Did you know we have 14 stores in the UK? Store Finder

New products added every week! Shop new products

Shop the best Pick n Mix Sweets

The Evolution of Sweets: A Delightful Journey Through Time

The Evolution of Sweets: A Delightful Journey Through Time - SoSweet

Barry Pate |

In every epoch of human history, there have been sweet treats that have delighted young and old alike. From the rudimentary honey-coated fruits of ancient civilizations to the sophisticated confectioneries of today's world, the story of sweets is as rich and layered as a truffle's core. Among the luminaries in this sweet saga, brands like Cadbury and Haribo shine brightly. So, sit back and let's unwrap this tale, with a special nod to the modern connoisseur, SoSweet.

Humble Beginnings: Chocolate's Sacred Roots

Our journey commences with the Mayans and Aztecs, who considered cacao a divine gift. They mixed cocoa beans with spices, creating a far cry from the silky chocolate we savour today. However, this bitter concoction laid the groundwork for future innovations.

Fast forward to 19th century England, where John Cadbury commenced his venture into drinking chocolate. By 1861, under the vision of his sons, Cadbury was flourishing. In 1875, they unveiled their first milk chocolate bar, paving the way for future classics like Dairy Milk.

Haribo: Gummy Delights from Germany

In the 1920s, Germany bore witness to the birth of a gummy bear. Hans Riegel of Bonn (hence Ha-Ri-Bo) introduced these chewy treats, which quickly became a global sensation. The sheer simplicity of the gummy bear, coupled with its fruity flavour, made Haribo a household name.

The Birth of Pick'n'Mix: Every Child's Dream

The idea of choosing an assortment of candies and weighing them has its roots in the early 20th century. With the advent of self-service stores, the concept of 'pick'n'mix' was born. It was a simple yet revolutionary idea: why settle for one type of candy when you could have a bag full of varied delights?

But when we talk about pick'n'mix, one name stands out: Woolworths. Their counters were the stuff of legends. An entire generation can recount tales of clutching a little paper bag, eyes wide, choosing from rows upon rows of sugary wonders.

Woolworths: The Rise and the Heartbreaking Fall

For much of the 20th century, Woolworths was the face of the British high street. It was a store that had it all, but for many, the highlight was their expansive pick'n'mix selection. However, the dawn of the 21st century brought challenges. The digital revolution, changing consumer behaviours, and increased competition led to Woolworths' heartbreaking closure in 2008. With it, an iconic pick'n'mix era ended.

Modern-Day Confections: The Era of SoSweet

While giants like Woolworths might have faltered, it paved the way for specialists like SoSweet. Embracing both history and innovation, SoSweet represents the modern face of confectionery retail. They've mastered the art of pick'n'mix, offering a tantalizing array of choices, which can be experienced both in their physical stores and their digital platform, sosweetshop.co.uk.

Moreover, their curated collections like Pick'n'Mix showcase a blend of classics and modern-day favourites, ensuring every palate finds its match.

The Globalization of Taste: Sweets from Every Corner

Today, thanks to establishments like SoSweet, the world's confections are at our fingertips. Fancy an American candy bar or a traditional English sweet? It's all available. Our tastes have globalized. We're no longer confined to the candies of our immediate geography.

For instance, SoSweet's collection of American candies provides a taste of the USA's confectionery culture. It's a testament to how the sweet industry has evolved – from localized treats to global delights.

The Future: Sustainable and Inclusive

The sweet industry, like all others, faces challenges. From ethical sourcing of ingredients to reducing plastic waste, brands are under pressure to be responsible. Cadbury, for instance, has initiatives to ensure their cocoa is sustainably sourced.

Moreover, there's a drive towards inclusivity. Vegan, gluten-free, and sugar-free options are becoming mainstream. SoSweet, being at the forefront, offers a range