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Screwballs were the best thing you could get from the ice cream man as a kid

That sweet bubblegum surprise.

AS A CHILD, there was very little more exciting than hearing the chimes of the ice cream man’s van as he drove into your estate.

Summer is officially here Source: Instagram/k_a_s_h_no1_

We all had our favourites, and 99s are obviously amazing – but when you were a kid seeking more bang for your hard-earned buck, the screwball was your best choice.

It was all the fun of a 99, with added bubblegum

I'm sure screwballs used to be bigger...... Source: Instagram/massymann

Sure, you lost the cone, but you gained so much more.

And a load of sauce

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That was the beauty of the screwball. The plastic cone allowed for maximum raspberry, lime, blueberry – any colour goo you wanted.

If you weren’t allowed gum, it was a very sneaky way to get yourself some

Everybody loves a good screwball! Source: Instagram/noels_deli

Breaking the rules just added to the allure of the screwball.

The flavour was gone in two seconds, but you savoured every moment

Someone is enjoying her icecream. She looks like spud off bob the builder ha ha. Source: Instagram/my.secret.shame

And you still chewed it for a half an hour at the very least.

The worst thing that could ever happen to you was the ice cream man forgetting the bubble gum

The colours of summer #icecream #screwball #summer #sun #london #bubblegum #colours @geniegenower Source: Instagram/tommyboyeat

Is this some kind of SICK JOKE?!

But you’ll always remember the time he accidentally gave you two

#gumballs #doublebubble #colorful #macro #chewinggum #bubblegum Source: Instagram/silvesterhumaj

Ice cream man, you angel.

We’ll never forget you, delicious screwballs

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In fact, it’s high time we got reacquainted.

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