Monthly Archives: February 2016

Easy and Simple M&M Cupcakes

When it comes to M&M’s, Australia sweet enthusiasts never tire of this delicious chocolatey treat. However, when you place your bulk M&Ms order, you may wonder how you can make use of your candy in the most creative way. Fortunately, these M&M cupcakes are not only easy and simple to make but look and taste fantastic. The rainbow effect cake is a wonderful surprise when you bite into the cupcake, and you can complement this by decorating the top of the frosting with a sprinkle of M&Ms.

Ingredients: To make a batch of these amazing cupcakes, you will need 225 grams of flour, 225 grams of caster sugar, 225 grams of softened unsalted butter, 1 teaspoon of baking powder and four eggs. You will also need 75 ml of coconut, vegetable or canola oil, 150 ml of sour cream, 150 ml of buttermilk, 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract and 75 grams of M&Ms.

Method: Preheat your oven to 180 degrees and line your cupcake pan. You will have the choice of making jumbo or mini cupcakes, so prepare your tin accordingly.

Combine the liquid ingredients and eggs in a large jug and blend until the mixture is well combined.

Cream the butter and sugar until the mixture is fluffy and light. Alternatively fold in the flour and baking powder with the liquid mixture. Do not overmix the batter, the mixture should be smooth and well combined, but the odd lump will not be a problem. Gently fold the bulk M&Ms into the mixture and don’t worry if the colours start to run.

Spoon the mixture into the cupcake liners. Fill them up to 3/4s to avoid the cupcake overflowing in the oven. Bake them for between ten and twenty minutes depending on whether they are large or small. Err on the side of caution and check that a skewer comes out clean from the centre of one cupcake. Allow the cupcakes to cool fully on a wire rack before you attempt any decoration.

Decorating: To decorate these delicious cupcakes you can either use a basic chocolate ganache or this wonderful whipped buttercream. All you need is 275 grams of icing sugar, 1 tablespoon of lemon juice, a pinch of salt, 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract, 225 grams of softened unsalted butter, 125 grams of chocolate chips. You will also need extra M&M’s for garnishing. Heat the chocolate chips in a heatproof bowl set over a pan of boiling water. Alternatively, you can microwave the chocolate for thirty seconds until melted and smooth.

In the meantime, whisk the sugar and butter until the mixture is light and fluffy. Add the vanilla extract, cream and melted chocolate to the butter and sugar and whip until it’s fully incorporated. Add in a little lemon juice and salt to taste. Whip the mixture until it looks fluffy and light.

The frosting should be thick enough to pipe it onto the top of the cupcakes. You can use a fluted nozzle or simply spread it using a palette knife. Garnish the top of the frosting with a sprinkle of M&Ms.

If you are in need of a great deal on M&M’s, Australia sweet enthusiasts should speak to us. We can offer some fantastic deals on bulk M&Ms orders, and our team are ready to assist you with any queries.

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Top things You Need to Know about the Barratt Sherbet Fountain

For almost a hundred years, the Barratt Sherbet Fountain has been delighting children of all ages. However, when you pick up that distinctive yellow tube, you may be unaware of the Sherbet Fountain history. Here is everything you would need to know about this wonderfully tasty treat.

A Little Sherbet Fountain History:

Whether you use the liquorice stick to dip and lick the sherbet or bite the top of the stick to use it as a straw, you are sure to remember the delightfully tangy sherbet flavour with fond memories.

The design of this tasty treat has remained almost untouched for almost one hundred years. Barratt first launched their fountain back in 1925 with the yellow paper tube packed with delicious sherbet and a distinct liquorice stick. Although the company was bought out a number of times over the years, by Monkhill Confectionery and later by Cadbury Schweppes, the design remained fairly close to the original, with the yellow tube and thick black lettering making it easy for children to spot their favourite treat in any sweet shop.

The Sherbet Fountain has been a real asset for Barratt and contributed to the £58 million price tag when the Monkhill Confectionery division of the company was sold in 2008 to Tangerine.

Subtle Changes:

In recent years, there was a massive uproar among Fountain enthusiasts when the iconic yellow paper packaging was switched for a yellow plastic tube. Although Tangerine kept the design of the packaging similar to the original, the plastic tube upset many traditionalists. The main reason for the packaging change was that the company felt that the new design, which meant that the liquorice stick was enclosed in the plastic packaging, is more hygienic.

The packaging is also resealable and tamper proof, so most parents appreciate the changes. Most parents are aware that coughs and colds can be easily spread by children and this is especially problematic when little hands are choosing their favourite sweet from the shelves. Additionally, since the plastic tube is resealable, it means that children can set their fountain down when they need a break, without you needing to worry about your furniture being covered with sticky sweet sherbet.

Whether you are a fan of the packaging changes or prefer the traditional style, you can be assured that the delicious sherbet still tastes fantastic. This fantastic tasty treat is vegan and vegetarian friendly, with one tube only containing 90 calories. This means that you can allow your children to enjoy their Sherbet Fountain without it ruining their lunch or dinner.

If you are a sweet enthusiast and love a Sherbet Fountain Perth residents should contact us. At Funworks, we have a fantastic selection of traditional sweets, imported candy and other family favourites including Barratts Sherbet Fountains. Our team are available and ready to answer any queries or questions you may have and assist you with your order. Just be sure to stock up on your Sherbet Fountains as the whole family will want one when the order arrives.

Best Tips on “How to Make A&W Root Beer Cake”

When you have just bought in A&W root beer bottles, you are most likely to consider making a float, if you fancied a special treat. However, A&W root beer can actually add a fantastic depth of flavour to this wonderful cake. This root beer cake makes a perfect afternoon tea treat or as a unique birthday cake. This recipe is easy and straightforward to make, but it is sure to become a firm family favourite.

Ingredients: To make this absolutely scrumptious cake you will need one 500 ml bottle of A&W root beer, but use the full sugar variety. You will also need 75 grams of unsalted butter, 125 grams of good quality unsweetened cocoa powder, 150 grams of caster sugar, 50 grams of dark brown sugar, 275 grams of flour, 1 teaspoon of baking powder, 2 eggs and a pinch of salt.

Method: Preheat your oven to 180 degrees and prepare your cake tin by greasing it with cooking spray. In a heavy bottomed saucepan, heat the root beer with the butter and cocoa powder until all the butter is melted and the cocoa is smoothly combined. Add in the sugars and whisk the mixture until all the sugar is dissolved. Remove your pan from the stovetop and give it a few minutes to cool slightly.

In a separate bowl, mix the flour, salt and baking powder together. Whisk the eggs into the cocoa mixture one at a time before folding in the flour. You may find the mixture has a few lumps, but don’t over beat as you will make the cake tough.

Pour your cake mixture into your pre greased tin and allow it to bake for thirty to forty minutes. You should rotate your cake tin approximately halfway through the baking time. The cake is ready when you can push a skewer into the centre of the cake and have it come out clean. Allow your cake to completely cool on a wire rack before you attempt to decorate.

Frosting: No root beer cake would be complete without deliciously sweet chocolate and root beer frosting. You will need 60 millilitres of root beer, 50 grams of melted chocolate with at least sixty percent cocoa solids, 110 grams of softened unsalted butter, a pinch of salt, 80 grams of cocoa powder and 350 grams of icing sugar.

All you need to do is beat the butter and cocoa powder together with a hand whisk or wooden spoon. Add in the remaining ingredients and beat the frosting until it is smooth and creamy. This frosting can be spread over the top of the cake, or you can pipe it if you are feeling more creative.

If you are love A&W root beer Perth sweet enthusiasts should speak to us. We have a fantastic selection of traditional sweets, imported candy and other delicious delights such including A&W root beer. The Funworks team is available to answer any questions and assist you with your order. We would be delighted to help you to source the perfect tasty treat for any occasion.

The Top Seven Movie Theatre Snacks Under 150 Calories

From Junior Mints to popcorn, most people simply cannot enjoy a movie without some movie theatre snacks. Unfortunately, those bags of chocolate and buttery popcorn can severely compromise your diet. Before you despair and miss out on the full movie going experience, here are the top seven snacks you can enjoy for under 150 calories.

Life Savers:

Ten of these delicious fruit flavoured candies should see you through most of the movie, but they will only cost you 114 calories. Just don’t get over excited and start crunching or they won’t last through the movie previews.

Junior Mints:

These deliciously sweet minty chocolate treats are the ultimate movie snack. 14 mints adds up to 140 calories. Don’t worry if you have the remainder of a box left at the end of the movie as you can make some Junior Mints cookies when you get home.

Jelly Beans:

For 150 calories, you can enjoy 25 deliciously fruity jelly beans. Although calories will vary brand to brand, Mike and Ikes beans are the equivalent of 6 calories each. However, some brands may offer an even better calorie deal. For example, Jelly Belly Beans are only 4 calories each, which means that you can squeeze in another 12 for the same 150 calories.

Sno Caps:

Boxes of Sno Caps are always readily available in American movie theatres, and you can snack on three tablespoons of caps for 136 calories. This will allow you to enjoy a deliciously chocolatey snack during your movie without worrying about the calorie cost.

Rainbow Twists:

Rainbow Twists are deliciously chewy and fruity, making them perfect for chomping on during even the most action-packed movie. Fortunately, you can enjoy 9 Twizzler Twists for just 141 calories.

Jelly Dots:

Little jelly treats like Yogurt Dots, are an ideal cinema snack. These bite sized treats will only cost you 11 calories on average, which means you could enjoy 13 or 14 for your 150 calories. Each variety will vary slightly according to the particular brands, but generally, you will be able to enjoy at least a couple of handfuls without you paying for it on your hips later.

Chocolate Caramel Popcorn:

A trip to the movies is not completed without popcorn. Just because buttery calorie laden corn is off the menu, it doesn’t mean that popcorn is off the menu. Flavoured varieties such as chocolate caramel popcorn are packed with taste without all those calories. Typically, you can enjoy a cup of popcorn for approximately 150 calories.

As the big blockbusters of the season start, there is no need for your diet to go out of the window. With these great snacks, you can enjoy a full movie experience with only 150 calories.

If you are looking for great movie snacks, contact us. We have a fantastic selection of sweets, candy and treats including Junior Mints. We can also offer discounts for larger orders such as Junior Mints bulk orders, so you can be sure of having plenty of treats on hand when you feel like a movie snack.