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Sweet Jar - tuckshop candy pick'n'mix from your phone to your door

I first wrote about the Android app Sweet Jar when it was released just before Christmas. A free mobile order to physical delivery app, it only had a handful of downloads at that point.

Now it has been downloaded over ten thousand times and received many more 5 star reviews than it had last time I checked. Currently 70% of the reviews give five stars. There does seem to be a recurring issue with the crashing in areas of low signal strength, but that happens with many apps in those circumstances.

That aside, the chance for people to get their hands on traditional “tuck shop” candy appears too strong for many to resist. So, let’s cut to the basics. For a payment of £6 ($9 or €8), buyers can choose 6 sweets from a selection of 50 and design a label for their jar. Yes, a proper jar. Sent to you – or the person of your choice – in the post. With a personalized label. This is the kind of ‘pick’n’mix’ candy you haven’t had since schooldays – cola bottles, licorice allsorts, milk chocolate raisins, fried eggs, gobstoppers, milk bottles, gummy sweets and fizzy ones too. You can double up on your selections if you like, so you could conceivably send a mix of Love Hearts, Juicy Lips and Heart Throbs to someone special to surprise them.

Picking is easy: simply drag the picture of your chosen candy into the jar. Details on ingredients can be found by tapping the tab in the top right hand corner. Nothing could be easier, especially if you are looking at spoiling yourself or the object of your affections. Sure, as one reviewer pointed out, you can go to the discount store and get a bag of each variety for a pound. But that’s not the point. You can’t go in there and pick six of your individual favorites these days. Not like you could in the days of Woolworth pick’n’mix. These days, pick’n’mix sells by the enormous and expensive cup rather than the packet or bag weight and there’s no personalized jar label either. Given the price of postage and the markup added by supermarkets, this is an unusual and quirky way to treat yourself or someone you love to a gift that lasts beyond the sweets themselves. It certainly beats the packet of Love Hearts I gave my husband on our first Valentine's Day.

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MelissaE wrote on May 20, 2015, 9:02 PM

Those sound like proper British candies.

MegL wrote on May 21, 2015, 1:59 AM

Wow! What an innovative idea! A taste of old Britain. I remember most of those sweets from my childhood.

Dragonfairy1 wrote on May 21, 2015, 12:46 PM

It sounds like a great gift idea.