2 December 2011


I love the smell of sweetshops.

A combo of sugar, fruit and childhood; it's complete bliss. Although if I'm being honest, it's not the smell that draws me in.

Oh no.

It's the rows upon rows of smile-inducing sweets, from the chewy to the downright inedible. And my love is especially strong now that the traditional "ye-olde-sweetshoppe" seems to be propagating across the country.

So what better way to celebrate these sugary grottos than by shoving a load of their offerings in and on a good ol' biscuit?

If you take anything from this recipe, let it be the Vimto icing. Sure, the popping candy biscuits and chewy sweets are great additions, but the Vimto topping is pretty darn tasty. It's like Purple Ronnie bottled. But less creepy.


Pre-heat the oven to 180 C //350 F //GM 4.

In a large mixing bowl beat together the butter and caster sugar.

Add the egg yolk, and if you have any vanilla essence hanging around a teaspoon of that makes a nice addition!

Mix well until combined.

Open one sachet of popping candy and stir into the mixture.

Sift in the flour gradually, stirring continuously until a dough is formed. You may need to get your hands dirty to make sure all is mixed and the ingredients come together in a ball.

Sprinkle some flour onto a clean surface and a rolling pin before rolling the dough into a flat and even slab, about half a centimetre in thickness.

Using a biscuit cutter [or a glass like me, classy] cut out sections of the dough and lay them on a pre-lined baking tray.

Bake in the oven for 20-30 minutes, until crisp to the touch and baked completely when checked underneath.

Once cooled completely you can move onto the icing, which simply consists of sifting the icing sugar into a bowl and adding the cordial. Mix thoroughly until a spreadable, slightly runny icing is formed.

If you plan to eat the biscuits another time [for which I commend and question you simultaneously] it's probably best to decorate them just before eating - purely because the popping candy does it's thang as soon as it comes into contact with the moisture of the icing.

If you are going to gobble some straight away top each biscuit with the icing, and be sure to leave some in the bowl to eat all for yourself.

Add your sweets of choice [I lucked out on these Vimto 'skiddadles' in Home Bargains, but I can imagine skittles or jelly tots working amazingly] and a dusting of popping candy.

Let the hyperactivity commence.



Hayley said...

I need to try these, they look delicious! :) x

Temporary:Secretary said...

Vimto Icing is an amazing idea. Why has no one given you a book deal yet! Your bakery book would be the only one we'd ever need! xxx

Caroline said...

these look ever so cute! i absolutely love the idea of vimto icing, i'm definitely trying these xx

Sorcha said...

I feel myself having a major sugar crash just from looking at these! Amazing idea. Popping candy needs to get involved in more food stuffs.

Sorcha x
Bonfire Brunette

Caroline said...

What a great idea for cookies! The Vimto icing sounds amazing :) x

Lauren said...

Wicked idea! They look stylish and I'm sure the popping candy gives them some more life. Cheers!

Gillian said...

Oh my god, these sound amazing! Will definitely be making these as soon as possible!

Gillian x

Susie said...

Ooh, these look so good! And I notice that you are using the proper vanilla extract - haha- makes such a difference doesn't it? i am a total food snob about that kind of thing! :)

Eloise said...

Ah popping candy takes me back to being a kid! These look delicious. Baking + 90s candy = SUCH A GOOD IDEA


Harriet said...

These look amazing - what a fantastic idea to add the sweets! The last photo especially looks so damn yummy!

Claire | French for Cupcake said...

WOW, you may have created a sugar fuelled monster with these!

Claire | French for Cupcake said...

WOW, you may have created a sugar fuelled monster with these!

Cylia said...

hello pretty girrl:) popping candy is my favorite! a cheaper version of zara definitely sounds good.. I'm loving their collection:) definitely worth buying something.

Arabella said...

yum yum yum yum yum x

Sophie said...

Superb idea!

Sadie said...

These sound amazing! I love anything that involves popping candy :) xx