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

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Super Sweet Blog Award

Super Sweet BloggersI have to say that I’ve always been a tiny bit jealous seeing lots of other blogs get nominated for awards but finally my blog has one! Yay!

Thank you very much to All about the Bake for my nomination for the Super Sweet Blog award.

The rules of the award are: 1 Visit and thank the blogger(s) who nominated you. 2 Acknowledge that blogger on your blog and link back. 3 Answer the “Super Sweet” questions. 4 Nominate a “Baker’s Dozen” (13) blogs for the award, add a link to their blogs in your post, and notify them on their blogs. 5Copy and paste the award on your blog somewhere.

So, the Super Sweet Questions (and answers) are:

1. Cookies or Cake? Cake. Yes, please!

2. Chocolate or Vanilla? Always chocolate

3. What is your favorite sweet treat? Probably a bar of milk chocolate – anything from the cheapest to the most expensive.

4. When do you crave sweet things the most? In the evening when watching a film with my family.

5. If you had a sweet nickname, what would it be? At work I have been called ‘the cake lady’ as I used to bring them cakes in.  I guess that’s pretty sweet 🙂

My blog awards go to:

Luscious Kiki

Made by Mike/

The Hungry Texans

Cupcake Crusaders

The Hungry Mum




Cutest Cakes Everyday



Fika and More

Baking for Bears

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My dreams for the future

I have a couple of things I would really like to do in my life. I have achieved a lot of these by having the wonderful life I have with my husband, family and soon to be parenthood but there are two things I want to do: open a business selling cakes and write a cookbook.
Unfortunately with the current market in the dire state it is, as well as having a mortgage and people to provide for, my dream of opening a shop is on a permanent hiatus. It’s not that I don’t think about it because I do…a lot. I have the shop name, the look, menu’s all written down and kept safe for that day when I can go for it but for the moment I am keeping the dream to just that – a dream.

In the mean time I have been keeping myself content with writing my blog and just enjoying baking for the love of baked goods but I find myself coming back time and time again to the other dream of writing a cookbook.

I have begun to research into it and find out what my possible options are. Now I am not so egocentric to believe that I am going to become a best-selling author and live a good life off the profits of my book sales, I am a realistic person! But the idea of my recipes in print is very exciting so I am currently reading up and what my options are

Firstly I need the idea. I am torn between writing a children’s recipe book or just writing it for the general home baker. I know that my style is very much home cooked and simple so a diversion away from this may not be a good idea just yet. Then I need to spend a long time perfecting the recipes, testing them all extensively on family, friends and complete strangers before I can even set the idea fully into motion.

I have a lot of cookbooks at home so I know what style I would quite like the look and feel of but I have a feeling it may be expensive to produce.  I am thinking of a very short run of ‘print on demand’ to give me a chance to have some to give away to people and to also make sure I am not left with 500 copies that I cannot sell or an E-book which could be downloaded onto something like a Kindle.  With my husband being a graphic designer I am sure that the book would be visually very nice.

I think it might soon be something I look into more and more and work out the feasibility and you never know, one day you might see “The Happy Little Baker Cookbook” at a store near you!