In 1963, "Sweets for My Sweet" became the debut single for Merseybeat band The Searchers, reaching number one on the UK Single Chart for two weeks that August. The Searchers' version was also issued in the US in the spring of 1964, but failed to chart.
In the UK, Tina Charles remade "Sweets for My Sweet" in 1977 in tandem with "Love Bug". The track was included on her album Rendezvous and issued as a single reaching #26; however the single edit only featured one chorus from "Sweets for My Sweet" at its close.
In 1975, the British band Magnum released it as their first single.
In 1994, C.J. Lewis reached #3 UK with his remake of "Sweets for My Sweet". It had its biggest success in New Zealand, peaking at #3 for 2 weeks. After debuting at #6, it then spent a further impressive 10 consecutive weeks inside the top 10. After dropping to #11 the following week, it bounced back to #6 again. 6 weeks later after fluctuating around the top 40, it returned for one final week in the top 10, at #10. A total of 24 weeks on the chart, with 13 of those inside the Top 10. It was also a major hit in Austria (#9), the Netherlands (#4), Sweden (#16) and Switzerland (#16); the track also charted in Australia (#45) and France (#69).