Giving the Gift of Sweets with Swizzels

Now Bonfire Night is over, Christmas is already on the horizon. It only seems like five minutes since we were bagging up last year’s wrapping paper!

With only 6 weeks to go, it’s time to start talking presents, and if you’re shopping for a family, or one of those people who are impossible to buy for – we all know at least one of them, and they’re usually male! – then a Christmas hamper is a great way to go. And if you fancy a break from the chutneys and jams, retro sweet makers, Swizzels might just have the answer!

If you were a child of the 70s or 80s, there would have been few things more exciting than a trip to Woolworths or your local corner shop with 50p clutched in your soon-to-be sticky little mitts. The penny sweets beckoned in all their sugary glory, all you had to do was choose where your pennies would go. With Swizzels hampers, you can recreate that sense of glee for adults, or bring it alive for the kids you have in your life today.

Sweet Hampers for Any Taste and Budget

Swizzels really have something for everyone this Christmas, from single sweet sensations, to mixed boxes of all flavours. The Parma Violets Hamper might be an acquired taste, but for those of a certain age they’ll certainly bring a smile, and with 560g in a box that smile will last a good long while for just £7.99!

If you’re looking for variety, the mixed hampers range from £10.99 to £21.99, and they’re packed with all sorts of childhood favourites, from Love Hearts (Remember those? Who did you give your prized messages to?) and fizzy Double Dips, to the more recent innovations of Drumstick Squashies.

And here’s something you might not know – Swizzels also offer a collection of dedicated vegetarian and vegan sweets hampers.

For years, veggies have struggled to indulge in sweeties because such a huge number contain gelatine derived from animals. Understanding this frustration, Swizzels substituted the gelatine for plant-based alternatives in an enormous range of their sweets, from Drumsticks to Refreshers (do you remember that mighty sherbet rush tingling on your tongue as you chewed your way through your Refreshers?!), without changing the taste. So, your veggie friends can enjoy a tasty trip down memory lane along with everyone else this Christmas.

Sweet hampers are a really great choice for Christmas. They’re affordable. They’re tasty. And they’re guaranteed to put a smile on anyone’s face. What more could you want?

Swizzels Hamper Give Away

If you’re in the mood for a freebie, I have two smashing Swizzels Retro Sweet Hampers  (£20.99) to give away.

The prize – for two lucky winners!

Each hamper contains:

In addition to a 500g mix of classic Swizzel sweets, you will also get: 2 x Giant Parma Violet rolls, 2 x Giant Love Hearts rolls, 2 x Giant Fizzer rolls, 1 x 160g bag of Drumstick Squashies (Original flavour), 1 x 160g bag of Drumstick Squashies (Sour Cherry and Apple flavour), 1 x 160g bag of Drumstick Squashies (Bubblegum flavour), 3 x Refresher Stick pack (Original flavour), 2 x Refresher Stick pack (Strawberry flavour), 2 x Drumstick Stick pack (Original flavour).

The dimensions of the hamper are 10.5cm high x 30cm wide x 18cm deep.

Total weight of the hamper is approximately 1.75kg This is comprised of 1.4kg of sweets, plus the weight of the hamper.

Entry is via the GLEAM widget below and the giveaway is open to UK entrants only.  Terms and conditions apply which can be found on my giveaways page.

The giveaway ends at 11:59 pm on Sunday 2 December.

Swizzels Retro Sweet Hamper (x 2)

Good luck!

 

 

 


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185 Comments

  1. Tracy Nixon
    7 November, 2018 / 6:53 pm

    I loved lemon and strawberry bon bons!

  2. Solange
    7 November, 2018 / 7:03 pm

    I loved fizzy cola bottles.

  3. Kim Neville
    7 November, 2018 / 7:16 pm

    I liked toffee treats which they don’t do any more

  4. Lisa Rowsell
    7 November, 2018 / 7:27 pm

    It was a toss up between rainbow drops, and love hearts.

  5. Jo m welsh
    7 November, 2018 / 7:55 pm

    I liked refreshers and the parma violets sweets .

  6. Natalie Crossan
    7 November, 2018 / 8:52 pm

    I really loved pear drops because my grandma always gave them to me

  7. Lynn Neal
    7 November, 2018 / 9:13 pm

    I liked fruit salads

  8. Lesley Bradley
    7 November, 2018 / 9:32 pm

    Showing my age now, mine was Toffos

  9. Laura Pyper
    8 November, 2018 / 7:45 am

    Rhubarb and custard sweets

  10. Cez
    8 November, 2018 / 9:17 am

    I used to absolutely love caramac!

  11. Sally Morrison
    8 November, 2018 / 9:42 am

    I love all the retro sweets! Mine has to be refreshers though, just love them! Well any of the chewy kind really.
    These make great presents too!

  12. Angie McDonald
    8 November, 2018 / 9:48 am

    TOFFOS! I was gutted when they stopped making them!

  13. Victoria Prince
    8 November, 2018 / 10:35 am

    My favourite were the jelly blackberries and raspberries – they were jelly sweets covered in little sugar ball “pips”. I haven’t seen them for years

    This post brought back so many memories 🙂 I used to love going to our local newsagents (often with 10 or 20p!) and choosing from their penny sweets.

    • Victoria Prince
      8 November, 2018 / 10:36 am

      and I have just accidentally put my name in the widget as holodeck …don’t ask!!

  14. iain maciver
    8 November, 2018 / 10:39 am

    cola bottles

  15. Helen Porter
    8 November, 2018 / 10:42 am

    rainbows I loved them my mum used to get them from the shop on a Saturday for me

  16. Jade Jones
    8 November, 2018 / 11:08 am

    floral gums and parma violets

  17. clair downham
    8 November, 2018 / 11:09 am

    cola bottles

  18. Tess D
    8 November, 2018 / 11:14 am

    cough candy twists were my favourite sweet when I was a child

  19. Andrew Petrie
    8 November, 2018 / 11:14 am

    It was along toffee thing with chocolate down the middle . I can’t remember what is was called.

  20. Jo McPherson
    8 November, 2018 / 11:16 am

    I loved pineapple cubes, sweet peanuts, cola cubes etc

  21. Bex
    8 November, 2018 / 11:19 am

    I love that there are so many vegetarian sweets now 😍

  22. Lorraine Stone
    8 November, 2018 / 11:25 am

    Sherbet pips. You used to get loads for your pocket money 🙂

  23. Amandeep Sibia
    8 November, 2018 / 11:28 am

    I loved a Refresher bar…still do 🙂

  24. Karen Barrett
    8 November, 2018 / 11:32 am

    Black jacks

  25. Joanne Beale
    8 November, 2018 / 11:36 am

    Foam bananas

  26. Claire F
    8 November, 2018 / 11:40 am

    Cola Cubes x

  27. Laura Banks
    8 November, 2018 / 11:44 am

    blackjacks and i still eat them now

  28. MM
    8 November, 2018 / 12:12 pm

    Texas bars.

  29. Jo Carroll
    8 November, 2018 / 12:23 pm

    Rhubarb and Custards…but I did love a sherbet dip 😉

  30. julie f
    8 November, 2018 / 12:40 pm

    Palma Violets

  31. Stacy L
    8 November, 2018 / 12:47 pm

    I loved Drumstick lollies!

  32. Rich Tyler
    8 November, 2018 / 12:47 pm

    Love Hearts!

  33. Alice Dixon
    8 November, 2018 / 1:23 pm

    I loved Parma violets as a child, actually I still do!

  34. LISA EVERAERT
    8 November, 2018 / 1:27 pm

    I absolutely loved Rainbow Drops and peanut brittle as a child.

  35. Katie B
    8 November, 2018 / 1:41 pm

    Dib dabs, loved sherbert!

  36. Lindsey Stuart
    8 November, 2018 / 1:42 pm

    I used to love Irn bru bars when I was little

  37. Keri Jones
    8 November, 2018 / 1:50 pm

    My favourite childhood sweets were flying saucers 🙂 xx

  38. Susan B
    8 November, 2018 / 1:54 pm

    I was raised in the Antipodes so my favourite sweet was chocolate fish.

  39. Margaret Clarkson
    8 November, 2018 / 1:54 pm

    Acid Drops

  40. Kate Loader
    8 November, 2018 / 2:08 pm

    Chewing Nuts!

  41. Amanda Hart
    8 November, 2018 / 2:17 pm

    strawberry bonbons, I used to have them when I went to the cinema

  42. Annabel Greaves
    8 November, 2018 / 2:21 pm

    I love sherbet dip

  43. Kathleen marsden
    8 November, 2018 / 2:38 pm

    Flying saucers were the best and bubble gum the round pink one

  44. 8 November, 2018 / 2:40 pm

    Toffos and highland toffee bars! Thanks for a lovely giveaway x

  45. Jackie Howell
    8 November, 2018 / 2:57 pm

    foam bananas

  46. Tony Metcalfe
    8 November, 2018 / 3:00 pm

    Sherbert lemons, fruit salad or midget gems. Couldn’t choose between them then either!

  47. kelly wheelhouse
    8 November, 2018 / 3:04 pm

    Parma Violets were my absolute favourite! and Frosties!! they were cola flavoured sweets

  48. Nicola Marshall
    8 November, 2018 / 3:05 pm

    Cola bottles and I still love them now.

  49. Hayley Lynch
    8 November, 2018 / 3:13 pm

    Parma Violets But also loved floral gums

  50. Amy Bondoc
    8 November, 2018 / 3:40 pm

    Parma Violets were my favourite sweet as a child and they still are now, they are sooo addictive!

  51. Rachel Arnup
    8 November, 2018 / 3:52 pm

    Parma Violets, they’re still my fave too!

  52. glenn hutton
    8 November, 2018 / 3:56 pm

    Sweet peanuts… They sort of make them today but not correctly as the originals had crushed peanuts in both ends whereas today’s ones are just solid! ;(

  53. nicola dean
    8 November, 2018 / 4:03 pm

    Parma Violets were my favourite!

  54. Kelly Knowles
    8 November, 2018 / 4:04 pm

    I loved rhubarb and custards sweets, mainly because they reminded me of my nan

  55. Louise Reeks
    8 November, 2018 / 4:08 pm

    Flumps or shrimps, dont taste the same now 🙁

  56. pete c
    8 November, 2018 / 4:17 pm

    my favourite was banana flavoured toffee chews – delicious!

  57. Jessica Nightingale
    8 November, 2018 / 4:21 pm

    I loved, (and still love), Sherbet Lemons.

  58. Danielle Pooley
    8 November, 2018 / 4:27 pm

    My favourite sweet was Cola bottles

  59. andrea tinkler
    8 November, 2018 / 4:34 pm

    Parma violets are gorgeous. I loved them as a child and still love them now

  60. Aysha Begum
    8 November, 2018 / 4:37 pm

    Campino strawberry and yogurt round sweets, i used to love them!!

  61. Vivien Baird
    8 November, 2018 / 5:12 pm

    I loved lemon sherbet crystals with a 1d hardduce licorice

  62. Kasper
    8 November, 2018 / 5:40 pm

    Cadbury Roses!

  63. Laura Turner
    8 November, 2018 / 5:51 pm

    I loved palma violets and still do. Two in each cheek.

  64. Angela treadway
    8 November, 2018 / 6:06 pm

    i used to love eating a pack of millions on my school break x

  65. Chloe Taylor
    8 November, 2018 / 6:56 pm

    Barratt’s milk bottles (with the flour on!)

  66. Margaret GALLAGHER
    8 November, 2018 / 7:14 pm

    Spangles whoops im showing my age

  67. KEV C
    8 November, 2018 / 7:44 pm

    I liked drumsticks 🙂

  68. Katie J Blackmore
    8 November, 2018 / 7:48 pm

    Rhubarb and custard

  69. Adrienne McGroder
    8 November, 2018 / 7:48 pm

    Loved Opal Fruits, (now Starburst)

  70. Ella Langford
    8 November, 2018 / 8:02 pm

    Without a doubt cola cubes

  71. Claire Nutman
    8 November, 2018 / 8:22 pm

    Lemon bon bons from the large container and the man would weigh them out….

  72. Abby
    8 November, 2018 / 8:33 pm

    Those parma violets, even now they’re so delicious and one of my favourites 😀

  73. Sarah-Jane Carter
    8 November, 2018 / 8:52 pm

    my favourite sweet as a kid was the white mice xx

  74. Katie
    8 November, 2018 / 9:01 pm

    I loved sherbet saucers

  75. Claire Woods
    8 November, 2018 / 9:16 pm

    flying saucers

  76. olivia kirby
    8 November, 2018 / 9:20 pm

    those foam bananas and mint mojos

  77. Lubeelu
    8 November, 2018 / 10:04 pm

    Love dibdab and giant shrimps

  78. kerri copeland
    8 November, 2018 / 10:09 pm

    blackmjacks and fruit cocktails

  79. Carole E
    8 November, 2018 / 10:31 pm

    Sherbet dip

  80. Kirsty
    8 November, 2018 / 10:56 pm

    My favourite sweets were/are fruit pastimes!

  81. A S,Edinburgh
    8 November, 2018 / 11:25 pm

    My favourites were Fruit Salads and Liquorice Blackcurrants.

  82. Tracy Clark
    8 November, 2018 / 11:30 pm

    I used to love sports mixtures

  83. Kevin000
    9 November, 2018 / 12:27 am

    Flying Saucers!

  84. craig austin
    9 November, 2018 / 8:37 am

    Mine was and still is Parma Violets even have that flavour in my ecig

  85. Jodie A Green
    9 November, 2018 / 9:34 am

    double dip!

  86. Stacey Turner
    9 November, 2018 / 10:28 am

    Beer bottle jelly sweets

  87. Nancy Bradford
    9 November, 2018 / 10:42 am

    You font see them around much anymore but I used to love these pink candies that tasted a bit like Pepto Bismal.

  88. Jade Hewlett
    9 November, 2018 / 11:03 am

    My favourites were the cola bottle sweets

  89. Helen Tovell
    9 November, 2018 / 11:12 am

    Fizzy cola bottles for me

  90. Sheena Batey
    9 November, 2018 / 11:59 am

    Milk Bottles

  91. Jo m welsh
    9 November, 2018 / 12:35 pm

    Commented on make more family time low maintenance gardens .

  92. Sarah N
    9 November, 2018 / 1:51 pm

    White chocolate mice

  93. Inga
    9 November, 2018 / 3:17 pm

    I loved and still do, black jacks and fruit salads 🙂

  94. john prendergast
    9 November, 2018 / 6:25 pm

    lemon bon bons

  95. Helen Stratton
    9 November, 2018 / 9:35 pm

    I loved Sweet Peanuts as I adored the burst of salt.

  96. Alice Gilkes
    9 November, 2018 / 11:28 pm

    My favourite sweets were Refreshers.

  97. Clare Hubbard
    10 November, 2018 / 12:05 pm

    I loved drum stick lollies

  98. Fiona Rennie
    10 November, 2018 / 12:39 pm

    I loved Kola cubes

  99. Susan Hall
    10 November, 2018 / 1:27 pm

    liquorice

  100. Tracy Newton
    10 November, 2018 / 2:10 pm

    I loved, and still do, fruit salads

  101. Lisa Wilkinson
    10 November, 2018 / 5:00 pm

    Fizz Bombs

  102. Victoria Lovell
    10 November, 2018 / 6:43 pm

    Jelly beans

  103. Nicki Ramsay
    10 November, 2018 / 7:16 pm

    I loved Blackjacks (especially poking my black stained tongue out at people after eating them!) 😉

  104. Heather
    10 November, 2018 / 7:42 pm

    Shrimp and bananas 🙂

  105. Tom Morrison
    10 November, 2018 / 8:04 pm

    If I won this the son-in-law would mug me for it lol

  106. Karen Dixon
    10 November, 2018 / 9:01 pm

    Loved sherbet any flavour I would eat it with a spoon

  107. Geri Gregg
    11 November, 2018 / 5:52 am

    My favourite sweet as a child were definitely cola bottles

  108. Karen R
    11 November, 2018 / 7:43 am

    I loved Strawberry Bonbons xx

  109. Ailsa
    11 November, 2018 / 7:44 am

    A 10p bag. One of everything!

  110. Lucy Barlow
    11 November, 2018 / 8:13 am

    How could anyone choose!?!
    Spearmint Chews
    Toffee Bonbons
    Nougat Bars…

    I could go… and on… and on…

  111. Ruth Harwood
    11 November, 2018 / 9:26 am

    Black Jacks and Fruit Salads! xx

  112. Wendy Gordon
    11 November, 2018 / 9:30 am

    Love all of these especially parma violets

  113. Cherry Lloyd
    11 November, 2018 / 1:12 pm

    I used to love a bag of rhubarb and custards, failing that it would be pineapple cubes or cola cubes.

  114. Kay Sherman
    11 November, 2018 / 1:34 pm

    I loved Parma Violets probably a little bit too much

  115. Mike Gerrie
    11 November, 2018 / 1:38 pm

    My favourites were Parma Violets and Black Jack chews

  116. charlotte wilde
    11 November, 2018 / 4:09 pm

    wham bars – i loved the bits of sherbet in them

  117. katherine s
    11 November, 2018 / 4:33 pm

    I had way too many favourite sweets. Loved going to the shop as a child and buying penny sweets! Cola bottles, shrimps and the lollies you would pay 5p for were my fave.

  118. ADEINNE TONNER
    11 November, 2018 / 5:43 pm

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

  119. Iain Colquhoun
    11 November, 2018 / 6:48 pm

    It has to be Spangles. Yum, Yum.

  120. Laura Bryant
    11 November, 2018 / 6:49 pm

    Jelly beans

  121. 11 November, 2018 / 6:52 pm

    I loved Blackjacks and Fruit Salads – they were great penny sweets x

  122. Stevie-Kay Oliver
    11 November, 2018 / 7:05 pm

    I loved the banana/toffee chews, I can’t remember their proper name as never seen them again in a while

  123. Adele Hill
    11 November, 2018 / 7:25 pm

    Sherbet dip

  124. Jo Hutchings
    11 November, 2018 / 7:36 pm

    I really loved sherbet spaceships and white chocolate mice.

  125. Marc H
    11 November, 2018 / 8:06 pm

    I had a slight addiction to Rhubarb and Custards as a kid.

  126. Ellen Stafford
    11 November, 2018 / 8:20 pm

    Cola bottles

  127. Christine Lockley
    11 November, 2018 / 8:30 pm

    Sherbet Fountains

  128. Keri Brooks
    11 November, 2018 / 8:55 pm

    Loved dip dabs

  129. Emma H
    11 November, 2018 / 9:11 pm

    Blackjacks

  130. Christina Palmer
    11 November, 2018 / 11:44 pm

    Sherbert Lemons was always my favourite

  131. Sarah Blackwell-Hughes
    12 November, 2018 / 11:16 am

    Love Hearts

  132. Reana Scott
    12 November, 2018 / 2:11 pm

    i love palma violets they are lush

  133. Katrina Adams
    12 November, 2018 / 4:46 pm

    Double dips were always my favourite, I still enjoy the occasional one now.

  134. charlotte
    12 November, 2018 / 5:22 pm

    jazzies or the fish out of a yorkshire mixture as they remind me of my gran

  135. Lorna Ledger
    12 November, 2018 / 5:53 pm

    Palma Violets are lovely, I love all the sweets like this, so fingers crossed

  136. Samantha O'D
    12 November, 2018 / 8:01 pm

    Pick n mix and Wham bars

  137. Andrea Upton
    12 November, 2018 / 8:03 pm

    Army and Navy Sweets

  138. Sarah Summers
    12 November, 2018 / 10:12 pm

    ❤️ Parma violets could eat them all day long 😋

  139. Alison Johnson
    12 November, 2018 / 11:51 pm

    Black jacks. They used to cost 1/2p & I remember me & my brother looking in a mirror to look at our black tongues!

  140. Lisa King
    13 November, 2018 / 9:38 am

    I loved chocolate foil cups

  141. Ursula Hunt
    13 November, 2018 / 10:11 am

    I loved Strawberry sherbets and mum used to buy me a 1/4 after dance class

  142. 13 November, 2018 / 11:10 am

    I used to love fizzy cola bottles as a child. I still love them now x

  143. k walsh
    13 November, 2018 / 1:40 pm

    it was all about parma violets for me

  144. Linda Ford
    13 November, 2018 / 2:17 pm

    I loved pear drops even though they cut the roof of your mouth!

  145. Corinne Peat
    13 November, 2018 / 6:49 pm

    I loved black Jacks!

  146. maria blythin
    13 November, 2018 / 7:40 pm

    spangles x

  147. Emma Morgan
    13 November, 2018 / 8:23 pm

    Fruit salads where my favourite x

  148. Hayley F
    13 November, 2018 / 9:03 pm

    Pineapple chunks x

  149. Helen Arlow
    13 November, 2018 / 9:50 pm

    I loved wham bars x

  150. Karen Von kriegsheim
    14 November, 2018 / 10:41 am

    Fizzy cola bottles were my favourite

  151. Marycarol
    14 November, 2018 / 12:12 pm

    Loved white mice and parma violets x

  152. Danielle Moore
    14 November, 2018 / 4:00 pm

    Fizzers and refreshers are my fav

  153. Rebecca Mercer
    14 November, 2018 / 5:42 pm

    Has to be cola bottles

  154. Emma Walton
    14 November, 2018 / 5:59 pm

    I had several including love hearts, space dust, lemon sherberts, rhubarb and custard and I still love them.

  155. Kim Murray
    14 November, 2018 / 6:04 pm

    Loved Flying Saucers x

  156. Carly Belsey
    14 November, 2018 / 6:36 pm

    I used to love cola cubes and also black jacks and also toffee crumble lol.

  157. ashleigh allan
    14 November, 2018 / 9:29 pm

    Foam bananas!

  158. Richard R
    15 November, 2018 / 3:38 am

    Chewy Cola bottles

  159. Laura Wheatley
    15 November, 2018 / 1:18 pm

    I loves the little chocolate cups that came in the different colour foil wrappers

  160. Rachel Craig
    15 November, 2018 / 3:18 pm

    Marshmallows.

  161. Alice Colling
    15 November, 2018 / 4:28 pm

    Toffees

  162. melanie stirling
    15 November, 2018 / 5:28 pm

    Well being really old, it was Spangles.

  163. Amanda Gregory
    15 November, 2018 / 5:57 pm

    Acid Drops were my favourites as a child.

  164. Iris Tilley
    15 November, 2018 / 6:27 pm

    I loved the Pink mice was really tasty

  165. Mark R
    15 November, 2018 / 6:40 pm

    I liked pink shrimps and cola bottles, and also Pacers.

  166. Kelly leigh
    15 November, 2018 / 6:46 pm

    Showing my age here…… Chewing Nuts

  167. Lyndsey Cooksey
    15 November, 2018 / 7:05 pm

    Oh my ♥ Parma violets I love them! They taste like perfume but I don’t care!

  168. TRACY MANNING
    15 November, 2018 / 7:35 pm

    Drum stick lollies are my favourite!

  169. Sam Parkes
    15 November, 2018 / 8:32 pm

    I loved dib dabs, was the sherbert I loved

  170. gemma hendry
    16 November, 2018 / 11:17 pm

    jelly sprogs were my fave sweet as a child

  171. HELEN GOSSAGE
    17 November, 2018 / 10:53 am

    Chocolate buttons, still are 🙂

  172. Helen Grayson
    17 November, 2018 / 2:04 pm

    Fruit Polos – used to eat them all at time from the vending machines when they were only 20p

  173. Jenn Gillies
    17 November, 2018 / 2:34 pm

    I grew up in the US and my favourite was twizzlers, however my husband loved cola cubes.

  174. Lindsey Jones
    17 November, 2018 / 4:00 pm

    Foam bananas

  175. justine meyer
    17 November, 2018 / 8:38 pm

    I loved parma violets and I still do x

  176. Elizabeth Smith
    18 November, 2018 / 2:39 pm

    Butterscotch

  177. Emma Hill
    18 November, 2018 / 6:10 pm

    Rainbow drops .. I used to eat them with milk.

  178. Carole Nott
    18 November, 2018 / 8:51 pm

    Loved sherbert fountains

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