Dolly mixture

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A plate of dolly mixture

Dolly mixture is a British confection, consisting of a variety of multi-coloured fondant shapes, such as cubes and cylinders, with subtle flavourings.[1] The mixture consists of small soft sweets and sugar-coated jellies.

The origins of the name are uncertain. It has been passed down through family history, that the name came from the daughter of one of the confectioners that created the product, Mr Clayton (Dolly was the pet name for his eldest daughter Dorothy) but some people[who?] have speculated it originated around the time of the British Raj in India, where dal (or dahl) is a dried mixture of beans, peas, or legumes of different sizes and colours. Over time the name dhal mixture is thought to have led to the name dolly mixture.[2]

In the UK, Dolly Mix is produced under the Barratt brand, now owned by Tangerine Confectionery.

The Goon Show character Bluebottle was frequently rewarded or bribed, with a quantity of dolly mixture, jelly babies, or similar sweets.[3]

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  1. ^ "Dolly Mixture", retrieved 2013-03-03
  2. ^ "Dolly Mixture", retrieved 2013-03-03
  3. ^ "The Pevensey Bay Disaster". The Goon Show. Series 6. Episode 10. 1956-04-03. 18:14 minutes in. BBC Home Service.