Taking a trip down memory lane with Swizzels

Last week, I was explaining to oldest how different things are now to when I was a kid. We were in a shopping centre in the town I grew up in, looking for my wife and other two kids who had been to a couple of other shops.

“Aren’t you going to phone them then?” he asked me. Ordinarily, I would have done, but being in a place I’d known since his age must have changed my mindset a little. “We didn’t do that when this place was first built,” I said. “We didn’t have phones.”

Yes, I immediately felt old, but I persevered. I told him about all the technological and cultural changes there had been since the 1980s.

I loved his expression as I told him that things like the Internet and health and safety didn’t exist, that the pop charts mattered and that we only had four TV channels.

Clearly, he found it difficult to imagine. “What was the same then?” he asked. Good question! I mentioned riding bikes, kicking a ball around, roller discos and reading, but struggled to think of anything else off the top of my head.

A few days later, an email arrived in my inbox and reminded me of another one. Swizzels! Yes, the iconic sweets are just as I remember them.

Every week, my sister and I would go to the newsagent just around the corner from where I was speaking to oldest and spend our pocket money on them.

I would wolf down my sweets in a matter of minutes and spend the next few days trying to persuade her to share hers. Which she always did. Sorry, sis!

Double Dips, Refreshers, Drumsticks and Love Hearts were among our favourites, but we were familiar with the whole range.

Some personalised tubes of Love Hearts.

If you’re on the lookout for a Mother’s Day gift for a mum of my age, Swizzels have some great gift ideas to choose from. These include Personalised Love Hearts.

Also available are a range of Mother’s Day Hampers packed with much-loved favourites from back in the day.

Maybe I should order one of them for my sister to make up for all the sweets I cadged back in the 1980s!

Of course, another thing that we had both then and now are giveaways, so let’s have one now, shall we?

I have two Retro Sweet Wicker Hampers to give away. To be in with a chance of winning one, enter via Rafflecopter below.

You can use as many of the entry methods as you like and two winners will be drawn at random. Good luck!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Disclosure: this is a paid collaboration with Swizzels.

185 Comments
  • iain maciver
    February 26, 2019

    loved double dip and parma violets

  • Katie
    February 26, 2019

    drumstick lollies were always my favourite

  • Tracy Nixon
    February 26, 2019

    Sweet Hearts

  • Amy SIMPSON
    February 26, 2019

    Drumstick lollies for me x

  • Sarah-Jane Carter
    February 26, 2019

    I loved dipple dip I still do x

  • John Prendergast
    February 26, 2019

    drumstick lollies

  • Angela treadway
    February 26, 2019

    love hearts x

  • Catherine S
    February 26, 2019

    Drumsticks were my favourite

  • Solange
    February 26, 2019

    Drumstick lollies.

  • KEV C
    February 26, 2019

    I liked the drumsticks 🙂

  • Ellen Stafford
    February 26, 2019

    Drumstick lollies 🙂

  • Susan B
    February 26, 2019

    The drumsticks always did it for me. Absolutely delicious!

  • pete c
    February 26, 2019

    mine were always the long lasting Drumstick lollies!

  • Sadiyya Maryam
    February 26, 2019

    The Drumstick Lollies without a doubt!

  • Sheena Batey
    February 26, 2019

    Parma Violets

  • ADEINNE TONNER
    February 26, 2019

    For me it had to be drumsticks i used to love them as a child

  • Natalie Charman
    February 26, 2019

    Parma violets

  • Natalie Burgess
    February 26, 2019

    Parma Violets xx

  • Jayne Townson
    February 26, 2019

    I loved the double dip, it was so yummy.

  • Monika H
    February 26, 2019

    Drumsticks lollies are my very favourite, and always have been:))

  • Margaret GALLAGHER
    February 26, 2019

    Drumsticks still are

  • Theresa Wakeley
    February 26, 2019

    Parma violets were my fave as a kid and still is!!

  • Kevin Honey
    February 26, 2019

    Love Hearts

  • Gerri Tennant
    February 26, 2019

    Refreshers

  • Louise Laing
    February 26, 2019

    I absolutely love the drumstick lollies, they are my all time favourite! I love how they are so stretchy as well lol!

  • Nigel Soper
    February 27, 2019

    I wasn’t allowed much in the way of sweets when young

  • Annie
    February 27, 2019

    Love hearts

  • Lisa
    February 27, 2019

    The double lollies were my favourite they always had such a unique taste unlike the other lollies.

  • Darrell
    February 27, 2019

    Double dip. Used to love sitting in front of the tv eating the sherbert, trying to make it last as long as possible 🙂

  • Robert Price
    February 27, 2019

    Love Hearts

  • Amal
    February 27, 2019

    Lovehearts all the way!

  • JaSh
    February 27, 2019

    Refreshers (the chewy ones) so moreish!

  • Angie McDonald
    February 27, 2019

    I loved Fizzers!

  • charlotte isobelle
    February 27, 2019

    blackjacks mmmm

  • Ursula
    February 27, 2019

    I loved Palma Violets

  • Tony
    February 27, 2019

    Love Hearts.

  • Emily Hutchinson
    February 27, 2019

    drumstick lollies

  • Susan Laing
    February 27, 2019

    Had to be Parma Violets mainly because my sister didn’t like them so I would get hers if she got them when my Mum would buy us a few different types every Saturday.

  • Sarah
    February 27, 2019

    For me it has to be Drumstick lolly.

  • Fiona
    February 27, 2019

    I loved (and still do) drumstick lollies

  • Kim neville
    February 27, 2019

    I liked Sweethearts

  • joanne darnell
    February 27, 2019

    Drumsticks

  • Georgina Prince
    February 27, 2019

    I have always loved love hearts x

  • Sarah Courtney
    February 27, 2019

    Drumstick Lollies loved them

  • Tracy Hanley
    February 27, 2019

    Parma violets

  • Joanne Beale
    February 27, 2019

    Rainbow Drops

  • clair downham
    February 27, 2019

    drumstick lollies

  • Isabel O
    February 27, 2019

    I liked the rainbow dust straws, they basically had sherbet dust in but they were satisfying to take the end off and sort of suck it out. Really cheap too so I bought them with my own money.

  • Emma Sim
    February 27, 2019

    This giveaway is sweeeeeet!

  • Juliette
    February 27, 2019

    Double Dips

  • ElizM
    February 27, 2019

    refreshers or love hearts

  • Kay Broomfield
    February 27, 2019

    A double dip! Takes me straight back to the 80s!

  • Andrea
    February 27, 2019

    I loved the Parma Violets

  • Michelle Smith
    February 27, 2019

    Parma violets

  • Rebecca Cusick
    February 28, 2019

    Rainbow drops and Parma violets! I love a good drumstick lolly too 🙂

  • Laura Banks
    February 28, 2019

    refreshers

  • Jackie Dawson
    February 28, 2019

    I loved love hearts, still do!

  • Linda Ford
    February 28, 2019

    Sherbet dib dab, they used to have liquorice stick. They were such a treat!

  • Helen R
    February 28, 2019

    Parma violets

  • Alice Gilkes
    February 28, 2019

    Definitely the Love Hearts.

  • amanda walsh
    February 28, 2019

    Got to be a drumstick, controversial opinion incoming……. parma violets should be discontinued!! vile things

  • Reana Scott
    March 1, 2019

    double lollies, still love em and now they do large ones, yum

  • Rachel Arnup
    March 1, 2019

    It was Parma Violets & it still is!

  • Tracy Newton
    March 1, 2019

    Drumstick lollies. I still love them now.

  • Kay Sherman
    March 1, 2019

    Has to be Parma violets

  • Thomas Perry
    March 1, 2019

    Wham bars was my fave when I was a kid

  • Nicola Farrel
    March 1, 2019

    Lived a double dip felt like it was a bit extra because there was two sherbets!

  • Kathy Cakebread
    March 2, 2019

    the little fruit balls

  • Ailsa
    March 2, 2019

    Drumsticks and now they hurt my teeth!

  • Ruth Harwood
    March 2, 2019

    Always loved Love hearts! xx

  • Anne Richards
    March 2, 2019

    Refreshers….yum yum yum

  • Tess D
    March 2, 2019

    Love hearts were my favourite x

  • Tracey hunt
    March 2, 2019

    Violets were my favourite and wham bars

  • Lorna Ledger
    March 2, 2019

    Drumsticks, soooo morish! Thanks for the chance

  • Claire woods
    March 2, 2019

    Drumstick lollies!

  • Abigail Cullen
    March 2, 2019

    Teddy bears

  • Christine McTaggart
    March 2, 2019

    Double Dip was my Favourite Sweet as a kid. Not had one in years! 🙂

  • Judith Allen
    March 2, 2019

    Double lollies were my favourite, I still like them, and also parma violets

  • Helen Arlow
    March 3, 2019

    I loved them all, but double dips were definitely my favourite

  • Rachael Ford-Hutchinson
    March 3, 2019

    Love hearts!

  • Kim Murray
    March 3, 2019

    Loved Parma Violets – not sure I could eat them now though x

  • Michelle Ferguson
    March 3, 2019

    I liked love hearts

  • Gillian McClelland
    March 3, 2019

    Love hearts

  • Carole Nott
    March 3, 2019

    Anything with liquorice especially black jacks

  • Louise Fairweather
    March 3, 2019

    Drumsticks are my favourite – even had them at my wedding as favours

  • Jade P
    March 3, 2019

    Mine was always Parma violets!

  • Christina Palmer
    March 3, 2019

    Drumstick lollies were my favourite- not sure if I can buy them locally now but would ove to see if they are as good now as they were when I was a child.

  • Lisa Everaert
    March 3, 2019

    Drumsticks without a doubt. Loved them as a child, occasionally buy myself the new squishy versions too now.

  • Juli Savage
    March 4, 2019

    Refreshers – love the sherbet bit hidden in the chewy sweet

  • Helen Stratton
    March 4, 2019

    Parma Violets – and I still eat and adore them now.

  • Margaret Dixon
    March 4, 2019

    Yummy

  • JULIE WARD
    March 4, 2019

    Rainbow drops

  • Laura Wheatley
    March 4, 2019

    I liked all the lollies – drumsticks, pops and the powdery ones

  • Christopher Read
    March 4, 2019

    My favourite was always Fun Gums 🙂 I still have them occassionally 🙂

  • James Travis
    March 5, 2019

    Parma Violets for me

  • Tony Smith
    March 6, 2019

    Drumstick lollies

  • Nadia Josephine
    March 6, 2019

    This is wonderful I would love to share this with my mum as she loves retro sweets!

  • Michelle Henderson
    March 6, 2019

    Loved refreshers and still do

  • Nicola Turner
    March 6, 2019

    My favourite was chocolate spaghetti and the chocolate nibbles, I used to get a bag every day to take to school, it depended on how much money I had for doing my chores to how much I could buy, I used to get really excited watching him measure it out on the scales. Happy days

  • A S,Edinburgh
    March 6, 2019

    Mine were drumsticks.

  • Sam Cornford
    March 6, 2019

    Drumstick lollies, I still love them now.

  • Eileen Tingle
    March 7, 2019

    The Love Hearts were my favourites

  • Hayley Ford
    March 7, 2019

    LOve hearts- still can’t resist them now!!

  • Sharon Hirst
    March 7, 2019

    Love Hearts

  • Emma Howard
    March 7, 2019

    I used to love parma violets!

  • Danielle Cresswell
    March 7, 2019

    Parma Violets were and still are my favourites but there kind of like marmite people either love them or hate them x

  • Brian
    March 8, 2019

    Drumsticks

  • Julie Ashmore
    March 8, 2019

    Parma violets and I remember my nana and grandad used to buy them for me and my sisters

  • Susan Bennett
    March 8, 2019

    Love them all but Love hearts are my favourite

  • Carolyn E
    March 8, 2019

    Love hearts. As much fun reading them as eating them

  • Anthea Holloway
    March 8, 2019

    Love Hearts was always my favourite and still is!

  • Caroline Blaza
    March 8, 2019

    Refreshers were my fave x

  • Victoria Prince
    March 9, 2019

    Probably the Fruity Pops – I have especially strong memories of them at school fetes where they were pushed into something and if the bottom of the stick had a coloured dot on you won! (but if it didn’t you still got the lolly – so hey, win win ;))

  • Gemma Clark
    March 9, 2019

    Double dips and rainbow drops!

  • Alison MacDonald
    March 9, 2019

    Parma Violets and Love Hearts

  • Allan Fullarton
    March 9, 2019

    Drumstick Lollies – lovely.

  • Kerry H
    March 9, 2019

    Love Hearts are my favourite!

  • kimberley ryan
    March 9, 2019

    has to be Drumstick lollies

  • Elaine Shaw
    March 9, 2019

    Favourite Swizzels sweets, were most definitely Parma Violets, loved them, and I still do.

  • Janine Cooper
    March 9, 2019

    Parma violets!

  • Jo m welsh
    March 9, 2019

    I used to love the Parma violets sweets

  • Sam Parkes
    March 9, 2019

    I loved double dips my dad always use to buy me one after school

  • Adrian Knox
    March 9, 2019

    Refresher bars

  • Fern
    March 10, 2019

    Definitely Parma violets

  • Richard Saunders
    March 10, 2019

    Mine were refreshers..but I ate all the sweets I could get my hands on to be fair 🙂

  • janine atkin
    March 10, 2019

    i like the love hearts

  • Zoey H
    March 10, 2019

    Sherbet fountains

  • Saran Benjamin
    March 10, 2019

    Parma violets

  • Sharon Catterall
    March 10, 2019

    i love black jacks and double dips

  • Jessica Barber
    March 10, 2019

    Drumstick lollies were my favourite! So yummy!

  • Kelly Knowles
    March 10, 2019

    Love hearts

  • zoe brown
    March 10, 2019

    love hearts

  • cheryl hadfield
    March 10, 2019

    I love drumstick lollies

  • abigail edkins
    March 10, 2019

    Drumsticks…although now i avoid them in case they pull a filling out…too many drumsticks as a kid me thinks 🙂

  • Amanda tanner
    March 10, 2019

    The refresher bars but couldn’t eatvthose now with the amount of fillings I got

  • gemma middleton
    March 10, 2019

    I absolutely love Rainbow Drops. Although I love all Swizzels sweets.

  • Laura Norcop
    March 10, 2019

    Parma violets! Can’t believe things from my childhood are now retro though- I still feel like a kid!

  • paula cheadle
    March 10, 2019

    Drumsticks and I still love em know

  • Anna Brown
    March 11, 2019

    I loved a dip dab when I was little. I’m not sure I could cope with the sherbet now!

  • Sarah Roberts
    March 11, 2019

    Double Dabs, still love them today! Yum

  • Charlotte Cauldwell
    March 11, 2019

    Love hearts

  • tricia bingham
    March 11, 2019

    my favourite was Parma Violets i still love them now

  • olivia kirby
    March 11, 2019

    Drumsticks

  • melody cross
    March 11, 2019

    Fruit salads

  • Adrian Clarke
    March 11, 2019

    Parma Violets are and were the best

  • Nicola Marshall
    March 11, 2019

    My favourite was drumsticks and still is now.

  • Christopher Podmore-Stiles
    March 11, 2019

    Rainbow drops all the way

  • Rachael Obrien
    March 11, 2019

    Refreshers !!! 100% and still love them now ! The bars are better than the little sweets x

  • Jeanette Leighton
    March 11, 2019

    I loved drumsticks

  • Steven Beasley
    March 11, 2019

    Parma violets

  • sheri Darby
    March 11, 2019

    Always Love Hearts

  • Lucie Aiston
    March 11, 2019

    Definitely Love Hearts!! Still love them now!!

  • jessica
    March 11, 2019

    This would be amazing to show my children the sweets i used to eat with a movie night.

  • Denise walton
    March 11, 2019

    Refresher chews

  • Big Chungus
    March 11, 2019

    Always Drumsticks though I loved almost all of them!

  • Debi Newman
    March 11, 2019

    Drumsticks were my favourite x

  • Sarah Morris
    March 11, 2019

    Drumstick lollies and they are still my favourite

  • Amanda Gregory
    March 11, 2019

    Refreshers, the sweets not the chewy one.

  • Sarah Robinson
    March 11, 2019

    Love Hearts

  • Sophie Foulds
    March 11, 2019

    Love Hearts! Yummy <3

  • Angela Paull
    March 11, 2019

    Parma Violets and Drumstick Lollies (Can’t choose just one!)

  • sharon martin
    March 11, 2019

    drumstick lollies and they are still my favourite

  • Emma Price
    March 11, 2019

    Definitely double dips

  • Laura Avery
    March 11, 2019

    Parma voilets..no one else liked them they said it tasted like old granny sweets lol

  • Mary Campbell
    March 11, 2019

    Parma Violets – loved the taste, a taste that will forever immortalise this sweet as a timeless classic 🙂

  • Amy Bondoc
    March 11, 2019

    parma violets omg they are sooo addictive!~

  • Pauline Wilson
    March 11, 2019

    My favourite was a double dip, the two flavours of sherbet with the dipping stick were great

  • Lucy Chester
    March 11, 2019

    I loved double lollies as a child and still love them

  • Derek Wilson
    March 11, 2019

    Another vote for Parma Violets here. My friends all think they taste like soap, but I love them!

  • Karl Borowy
    March 11, 2019

    Sweet Hearts

  • Deb Alexander
    March 11, 2019

    A double Dip – still love them now!

  • Deborah Clarke
    March 11, 2019

    Refresher bars were my all time fave. A special treat after my swimming lessons !

  • Amy Briscoe
    March 11, 2019

    Parma violets!!

  • Sian Buckingham
    March 11, 2019

    My favourites were Double Dips and Rainbow Drops when I was little!

  • Natalie Crossan
    March 11, 2019

    Sweet Hearts

  • Laura Findlay
    March 11, 2019

    Drumstick lollies x

  • Kate Davies
    March 11, 2019

    Sherbet fountains

  • AndiG
    March 11, 2019

    I always love double dips, still do now

  • Claire Caddick
    March 11, 2019

    Love hearts – yum!

  • Emma Whittaker
    March 11, 2019

    Pama Violets for me they are still one of my favorite sweets

  • Lucy Carter
    March 11, 2019

    Dib Dabs are my fav!

  • Jade Brookman
    March 11, 2019

    Parma violets

  • champaklal Lad
    March 11, 2019

    Drumstick – full of flavour and really juicy

  • Rebecca Phillips
    March 11, 2019

    Parma Violets!

  • Tammy Neal
    March 11, 2019

    Parma violets x

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