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!
Made by Kingsway, the usual trimmings of allsorts of liquorice related sweets: coconut rolls, liquorice cream rock, aniseed jelly spogs, liquorice sandwiches, liquorice cuttings.
Liquorice Allsorts have been around since 1842 and they are now the UK's favourite liquorice sweet! They were originally created by accident when a salesman for the Bassett's company was arranging an order with a customer and he accidentally knocked over his tray of liquorice samples which sent them scattering everywhere. The buyer happened to like the look of this random assortment of sweets and so he placed an order for them there and then. And so the liquorice allsorts were created.
I was walking around the lake the other day and I saw a man fishing so I asked him what bait he was using. He replied, 'Liquorice' so I wondered what he'd caught with that and so he told me that he'd caught 'Allsorts!'
The older brother of the well known Liquorice Comfits. Just the same but bigger! More crunch, more liquorice, more taste. Liquorice Torpedos have a hard, crunchy outer shell that contains a soft, chewy liquorice centre. These colourful sweets are great for adding to a gift of traditional black liquorice to brighten it up or as an eye-catching wedding favour.
Made by Taveners, and always go down well in our shop.
Rhubarb and Custard comes in many forms! One of the smallest boiled sweet on the planet! They are handmade by a small confectioner, using the best ingredients to bring rhubarb out the ground and make it a mouthwatering treat.
There is an ongoing debate on how to eat these sweets... do you shove them in to your mouth to get the maximum sherbet flavour or do you eat them one by one in a more refined way I must say that I'm rather partial to the handful method but, whatever way you eat them, they are always super tasty!
Strawberries and Cream, sounds lovely - sitting beside a lawn tennis court in the summer dipping your hand into your pick 'n mix bag and pulling out a foamy jelly strawberry flavoured sweet with a cup of tea maybe, or a spicy ginger beer. Enough said!