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

Cupcake, Sweet

The dream that created Pac-Man cupcakes

I’ve always had very vivid dreams and nearly every morning I can remember at least one of them. pac-man cupcakes
Usually they are garbled rubbish which at the time seemed perfectly normal though on reflection you think “I really should cut out cheese before bed”; but on the odd occasion a dream has given me an idea.

I got my first tattoo after dreaming it, I saw the design and where I was going to have it, so in the morning I woke up and drew it so that I wouldn’t forget.
Luckily the dream I had last night was a little less permanent and painful – I dreamt I made Pac-Man themed cupcakes.

I had plans to bake some cakes for a friend so I thought I’d bake these to and I’m glad I did because I was really happy how they came out for only a little effort.  It did help that I already had the icing mixed to the right colours so a few cutters, a little edible paint, and voilà! Pac-Man cupcakes.

I thought my cousins boyfriend will enjoy these as he likes retro gaming…and cakes.  Happy eating Calum.