Monthly Archives: December 2015

Choo Choo Birthday Cake

Whether you are a youngster or only young at heart, you are likely to be a fan of the Choo Choo bar. These delicious chocolate treats are a fantastic snack, but can also be a great inspiration for a very special birthday cake. Trains are popular with kids of all ages, so a train birthday cake is the perfect way to showcase your favourite Choo Choo bar. Perth home bakers will find that this cake looks fantastic but is fairly straightforward to make.

Ingredients for One Medium Sized Cake: 

225 gram of softened unsalted butter

225 grams caster sugar

225 grams of self raising flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

4 eggs

 

Instructions:

Preheat your oven to 180 degrees. Cream the sugar and butter together until it is light and creamy. Beat in each of the eggs slowly and once they are incorporated fold in the flour and baking powder.

Divide the cake mixture into four 25 x 8 centimetre bar tins. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes until golden brown. Allow the all the cakes to cool fully on a wire rack before assembling and decorating.

Making the Train:

You will need a 225 gram sponge roll,

red, blue, apricot, purple and green food colouring

1 package of thin liquorice

Chocolate sprinkles,

20 round chocolate biscuits

A pack of chocolate buttons

1 Ice cream wafer

A few pieces of popcorn

Choo Choo bars for decoration

A wooden skewer, a pipe cleaner and a serving board.

You will also need buttercream for filling and icing.

Cut each of the bar cakes vertically to create eight pieces. Five of these pieces will be needed to make the back of the engine and the tops of the train carriages. The remaining three pieces need to be cut horizontally to create the bases of the carriages and the engine. The piece needs to be cut to create a quarter size piece.

Create the engine smoke stack by cutting a four centimetre slice off, holding it upright and using a plain cutter. The rest of the sponge roll will be needed to make the engine.

Use the buttercream as the glue to assemble your train. You will need to tint small amounts of the buttercream different colours for each of the carriages. Cover the sides and tops of the carriages and engine. Outline the tops of the carriages and the engine with thin liquorice.

Cover the sides and top of your smoke stack with red tinted buttercream and coat with the chocolate sprinkles. Use your wooden skewer to make a hole through several pieces of popcorn and thread them onto the pipe cleaner. This should be inserted into the smokestack.

Use a Choo Choo bar to create the effect of railway sleepers. Use the chocolate biscuits to represent wheels and use the chocolate buttons for additional detail. Finally, attach a strip of wafer to the front of the engine as a “cow catcher”.

If you love a Choo Choo bar, Perth sweet enthusiasts should speak to us. We have a fantastic selection of favourite sweets and chocolates including the Choo Choo bar.

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How Much Sugar is actually in Your Favorite Fizzy Drink?

Whether your choice of fizzy drink is cola, ginger beer or grape Fanta, if you are concerned about losing weight you will need to consider how much sugar you are actually drinking each day. Popular fizzy drinks often contain quite a lot of sugar, so before you reach for that glass of grape Fanta, Australia based consumers should be aware how much sugar it contains.

How Much Sugar?

Most cola or Fanta grape bottles can be a little confusing when you are looking to see the sugar content. Since many drinks list the amount per 100 millilitres, yet bottles and cans can contain up to 500 millilitres this can often be deceiving. However, if you are looking to minimize your sugar, grape Fanta is actually one of the best choices. Recent research found that Coca-Cola and ginger beer are actually some of the worst offenders for high sugar content. You can expect to find that many fizzy drinks contain the equivalent of six teaspoons of sugar in a 330 millilitre serving. However, brand such as Old Jamaica ginger beer contains almost thirteen teaspoons of sugar in a serving.

This means that if you are used to drinking two or three cans of ginger beer each day, you will be consuming approximately 40 teaspoons or 200 grams of sugar in a day. This is more sugar than you would find in almost ten doughnuts. This is obviously not great if you are watching your weight. 

So Can You Still Enjoy Grape Fanta?

Yes, of course, you can still enjoy your favourite Grape Fanta and still have a healthy balanced diet. The key to reducing your sugar intake is moderation. Of course, if you spend your entire day only consuming fizzy drinks, this will mean lots of sugar. However, if you restrict your intake to one Fanta grape bottle a day, you can still enjoy a great taste without consuming lots and lots of sugar.

According to World Health Organisation guidelines, your sugar intake should be less than 10% of your total daily calories. Ideally, this should be reduced to 5%. Estimates suggest that 5% of your daily intake is approximately 25 grams of sugar. This means that if you are consuming an average calorie diet of between 2,500 and 3,500 calories, you should restrict your intake to just one can a day.

Obviously controlling your intake is an important consideration for managing your weight. However, you will also need to consider eating healthy foods such as fresh fruit and vegetables and maintaining a regular exercise routine. Making these simple yet basic lifestyle changes will help you to manage your weight, feel healthier and still enjoy your favourite fizzy drink, of course in moderation!

If you love grape Fanta Australia sweet enthusiasts should speak to us. We have a fantastic selection of sweet treats including grape Fanta. Our team are available to answer any questions or queries you may have and help you to find the perfect treat to satisfy any sweet craving.

Factors to Consider When You’re Looking for the Best Online Lolly Shop

The internet has meant that it has never been easier to shop. These days it is easy to buy almost anything you like online but when it comes to buying bulk lollies online, you need to have confidence that you are buying the best. So before you place an order with any online lolly shop, you should consider these factors. 

Does the Shop Offer Value for Money?

While using an online lolly shop is more convenient than driving all over town, this doesn’t mean that you will want to pay over the odds for the privilege. This means that you need to check that the company offers value for money. There are a number of different suppliers who offer discounts when ordering bulk lollies online. 

What Delivery Options are Available?

Since you are buying online, you will need to assess what delivery options are available. The last thing you want is your delicious lollies sat around a courier warehouse for days. Ideally, the company should offer fast delivery without charging you the earth. 

 

Does the Company Offer Gifts and Special Packaging:

If you are looking for a sweet and delicious treat for a friend, family member or business associate, you need to check whether the company offers special packaging or sweet gifts. Some companies can also arrange personalised sweets and chocolates for use as client gifts or to commemorate a special occasion.

Does the Company Offer Promotions?

Everyone loves a bargain, so ideally your chosen online lolly shop will offer promotional discounts and offers from time to time. After all, if you are looking for lolly buffet supplies, even a small promotional discount can really add up.

Is There Good Customer Service?

While online shopping is usually simple and convenient, it can be problematic if the company does not have a good customer service policy. Is your email enquiry answered promptly? Does your chosen company have a clear returns policy? What happens if your order is incorrect? All of these seemingly minor issues can become a real problem if the company lacks concern for their customer’s satisfaction. 

Is There a Wide Selection?

While you may have a particular favourite sweet, it is a good idea to choose an online store that has a wide selection. Ideally, your chosen store will offer a great choice of sweets, chocolates and other tasty treats. This will mean that when you are looking for Christmas gifts or treats for a birthday party, you already know that you have a reliable and trusted provider.

While there are some suppliers offering bulk lollies online, you need to have confidence that your chosen store delivers what you need when you need it. This is especially the case if you are looking for sweets or chocolates for a birthday or special occasion. Fortunately, when you consider these factors, you can have confidence that you have chosen a great online lolly shop.

If you are in need of bulk lolly supplies, contact us. We are an established online lolly shop with a fantastic selection of traditional sweets, imported classics and other tasty treats. Our team of sweet enthusiasts would be delighted to help you to find the right treat for any occasion.

The Amazing Blair’s Death Sauce

When it comes to Death Sauce, Perth foodies have been enjoying the Blair’s products for years. Death Sauce is not simply a table sauce. This hot sauce offers a fantastic and unmistakable blend of cayenne, chipotle and habanero peppers to create not only heat but amazing flavour. The popularity of the Original Death Sauce has spawned a whole range of sauces and while they do make a great table sauce, they also make a fantastic addition to your recipes.

Death Sauce Bloody Mary:

If you are in the mood for a Bloody Mary with an extra kick, you are likely to enjoy the added kick of Death Sauce. Perth drink enthusiasts will find that the spicy heat from Death Sauce will make this the ultimate in Bloody Marys. To prepare one drink you will need:

  • 60 millilitres of fresh tomato juice
  • 40 millilitres of vodka
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 teaspoon Death Sauce
  • ¼ teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • Ice cubes
  • 1 celery stalk
  • This is a simple and easy recipe. Simply mix all of the ingredients, except the ice and celery, together until well blended. Pour the mixture over ice and serve with the celery stalk as a stirrer.

Death Sauce Meat Coating:

Death Sauce can be a fantastic addition to ribs, wings and other marinaded meat. It even adds a great layer of flavour to basic foods such as tofu. You will need:

Chicken Wings, Ribs or other food to coat

100 grams of flour

1 teaspoon onion powder

1 teaspoon garlic powder

1 teaspoon sea salt

1 tablespoon finely chopped shallots

1 teaspoon finely chopped garlic

60 millilitres melted butter

60 millilitres Death Sauce

To make this recipe you will need to combine the flour, salt and powders into a large Ziploc bag. Add the meat or foods to the bag and shake to ensure that everything is fully coated. Cook the wings or ribs as normal, frying them or oven baking until golden brown. Allow the meat to dry on paper towels while you prepare the coating.

Combine the Death sauce, garlic, shallots and butter in a bowl. Place the ribs or wings in a large skillet and coat with the sauce. Heat the mixture on medium heat, turning the meat to ensure that everything is properly coated.

Serve with chips or your favourite side dish.

Either of these recipes makes a great treat when you are entertaining. Whether you are hosting a barbeque or a more sophisticated party, these Bloody Marys and coated wings make a fantastic addition to your menu. You can use original sauce or your preferred variety, but you may need to adjust the quantities to ensure that the recipe is not too hot for your guests. Alternatively, you will need to ensure that you have plenty of milk on hand, in case Death Sauce proves too much for some.

If you’re a great fan of Death Sauce Perth foodies should contact us. Fun Works has a fantastic selection of sweet treats and imported favourites including Death Sauce. Our team would be happy to help you in finding the perfect tasty treat for any occasion.

Sour Peach Hearts Inspired Bundt Cake

Sour peach hearts and sour peach heart lollies are a popular sweet treat. However, while these sweets can be totally delicious, if you find that you are placing more and more sour peach hearts bulk orders, you may need another type of fix . This sour peach inspired bundt cake is super delicious and will appeal to the whole family. This bundt has a deliciously sweet and spicy filling, rippling throughout the cake to make it even more delicious.

Ingredients to Make the Bundt Cake:

To make this sour peach hearts inspired cake you will need;

210 grams of flour

1 teaspoon of baking powder

½ teaspoon of baking soda

Pinch of salt

75 grams of softened unsalted butter

125 grams of sugar

2 eggs

½ teaspoon almond extract

110 millilitres of sour cream

Ingredients for the Filling:

50 grams of sugar

50 grams of brown sugar

½ teaspoon of nutmeg

½ tablespoon of ground cinnamon

¼ teaspoon cloves

½ tablespoon cocoa powder

20 grams of finely chopped toasted almonds

3 small peaches peeled and cut into chunks

Instructions:

Preheat your oven to 180c and grease your bundt cake tin.

Mix all of the filling ingredients together except the peaches and set this mixture aside while you prepare the cake batter.

Cream the butter and sugar together until it’s fluffy and light. Beat in the eggs and add in the almond extract. Sift together all the dry ingredients in a separate bowl and add this into the butter mixture alternately with the sour cream. Beat the mixture until well blended.

Add a third of the cake mixture into your bundt tin, spread it evenly with a spatula to coat the bottom of the tin. Sprinkle over a third of the filling and dot a third of the peach chunks over the top. Repeat these process twice more, reserving a couple of tablespoons to cover the final layer of filling and peach chunks.

Bake your Bundt cake for approximately an hour or until a skewer comes out clean when inserted into the centre of the cake. Allow the cake to cool in the pan for approximately thirty minutes before turning out onto a wire rack to completely cool.

To decorate your cake, either dust with icing sugar before serving or create a light icing with sifted icing sugar and water to drizzle over the top of the cake. You can add more colour by dotting over some sour peach hearts, either whole or in cut into pieces.

This bundt makes a great choice for an afternoon tea or to celebrate a more sedate birthday or event. The rich almond cake and delicious peach filling will have you reminiscing about your favourite childhood sweets.

If you are a sour peach hearts addict, contact us. We have a great selection of traditional favourites such as sour peach heart lollies. We can also assist with sour peach heart bulk orders to ensure that you have enough sweets on hand for any occasion. Our team would be happy to answer any queries and help you with the perfect tasty treat for all occasions.

White Chocolate Raspberry Scones

If white chocolate raspberry bullets were your first pick when you visited lolly shops as a child, then you will absolutely adore these white chocolate raspberry scones. Raspberry and white chocolate have always been a great flavour combination, but these deliciously sweet scones will have you reminiscing about your favourite childhood sweets. Not only do these scones taste great but they are amazingly moist, making them a hit with both children and adults alike.

Ingredients to Make Sixteen Scones:

560 grams of flour

175 grams of granulated sugar

½ teaspoon baking soda

2 teaspoons baking powder

1 teaspoon salt

225 grams of butter chilled

175 grams of white chocolate chips plus extra for decoration

225 milliliters of sour cream

175 grams of fresh raspberries

2 eggs

4 teaspoons of almond extract

1 egg diluted with 2 teaspoons of water to create an egg wash

white chocolate raspberry

Method:

Whisk the flour, baking powder, salt, baking soda and sugar together in a large bowl. Cut the chilled butter into fairly small pieces and add them to the flour. Using your fingers rub in the butter until the mixture resembles crumbs. Fold in the white chocolate chips.

In a different bowl, whisk the eggs, almond extract and sour cream together until fully incorporated. Add the mixture to the flour using a fork to combine until you form large clumps. Gently fold the raspberries into the mixture taking care not to crush the raspberries. Some of the berries will break, but you don’t want a raspberry puree. Use a rubber spatula or hands to form the dough into two balls. The dough will be quite wet but wrap each ball in plastic wrap and chill for at least a minimum of an hour or until it has become easier to work with. At this point, you can store the dough in the fridge for up to two days.

Preheat your oven to 200c and prepare your baking sheets by lining them with parchment paper.

Flour your work surface and pat each of the dough balls down until they are 1.5 centimetres thick. Use a sharp knife or cookie cutter to shape your scones. Although traditional scones are circular, these white chocolate raspberry scones look very attractive as triangles. Place the scones on the baking sheets but be sure to leave a gap of two centimetres around each scone.

Brush the tops of each of your scones with the egg wash and bake for approximately fifteen minutes or until they are a light golden brown colour. Be careful not to over bake the scones as they will quickly become dry. Allow the scones to cool o a wire rack.

To decorate melt 75 grams of white chocolate chips and drizzle the melted chocolate over the scones. Allow the chocolate to set before you store them in an airtight container. The scones taste the best within twenty-four hours, but they can be stored for up to two days.

If these delicious scones put you in the mood for a traditional sweet treat, contact us. We have a wide selection of traditional favourites including white chocolate raspberry bullets.

Create Great Party Food with Rainbow Cupcakes

Whether you are planning a birthday party or a morning tea charity fundraiser, cupcakes are likely to be a real hit. While there are plenty of different flavour combinations, rainbow cupcakes are always a real hit and with some decorative touches such as TNT Rainbow Straps, you can create an attractive and tasty treat.

Flexible Cupcake Options:

These fantastic cupcakes are not made with a multicolored sponge but use a chocolate cupcake base. With the vanilla butter cream and decorative TNT rainbow sour straps, you can create a sophisticated treat that will appeal to kids and adults alike. The great thing about these rainbow cupcakes is that you can tailor them to be made with a conventional or vegan recipe. Since TNT Rainbow Straps contain no animal products, providing you use vegan butter and egg replacer, you can make a completely vegan cupcake. With the number of vegans on the rise, this means that your delicious cupcakes can be enjoyed by everyone.

tnt rainbow straps

TNT sour straps ingredients to Make 12 Cupcakes:

100 grams of plain flour

140 grams of caster sugar

20 grams of cocoa powder

1 ½ teaspoons baking powder

40 grams room temperature unsalted butter

120 millilitres of milk (whole dairy or nut)

1 egg

¼ teaspoon vanilla extract

Pinch of salt

For the Frosting:

175 grams of softened unsalted butter

225 grams of sifted icing sugar

¼ teaspoon vanilla extract

Method:

Line a cupcake tray with paper muffin cases and preheat your oven to 170c. Sift the cocoa powder, flour, salt and baking powder and mix in with the butter and sugar until everything is well combined. Whisk the egg, vanilla extract and milk in a separate bowl or jug. Add to the flour and butter mixture and slowly beat in until the mixture is smooth and creamy.

Spoon into the paper cases until they are ¾ full. Bake for twenty to twenty-five minutes until a skewer comes out clean. Allow the cupcakes to cool slightly while in the tray before you allow them to cool completely on a wire rack.

To decorate, whisk the butter and icing sugar together until smooth and creamy. Beat in the vanilla extract. You can use a pallet knife to spread the frosting on top of each cupcake or pipe it into fluffy clouds. If you are feeling particularly artistic, you can create a blue sky with coloured frosting before piping on your clouds.

Cut several TNT Rainbow Straps into pieces three or four centimetres long. Curve the strap into a rainbow and mount it on the cupcake using the frosting. Allow the cupcakes to chill and allow the butter icing to set. Just remember not to stack the cupcakes for the display as you may crush your rainbow and ruin the whole effect.

If you are planning a special event or party and need sweet treats, contact us. We specialise in imported candy, traditional favourites and other confections including the TNT Rainbow Straps and TNT Sour Straps perfect for this recipe. We can also arrange for bulk orders, so you can have all the sweet treats you need for any occasion.

How to Make the Best A&W Root Beer Float

An A&W Root Beer Float has been a popular treat for decades. The A&W Root Beer Spider or float originated from Philadelphia in 1874. The float was reputed to have been created by Robert McCay Green when he ran out of ice for his drinks stall and used the vanilla ice cream from another vendor to create a new drink. However, Green’s account is that he deliberately created the new drink to tempt customers away from a competitor who had a bigger soda fountain than his own. Green’s first floats were soda water with vanilla ice cream and one of sixteen flavoured syrups.

The A&W Root Beer Float:

The A&W chain has become well known for their floats made with A&W Root Beer. Often referred to as a “Black Cow”, a traditional float is made with vanilla ice cream and root beer. However, there are regional variations that use chocolate ice cream to make a “brown cow”.

The company has seen such popular demand for their floats; it inspired a range of “Float” beverages. This range includes A&W Root Beer bottles, Cream Soda and Sunkist flavours to simulate the taste of a creamy ice cream float.

Instructions to Make a Standard Root Beer Float:

You will need 16 oz A&W Root Beer bottles and vanilla ice cream. One bottle should be sufficient to create two large floats. All you need to do is fill your glasses approximately three-quarters with root beer. Place the glasses on a tray or plate to avoid making a mess if the float fizzes over.

a&w root beer float

Add a scoop of vanilla ice cream slowly into each glass and slowly top up the glass with root beer. As the root beer hits the ice cream, it will turn foamy, so keep drizzling until the glass is filled to the top. Take care as once the ice cream starts to float, the glasses may overflow.

You will need to eat your float slowly to avoid brain freeze. Be sure to scoop up both ice cream and root beer with your spoon to enjoy the famous creamy texture and flavour of a traditional float. Serve the floats with straws so that you can sip the remaining creamy, dreamy root beer left at the bottom of the glass.

If you enjoyed your traditional float, try different flavour combinations. Try a “brown cow” with chocolate or get a little experimental with toffee or fudge ice creams. Just remember that the flavour of the ice cream should complement the root beer, so avoid mint choc chip or other complicated flavours that could clash. Kids and adults alike love root beer floats, so next time it’s a particularly hot day be sure that you have plenty of A&W Root Beer bottles on hand.

If you are wondering where can I buy root beer in glass bottles or A&W Root Beer floats, contact us. We have a wide selection of traditional sweets, imported candy and other tasty treats including A&W Root Beer. Our team would be delighted to help you to find the perfect treat for any occasion.