Pick 'n' Mix is made by various companies and is essentially an 'unbranded' sweet in general, which means you have the same type of sweet but with many different recipe's. So it could be Haribo or Barratt but most of the time it is a whole host of unknown brands.
Other shops around us offer different types of Pick 'n' Mix, but at different qualities. We don't mind having this competition because our sweets are of a superior quality, but with a price tag that leaves an equally sweet taste in one's mouth. We have scoured the globe (almost) to find good, no great pick 'n' mix. Some of our jellies or weigh-out sweets, as they're called, are branded, such as Haribo and Barratt which are the more known ones. We have a few other brands thrown in the mix and we know we've come up with an amazing concoction of pick 'n' mix that suits even the hardest of brand loyal customer. Some shops and online internet sweet shops just buy all their sweets from one or 2 suppliers, we have over 15! Basically we've tested out so many products over the years and we've come up with the best quality sweets we can find even though they're cheap on price. We eat sweets and do taste tests all the time with our customers' input, so we're confident we are selling what you want to buy! The most popular sweets in the pick 'n' mix are: Fizzy Bubblegum Bottles, Vanilla Fudge, Milk Bottles, Cola Bottles, Giant Strawberries. Generally fizzy sour sweets are at the top of the popularity scale, so if you're buying a present for a teenager, go for the sour jelly sweets, mostly those are the ones with the sugar on the outside. Pick 'n' Mix sweets are often bought for making sweet cakes and sweet recipes, see our blog for some cool ideas, we add new recipes on regularly. You can even make an entire cake just out of sweets, no sponge! Personally we prefer the traditional cake with heaps of jelly sweets and Smarties on top. A very kind customer made us a gingerbread house once with all our sweets decorated on it!
The original Barratt (now Candy Land) Black Jacks are a classic British sweets and are most commonly found with their best friend Fruit Salads. Black Jacks are aniseed flavoured chewy black rectangles that are loved by children and adults alike. Children love the way that their tongues go black after munching on a few of them and adults love remembering one of the tastes of their childhood.
Black Jacks are so named because their packet used to feature a smiling golliwog on the packet back in the 1920's. Back then, this was deemed okay to use for advertising liquorice but, by the late 1980's, Barratt realised the error of their ways and rebranded the offensive packaging with a pirate logo instead. However, this logo was also gone by the early 1990's and became the distinctive black and white swirl pattern that we all remember. The design was yet again changed in 2008 to a black packet with red writing. Luckily, despite all the design changes, the taste stayed the same... yum!
Chewing nuts... not nuts but toffee! Although, we'll guarantee that you'll be nuts about the taste! These marble sized sweets are made of a good chewy toffee with a tasty chocolate flavour coating. Yum!
Milk chocolate coins in the style of an old 5 pence piece and a bit bigger than a 2 coin. A nice change from the Euro and Dollar ones that you normally find in the shops. You'll get around 18 in a 200g bag.
These are great if you're having a pirate party or to have as wedding favours.