Old Fashioned sweet shop: Lemon and Orange sherbet dips

Sherbet Lollypops

The first month of a whole new year and I am hoping that this year will be another exciting year.

I love making and eating sweets so I decided to start my 2019 with something that I was excited to try for a while, both because of its simplicity and because there really is nothing more that epitomises a classic sweet shop item – Sherbet dip lollies!

When I was a kid, I usually bought these for 20p from the local shop (from that you can probably work out whether I am younger or older than you) although honestly age is very irrelevant with sweets anyway, just ask my dad!

For these I used a recipe from The Vintage Sweet Book by Angel Adoree to create both the lollies and the sherbet.

For flavouring I went for a classic lemon sherbet, though I decided not to colour it yellow and for the lollies I made them orange flavoured and coloured them using a peach gel colour. Orange and lemon, you can’t really go wrong with that can you?

I have an idea for a fun children’s party – bowls of different flavour sherbet, sugars and lolly pops.

Different colours and flavours with scoops and bags so people can mix and match to their liking. The flavours and colours could be endless and they would beautiful to display.

Although the lollies aren’t fragile, I have not found a way of storing them easily as they tend to go a little sticky. I’m sure that there are ways to do this but I need to look into it more.

Just a little word of warning – although these are simple and cute to make they do involve boiling sugar to a very high temperature so aren’t suitable for kids to help out with.

You may not have the book I used so here are some links to good recipes:

Peppermint lollies

Sherbet dips


2013 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 3,600 times in 2013. If it were a cable car, it would take about 60 trips to carry that many people.

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Food Ramblings

A look back on 2012 and a look forward to 2013

The year 2012 has been quite an eventful time in my life – my sister got married, I bought an electric oven …and of course we welcomed our daughter Alice into the world after 9 long months of baking.

It’s been amazing how everything changed over night – me and my husband had to learn how to be parents, my parents inherited the role of grandparents, my sister became an aunt and my brother in law an uncle. Phew…and in all that I still love to bake!

So what’s going to happen in 2013?

Next year I would love to do more with my baking, but I obviously have a new priority for the next few years.  I still have the desire to write a cookbook and more than ever the idea of a children’s cookbook is appealing.  Recently I have been looking into creating a digital e-book with the advantage of no printing costs and utilizing my husbands graphic design skills.
I don’t know if this will actually get going in 2013 due to the speed that time goes these days but any step forward is a good one.

My resolutions

I don’t know why but every year I try to write some new year resolutions.  I wouldn’t say I ‘break’ them each year either because I like to try to make them pretty general so I don’t feel bad I haven’t kept to them [and end up eating more cake, thus breaking the healthy eating/lose weight one]

1. Try not to be too serious, everything has something funny in the situation.

2. Either lose some of my baby weight or learn to be happy with my body.

3. Spend as much time as I can with my family and appreciate every day.

4. Try not to go to chocolate whenever I am tired.

5. Try not to get mardy (it means sorta snappy/grumpy) even if the situation is really annoying.

6. Keep baking and blogging.

And finally – don’t sweat the little stuff.
I don’t have a motto but if I did then it would be that. Life is too short to be hung up on the little things, the big things like keeping your health or spending your family and friends are much more important than forgetting the washing up.