==Swizzles Parma Violets==
I am a big sweetie fan and can often be found stocking up on all things sugar filled and generally child like. One of my all time favourites has got to be these Parma violets.
They come in a small packet and I picked mine up at my local newsagent for 10p in the pick and mix area but I do know that over Christmas and holidays they can often be found in large multi packets of sweets sold by supermarkets.
There is 15 small disc shaped sweeties in one wrapper and these are purple in colour. They come wrapped in a clear cellophane wrapper which gives only minimal information about the ingredients and contact information.
The Parma Violets are made from an array of sugars and glucose syrups added with some flavourings and colourings which of course is not overly good but the packet is pretty small so as a treat they are not overly bad. They do however contain no artificial colours which is a good thing.
The smell and the taste of these small little Parma Violets is very nice and something I personally like. Himself tells me I smell like an old granny when I eat them but doesn't overly complain! The taste is really like nothing I have ever eaten before and is very unique. It has a perfumed taste to it which is practically the same as the aroma which comes off of the sweets.
They are very strong tasting and smelling and I shouldn't think they would be to everyone's liking. The taste is very hard to describe other than saying they are very perfumed and sweet as to me all I can say it that they taste like Parma Violets!
Overall I do love these little sweeties and I do know that you can get a different make which do a larger sweet in a larger tube especially for larger people, I guess.
I think if I see these little sweeties I would always pick up a packet as they are a great thing to have in the handbag - although they never stay in mine for too long!
All in all I think a score of 5 stars out of 5 stars and a recommendation.
A nice little sweet to eat as a treat.
I do hope that this has been of some help/interest to you,
Many thanks for taking the time to read.
Parma violets are divisive little sweets, made by Swizzels Matlow in the uk. Some people love them, others hate them. They come in two sizes, the small size tube (wrapped up like a cracker) about as long as your forefinger, with sweets the size of the nail on your little finger. Identical in size to the Fizzers sweets which were sherberty flavoured sweets.
You can get these in a large size - giant parma violets - similar to the size of love hearts. I have also seen these in lolly form (like the double lolly).
The flavour is hard to describe. They smell a bit perfumed, and I think they taste like a very subtle blueberry flavour with hints of rose. Sounds bad but tastes great. And reminds me of my youth!
The name apparently comes from the flower of the Parma Violet, which is apparently small and violet (and presumably perfumed). I havent seen them, and I'd advise against eating these..
I love the fact that old things like Swizzels parma violet sweets for instance, are no longer called old but instead they are retro, does that make me retro now then rather than old?
Anyway, after reading a few reviews lately on these lovely sweets i thought it was time to set the record straight.
It is claimed by many that parma violets along with cherry lips and even floral gums, have a perfume taste, if anyone has ever accidentally tasted perfume by perhaps spraying too much or even by kissing the neck of someone wearing too much then you will know that perfume nips the tongue and has a battery acid like effect, parma violets do not!
Parma violets have a violet flavour and yes I know violet is a colour and tastes of nothing but it is the real way to describe these, they taste mildly of lavender but more of a talcy lavender than a perfume, there is also a fruit hint that people do not seem to notice or at least never mention, true the taste is an acquired one but to say they taste like perfume is just not right.
I have heard a lot of horrid things said about these over the years, they are in my opinion lovely little chalky sweets but others have said things like........
"these should be kept in a locked cupboard incase a blind person should accidentally eat one", "I'd rather eat the floury, talc-flavoured, pebbles from the back of my granny's wardrobe" and "I would rather suck toilet duck through an old sock belonging to an aged gentleman with athletes foot than eat these".
Clear for all to see then that these little retro sweets are not for everyone and I can tell you that of my four grandchildren, two love them and two won't touch them so maybe Parma violets are splitting this country down the middle?
If you love them or want to try them then you can get them in Asda beside all the kids jelly sweets and they come in Swizzels variety packs too, you might also find them in pick n mix`s in certain places!
I've been eating so many sweets since I won a big box of retro sweets at a Christmas Fayre on Saturday! I think I'm about to turn into an Oompa Lumpa! lol
These Parma Violets are yummy and I can't get enough of them, it's weird because I hated them when I was a kid but now I think I'm becoming addicted.
They are small tablet type sweets that come in a plastic wrapper exactly as you can see in the photo above, the packaging hasn't changed in years and neither have the sweets inside.
They do taste quite flowery, I don't know if that is the taste of violets but they are deffo tasting like flowers and nothing else. The sweets are quite chalky to eat but they don't leave my mouth feeling dry like a lot of these sweets. You can either put 2 in your mouth and suck them until they melt down or stick half a dozen in and crunch them up, I'm greedy and put loads in at once because I think the flowery flavour comes through gorgeous like that.
They're not madly sweet but you can taste the sugar in them, I think the violet flavour has disguised the sweetness a bit and that's good because some of these Swizzels sweets are much too sugary for me to enjoy very often.
I love these and will deffo be looking for them in the shops once my big box has all been eaten. My dad eats them and he reckons the loose packs are about 10p in the shop by us, that's a bit of a rip off because you don't get many sweets in the pack and they're proper small but I reckon I'll still buy them sometimes to munch on.
Parma Violets are a bit of a retro sweetie that to be honest I have ever seen in multipack sweet bags, or very small packets for about 10p and not even seen the individual ones for an absolutelage, I am not sure if they are available in packs similiar to the loveheart style big packets, it would be terrible if they were would be like a mouthful of your nana's perfume and half of a flower patch. Suitable for vegetarians, containing only natural colours and gluten free. They are made by Swizzels Matlow of the county of Derbyshire who also manufacture Love Hearts, Fizzers, Parma Violets, Rainbow Drops (another love it or hate it sweet), Double Dip, Drumstick Lollies, and Refresher chews.
They are simply packaged in mostly clear plastic with some purple and pink logoing and twisted at the ends to seal them. Very lilacy and violet in colour as you would expect and in a tiny little roll of teeny little discs of sweets of about 17 sweets I would guess.
They smell very sweet upon opening, of well perfume, not particularly pleasant.
And yet the perfume theme continues with the hard, crunchy little discs filling your mouth like a spray of old fashioned perfume, I can almost taste them now, yack!! Crunchy, powdery and extremely pungent and flavoursome, I think they also have a bit of a soapy undertone, imagine a small lavendery foamy soap sprayed with some really old perfume, leave to go hard and crunchy and that's sort of the taste of these little bad boys.
Sugar, stearic acid, modified starch, glucose syrup, anti-caking agent (magnesium carbonate), flavourings, colour (anthocyanin)
I'd never in a million years buy a roll of these, if you are lucky you will not get too many in any mix that you buy.
I absolutely lurrrrve sweeties and what with Halloween just been and gone there are a lot of sweets still on offer and reduced etc so it wasn't too surprising when I came home the other day and found a big yellow bag of Swizzels Matlows assorted sweets.
Swizzels Matlows for anybody who doesn't know are the people who make the fruit flavoured lollies on the cardboard sticks, lemon sherbets, fizzers (fizzy multicoloured version of Parma violets) and of course, Parma violets. Think sweets from the 80's.
Parma violets are odd little sweets and I think I would find them quite hard to describe to somebody from another country. They are little round lavender colour sweets, they look quite a lot like tablets. In fact I have a guilty little secret - when I was little, say about 8 me and my friends used to pretend that they were drugs! Not that we wanted to be drug dealers or anything I think we just thought that we were cool!
They derive their name from a plant called the 'Parma Violet' which produces lavender colour flowers. There are about 16 sweets in each packet and I know that as I have counted the ones in the picture. Unfortunately I am currently 3/4 of the way through my packet!
***HOW DO THEY TASTE & SMELL***
The are very fragrant, they taste like I how would imagine a sugared violet would smell if ever that existed. (Sounds like something out of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory to me). That's probably me just thinking that as they are made out of sugar and are called violets!
This is a hard thing to describe, they taste almost perfumed, like lavender, it isn't unpleasant but not amazing yet one I have had one I just want another! They are quite pleasant to eat in my opinion as they are very smooth on your tongue if you suck them and if you chew them they turn to powder. They do leave you with quite a thirst though.
In my opinion they are a nice treat every no wand then, maybe at Halloween or Christmas but they aren't something I would have every day.
During my last visit to Tesco's, I found myself drawn to a massive bin they had put out at the end of one of their aisles. This bin contained bumper bags of sweeties - big plastic bags in different colours containing 240g of sweeties for only 84p each. Marked on each bag it said "an assortment of children's favourite sweets." I picked the yellow bag and popped it into my trolley.
The bag of sweets I purchased came with several varieties of sweeties including Parma Violets. Parma Violets contain no artificial colours, which is hard to believe when you look at these lavender sweeties. They come in a purple wrapping and are made by Swizzels.
I think with Parma Violets, either you love them or you hate them. I place myself firmly into the "haters" camp with these things. They smell like something you might clean the toilet with rather than a sweetie. And they taste even worse than they smell.
It seems that violets as a flavour goes back to Victorian times when it was popular to eat desserts made out of flowers. But these violets taste so artificial that any charm the concept of eating flowers may have has is lost.
However, if you are someone who enjoys Parma Violets and other sweeties of this type, or if you are expecting loads of trick or treaters at Halloween, the Bumper Bags now being sold at Tesco containing Parma Violets could be an excellent bargain.
Swizzles Parma Violets
Parma Violets will probably be familiar top most people who are of the 10p mix up generation. They used to be a staple ingredient in the 10 p mix up and provided a bit of change from the foamy/jelly based sweets. Had it not been for their inclusion in the 10p mix up it would have been very unlikely that I would have purchased them separately. In fact I had almost forgotten about them until I recently attend my niece's birthday party and I was only too happy to take another trip down memory lane.
What is a Parma violet?
A Parma Violet is a violet (I would call it purple) sweet. The sweet comes in a roll of about ten. They are pretty small about the same size as a watch battery maybe a little smaller. The sweets are disk shaped and are similar texture to a refresher.
I was keen to try the Parma violets when I seen them at the party. For some reason I remembered them very fondly perhaps I had my violet tinted sunglasses on because to be honest I was not impressed by them at all.
The smell of the sweet reminded of perfume that you might expect an old lady to be wearing and in large quantities the smell of this sweet could be sickening. The taste wasn't much better. It was somewhere in between a refresher and an aspirin. I know some people in my company really liked them so perhaps it's a case you either like them or you don't. For me I didn't like them and came away with the feeling that some things are better left forgotten.
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~ Personal Experience ~
Parma Violets, where do I start? You normally get these as part of a large pack of sweets with swizzle sticks and lollies and little sticky balls amongst many other bits and bobs. Shaped like a tablet or pill, they can be deceiving but still give a great smell and taste which will make you grasping for more and more.
These were the only unique pack in the toffee back as they were the only type to be packaged with only one flavour. Other flavours couldn't carry it off like Parma Violets mainly because of the taste, but they would normally mix lots of flavours together for these types of sweets.
I used to love eating these mainly at Christmas time sat by the fire and watching a decent movie, you can't beat it.
~ Did you know...~
Did you know that Parma Violets are an actual plant which has lavender flowers which vary in size. These plants give off a strong perfume smell and hence that's why these sweets are called "Parma Violets".
~ Taste Test ~
They taste how they look and feel! You feel as if you are eating medicine or taking something to relief a headache but your just relieving your hunger or at least for half an hour as they aren't that filling.
They taste rather like a Calpol, maybe that's just me but I find they taste like a dried powdered version of the children's medicines.
~ Smell Test ~
Alert: Strong smelling! Yes they do smell quite strong, not sure why really. It could be that they are made with a huge amount of sherbet which gives them their unique aroma. I personally love the smell of the packaging after opening a tube of these, they just smell very appealing, a must try for any sweet lover.
~ Price & Shop ~
You can buy them from the website aquarterof (see link below) for around £2 per quarter of a kilogram which isn't that bad considering how much you get. I really would recommend this little website as it has allsorts of retro sweeties which will feed your need to go an look for all the sweets you remember when you were a child.
~ In my opinion... ~
I think that these are loved by many sweetie admirers all over the UK. This type of candy is always going to be a hit as they have a unique colour, unique smell and disc shaped. Now you can actually buy massive Parma violets which just about fit into your mouth, I can see a lot of fillings coming my way if they do!
With a great flavour, nice smell to them and lots of them to fit in your mouth all at once, this candy is a true classic and recommended by me.
~ Overall Rating ~