Pick and mix sweets are a time honoured institution, they have been coveted by children of all generations since their US launch in 1886. They arrived on British shores around 20 years later and their popularity has never waned. The bright colours, playful shapes and tinsel-like wrappers are instantly recognisable, offering enticing treats that even adults can’t resist. However, of the stunning array on offer, which have proven to be the most popular? The fact is perennial favourites come in many sizes, textures and tastes. This endless variety, all nestled in one bag, is the most enjoyable aspect of the pick and mix experience.
A sweet that never goes out of fashion are chocolate covered nuts and raisins. Maybe we can kid ourselves it’s a healthy alternative, or maybe we are hooked on creamy cocoa complimented by the chewy treasure within, either way, it’s a winning combination.
No sweet shop display would be complete without its gummy jelly section, whether they look like babies, dolphins or worms, or taste like cola or fruit is irrelevant. The real joy of these confections comes from tearing them apart with your teeth, then letting the mouth-watering tang melt satisfyingly onto your tongue.
The neon foam shrimp and banana section is also one that is visited regularly, they might not take long to eat, but there’s enough bite in the nougat finish to adequately excite the senses. The pink and yellow hues make these a real retro sweet, ideal to offer at parties for kids of all ages.
Chews come encased in a tight protective layer of paper which can be rather tricky to negotiate, but the sticky softness inside is worth the wait. They are not the easiest sweets to eat, but as a result, their tongue tingling fruitiness is enjoyably released over a longer time.
Any pick and mix expedition needs a final flourish, and once you have finished the entire bag, a lolly is perfect for the journey home.