AD | Summer Pick n Mix Memories with Swizzels

Swizzels Pick n Mix in a tub with a plastic scoop and jar of Love Hearts beside

The summer months always evoke so many memories for me- I’m not sure if it’s the warmer weather or the fact that the six week summer holidays always seemed to last FOREVER when I was a child – but this time of year always leaves me reminiscent of years gone by.

One of my favourite memories of being a child was going to the local sweet shop to choose Pick n Mix. Is there anything quite as exciting as being given money by family member and being able to go into a shop to choose the most delicious items known to a small child? Of course, my favourite brand of sweets have always been Swizzels, manufactured right here in the UK, over in the High Peak in Derbyshire.

Parma Violets in a heart shaped bowl

Were you ever given a party bag as a child that didn’t have Love Hearts, Parma Violets or Drumstick lollies in it? I very much doubt it! Swizzels also make Refreshers (my absolute favourite, I just adore the fizziness), Rainbow Drops, Double Dips and Fizzers. I could literally sit eating them all day.

Swizzels sweets have had a profound impact on so many of my memories. I remember being handed Drumstick and Double Dip lollies during Fresher’s Week, giving me a much needed energy boost while I was full of nerves and knackered from meeting so many people. We had Love Hearts scattered across the tables at our wedding as a quirky talking point for some of our guest who had never met before. And, I remember shivering with delight when I found a shop, back when I lived in France, that sold Refreshers and the feeling when the fizz hit my tongue, brought me straight back to Britain and those happy childhood memories.

Pick n Mix has had quite the revival in recent years, with it being a popular choice at weddings and parties for guests to help themselves to a range of yummy sweets. Swizzels do a great range of Pick n Mix, with many options being vegan or vegetarian too. You can also now personalise Love Hearts, Fizzers and Refreshers, making them the ideal take home gift at parties and weddings.

It was recently my husband’s birthday and knowing he’s as much of a Swizzels fan as I am, I set up a small Pick n Mix area, complete with scoops and paper bags, so he could munch on his favourite sweets to his heart’s content.

Range of Swizzels sweets in a tub with Love Hearts and Fizzers in glass jars beside and a paper Pick n Mix bag behind

I’ll always have fond memories of choosing my own Pick n Mix as a child and I can’t wait to share this experience with my children too. Dexter has already developed quite the sweet tooth and I have no doubt that he’ll love the Swizzels fizzy sweets just as much as I do!

Dexter in the garden with a packet of Love Hearts in his hands

If you fancy setting up your own Pick n Mix at home, then make sure you enter my competition below for your chance to win a Swizzels Party Tub which is 5kg of pure deliciousness! Meanwhile, let me know in the comments what your favourite Pick n Mix sweets were as a child. I love hearing other people’s trips down memory lane.

Good luck!

Swizzels Love Hearts in a glass jar next to a tub filled with Swizzels Pick n Mix sweets and a scoop


  1. 26th August 2019 / 9:04 am

    Gorgeous photos! Love these sweets remind me of being a child too!

  2. Sarah clyde
    26th August 2019 / 9:37 am

    My favourite pick n mix as a child were milk bottles and cherries

  3. 26th August 2019 / 12:53 pm

    Love Hearts (or Love Farts as our toddler calls them) are my absolute favourites. Remember when you used to pick out the ones with the best messages to give to other people?! Genius to have them at your wedding x

  4. 26th August 2019 / 1:00 pm

    Swizzles take me back to my childhood for sure!

  5. Rena Plumridge
    26th August 2019 / 1:16 pm

    My favourite was black jacks

  6. iain maciver
    26th August 2019 / 1:27 pm

    loved cola bottles

  7. Amy SIMPSON
    26th August 2019 / 1:32 pm

    love hearts

  8. Joanne Dawkins
    26th August 2019 / 1:40 pm

    Sherbet spaceships

  9. Solange
    26th August 2019 / 2:08 pm

    Fizzy cola bottles.

  10. Jodie green
    26th August 2019 / 2:30 pm

    fizzy cola bottles – still love them now!

  11. 26th August 2019 / 2:37 pm

    My favourite pick and mix as a child was black jacks

  12. Katie
    26th August 2019 / 2:44 pm

    sherbet saucers

    26th August 2019 / 5:19 pm

    For me it had to be parma violets loved them and still do!

  14. 26th August 2019 / 5:49 pm

    Swizzels are my favourite – expecially Love Hearts

  15. 26th August 2019 / 6:46 pm

    My favourites always were – and still are – the giant strawberries. They used to be 4p each when I was little 🙂

  16. Tracy Nixon
    26th August 2019 / 6:46 pm

    Flying Saucers!

  17. Sheena Batey
    26th August 2019 / 6:55 pm

    Milk Bottles or Shrimps were my favourite pick and mix sweets when I was a child

  18. 26th August 2019 / 8:04 pm

    I always remember my Mum loving Parma Voilets! Love hearts are my favourite though.

  19. fiona waterworth
    26th August 2019 / 8:53 pm

    I loved Palma violets

  20. Emma england
    27th August 2019 / 11:47 am

    My favourite as a child were those green turtles.

  21. Anonymous
    27th August 2019 / 7:33 pm

    I’m still a regular weekly consumer of Love Hearts (all time fave) and refreshers.

    Double Dips reminds me of after school treat though from the corner shop. Always picked something fizzy ?

  22. Ruth Harwood
    28th August 2019 / 10:26 am

    My faves were always Cola Cubes – I loved them!

  23. 28th August 2019 / 2:20 pm

    I’m from a German family, so growing up Haribo were always are go-to sweeties of choice (and still are). Swizzels come a close second though, and Parma Violets are my absolute favourite.

  24. Margaret Clarkson
    28th August 2019 / 3:49 pm

    Fruit Salads

  25. Susan B
    29th August 2019 / 2:51 am

    Licorice allsorts were always my favourite in the Pick and Mix bag.

  26. Katerina Economides
    29th August 2019 / 9:29 pm

    I loved Flying Saucers.

  27. Kay Broomfield
    29th August 2019 / 10:08 pm

    Pink and white mice!

  28. Rebecca Cusick
    30th August 2019 / 7:02 am

    Love Hearts and Parma violets are my favourite! And those little white chocolate mice you could get. Ooh and Percy pigs! The list could go on lol x

  29. Michelle Smith
    30th August 2019 / 9:06 am

    Palma violets

  30. Chelsey Hollings
    30th August 2019 / 10:05 am

    Cola Bottle

  31. Helen Arlow
    30th August 2019 / 11:46 am

    I loved cola bottles x

  32. Linda Ford
    30th August 2019 / 2:05 pm

    I loved pear dropz, even though they used to cut the roof of my mouth!

  33. Laura Norcop
    30th August 2019 / 4:29 pm

    I loved the 1p aniseed balls – they don’t seem to have them in normal pick and mix anymore but I think they are gorgeous (And they last for ages!)

  34. Gemma Clark
    30th August 2019 / 5:05 pm

    Fizzy cola bottles!

  35. holly harmsworth
    30th August 2019 / 5:40 pm

    I always used to pick the chewie smiley faces and giant strawberries.

  36. Naila M
    30th August 2019 / 10:52 pm

    My favourite would have to be love hearts 🙂

  37. janine atkin
    31st August 2019 / 3:04 pm

    i loved the foam bananas

  38. Carole Nott
    31st August 2019 / 3:05 pm

    My favourites were always the liquorice ones especially black jacks

  39. Sean Eccles
    31st August 2019 / 3:15 pm

    The pink and blue fizzy bottles

  40. A S,Edinburgh
    31st August 2019 / 5:44 pm

    Mine were Fruit Salads. Love Pick n Mix!

  41. Lorna Ledger
    31st August 2019 / 5:51 pm

    I loved Opel Fruits! They were yummy, still love Starburst!

  42. Kim Neville
    31st August 2019 / 6:39 pm

    my favourites are Fizzy bottles

  43. Sheri Darby
    31st August 2019 / 8:29 pm

    Flying saucers

  44. Heli L
    31st August 2019 / 8:35 pm

    Love hearts. I loved the sweets and the ‘secret’ messages.

  45. Lesley Wyles
    31st August 2019 / 11:54 pm

    I LOVED white mice and fizzy cola bottles the best xx

  46. Emma Whittaker
    1st September 2019 / 12:41 am

    I love foam shrimps ?

  47. betsy ferguson
    1st September 2019 / 7:45 am


  48. Clare Hubbard
    1st September 2019 / 7:50 am

    I love fried eggs and jelly teddies

  49. emma kinsey
    1st September 2019 / 8:27 am

    candy bracelets

  50. Michelle Ferguson
    1st September 2019 / 10:46 am

    I loved Haribo sweets especially foam strawberries

  51. Maureen M
    1st September 2019 / 1:20 pm

    Love most of these but really my favourite would have to be Fruit Salad!

  52. Charlotte Cauldwell
    1st September 2019 / 2:01 pm

    Love love love LOVE HEARTS

  53. 1st September 2019 / 3:29 pm

    I loved the pin foam shrimps and the yellow foam bananas – they were yummy x

  54. Tracey Hallmark
    1st September 2019 / 4:40 pm

    Black Jacks

  55. Charlotte isobelle
    1st September 2019 / 4:58 pm

    i used to love the fish out of the yorkshire mixtures!

  56. Jeanette Leighton
    1st September 2019 / 5:21 pm

    Definitely parma violets they are strange but awesome and yummy

  57. Susan Smith
    1st September 2019 / 5:43 pm

    Has to be Black Jacks, loved them

  58. Caroline Blaza
    1st September 2019 / 5:50 pm

    Love hearts and I still love them

  59. Denise Walton
    1st September 2019 / 6:01 pm

    I loved refresher chews

  60. Amanda Walsh
    1st September 2019 / 7:13 pm

    I love a drumstick lolly, best sweetie ever

  61. Angela Macdonald
    1st September 2019 / 7:17 pm

    white mice or pink shrimps

  62. Samantha M
    1st September 2019 / 7:51 pm

    The green turtles were my favourite!

  63. Ellen Stafford
    1st September 2019 / 8:11 pm

    Black Jacks….nom nom nom.

  64. Sam Cornford
    1st September 2019 / 8:28 pm

    Black jacks were my favourite, still love them

  65. Nicola Battensby
    1st September 2019 / 8:47 pm

    PARMA VIOLETS – OUT OF THIS WORLD. No-one else in the house likes them so they are all mine!

  66. Jodie W
    1st September 2019 / 9:05 pm

    those white fish and chip sweets were my favourites

  67. Amy Jo mclellan
    1st September 2019 / 10:28 pm

    Fizzy cola bottles all the way!

  68. Tammy Neal
    1st September 2019 / 10:49 pm

    Flying saucers

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