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AD | Summer Pick n Mix Memories with Swizzels + GIVEAWAY

26th August 2019

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

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  • Jemma

    26th August 2019 at 9:04 am

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

  • Sarah clyde

    26th August 2019 at 9:37 am

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

  • Hayley | Devon Mama

    26th August 2019 at 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

  • Jenna Parrington

    26th August 2019 at 1:00 pm

    Swizzles take me back to my childhood for sure!

  • Rena Plumridge

    26th August 2019 at 1:16 pm

    My favourite was black jacks

  • iain maciver

    26th August 2019 at 1:27 pm

    loved cola bottles


    26th August 2019 at 1:32 pm

    love hearts

  • Joanne Dawkins

    26th August 2019 at 1:40 pm

    Sherbet spaceships

  • Solange

    26th August 2019 at 2:08 pm

    Fizzy cola bottles.

  • Jodie green

    26th August 2019 at 2:30 pm

    fizzy cola bottles – still love them now!

  • Magsd

    26th August 2019 at 2:37 pm

    My favourite pick and mix as a child was black jacks

  • Katie

    26th August 2019 at 2:44 pm

    sherbet saucers


    26th August 2019 at 5:19 pm

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

  • Kara

    26th August 2019 at 5:49 pm

    Swizzels are my favourite – expecially Love Hearts

  • Donna

    26th August 2019 at 6:46 pm

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

  • Tracy Nixon

    26th August 2019 at 6:46 pm

    Flying Saucers!

  • Sheena Batey

    26th August 2019 at 6:55 pm

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

  • Lyndsey O’Halloran

    26th August 2019 at 8:04 pm

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

  • fiona waterworth

    26th August 2019 at 8:53 pm

    I loved Palma violets

  • Emma england

    27th August 2019 at 11:47 am

    My favourite as a child were those green turtles.

  • Anonymous

    27th August 2019 at 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 😍

  • Ruth Harwood

    28th August 2019 at 10:26 am

    My faves were always Cola Cubes – I loved them!

  • Jenni

    28th August 2019 at 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.

  • Margaret Clarkson

    28th August 2019 at 3:49 pm

    Fruit Salads

  • Susan B

    29th August 2019 at 2:51 am

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

  • Katerina Economides

    29th August 2019 at 9:29 pm

    I loved Flying Saucers.

  • Kay Broomfield

    29th August 2019 at 10:08 pm

    Pink and white mice!

  • Rebecca Cusick

    30th August 2019 at 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

  • Michelle Smith

    30th August 2019 at 9:06 am

    Palma violets

  • Chelsey Hollings

    30th August 2019 at 10:05 am

    Cola Bottle

  • Helen Arlow

    30th August 2019 at 11:46 am

    I loved cola bottles x

  • Linda Ford

    30th August 2019 at 2:05 pm

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

  • Laura Norcop

    30th August 2019 at 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!)

  • Gemma Clark

    30th August 2019 at 5:05 pm

    Fizzy cola bottles!

  • holly harmsworth

    30th August 2019 at 5:40 pm

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

  • Naila M

    30th August 2019 at 10:52 pm

    My favourite would have to be love hearts 🙂

  • janine atkin

    31st August 2019 at 3:04 pm

    i loved the foam bananas

  • Carole Nott

    31st August 2019 at 3:05 pm

    My favourites were always the liquorice ones especially black jacks

  • Sean Eccles

    31st August 2019 at 3:15 pm

    The pink and blue fizzy bottles

  • A S,Edinburgh

    31st August 2019 at 5:44 pm

    Mine were Fruit Salads. Love Pick n Mix!

  • Lorna Ledger

    31st August 2019 at 5:51 pm

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

  • Kim Neville

    31st August 2019 at 6:39 pm

    my favourites are Fizzy bottles

  • Sheri Darby

    31st August 2019 at 8:29 pm

    Flying saucers

  • Heli L

    31st August 2019 at 8:35 pm

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

  • Lesley Wyles

    31st August 2019 at 11:54 pm

    I LOVED white mice and fizzy cola bottles the best xx

  • Emma Whittaker

    1st September 2019 at 12:41 am

    I love foam shrimps 😋

  • betsy ferguson

    1st September 2019 at 7:45 am


  • Clare Hubbard

    1st September 2019 at 7:50 am

    I love fried eggs and jelly teddies

  • emma kinsey

    1st September 2019 at 8:27 am

    candy bracelets

  • Michelle Ferguson

    1st September 2019 at 10:46 am

    I loved Haribo sweets especially foam strawberries

  • Gillian McClellad

    1st September 2019 at 12:22 pm

    I loved flying saucers

  • Maureen M

    1st September 2019 at 1:20 pm

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

  • Charlotte Cauldwell

    1st September 2019 at 2:01 pm

    Love love love LOVE HEARTS

  • Christine Taylor

    1st September 2019 at 3:29 pm

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

  • Tracey Hallmark

    1st September 2019 at 4:40 pm

    Black Jacks

  • Charlotte isobelle

    1st September 2019 at 4:58 pm

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

  • Jeanette Leighton

    1st September 2019 at 5:21 pm

    Definitely parma violets they are strange but awesome and yummy

  • Susan Smith

    1st September 2019 at 5:43 pm

    Has to be Black Jacks, loved them

  • Caroline Blaza

    1st September 2019 at 5:50 pm

    Love hearts and I still love them

  • Denise Walton

    1st September 2019 at 6:01 pm

    I loved refresher chews

  • Amanda Walsh

    1st September 2019 at 7:13 pm

    I love a drumstick lolly, best sweetie ever

  • Angela Macdonald

    1st September 2019 at 7:17 pm

    white mice or pink shrimps

  • Samantha M

    1st September 2019 at 7:51 pm

    The green turtles were my favourite!

  • Ellen Stafford

    1st September 2019 at 8:11 pm

    Black Jacks….nom nom nom.

  • Sam Cornford

    1st September 2019 at 8:28 pm

    Black jacks were my favourite, still love them

  • Nicola Battensby

    1st September 2019 at 8:47 pm

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

  • Jodie W

    1st September 2019 at 9:05 pm

    those white fish and chip sweets were my favourites

  • Amy Jo mclellan

    1st September 2019 at 10:28 pm

    Fizzy cola bottles all the way!

  • Tammy Neal

    1st September 2019 at 10:49 pm

    Flying saucers

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