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My kids will never know a true lolly scramble

lolliescramOh how the world has changed…

On behalf of all those people that  have ever participated in ‘lolly scrambles’ before I apoligise.  It appears we as a society can no longer run this social activity, its official the art of the lolly scramble has been lost in time….

Ahh, yes the art of the lolly scramble was once a challenging event. Organisers would get as creative as possible to make their scramble the most memorable. ‘Lets throw lollies from moving cars’, or ‘lets throw lollies from the back of a motorbike’, or even ‘lets throw lollies from a helicopter’.

In this world of cotton wool and politically correct regulations the lolly scramble has suffered.  Its now frowned upon to make a large group of kids compete and scavenge for an unwrapped sweet from the ground and apparently it is also a hazard to release a group of kids to run wildly around in blind pursuit of these treats.  I for one remember surviving hundreds of these battles when I was a child.

I do feel bad for my children as they will never fully understand the true war for lolly scramble supremacy.  Anything that resembles a lolly scramble these days is controlled by health and safety regulations.  Even with these regulations over seeing things the reason the lolly scramble will never make its return properly is societies clear lack of practice.

Yes the scramble was once very popular, meaning everyone knew the unwritten rules or ‘guidelines’ involved.  Things like if a small child is walking around with nothing and you have your pockets bulging give the kid a couple of lollies, also if another kid has their hand on a lolly its theirs (Yes there is a grey area where both kids grab a lolly at the same time then it comes down to who is hungrier will get the reward), and perhaps the most obvious ‘unwritten’ rule if a kid is smaller then you do not use physical force to move them (again if the kid is your size or bigger then its a free for all).

The point is these basic rules where all that were ever needed to make lolly scrambles a success, the problem being because no one does lolly scrambles anymore no one remembers these rules.

Over the Easter weekend there was an event held in Auckland, NZ.  The organisers planned an ‘Easter egg drop’ the result was nothing short of embarrassing.

“Organisers of a public Easter egg drop have apologised after children were injured during the event – by parents desperate to get their share of the chocolate treats.”

“A lot of kids were getting hurt … parents were just running in and running over the kids. I was like ‘oh my goodness’ and my volunteers were blown away by the behavior of the parents,”

“A 3-year-old was reportedly taken to hospital after his fingers were stomped on and a 7-year-old had her face scratched.” – NZ Herald

The parents involved in such forceful tactics to get a couple of free Easter eggs clearly have no background in the politics of lolly scrambles.  Clearly showing why my dear children will never know the glory, the competition, and the intensity involved in true lolly scrambles.

About Sean Davis

A beer drinking, sports watching Dad / blogger that is determined to find ways to laugh his way through kids, babies and pregnant ladies. Its all about using laughter to survive!


  1. One of the classes at school recently had a lolly scramble and it ended in disaster – children crying as they didn’t get as many lollies as others and a near lawsuit when one child claimed that she was hit in the head with force by a lolly and that the teacher had aimed and done it on purpose.
    I agree, gone are the good old days :(

    • @Kirsty
      Isn’t it strange how something so innocent (and fun) overtime has turned into something that just seems to attract drama and trouble? I mean Lawsuits from lolly scrambles!! Where does it go next?

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