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

Food Ramblings

There must be an Olympic sport for how fast small children move?

In my fridge is some shortbread dough just sitting, resting and waiting all expectantly for me to roll it out and make it into cookies; unfortunately my daughter has other plans that I should do with my time.

Mainly she thinks that I should be running after her as she’s started crawling over the last two weeks, and today pulling herself onto her feet, so now my time is taken up saying “no, don’t eat that” or “leave the cat alone”.

I do have so many things that I would like to bake but unless it is quick and not time consuming then I will have to put it into the back burner for the moment.

Some ideas I’d like to do are tempering chocolate to make decorations, cocktail cupcakes and sweeties from my Sweet Shop cookbook. I will get round to doing some soon.

Food Ramblings

Making old fashioned … aniseed extract

I have recently bought myself a book about making old fashioned sweet shop sweeties and have been so excited about trying a recipe out.

Unfortunately a couple of things have slowed me down in being able to make anything, as yet.
The first was that I needed a scraper – this is a bit like one you use to take off wallpaper but longer with a flatter handle.  It is for when you are making hard sweets, like pear drops, the sugar mixture is too hot to touch with your own hands but needs to be worked very quickly on a cold marble.
I have now acquired this from my husband who bought it as a present for me.

So I bought the other ingredients I need to make sweets, such as the right type of sugar (yes, there are loads out types out there!), got my sugar thermometer ready and was about to begin my journey of sweet making.
I decided that I really wanted to make aniseed flavoured sweets as they are my husbands favourite but I have hit one major problem… buying anise extract in the UK!

If anyone has a good website or shop they know of that you can recommend then I would very much appreciate it.  On first look it appears you can buy it fairly easily, but when you read into the finer details it becomes apparent that you need to order a large amount or the companies simply don’t ship to the UK or they charge ridiculous postage.

Because of this I decided that I would use the tub of star anise I have bought to make my own aniseed extract.  It is quite a simple task to do involving lots of star anise and some good vodka.
I put all of the star anise into a clean jar and poured the vodka over the top till it just covered.   After only a few days it is starting to look a very dark brown colour and the star anise has also doubled in size due to being re-hydrated.

The only thing I need now is some patience… it takes 3 months to make and after looking at the date I started it, I still have well over 2 months to go.
Unfortunately I haven’t been blessed with the most amount of patience in the world – I guess that’s why I wouldn’t make a good doctor*.   Hopefully in 2 months time I can update you on how my sweet making endeavour has gone but for the moment I will have to think of something else to occupy my time. Hmmm, coconut ice anyone?



*sorry about the terrible joke.