Monthly Archives: November 2015

Choo Choo Bar Inspired Birthday Cake

If you grew up in the 1960s, 70s or 80s, you are likely to remember the deliciously chewy chocolate and liquorice Choo Choo bar. With the re-launch of Choo Choo bars, Perth sweet enthusiasts can relive these childhood moments. However, if you have become a little obsessed with this deliciously delightful treat, you are sure to enjoy this Choo Choo bar inspired birthday cake.

Why a Choo Choo Bar Cake?

Liquorice provides a sharper, simpler and sweeter taste compared to cinnamon, making it the perfect complement to chocolate. The flavour of liquorice cuts through the rich chocolate to ensure that while this cake tastes decadent, it doesn’t feel heavy. Be sure to note that the liquorice flavour will intensify as the cake is left, so if there are any leftovers, you are sure to satisfy that liquorice and chocolate craving. 

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Making the Cake:

To make a cake inspired by a classic  Perth sweet enthusiasts will need 225 grams of flour, 85 grams cocoa powder, 350 grams sugar, 1 ½ teaspoons baking soda, 1 ½ teaspoons baking powder, 2 eggs, 125 millilitres vegetable oil, 250 millilitres milk, 250 millilitres hot water, 2 teaspoons vanilla extract, 2 bars of liquorice. This will make an eight-inch round cake.

Preheat your oven to 180 degrees. Chop the liquorice into small pieces and melt into the hot water. In a separate bowl mix all of the dry ingredients and beat in the eggs, milk and oil until well combined. Gradually add the liquorice water to the batter until it is smooth but watery.

Divide the mixture into two eight inch prepared cake tins. Bake for approximately thirty minutes or until a skewer can be inserted and come out clean. Allow to cool completely before icing.

Decorating the Cake: 

This cake is perfectly complemented with a rich chocolate ganache. This ganache can be made by melting 200 grams of good quality dark chocolate and whisking in 200 millilitres of double cream. This process should be done slowly, so it is a good idea to melt the chocolate in a bowl heated over a pan of hot water. Be sure not to over-whisk as this will cause the chocolate to seize. Allow the ganache to cool and thicken, before using it to fill and ice the two halves of the cake. For added decoration, consider scattering a Choo Choo bar chopped into small pieces over the top of the ganache before it has properly set. Allow the ganache to cool completely before attempting to slice.

This cake makes a fantastic and sophisticated birthday cake or a delicious dessert for any special occasion. Just be sure to make enough for everyone, as once your guests enjoy a slice, they will be coming back for more of that great Choo Choo bar taste.

If you are craving a Choo Choo bar Perth sweet enthusiasts should contact us. We offer a wide selection of classic candy bars, imported chocolates and other delicious sweet treats including the Choo Choo bar. Our team of sweet enthusiasts would be delighted to assist you in sourcing your favourite sweets for any occasion.

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Chocolate Pop Tarts Vs Toaster Strudels

If you’re in the mood for a deliciously delightful snack, you may be faced with a decision between toaster strudels and Pop Tarts. Australia-based consumers may consider these snacks to be one and the same, but there are some major differences.

The Basics:

The main difference between toaster strudels and chocolate Pop Tarts is how they are sold. Toaster strudels are frozen and have separate packets of icing to be added once you have heated the strudel in a toaster oven. However, since Pop Tarts are not frozen, it is possible to buy Pop Tarts online. Perth consumers can even eat their tarts straight out of the packet or heat them in a toaster.

Flavours:

In addition to chocolate, Pop Tarts are available in fifty flavours. The original flavours of blueberry, apple currant, strawberry and brown sugar cinnamon are now complemented with chocolate chip cookie, peanut butter and of course, chocolate. There are also new frostings, limited editions and whole grain variants available.

On the other hand, Toaster strudels are only available in a limited number of flavours. The most popular are apple, cinnamon, blueberry, cherry and chocolate fudge.

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Storage:

Since Toaster Strudels are frozen, they need to be stored in the freezer until you heat them in a toaster oven. This limitation means that you can’t carry a toaster strudel around with you for a handy snack. Since chocolate Pop Tarts can be eaten out of the packet, they can be used as a mid-morning snack, even if you don’t have access to a toaster. However, you will find that the tarts taste even better when heated. Just be careful not to heat them for too long as you could find yourself with a burnt chin from an excessively hot filling.

Nutrition:

When you are looking for a delicious snack, you are unlikely to be overly concerned about the nutritional value. However, it is worth being aware of what you are eating. With average Pop Tarts, Australia-based consumers will be eating 200 calories, which includes 20 grams of sugar and 5 grams of fat. This can vary according to the specific flavour. Toaster Strudels have similar calories with an average of 190 calories each. However, this includes more fat at an average of 9 grams. Again, this varies according to the specific flavour and whether you add the optional icing package onto the strudel.

Whether you are in the mood for a sweet snack or a tasty breakfast treat, with Pop Tarts Australia based consumers will find a delicious option. With a wide range of flavours and delicious frostings, you will find a variant to suit your particular sweet craving at any time.

If you would like to buy Pop Tarts online, Perth consumers should contact us. We have a wide selection of sweet treats including chocolate Pop Tarts. We specialise in classic sweets and imported treats from around the world. Our team of sweet enthusiasts would be happy to answer any questions you may have and assist you with your order.

Five Things You Might Not Know About Irn Bru

After whisky, haggis and Gerard Butler, Irn Bru is probably Scotland’s most famous export. This delicious soft drink is considered by some to be the ultimate hangover cure and is popular with adults and kids alike. However, here are five things about Irn Bru Australia – based girder enthusiasts might not know.

Irn Bru Has an Impressive History:

When it comes to Irn Bru, Perth consumers may be surprised to know that this soft drink has been around since 1901. The “aerated water” drink was originally called Strachan’s Brew and was launched by Andrew Barr in Falkirk. The name was changed to Iron Brew, but in 1946 it was rebranded as Irn Bru due to new regulations regarding product naming. Since the drink was not brewed, Barrs needed to register a new name. Since then Irn Bru has dominated the soft drinks market in Scotland, even outselling global giant Coca-Cola.

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The First Advertising Campaigns Ran for Decades:

While many of us are remember the “made in Scotland from Girders” advertising campaign, which became iconic around the world, one of early advertising campaigns was very long term. One of the first long-running campaigns ran between the 1930s and 1970s. This campaign features a comic called “The Adventures of Ba-Bru and Sandy”. This comic was inspired by “Sabu the Elephant Boy” by Rudyard Kipling. The character was also used in neon sign advertising, which was placed at Glasgow Central Station for years.

It Contains Metal:

It is thought that the “girders” advertising slogan was a reference to the orange rust colour of the drink. However,  does contain iron. The drink contains 0.002 percent of ammonium ferric citrate, which is a food additive that contains iron hydroxide. 

The Recipe is Only Known by Three People:

Despite the fact that Irn Bru is not just made in Scotland and is manufactured in Russia, Norway, the United States and Canada, reportedly the recipe is only known by three people in the world. Reportedly Former Irn Bru chairperson Robin Barr, the Legal Affairs Manager Julie Barr and one other board director never travel together on the same plane. The identity of the board director is also kept confidential just in case.

Irn Bru is Popular with Celebrities:

Although we imagine celebrities always to be drinking champagne, Irn Bru is a popular choice. The drink was referenced in “The St Stephen’s Day Murders” song by Elvis Costello and the “Cop Yer Whack for This” 1975 Billy Connolly album. This dedication was a more veiled reference to the apparently magical properties as a hangover cure as he thanked the Barrs for saving his life on Sunday mornings.

Sir Sean Connery also chose a crate of Irn Bru in the National Museum of Scotland, when asked to contribute for a celebrity exhibition. However, this exhibit went against trend, since 71 percent of fans favour a glass bottle rather than a can.

If you would like to know more about Irn Bru Perth girder enthusiasts should contact us. We specialise in offering classic sweets, imported chocolates and other sweet treats. Our team of sweet enthusiasts would be delighted to answer any questions and assist you in sourcing your favourite snacks and sweets including Irn Bru.

Make Your Party Unique With a Dr Pepper Cake

As the children get older, it is often more and more of a challenge to make their birthday celebrations special. While teenagers want to celebrate on their own, parents often want to be still involved. Although a teenager may balk at the prospect of a kiddies party, you can liven up the celebrations with a few more sophisticated choices including a Dr Pepper cake. 

Why Dr Pepper?

Dr Pepper has been around since the 1800s, and a Dr Pepper bottle is still considered a real treat. However, this unique flavour is not only refreshing but can add a sophisticated flavour to even a basic birthday cake. You can also team this tasty flavour with Dr Pepper inspired decoration, decorating your cake like a can or bottle of Dr Pepper. Australia-based parents could also incorporate the Americana into the party theme, serving hot dogs and burgers, while the teenagers enjoy a movie.

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Making a Dr Pepper Cake:

The ingredients for a Dr Pepper cake are relatively basic. All you need is 400 grams of sugar, 225 grams of butter or margarine, 100 millilitres of buttermilk, 250 millilitres of Dr Pepper, 2 eggs, 4 tablespoons cocoa powder, 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract, 1 teaspoon of baking soda, 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon and 450 grams of flour.

To make the cake, mix the Dr Pepper together with the cocoa until well combined and set aside. In a separate bowl, cream the butter and sugar, slowly add the eggs and buttermilk. Fold in the flour, baking soda and cinnamon, before adding in the liquid and vanilla. Mix until the ingredients are smooth and well combined. Pour the mixture into a greased cake tin and bake for twenty to thirty minutes at 180 degrees. Allow to cool completely before icing.

If you wish, you can create a very intense Dr Pepper bottle experience by using flavoured icing. Mix two tablespoons of Dr Pepper into chocolate butter icing and beat thoroughly until smooth.

Decorating the Cake:

How you decorate the cake is a purely personal preference. This recipe makes a very attractive chocolate cake, so you could choose to split the cake, fill and ice it. Decorating with birthday candles and colourful edible decorations. Alternatively, if you are feeling very creative, you could create a Dr Pepper bottle on a white fondant icing base to lay on top of the cake. If you lack a steady hand, you may find that there are local companies in your area that specialise in edible decorations. These companies can often “photocopy” a design onto icing for stunning cakes or party pieces. So, you will need to decide whether you want to give the kids a hint of the flavour surprise or keep it under wraps.

Planning a party for a teenager can be a real challenge, but if you are looking for sweet treats including Dr Pepper Australia – based parents should contact us. We specialise in classic sweets, imported treats and other delicious delights including Dr Pepper. Our team would be delighted to help you to find the perfect treats to suit the tastes of kids of all ages.