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…