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 white-coloured sweet with red stripes, originally associated with Berwick-upon-Tweed. Cockles have been made since 1801.[1] Their moulding process gives them 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 They were originally made and sold in Berwick by the Cowe family until their shop closed in 2010.[2] The current version is described by internet vendors as a "crumbly" mint, while the original Cowe product was a hard mint.[citation needed]


  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. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)