12pm–10pm (Sat), Closed on Mon
8. 90s Candy Society
This online-only store is an incredible treat for retro snack lovers. Apart from timeless snacks like kumquat candy sticks (S$10), whistle candies (S$10) and Dahfa dried fish fillets (S$16), they also carry retro toys and games, as well as party essentials like balloons and poppers.
If you are planning to surprise a friend, you can order a surprise goodie box for just S$10, or customise the box and snacks yourself!
Take note that the minimum order is S$40, so you’ll have to purchase your snacks in bulk!
SnackFirst is slightly different from the others on the list, given that they do not exclusively deal in retro snacks. However, they do boast a significant collection that is enough to keep your tastebuds satisfied! Ice gem biscuits (from S$3.50), wheel crackers (S$3.90) and elephant ear biscuits (S$3.90) are but only some of what they offer.
They also sell seasonal custom snack boxes filled with healthy nuts and dried fruits — perfect for snacking on the go.
10. Good Old Days
With rows and rows of metal tins stacked along the shelves, the sight of this shop is bound to invoke memories of the good old days in you. Good Old Days in Yishun sells love letters (the edible kind!), honey chilli with lime leaf belinjo crackers (S$3), Bee Bee snacks (S$0.30), Marie biscuits (S$2.50) and wafers (S$2.50) in every imaginable flavour!
Their second outlet at Marine Parade has unfortunately closed down, but you still can order online from their website or just visit their Yishun outlet.
???? Block 103 Yishun Ring Road (Chong Pang), #01-95, Singapore 760103
???? 7am–8 pm (Daily)
11. The Biscuit Paradise
This store may be better known as The Biscuit Guru, but what they’re selling hasn’t changed. You can expect heaps and heaps of retro snacks available for you to choose from, including keropok, chilli prawn crackers, ABC biscuits, and peanut puffs.
You can customise a tin with their extensive range of flavours and varieties, but if you can’t decide, simply head down to their physical store at Kovan 209 Market and Food Centre for some recommendations.
Do check out their Instagram for updates on the newest promotions and limited-edition goodie bags!
???? Kovan 209 Market and Food Centre, 209 Hougang St 21, Singapore 530209
???? 7.30am–12.30pm (Tue to Sun), Closed on Mon
12. Nelly’s Retro Snacks
Last but not least, we have Nelly’s Retro Snacks, a newcomer to the retro snack scene in Singapore. Founded in 2017, they have an outlet in Yishun complete with over 300 varieties of biscuits, candies, toys, and other confectioneries. Punggol residents are in luck — a second outlet has opened in Punggol Plaza, so you can enjoy these scrumptious snacks at your convenience.
I’m pretty sure I’ll be getting those Bob Dog candies (S$1.90) to relive my younger days (of pretending to be a cool mob boss with a candy cigarette in hand).
If you find yourself missing the better days of your childhood, you know where to go now!
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