Berwick cockle

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The Berwick shop of William Cowe and Sons, former manufacturers of the Berwick cockle

A Berwick cockle is a Scots style sweet (candy) coloured white with red stripes originally associated with Berwick-upon-Tweed. These mints have been made since 1801.[1] They are presumably named in reference to their cockle-like shape, the moulding process giving a flattened shape with an equatorial rib. They are sold loose by weight in paper bags, traditionally in "quarters"—a quarter of a pound. They were originally made and sold in Berwick by the Cowe family from their shop in Bridge Street until it closed in 2010.[2] The current "post-Cowe" version is described by internet vendors as a "crumbly" mint. However, the original Cowe product was a hard mint.


  1. ^ Norman Schur with Eugene Ehrlich. British English A to Zed. Revised and Updated Edition. Checkmark Books: New York, 2001.
  2. ^ "End of era as 'Cockle' Cowe's closes after 200 years". Berwick Advertiser. 2010-02-24. Retrieved 2016-07-18.