Tuesday, 18 December 2012

Pocket money sweets - Christmas treats

I’m of an age where I can remember running to the corner shop with 10p in my pocket and being able to buy a big back of mixed sweets – chews, lollies, sherbet, liquorice – oh my, heaven for a kid. When I do the ‘I remember when’ speech now, I see Dot’s eyes glaze over as she thinks ‘here we go again, back to the days of the dinosaurs’.

But there’s some sweets that have been around as long as I have, maybe longer, and that’s the sherbet lollies, Love Hearts, Parma Violets and little fizzy sweets made by Swizzels Matlow. The Drumsticks and Refresher Chews came later if I remember rightly – and the refreshers were my favourite when I was about 11.  

So you can imagine how pleased I was to be sent a selection of sweets by Swizzels to review – yes that’s right, I was like a kid in a sweet shop! 


My favourite of the lot was this beautiful tin containing all of the sweets I’ve just mentioned. The packaging hits the message just right – a traditional look but with a slightly 3-D lid that stops it being old fashioned. It’s one tin that won’t be going into the recycling this Christmas as it will make such a lovely container for cakes and biscuits.

The sweets? Well they were just as I remembered them, perhaps smaller – or is it just that I’ve got bigger? I also remembered that I’m not really a fan of Parma Violets (but I know somebody who is so that’s okay). And Refresher Chews are still my favourites, though I do have a penchant for sherbet lollies, too.

I was also sent several tubes of sweets that are great as stocking fillers – Drumsticks, Love Hearts and Refresher Chews – and I will use them for that purpose. Except for the Refresher Chews, which I’ve eaten…


  1. We did not have these sweets growing up, but your post makes me think of how easy it is to feel like a little kid again when faced with treats from the past. The tin makes me think of the tin lunch boxes we had as a kid with the hard plastic handle. They had superheroes on them, (e.g., wonder woman, superman, spiderman, etc.). Cute post.

    1. Thank you for your comment and hello from 40s Chic. I can't help it when faced with a pile of kid sweets like these, I end up eating them all. I know the lunch boxes you're thinking of, they were cool.

  2. Oh boy I loved the penny tray, but you have to admit it was stressful making the right choices!

  3. Wasn't it just! But the shopkeeper didn't seem to mind a bunch of kids taking all day to pick out a few sweets, I bet that wouldn't happen now. Thanks for your comment Tabitha.

  4. I got that box of sweets for my birthday in october yummmy!

    Merry Christmas to you and your family!

  5. Ohh we had a box of them at Christmas....There are none left...lol A huge hit in our house :)


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