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Parma Violets are purple sweets manufactured by Swizzels Matlow. Originating in Derbyshire, they have taken the UK by storm, in their 70 years of existence!
While the company are Derbyshire-based, apparently, their name was influenced by “Parma” in Italy.
Some people say they’re similar to Swizzel Matlow Fizzers - but, ironically, don’t have the “fizzyness”!
While the taste of violet does divide opinions, these sweets are seen as an iconic, old-fashioned British candy, favoured throughout the 60's, 70's, 80's and 90's and are found in most newsagents and supermarkets.
Standard Parma Violets are about half an inch in size and come with about 14 in a pack. You can also buy giant versions too (if you particularly like them!).
The tablet sweets are violet in both flavour and colour. According to the Swizzels Matlow website, they feature the following ingredients: Sugar, Stearic Acid, Modified Starch, Glucose Syrup, Anti-caking Agent: Magnesium Carbonate; Flavourings, Colours: Anthocyanin.
Standard sized tablets have 25 calories- a sweet indulgence that aren’t too much of a guilty pleasure!
See how the Parma Violets tablet confectionery is made in the following video:
Appleton Sweets stock and supply parma violets in bulk as rolls and bags. We offer great value on these perfume flavoured sweets.
We also stock a wide range of Swizzels Matlow Sweets, many of which are retro and popular amongst a wide age range of customers.
See our choice of Parma Violets below:
Many people wonder what the taste of violet actually is. Essentially, violet is a floral flavour that is produced by adding violet flavouring. Violet flavouring can be bought from Bickford Flavors. Some people say that violet tastes a bit like bath salts...we’ll let you decide on that one! Try the sweets and see! You can eat violets too, well, the leaves anyway (if you so wished to!).
Violets are often used on cakes. They are treated with a crystallized sugar topping and used for decoration. The act of growing violets and using crystallized ones on top of cakes has been around since the 1500s when they were grown by elite members of society for this purpose. You can also mix raw violet leaves into salad and enjoy a violet-leaf tea. We’re sticking to Parma Violet sweets though!