Sweet Injuries!

I can’t eat a Toblerone without thinking about Billy Connolly. His sketch about eating one is simply the greatest sweet based comedy of all time and if this wasn’t a family website, I’d post the link here. The language is a bit fruity you can Google it if you’re not too sensitive…

It ends (and it’s hard to do it justice on paper) with Billy, imaginary Toblerone peak having pierced the roof of his mouth, exclaiming in his broad Scottish brogue ‘A sweetie that HURTS you’ as the audience fall about clutching their sides.

Anyway… The sketch occurred to me earlier when I had the misfortune of sampling our ‘Mega Sour Apples’. I had two and developed an almost instantaneous mouth ulcer, had a layer of skin removed from my tongue and almost choked as the acid reflux kicked in. Delicious.

That got me thinking about other sweet-based injuries that have occurred over the years – chipped tooth on a giant gobstopper? Yep! Dolly mixture up the nose? 3 hours in casualty. When we asked Twitter about their sweet injuries it was almost as if they weren’t taking it seriously…

Double Decker
‘I actually got hit by a real double-decker once’


‘Once had to have a skin graft after pouring caramel on myself LOL – That kind of thing?’

Oh those Twitter jokers….

Have you ever hurt yourself with a sweet? We’d love to know….


10 Facts You Never Knew About Parma Violets

Parma violets are an iconic British sweet. You might remember them from childhood but you probably never knew this about them…

Parma Violets

Here’s our 10 facts you (probably) don’t know about parma violets:

  1. The name Parma Violet is from the City of Parma, in Italy. Starting in the 1500s, the violet plants were grown and traded by the elite. The flowers were popular in bouquets and for decorations and in food.
  2. The taste of violet was very common, in things like chocolate creams, during World War 1.
  3. The violet-flavoured sweets are manufactured by Swizzels Matlow in Derbyshire – they’ve been manufacturing there since the 1940’s!
  4. The factory now runs 24 hours a day, producing a whopping 100 millions sweets each day!
  5. There’s a band named after the confectionary
  6. ….and there’s also a song!
  7. Swizzles has, more recently, developed a cheese to celebrate the 70th birthday of Parma Violets.. and it’s….errr…interesting!
  8. In 2003, Swizzles threatened to discontinue Parma Violets! Luckily, though there was public outcry so they changed their minds.
  9. Some people really don’t understand Parma Violets!
  10. You can get them online from us!
Swizzles Matlow launch a Parma Violets cheese in partnership with The Cheshire Cheese Company

Swizzles Matlow launch a Parma Violets cheese in partnership with The Cheshire Cheese Company

BONUS: Recipe for Parma Violet Cupcakes

parma violet cupcakes


  • 350g unsalted butter
  • 350g caster sugar
  • 350g self raising flour
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 6 eggs
  • 2 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp violet cocktail syrup
  • 100g crushed parma violets


  • Preheat the oven to 160°C.
  • Cream the unsalted butter in your food mixer. Once smooth, add the caster sugar and cream.
  • Once light & fluffy, add the flour, baking powder, vanilla extract, violet syrup, crushed parma violets & eggs. Mix into a smooth batter.
  • Place a big mold on a baking tray and spoon in the batter. Bake for approx 45 mins, then check the top of the cupcake is baked and remove. Bake the bottom of the cupcake for a further 15 mins.
  • Once baked, remove from the oven & set aside to cool.


  • 350g icing sugar sieved
  • 175g unsalted butter
  • 100g crushed parma violets
  • 1 tbsp violet cocktail syrup


  • Smooth half of the butter in a food mixer or with a hand blender.
  • Add all 12 oz of the sieved sugar with the violet syrup, mix slowly for 2 mins until the mixture has combined.
  • Add the crushed parma violets and mix on the fastest setting until smooth.
  • The mixture is ready to pipe with the rose nozzle!



5 Things You Can Do With Dolly Mixtures

Are dolly mixtures your favourite sweets? You’ll love these craft and recipe ideas then…

1. Dolly Mixtures Jewellery
These are so pretty and cute – give an edible bracelet to a friend made from Dolly Mixtures!

2. Centrepiece
Another craft idea. These would look beautiful at any wedding!

3. Cupcakes
These look almost too good to eat. Dolly mixtures make a great decorative and tasty addition to any cupcake recipe.

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Image cred: Cupcake Corner

4. Rocky Road
Amazing! See below for full recipe.

5. Ice Cream 
Add a bit of colour to your ice cream on a hot day…

BONUS – Sweetie Rocky Road Recipe
This recipe is from


For the rocky road:

  • 200g Milk chocolate or dark if preferred
  • 100g Butter plus some extra for greasing
  • 3tbsp Golden syrup (we use Silver Spoon)
  • 225g Digestive biscuits crushed
  • 100g Dolly mixture
  • 100g Jelly drops

For the decoration:

  • 50g Dark chocolate
  • 200g Jelly sweets

How to make it:

Step 1. Grease and line a 20cm square cake tin with baking paper

Step 2. In a medium pan, melt the butter, chocolate and golden syrup until well mixed

Step 3. Add the crushed biscuits and mix well

Step 4. Add the sweets and stir

Step 5. Pour into tin, press down until even. Chill in the fridge until set

Step 6. Decorate with the extra sweets and drizzle chocolate over the top.



10 Facts About Gummy Bears

gummy bears in a line

Did you know these facts about gummy bears?

  1. Gummy Bears are one of the few types of sweets to have been turned into a TV show.
  2. They are a popular addition to vodka shots.
  3. They also make great ice pops.
  4. ‘Adventures of the Gummi Bears’ was Disney’s first major serialised, animated TV series.
  5. The Gummy Bear Song has received more than 45 million views on YouTube.
  6. The biggest gummy bear weighs a whopping 26 pounds & contains 32,000 calories!
  7. When not eating them, many children use them to make jewellery.
  8. They are one of the most popularly used cake and cupcake decorations in the world.
  9. Marilyn Manson is such a massive fan of them he often requested them in his backstage rider when performing gigs.
  10. They’re also sometimes called ‘teddy bears’ and you can get them from us, online!
RELATED: Vodka Bears!


6 awesome ice cream toppings you need to try this summer!

These 6 ice cream toppings really are awesome…

Which one will you try this summer?

1. Ice cream ‘dirt’

Cover your ice cream with crushed Oreos, then add jelly worms to create a ‘dirt’ effect.

Kids love this one!

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2. Frozen

Here’s another great one for the kids!

Create a Disney ‘Frozen’ style ice cream with bubblegum millions!

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You could even blend them in!

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3. Mini eggs aren’t just for easter!

Crushed mini eggs make an awesome ice cream topping for four reasons – they’re crunchy, smooth, chocolatey and simply delicious!

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4. Rainbow ice cream

Gummy bears make ice cream even more delicious and colourful.

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Foam bananas make banana ice cream even more bananary – they also go really well with chocolate!

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6. Simple but fabulous

Good old fashioned Dolly Mixtures will always win people’s hearts!

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Why not make your own ice cream sundae bar?

toppings ice cream

Or get a few of these toppings and give someone an ‘ice cream sundae in a box’ – what a great gift!

ice cream toppings box diy

So, that’s our six. What are your favourite ice cream toppings?

Let us know in the comments below! xXx