Product Type: Candy King Sweets
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Candy King Pic n Mix
Member Name: m_illie
Candy King Pic n Mix
Date: 04/08/12, updated on 04/08/12 (580 review reads)
Disadvantages: Not necessarily healthy
Now that Woolworth's is gone its difficult to find anywhere decent to buy little bits and pieces for the cinema which in my town centre is conveniently placed only an escalator away. One of my favourite treats I used to love when I was younger was pick n' mix and in recent trip to Wilkinson's I noticed they had an entire section dedicated to this all neatly under the brand Candy King.
I must admit that until I spotted this in Wilkinson's, I'd never heard of this brand. A quick google search tells me that it is originally a Swedish brand that expanded across Europe and now caters to Scandinavia, Ireland and the UK. Their website is not strictly limited to selling pick n' mix however and also has wallpapers to download, options to create your own invitations (such as for a children's party)
and games. As well as this however, there are also sections dedicated to healthy eating and also a neat little 'toothbrush school' which aims to "keep the cavities away". I think this is a great addition as it shows that a healthy medium need be met especially for young children, when treating oneself to so many sugary treats.
Instead of what I'm used to to grab yourself some pick n' mix instore you use a cup rather than a bag. Each cup is a set price depending on whether they are regular, medium or large and are the following prices:
regular - 1.99
medium - £2.99
large - 3.99
If bought at the cinema complex itself however I have noticed that they sometimes cost more than this, so its worth popping into a Wilkinson's or WHSmith's if possible.
The treats that are available to buy are categorised in the following way:
covered sweets - such as jellybeans and mini eggs
foam - such as snakes and fried eggs (the kind you find in a Haribo bag)
hardboiled - pear drops etc
jelly - american hard gums, coca cola bottles, jelly babies
others - pink pigs/ice creams/white mice, jazzies
The products they use all appear to be of good quality and tend to taste exactly how I remember. The display is often very varied and there is lots of variety. It is very easy to grab the sweets you want as all you have to do is lift up the plastic lid of the case they are kept in and use a scoop to get the amount you want.
While the cup is a little awkward to use and sometimes is a little heavy I must admit it is useful knowing that you have the right amount of change to cover the cost of it. I remember being younger and worrying that my pocket money wasn't enough to cover what I had gotten and having to rough estimate the weight of what I'd chosen. This way however it does mean I cram as much as I can in and because I'm pretty frugal have been know to position the pieces in a specific way to ensure I can get as much for my buck as possible!
I would definitely recommend choosing Candy King if you can and you are looking to buy some pick n' mix. Every time I have purchased pick n' mix since discovering the stand in my local Wilkinson's I must admit they have always been high quality and great tasting. They make a nice treat to have once in a while as I'm sure the products aren't necessarily the healthiest thing to eat regularly. It is the perfect compliment to any cinema viewing if you don't want (or can't afford!) the popcorn sold at the cinema. If you are looking to purchase some pick n' mix online and have it delivered however I would definitely recommend a website called clicknmix.co.uk which offers reasonably cheap products and postage delivered to your door.
Thanks for reading
Summary: A nice treat