There seems to be a bit of a theme with this post-that of childhood sweets. I admit I haven’t been a fan of fairy floss for many years- in fact I loathe it. I hated the artificial flavour and the horrid unnatural pink colour not to mention the sugar lumps it dissolves into in your mouth. However, I recently (and somewhat reluctantly if the truth be told) sampled Spun fairy floss by Buderim couple Paul and Genevieve Loxley and liked it a lot.
An artist and former chocolate maker, Genevieve is now using her creative talents to spin exotic flavoured fairy floss in varieties like :coconut, lavender, lime, macadamia, passionfruit, pomegranate, rose, violet, cranberry and grapefruit. They also have plans to add wasabi to the mix as well as a range of herbal flavours. My own faves were rose, violet and pomegranate and the coffee was pretty delish too. There’s no lurid colours and they are all natural flavoured. I reckon they’re on to something here and chefs will be pretty keen to get their hands on some (the herbal ones especially). Kids big and small will probably like them too.
At the moment, Spun are still in development phase, but watch out for the fairy floss hitting the shelves at good providores in the next few months.You can also keep an eye on their website for more info http://www.spunfairyfloss.com.au/
A definite childhood favourite of mine is milk bottles; which came just behind chicos and pineapples in my lolly top 10 (followed by raspberries, snakes, freckles, jaffas, strawberries n cream, jelly babies, fantales). I had this very evocative cream made from milk bottles recently at the fantastic Spice Bar at Mooloolaba (www.spicebar.com.au A shining pearl in a sea of mediocrity) as part of a chocolate plate that had a flourless chocolate cake, chocolate foam and a rich chocolate truffle rolled in rice flakes. It’s quite amazing, it actually tastes exactly like milk bottle lollies. They kindly provided me with the recipe. Unfortunately I don’t have a thermomix but I’m going to experiment using a blender, infusing the results in the milk and strain and see if it works. (Hmm. thinking a dessert tasting plate based on a bag of mixed lollies could be fun).