With Father’s Day approaching next month we are always thinking one step ahead about what the children can make for their Daddy to show him how loved and special he is to us. The things with Gaz is that not only is he notoriously difficult to buy for, but he also looks forward to a hand made gift on Father’s Day, which is understandable, but can be really time consuming! Between school, clubs and hectic weekends, it’s difficult to find time to sit down and create some elaborate craft idea and so this year, when Swizzels asked us to create something with their amazing range of sweets, I had a bit of a light bulb moment (trust me, this doesn’t happen often!) to combine the two!
The day before we set to work I baked a basic sponge cake with the children, filled with jam and butter cream and although it may have been slightly over done (and by that I mean dry as a bone), none of that mattered as it was all about the next stage and one which needless to say the kids couldn’t wait to get started on after school!
Swizzels sent us the Retro Premium Red Sweet Hamper with 1.1kg of all our favourite retro sweets, from Love Hearts to Rainbow Drops, Double Dips to Refresher Bars, and it instantly took me back to the 80’s and the days when a Double Dip was pretty much the highlight of my day. I still love one now and may have sneaked one whilst the girls got to work….
The thing I love the most about Swizzels are that they appeal to all ages. On the one hand you have a generation of people like me feeling all of the nostalgia at the memory of eating them as children, and on the other you have our own children, or even grandchildren, excited to try them for the very first time and enjoying them every bit as much as we did.
Although Swizzels have been making sweets since 1928, they are still creating brand new jellies, chews, lollies and sweets to add to the collection, and I know having recently discovered the Drumstic Choos that the new additions are just as good as the old ones!
The girls were very methodical about their cake decorating starting with lollies in the middle and working outwards with an edging of Rainbow Drops. I’m pretty sure more went in their mouth than on the actual cake but seriously, who can blame them?
For me Swizzels are such a lovely way to celebrate Father’s Day without costing a fortune. It cost just a couple of pounds to bake the cake and, although the hamper costs £11, for those wanting to spend less you can buy individual sweets for such small amounts, even allowing the children to purchase them with their pocket money as a special surprise.
I actually loved seeing the girls decorate their cake and for the first time I realised that baking didn’t have to be stressful! Usually I am right in there trying to limit the mess, or over see the design, but relinquishing all control and just letting them create something completely unique and personal to them was really lovely!
Obviously cakes like this one are a real treat, and I think we all know that consuming sugar sensibly is key, but the thing I love the most about Swizzels is how transparent they are on their labels so that all nutritional information is fully explained and the same on their website. Plus even better, they are suitable for vegetarians, vegans, and those avoiding gluten, nuts, eggs, fish, dairy, plus many more allergens.
When our cake was done we realised that it wasn’t going to last until Father’s Day this year but in the name of research, we thought we could maybe eat this one so that later on in June we can make another and improve on it. It’s a hard life for these little cake testers but someone’s got to do it!
** We are working with Swizzels on this collaboration and have been compensated for our time. All words and opinions are my own. **