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The Gourmet Guide To Pick 'N' Mix

YOUR CHANCE TO VOTE FOR THE GREATEST MULTIPLEX MAW-FILLER

In 1933 André Michelin and his brother Édouard created the Michelin star system to sort the deliciously gastrofied wheat of the world's kitchens from the icky, overcooked chaff. Empire, no stranger itself to dishing out a star or two, has decided that the time is ripe to cast an aesthetic eye over the sweetest things in cinema this side of Jack-Jack Incredible. With your help, we will find the single greatest piece of pick 'n' mix in multiplex history and bestow upon it the prestigious 'Gummy' award. Get busy reading, then get busy voting.

*Eligible entries must be available from cinemas within 1km of Leicester Square. Penny sweets and Haribo are ineligible.

WORDS PHIL DE SEMLYEN    PHOTOGRAPHY MARCO VITTUR    CUTLERY & CROCKERY MUJI


The
CLASSIC COLA BOTTLE
The
CHERRY COLA BOTTLE
The
FIZZY COLA BOTTLE
The
FOAM BANANA
The
STRAWBERRY LACE
The
GIANT SNAKE
The
WINE GUM
The
COCONUT MUSHROOM
White & Pink
CHOCOLATE MICE
The
SOUR DUMMY
The
AMERICAN HARD GUM
The
CABLE
The
FUDGE BLOCK
The
JELLY SPOG
The
SMILEY FACE
The
FRIED EGG
Plain & Strawberry
MILK BOTTLE
The
JELLY BABY
The
FIZZY TONGUE
 SNOWIES
The
GIANT DOLPHIN
The
MINI EGG
The
GIANT ALLIGATOR
 VAMPIRE TEETH
The Chocolate
CRUNCHIE BITE
The
BUBBLE BOTTLE
The
FOREST FRUIT
The
SOUR BERRY PIPE
The
GIANT STRAWBERRY
The
WHITE SKULL
The
SOUR BLUE BONBON
 RED LIPS
The
MINT
 CHOCOLATE RAISINS
The
CHOCOLATE BRAZIL NUT
The
FOAM MUSHROOM
The
FIZZY PEACH RING
 JELLY TEETH
 TERRIFIC TURTLES
The
GUMMY BEAR
 JELLY BEANS
The
BEER BOTTLE
 STRAWBERRY MILSHAKE
 CHOCO SHELLS
VOTE FOR YOUR FAVOURITE


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Your Comments

1 Sour Cherries
No Sour Cherries? What kind of scam is this? More

Posted on Monday April 22, 2013, 15:00 by goodkingalf

2 Jelly Cherries
Where are the jelly cherries? or even the foam shrimps/prawns? In my eyes and taste buds these are the giants of pick'n'mix (though they rarely do both together). More

Posted on Wednesday April 17, 2013, 18:30 by AShuttleworth

3 There can be only One.
It has to be Wine Gums for the win. Its not that the other sweets don't have their merits its just that Wine Gums stand head and shoulders above the rest as the most Om-Nom-Nommable! More

Posted on Wednesday April 17, 2013, 15:23 by dingerhoffen

4 I also tend to steer clear of the American Hard Gums. I'm not being patriotric its just that there's always a bit that gets stuck in my teeth and trying to coax it out with my tongue detracts from the enjoyment of my movie going experience. More

Posted on Tuesday April 16, 2013, 22:51 by circuit

5 Is it just me?
Does anyone else's cinema not have giant alligators, I swear mine used too but they dissapeared. My votes for the cables, though the coke bottle's a close second. Who else waits for the a quieter moment in the film before they eat their dolphin or snake so that they enjoy it just that little bit more without the distraction of an action sequence?...Anyone...? More

Posted on Tuesday April 16, 2013, 22:47 by circuit

6 astro belt not strawberry lace
This clearly isn't a a strawberry lace but an astro belt More

Posted on Tuesday April 16, 2013, 20:37 by hive42

7 Can't decide!
Am I only allowed to vote for one? I want the mice, the milk bottles, the fizzy colas and the snowies! More

Posted on Monday April 15, 2013, 19:48 by Tenbaps

8 cola bottles.
Chocolate peanuts are one of the best. Once you open some you have to destroy the lot! More

Posted on Monday April 15, 2013, 14:07 by keano 2

9 All the best ones are missing (from Central London cinemas)
No Foam Shrimps. No Dolly Mixtures. No Marshmallows. No Jazzies. No Snowies. No Cola Cubes. No Flying Saucers. what is the World coming too! More

Posted on Monday April 15, 2013, 08:38 by tristankayes

10 The chocolate mice probably. I would go for the evil skulls but your chosen variation is one that doesn't have the pink inside. But no shrimps? For why? More

Posted on Sunday April 14, 2013, 15:10 by rich

11 You missed out my favourite... jelly cherries! More

Posted on Sunday April 14, 2013, 11:23 by Biggus

12 The Giant Dolphin...
...is a Giant Shark in the US, for some reason. I voted for the chocolate covered raisins, but the Dolph was a close contender. More

Posted on Saturday April 13, 2013, 14:08 by HighwayJoe

13 Brian Butterfield's Favorites!
Sour Blue Bon Bon Bon Bon Bonny Bon-Bon's are my favorite! Sour, bright blue, chewy with the best name! More

Posted on Friday April 12, 2013, 22:53 by Rouski

14 Fudge Fudge Fudge, it's gotta be fudging fudge More

Posted on Friday April 12, 2013, 16:06 by amarshall05

15 Wot no gummy cherries?!
You having a laugh? More

Posted on Friday April 12, 2013, 14:39 by tdfproductions

16 Giant strawberries are sh*te
What you have labelled there as the 'strawberry lace' is an Astrobelt surely? Strawberry lace is thinner More

Posted on Friday April 12, 2013, 12:52 by TommyD

17 Pick n mix online
Bit of shameless self-promotion for a mates start-up, but he's got an online pick n mix store with all these sweets on it: http://jessicassweets.co.uk/ More

Posted on Thursday April 11, 2013, 12:54 by FireFriendly

18 Foam Shrimps
How can bananas be eligible, but not the holy shrimp? More

Posted on Thursday April 11, 2013, 02:14 by Woodland Bear

19 Where's the Bertie Bott's Every Flavour Beans? More

Posted on Wednesday April 10, 2013, 17:11 by rexrobinson

20 What?
No foam shrimps? I abstain in protest! More

Posted on Wednesday April 10, 2013, 17:09 by ding_i_like_chips

21 FFTW!
That's Fudge For The Win. The best picked mix however it's hefty weight can always make the bag far too expensive a purchase. More

Posted on Wednesday April 10, 2013, 16:46 by Y2Neildotcom

22 Marshmallows. Where are the marshmallows!? However I will say that any sweet that is quiet when eaten is good for the cinema. Who thought crisps and cinema - that sounds like a good combination! As for the person sitting in front of me with other week with a packet of digestives... well least said the better! I may have issues on this subject! More

Posted on Wednesday April 10, 2013, 13:53 by Cat5

23 Don't tend to go for Pick N Mix. Usually Toffee Popcorn :) More

Posted on Wednesday April 10, 2013, 12:58 by Tosh

24 Mouth watering
Mmmmm - I want some pick n mix now please. Thank you! More

Posted on Wednesday April 10, 2013, 12:54 by AquaDragon2K

25 ?
No whispers?... those chocolate coated horlicks things? More

Posted on Wednesday April 10, 2013, 10:31 by Samurai7

26 Oh my... such choice!
I've never tried half of these (Giant Dolphin?!) I wish the jelly cherries were there :( But my winner has to be the Classic Cola Bottle.. but they have to be the good ones, not the thick hard ones (hehe, thick hard ones) More

Posted on Wednesday April 10, 2013, 01:57 by cheekimonki

27 Best. Feature. Ever
THIS is what film is all about. Mise en scène my ass. More

Posted on Tuesday April 9, 2013, 23:42 by gusbuster

28 Just one?
Way too difficult to vote for one! More

Posted on Tuesday April 9, 2013, 22:03 by TPM007

29 Yummmm
Made me crave pick 'N' mix now More

Posted on Tuesday April 9, 2013, 21:10 by Starbar_31

30 Well obviously it's chocolate raisins. More

Posted on Tuesday April 9, 2013, 18:21 by Whistler

31 Spanish
Would have liked to have seen Spanish Peaches in there. YUM! More

Posted on Tuesday April 9, 2013, 17:50 by HulkySmashSmash

32 Lovely!
Love the photos, gourmet pick 'n' mix! You should definitely do a vote on favourite cinema snack though; hot dogs, nachos, pick 'n' mix, ice cream etc... I'm sure you probably have already. Either way (as if this vote wasn't procrastination enough) I'm now going to the shop to buy sweets and not continue with this assignment... More

Posted on Tuesday April 9, 2013, 17:42 by Arrenil88

33 Yum
This photos are truly lovely! More

Posted on Tuesday April 9, 2013, 16:46 by ianhurleyrocks

34 mmm
I love you empire. truly. only you guys would take the time to take beautiful photographs of pick 'n' mix because it means that damn much to us movie-goers! More

Posted on Tuesday April 9, 2013, 16:40 by astoroth

35 Do people often eat pick n mix style stuff in the cinema? I've never noticed that. I thought it was all popcorn, M&Ms, and nachos. Maybe I've missed something. More

Posted on Tuesday April 9, 2013, 16:31 by britesparc

36 What about sour cherries?! More

Posted on Tuesday April 9, 2013, 16:18 by Bilbo4

37 Another Empire post, another day where liquorice goes unnoticed. Never forget. More

Posted on Tuesday April 9, 2013, 16:08 by octopusluke

38 Missing Sweet!
You NEED to re-edit this vote to include the beloved DOLLY MIXTURES!!! More

Posted on Tuesday April 9, 2013, 16:03 by FuturScreenWriter04

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