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10 Facts You Never Knew About Parma Violets (Probably)

Parma violets are an iconic British sweet. You might remember them from childhood but you probably never knew this about them…
Parma Violets

Here’s our 10 facts you (probably) don’t know about parma violets:

  1. The name Parma Violet is from the City of Parma, in Italy. Starting in the 1500s, the violet plants were grown and traded by the elite. The flowers were popular in bouquets and for decorations and in food.
  2. The taste of violet was very common, in things like chocolate creams, during World War 1.
  3. The violet-flavoured sweets are manufactured by Swizzels Matlow in Derbyshire – they’ve been manufacturing there since the 1940’s!
  4. The factory now runs 24 hours a day, producing a whopping 100 millions sweets each day!
  5. There’s a band named after the confectionary
  6. ….and there’s also a song!
  7. Swizzles has, more recently, developed a cheese to celebrate the 70th birthday of Parma Violets.. and it’s….errr…interesting!
  8. In 2003, Swizzles threatened to discontinue Parma Violets! Luckily, though there was public outcry so they changed their minds.
  9. Some people really don’t understand Parma Violets!
  10. You can get them online from us!
Swizzles Matlow launch a Parma Violets cheese in partnership with The Cheshire Cheese Company

Swizzles Matlow launch a Parma Violets cheese in partnership with The Cheshire Cheese Company

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BONUS: Recipe for Parma Violet Cupcakes

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Cupcakes

  • 350g unsalted butter
  • 350g caster sugar
  • 350g self raising flour
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 6 eggs
  • 2 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp violet cocktail syrup
  • 100g crushed parma violets

Method:

  • Preheat the oven to 160°C.
  • Cream the unsalted butter in your food mixer. Once smooth, add the caster sugar and cream.
  • Once light & fluffy, add the flour, baking powder, vanilla extract, violet syrup, crushed parma violets & eggs. Mix into a smooth batter.
  • Place a big mold on a baking tray and spoon in the batter. Bake for approx 45 mins, then check the top of the cupcake is baked and remove. Bake the bottom of the cupcake for a further 15 mins.
  • Once baked, remove from the oven & set aside to cool.

Buttercream

  • 350g icing sugar sieved
  • 175g unsalted butter
  • 100g crushed parma violets
  • 1 tbsp violet cocktail syrup

Method:

  • Smooth half of the butter in a food mixer or with a hand blender.
  • Add all 12 oz of the sieved sugar with the violet syrup, mix slowly for 2 mins until the mixture has combined.
  • Add the crushed parma violets and mix on the fastest setting until smooth.
  • The mixture is ready to pipe with the rose nozzle!

 

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5 Things You Can Do With Dolly Mixtures

Are dolly mixtures your favourite sweets? You’ll love these craft and recipe ideas then…

1. Dolly Mixtures Jewellery

These are so pretty and cute – give an edible bracelet to a friend made from Dolly Mixtures!

2. Centrepiece

Another craft idea. These would look beautiful at any wedding!

3. Cupcakes

These look almost too good to eat. Dolly mixtures make a great decorative and tasty addition to any cupcake recipe.

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Image cred: Cupcake Corner

4. Rocky Road

Amazing! See below for full recipe.

5. Ice Cream 

Add a bit of colour to your ice cream on a hot day…

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BONUS – Sweetie Rocky Road Recipe

This recipe is from bakingmad.com

WHAT YOU WILL NEED:

For the rocky road:

  • 200g Milk chocolate or dark if preferred
  • 100g Butter plus some extra for greasing
  • 3tbsp Golden syrup (we use Silver Spoon)
  • 225g Digestive biscuits crushed
  • 100g Dolly mixture
  • 100g Jelly drops

For the decoration:

  • 50g Dark chocolate
  • 200g Jelly sweets

How to make it:

Step 1. Grease and line a 20cm square cake tin with baking paper

Step 2. In a medium pan, melt the butter, chocolate and golden syrup until well mixed

Step 3. Add the crushed biscuits and mix well

Step 4. Add the sweets and stir

Step 5. Pour into tin, press down until even. Chill in the fridge until set

Step 6. Decorate with the extra sweets and drizzle chocolate over the top.

 

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10 FACTS ABOUT GUMMY BEARS

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Did you know these facts about gummy bears?

  1. Gummy Bears are one of the few types of sweets to have been turned into a TV show.
  2. They are a popular addition to vodka shots.
  3. They also make great ice pops.
  4. ‘Adventures of the Gummi Bears’ was Disney’s first major serialised, animated TV series.
  5. The Gummy Bear Song has received more than 45 million views on YouTube.
  6. The biggest gummy bear weighs a whopping 26 pounds & contains 32,000 calories!
  7. When not eating them, many children use them to make jewellery.
  8. They are one of the most popularly used cake and cupcake decorations in the world.
  9. Marilyn Manson is such a massive fan of them he often requested them in his backstage rider when performing gigs.
  10. They’re also sometimes called ‘teddy bears’ and you can get them from us, online!
RELATED: Vodka Bears!

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6 awesome ice cream toppings you need to try this summer!

These 6 ice cream toppings really are awesome…

Which one will you try this summer?

1. Ice cream ‘dirt’

Cover your ice cream with crushed Oreos, then add jelly worms to create a ‘dirt’ effect.

Kids love this one!

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2. Frozen

Here’s another great one for the kids!

Create a Disney ‘Frozen’ style ice cream with bubblegum millions!

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You could even blend them in!

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3. Mini eggs aren’t just for easter!

Crushed mini eggs make an awesome ice cream topping for four reasons – they’re crunchy, smooth, chocolatey and simply delicious!

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4. Rainbow ice cream

Gummy bears make ice cream even more delicious and colourful.

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5.Bananarama

Foam bananas make banana ice cream even more bananary – they also go really well with chocolate!

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6. Simple but fabulous

Good old fashioned Dolly Mixtures will always win people’s hearts!

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BONUS:

Why not make your own ice cream sundae bar?

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Or get a few of these toppings and give someone an ‘ice cream sundae in a box’ – what a great gift!

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So, that’s our six. What are your favourite ice cream toppings?

Let us know in the comments below! xXx

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7 Summer Holiday Party Ideas Your Kids Will Love

From Finding Nemo themed birthdays, to sweet garden party games – these 7 summer holiday party ideas will be loved by any kid!

1. Sweet Kebabs 

Use fruity and and brightly coloured sweets for a great affect!

Fizzy watermelon slices, and strawberries work really well.

sweets party ideas for kids summer holidays

2. Make Your Own Sweet Necklaces 

Set out a craft table full of different sweets in dishes so that the kids can choose their own.

Use cherry laces as the necklace ‘chain’ so that it is edible. Make holes in the middle of soft sweets, as well as friendship rings (which already have a hole in the middle!).

summer holiday party ideas for kids

Photo credit: blog.thelovenerds.com

 

3. Taste test Game

This game is so much fun – and tasty too!

You can use jelly beans, or any of your favourite sweets.

Summer Holiday Party Ideas for Kids

4. Sweet Invitations

These are great and really easy to make!

summer holiday party ideas for kids

Photo credit: Style Me Pretty

5. Gummy bear lollipops 

These are so pretty! All you need is some lemonade, lolly sticks and some gummy gears!

Get the full recipe here.

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6. Finding Nemo “Squirtle” Cupcakes 

To make these adorable cupcakes, all you need is some gummy ringsfruit Jellies, chocolate chips and a toothpick.

Find the full recipe here.

Turtle Cupcake Recipe

7. ‘Guessing Booth’

Another fun game – asks guests to guess the correct number of sweets at the guessing booth.

The person with the best guess wins the sweets!

summer party ideas for kids

As the guests arrived, they made a couple of guesses at our guessing booth. The person that guessed the correct number of candies was given the jar full of goodies to take home.

*Bonus! Drumstick lollies cocktails

This one is for the adults!

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Get the full recipe here.

Have you got any summer holiday party ideas too? Let us know in the comments! xXx

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Watermelon Island Cocktail with Fizzy Watermelon Sweets

Watermelon Island Cocktail with Fizzy Watermelon Sweets

Apparently it’s National Watermelon Day today! And what a better way to celebrate than with this Watermelon Island Cocktail with Fizzy Watermelon Sweets!!

This recipe is great for summer, super refreshing and, of course, is a very good excuse to get some of your favourite fizzy watermelon sweets!

Find the full recipe below….

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Image cred: Tipsy Bartender

This Watermelon Island Cocktail is made with Melon Liquor, Apple Sourz, Rum, Triple Sec, Coconut Vodka, Pineapple Vodka and Watermelon Vodka!

Garnish this fruity cocktail with your favourite fizzy watermelon sweets – choose from fizzy watermelon slices and watermelon fizz balls! Yum!

 To make the green part of the cocktail, you need:

  • 30ml Melon Liquor
  • 30ml Apple Sourz

To make the red part of this cocktail, you will need:

  • 15ml Rum
  • 15ml Triple Sec
  • 15ml Coconut Vodka
  • 15ml Pineapple Vodka
  • 60ml Watermelon Vodka

Top it off with some fizzy watermelon slices for decoration and extra yumminess!

Are you going to try it?

Let us know if you do and tell us what you think in the comments below, or on Twitter or Facebook!  xXx

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Watermelon Sweets Cocktail Recipe

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Netflix with Lovi Sweets | Stranger Things [Review]

Netflix with Lovi Sweets #5

This is the fifth in a new series of blog posts we are calling – ‘Netflix with Lovi Sweets’! Each week, we will review a new series or film on Netflix to help you choose what to watch – because, let’s face it, there’s a lot of choice!

This week, we’re reviewing Netflix series – ‘Stranger Things’.

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‘We are big fans of E.T here at Lovi Sweets, so this was right up our street’

What’s it about?

Stranger Things is described as an American ‘supernatural science fiction horror’ series. The series is in the style of a typical 1980s horror movie and follows the story of a young boy, Will, who mysteriously vanishes one night. His friends and family start their own investigations to find him, with the help of the chief of police and a telekinetic girl.

Our verdict?

We are big fans of E.T here at Lovi Sweets, so this was right up our street. The style, music and clothing took us back to our youth and the plot kept us on the edge of our seats throughout the whole series. The story was nicely wrapped up in this first season but it looks like they’ve kept it open enough in case there is a season 2. The acting is really a highlight of this series, and it stars Winona Ryder as Will’s mum (you may remember her from Girl Interrupted and Black Swan).

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Should you watch it tonight?

If you are fans of the 1980s horror film style including the works of Steven Spielberg and Stephen King, this series is for you. You may want to binge watch this series though, so make sure you have time to watch more than one episode!

Netflix Rating: 5 stars

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Lovi Sweets Rating: 4.5 stars

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Watch it with….

Return to the 1980s and watch this series with a big bag of cola cubes!

 1980s sweets

Watch the trailer:

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Bubblegum Bottles Fizz Cocktail! [Recipe]

Bubblegum bottles fizzy cocktails!

This deliciously sour bubblegum bottles fizzy cocktail will knock your socks off! Plus, it looks so pretty!

bubblegum bottles cocktail recipe

Credit: Tipsy Bartender

It’s made with Blue Curacao, Syrup, Bubble Vodka, Grenadine and Sprite! Of course, you also need to top it off with some bubblegum bottles sweets.

Here’s the recipe:

  • 15 ml Blue Curacao
  • 15 ml Sweet and sour mix syrup
  • 7.5 ml Simple Syrup
  • 30 ml Bubble Vodka
  • Add a dash of Grenadine for colour
  • Top it off with as much Sprite as you like and some bubblegum bottles!

And there you go – a perfect refreshing drink to enjoy with friends this weekend!

Try them and don’t forget to let us know what you think, in the comments below xXx

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Netflix With Lovi Sweets | Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt [Review]

Netflix with Lovi Sweets #4

This is the fourth in a new series of blog posts we are calling – ‘Netflix with Lovi Sweets’! Each week, we will review a new series or film on Netflix to help you choose what to watch – because, let’s face it, there’s a lot of choice!

This week, we’re reviewing series – ‘Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt’.

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‘Kimmy Schmidt is refreshing and charming. She eats sweets for dinner, says the wrong things, and always gets the wrong end of the stick (“Hashbrown no filter”).’

What’s it about?

‘Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt’ is an American comedy series following the life of 29 year old Kimmy who lived in an underground bunker for 15 years but gets rescued from her doomsday cult and tries to live a normal life in New York.

Our verdict?

It’s Kimmy’s unique view of the world that makes this series extremely entertaining. Her positivity is both refreshing and charming and her struggle to adapt to adult life is what makes her so relatable. She eats sweets for dinner, says the wrong things, and always gets the wrong end of the stick (“Hashbrown no filter”). 

Should you watch it tonight?

If you’re in the mood for something upbeat, and don’t mind getting an extremely annoying theme tune stuck in your head, ‘Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt’ is for you! 

Netflix Rating: 4.5 stars

4.5 stars sweets

 Lovi Sweets Rating: 4 stars

 Watch it with….

Kimmy Schmidt is a bit retro and very refreshing, so why not watch ‘Unbreakable’ with a bag of refresher chews!?
 Refresher Chews

Watch the trailer:

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Netflix With Lovi Sweets | Orphan Black

Netflix with Lovi Sweets #3

This is the third in a new series of blog posts we are calling – ‘Netflix with Lovi Sweets’! Each week, we will review a new series or film on Netflix to help you choose what to watch – because, let’s face it, there’s a lot of choice!

This week, we’re reviewing series – ‘Orphan Black’.

Orphan Black Netflix Lovi Sweets

‘Orphan Black is dark, highly watchable and very clever, but the storyline can sometimes be a bit complex ‘.

What’s it about?

Orphan Black is a science fiction thriller about a con artist, Sarah Manning, who witnesses a suicide of a woman, Beth Childs, who appears to be her identical twin. In an attempt to make a better life for herself, Sarah becomes Beth. However, she quickly realises her mistake when she finds out who Beth really is and why she looks so much like her.

Our verdict?

As the storyline unravels, it becomes more exciting as we learn more about the lives of Sarah, Beth and the others. It takes a while to understand exactly what is going on but just a few episodes in and you’ll be hooked. We’re giving it 4/5 because it’s highly watchable and very clever, but the storyline can sometimes be a bit complex.

Should you watch it tonight?

If you like playing detective, this might be the series for you. It’s sometimes dark and a bit complex, but it’s highly watchable and the constant twists to the storyline will keep your attention. Watching Orphan Black is like watching a combination of Sense 8 and Homeland all at once. 

Netflix Rating: 5 stars

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 Lovi Sweets Rating: 4 stars

 Watch it with….

In keeping with the theme of identical twins, how about watching ‘Orphan Black’ with a big bag of delicious twin cherries?!
Twin Cherries Sweets

Watch the ‘Orphan Black’ trailer:

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