Woolworths' pick and mix fails to play on nostalgic prices

26 June 2009

While few of us had any excuse for stepping inside Woolworths before they imploded, the loss of any high street retailer selling pick and mix sweets is a national tragedy. Where else can you go for your fix of white mice, fried eggs and alphabet letters? Well, there's the newsagents at the top of my street and there's your nearest cinema, probably. Alas the newsagent will be too far for most of you to visit, and cinemas will gladly rip the arse out of your wallet.

Speaking of which, the Woolworths brand name is alive and well once more online, operated by our friends at Shop Direct. They're playing to their strengths by offering pick and mix through the post, but as Bitterwallet reader Joff points out, at an eye-watering 99p per 100 grams plus postage and package, it hardly feels like a nostalgic stroll through yesteryear.

If you're still keen to get your hands on a paper bag of sugary goodness, we've had a finger of other websites and found better value for money. Handy Candy stocks a far more extensive range of sweets, and there are plenty at lower prices than Woolies; 140 grams of giant pink and white mice will cost you 99p, which is 70p per 100 grams. SweetArcade also offer hundreds of teeth-rotting options at lower prices, but if you're serious about morbid obesity you can't beat eBay. Check out this gut-busting collection of 12 x 0.5 litre tubs, delivered for under £19.

Those sorts of prices suggest the reborn Woolies are taking our eyes out with their prices; if they truly wanted to play on nostalgia, they'd offer pick and mix at the lower prices we enjoyed years ago when the retailer was in their prime. My local is offering 100 grams for 70p - is there anywhere near you offering dirt-low prices for hand-picked goodies?

TOPICS:   High Street News

27 comments

  • Joff
    Bring back the penny sweets I say, that's 1p each, not 2p you crafty sugar peddlers. And not the modern versions either where they've been reduced to the size of a pea.
  • Joff
    FWIW, the shop I mentioned in my comment on the other thread (A Quarter Of) also offer 6% Quidco. Fill your boots.
  • MrRobin
    I was vaguely excited when I first heard you could get Pick & Mix online via the phoenix that is Woolworths. Although hardly excellent value, I didn't think 99p/100g was extortionate but what I did find ridiculous was that you can only order a minimum of 100g per each type of sweet! Being a bit of a porky child, I was used to going over the top when filling my blue and yellow paper bag usually to the tune of a total of £2 or £3 once at the till (and probably at 49p/100g back then), but Christ almightly if you wanted a decent enough selection to warrant calling it a pick and mix I'm sure you need a legal minimum of 8 different sweets i.e. £7.92 + delivery + dry cleaning of my sofa after I've puked white mice remnants all over it.
  • Micky
    The eBay item you have posted is NOT '12x500g' - it is '12x0.5litre tubs' each of which are between 200 and 250grams. Voted COLD... Oh shit, where's my little blue triangle gone?
  • chocky2002
    The eBay item you have posted is NOT ‘12×500g’ - it is ‘12×0.5litre tubs’ each of which are between 200 and 250grams. Voted COLD… Oh shit, where’s my little blue triangle gone? isnt 0.5 litres the same as 500g?
  • Tom P.
    "isnt 0.5 litres the same as 500g?" Nope, one is a measure of volume, the other is a measure of weight.
  • chocky2002
    oh ok, never was any good at maths;) thanks
  • Paul S.
    Corrected. Ta!
  • Junkyard
    “isnt 0.5 litres the same as 500g?” It is if you're buying water, but then 6 litres for £19 doesn't sound quite so tempting.
  • Kev H.
    Anyone got a Wilkinson near them? Check out their pick'n'mix, it's good stuff and great value.
  • Sean
    FFS just to wilkos - 59-69p per 100g depending on local competition, pretty good Candy King selection. Sorted.
  • me
    yeah wilkinsons is pretty good. shop in worthing near me does pic n mix for 59p per 100g (used to be 49p but went up). Actually is next door to the old woolies and was always much busier than woolworths pic n mix section!! doubt woolworths.co.uk will be able to keep up this as their choice is VERY limited and prices are crap. Even whsmiths does pic n mix now!!
  • Ryan
    What do you mean there's nowhere to get pic n mix?! There's TONS of places! Cheapest I know of is £2 for 500g at B&M, this blog spouts out more and more crap everyday! If you ain't got a b&m go to wilkos as others have said, they're all cheaper than woollies use to be.
  • Andrea
    Woolies was not next door to Wilkinsons in Worthing?? Wilkos is in the Guildbourne centre and Wollworths was in Montague Street.
  • GrumpyOldFella
    "Woolies was not next door to Wilkinsons in Worthing?? Wilkos is in the Guildbourne centre and Woolworths was in Montague Street." Is that a bus ride? You never know when I might happen to find myself in Worthing and it would be useful to know such things.
  • me
    @Andrea was talking about the pic and mix shop next to where woolies used to be!! opposite gamestation I think... cant remember what its called but think the outside is purple and only been around for a year or so
  • Investments
    who is "matt poole"? I visited Handy Candy website to check it out and added something to the basket and the website was already logged in as matt poole with his full address, postcode and email. The site appears clearly to be unsafe!
  • Iain
    many WHSmith stores have pick and mix now and from what i understand they are still installing and pretty much all stores will get it soon. Its candy king aswell which is the same woolworths sold for the last few years also the prices are the same as woolworths used to be and the same as wilkinsons charge, £2.99 for a small cup and £3.99 for a big cup,
  • dunfyboy
    Maybe he sneaks into your house while you're sleeping and uses your computer. He must've been so excited about the sweeties he forgot to clear his cookies. I get my alphabet letters at Asda. 3 bags for a pound.
  • Spencer
    Just for everyones reference: Yes litres is a measure of Volume and Yes Grams are a measure of weight, however, as is the case with a lot of our measurements, they all revolve around water. and 1 ml of water weighs 1 gram. So therefore Chocky2002 was correct. half a litre (or 500ml) weighs 500g. Obviously things have different densities by its a generally accurate rule.
  • AJ
    Just for everyones reference: Yes litres is a measure of Volume and Yes Grams are a measure of weight, however, as is the case with a lot of our measurements, they all revolve around water. and 1 ml of water weighs 1 gram. So therefore Chocky2002 was correct. half a litre (or 500ml) weighs 500g. Obviously things have different densities by its a generally accurate rule. is accurate, ish, for liquids however, for solids (like sweets are, otherwise they'd be drinks) then its notihng like the same. the 'litre box of' refers to the size of the box. you cram one bax full of fudge, and on full of flying saucers, you will have VERY different weights. a litre of a dense material such as lead, would weigh over 1kg, whereas a litre of hydrigen, would have negative weight, both would still be an exact litre. so the litre = kg theory is only truly accurate of water in it's liquid form ( as it would expand when solid becoming more than a litre) as this is what the kg was priginally based on temperature makes a huge difference, espicielly to liquids such as petrol, a litre of which would way 5-10% less than a litre of water, dependant on temperature.
  • N E.
    All this time I didn't realise you could sell food on eBay
  • Rhattic
    Some Blockbuster stores are now also selling Candy King Pick n Mix
  • Rhattic
    BTW at Blockbuster u pay 2.99 for a medium cup n 3.99 for a large cup n then squash in as much as you can!
  • Ballbag
    The Shop Direct group suck ass...
  • Anup D.
    Anyone know where I can get the purple caramel/hazelnut combo that only Woolworths seemed to include in their pick'n'mix range? I've seen the Candy King stands at both Whsmith and Wilkinson but neither have the purple one. And don't even get me started on the big purple ones you can get at the till at many stores..rip off!
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