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The Best Pick and Mix Sweets for Outdoor Events: A Guide to Sweet Fun

We had a difficult time during 2020 and 2021, but finally, things are getting back on track for summer 2022.

The best way to celebrate? Outdoor events! Let's face it, no outdoor event would be complete without delicious treats, and sweets usually take centre stage. So, in this post, we'll reveal the best options for your next event.

From classic pick and mix sweets to more indulgent options, we've got you covered. Let's dive in.

The Different Types of Outdoor Events to Celebrate Summer In 2022

There are all sorts of outdoor events you can celebrate in summer 2022.

Here are a few examples:

  • A day at the beach with your kids
  • A picnic in the park
  • An outdoor concert or festival (there are so many going on this year!)
  • A barbecue with family
  • A camping trip with friends or family
  • Outdoor Weddings

Whether you're a sweet shop owner or planning a special event for your loved ones, sweets should always be part of the occasion.

So, now we've covered some event ideas, let's reveal the best pick and mix sweets that are sure to please.

Boiled Sweets

Boiled sweets are a classic, and they always go down well at outdoor events. They come in all sorts of flavours, so there's sure to be something to everyone's taste. Plus, they're perfect for picnics as they don't need any refrigeration.

While they're not traditionally known as pick n mix sweets, there are plenty of flavours and always bring back fond memories for older people.

Chocolate Bars

Chocolate bars are another classic pick, and they come in all sorts of shapes, sizes and flavours, so there's something for everyone. Plus, they're perfect as an indulgent treat.

If you're looking for a chocolate bar that's perfect for outdoor events, we recommend opting for one with a crispy texture to prevent it from melting in the sun.

Candy Floss

sweet candy floss

Candy floss is a must-have at any outdoor event. It's perfect for kids and adults alike, and it always creates a bit of excitement. Also, it's a nostalgic treat for people who grew up in the 80s and 90s.

There are all sorts of flavours to choose from when it comes to candy floss, so you can be sure to find something that everyone will love. We recommend opting for classic pink or blue candyfloss - they're always a hit!

Pick and Mix Sweets

sweet chocolate gummies mixed

While boiled sweets and chocolate are popular, they can't take the place of pick and mix sweets. They're incredibly popular for outdoor events because people can choose from their favourites.

With so many delicious pick and mix sweets to choose between, it's hard to narrow the selection down to the best. Here are some fan favourites that never disappoint.

Gummy Bears

These little bears are always popular with both kids and adults alike. They're cute, tasty, and relatively healthy (compared to some other sweet treats).

You can also get them in lots of different flavours these days. What's not to love?

Fruit Gums

If you're looking for something a bit more refreshing than boiled sweets or gummy bears, then fruit gums might be the answer.

Fruit gums are a bit more unusual than some other sweet treats due to their harder consistency, so they'll stand out at your event.


Marshmallows are another classic sweet that always goes down well. They come in all sorts of flavours, from vanilla to strawberry, and everyone loves them.

Also, they're the perfect size for popping into your mouth without having to worry about getting messy and suitable for children.

Better still, marshmallows are now available in vegetarian and vegan form.

Foam Sweets

Is there anything better than foam sweets? We think not! They always look great on a sweet stand and sell out quickly.

Without a doubt, the most popular is foam eggs, made famous by Haribo - but let's not forget those jelly hearts, surrounded by foam, or the weird and wonderful shrimps and bananas.

Fizzy Sweets

These are perfect for people who like a bit of a fizzy kick. They come in all sorts of flavours, from cola to strawberry, and are particularly popular with people that enjoy the perfect mix of sweet and sour.


These are a personal favourite of ours. The little chocolate buttons covered in hundreds and thousands have always been a big seller.

Coming in a choice of milk and white chocolate (sometimes dark too), Jazies are simple but so tasty.

Chocolate Nuts/Raisins

If you're looking for more traditional pick and mix sweets, then chocolate nuts or raisins are perfect. They're classic sweets that have been around for years and are always popular.

Just make sure people know that there are chocolate covered nuts - as allergic reactions can be severe.

Chewy Sweets

When it comes to chewy sweets, there are plenty of options available. You could choose the subtly flavoured Chewits, which often include flavours like ice cream, or Fruit Salads, Black Jacks, and sherbet filled Refreshers.

Jelly Beans

Jelly beans are one of those sweets that people either love or hate. They come in all sorts of flavours, from cola to strawberry, and can some of the more exotic flavours be a bit of an acquired taste.

However, if you're looking for something different, jelly beans are worth considering.

Final Thoughts

Now that you know what the best pick and mix sweets are for outdoor events, it's time to get planning. Just make sure you have enough for everyone - because these sweet treats always go down a treat!

We supply the highest quality pick n mix sweets at wholesale prices at Appleton Sweets. From Haribo and Swizzels to vegan sweets and halal goodies, you can fill your shop - or a few baskets for an unforgettable outdoor event.

We hope you enjoyed this blog post and if you want to discover more of our content, please feel free to check out the rest of our blog. You'll find tips and news on everything related to confectionery, including our favourite sweets from the 90s.