It’s no secret that, for decades, we Brits have had an ongoing romance with our corner sweetshop and the many different sweets and chocolates they sell. In fact, wholesale confectionery suppliers count on our sweet tooth all the way to the bank! But, in order to meet the demand for new taste and texture experiences in our confectionery, manufacturers and suppliers must constantly develop new products to excite our imagination and taste buds. |
And Now for Something Different…
Yet another great tradition is our love for a great dessert (pudding as we used to call it). Strawberries and cream, treacle pudding, apple pie and custard, jam roly poly, spotted dick with hot custard – these are all delicious, traditional British desserts that still take pride of place on our dinner tables.
Now, many wholesale confectionery suppliers are stocking ranges of sweets and chocolates that pay homage to our great traditional desserts.
Take, for example, boutique chocolate manufacturer Montezuma’s. This small domestic company, founded in 2000, produces a wide range of unique flavour combinations including their “British Pudding Bars”. Choose from Eton Mess, Apple Crumble, Lemon Meringue, Spotted Dick, Summer Pudding or Treacle Tart chocolate bars. They also make other traditional flavour combinations such as Rhubarb and Vanilla, Lemon and Lime as well as plenty of unique and delicious options.
But Montezuma’s isn’t alone! Sweet Boutique is another brand stocked by some wholesale confectionery suppliers. They specialise, as the name suggests, in traditional sweets rather than chocolate, but they are fantastically creative in developing new sweets that combine traditional British flavours. For example, they make a range of delicious fudge confections including clotted cream fudge and ginger fudge. And if you’re looking for even more traditional English pudding flavours, try their strawberries and cream or rhubarb and custard boiled sweets.
British Sweets Rule the World
UK sweets and chocolate manufacturers are world-renowned for the quality and variety of their products which are exported around the world. But overseas confectionery manufacturers are also entering the market with confectionery that we Brits can really relate to on a national level.
For example, Italian company Leone has been making sweets in Turin for over 150 years. One of their products, available from some wholesale confectionery suppliers, includes a range of pastilles that draw on the British countryside and some our favourite flowers and herbs (they also make dozens of other flavours, but we’ll talk about them in another article).
The UK-themed pastilles include a delicate mint pastille that reminds us of a British herb garden, mint sweets and even a leg of roast lamb with mint sauce. Then there’s the lavender pastilles. Lavender is another resident in a traditional British herb garden and was used in British kitchens as far back as Queen Elizabeth I. Today we use it profusely to provide a pleasant fragrance. The folks at Leone have captured the essence of lavender in their delicious pastilles. Try it and be prepared for a pleasant surprise. Finally, their violet pastilles. Violet flowers have long been used to garnish food, but once again, the Leone magicians have worked their magic to provide a subtle and magical flavour in these delicious floral sweets.
All of the above is just the tip of the iceberg. Get your local shopkeeper to ask his wholesale confectionery supplier for more interesting, traditionally-inspired British confectionery.
Angelina Moufftard works for HF Chocolates, high quality confectionery wholesalers to the retail trade and others who wish to purchase wholesale quantities of chocolate and confectionery. Renowned since 1957, we've sourced the best suppliers from France, Spain, Germany, Holland, Belgium, the USA and UK. Our great tasting and beautifully packaged products also represent excellent value for money.
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