Woolworths' pick and mix fails to play on nostalgic prices
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?