Sometimes an opportunity arises that just ticks ALL the boxes – a few weeks ago I received a lovely email asking if I would like to review a range of alcoholic lollipops from Holly’s Lollies over the coming months.
Hmm,let me think about this…
Do I like lollipops? Tick!
Do I like Alcohol? Double Tick!
It’s a match made in lollipop heaven!
Before I get into talking about the lollies themselves let me tell you a bit about the company. Holly’s Lollies is the brainchild of Holly Brook, a 24-yr Psychology graduate who started making alcoholic lollipops during one summer break from university to sell in her Etsy shop. Fast forward to 2015 and bored of her office job Holly decided to turn her hobby into a business. Since then Holly’s Lollies have gone from strength to strength, with new flavour combinations and the product range now including jars of humbugs and giant lollipops.
When I received my parcel of Gin & Elderflower lollipops & sweets I think I let out an audible “Wow” as I opened it up. You see, these sweets are a thing of confectionary beauty. The giant lollipop, with its helter-skelter swirls, reminded me of something you would find in Charlie & the Chocolate Factory if Willy Wonka had opened a version for adults.
Next out of the parcel was a jar of the prettiest humbugs I think I have ever seen – from the label right down to the humbugs themselves. And finally, three small golden lollipops which look like glimmering jewels. To be honest, everything looked almost too good to sample!
But sample them I did, and oh I was very pleasantly surprised, because I did wonder if the lollies would live up to their name. I’m sure we all have memories of surreptitiously sneaking liqueur flavoured chocolates at Christmas when we were younger. I don’t know about you but I was always pretty disappointed with them – they just didn’t live up to their name. Well, with the Gin & Elderflower lollies and humbugs, the gin-to-elderflower ratio is perfect. It’s the first time I have matched gin with elderflower and felt like it is a pairing that works very well as one flavour doesn’t overpower the other.
I really was very impressed with the sweets, I think they would make the perfect, and affordable, small gift such as wedding favours, or as a stocking filler at Christmas (not for the kiddies Christmas stocking, though!) Prices range from £3.50 for a giant lollipop £6.50 for a jar of humbugs and up to £24.00 for a lollipop party pack.
I am very excited to be able to offer readers of Pushing the Moon a 20% discount on purchases of all GIN flavoured products from Holly’s Lollies, up to 31st October 2016 by using the discount code PushingTheMoonGin. So, why not give yourself a bit of a treat on a dull autumn day and pop over to Holly’s Lollies for a giant lollipop or two. You won’t be disappointed!
I was sent a parcel of Holly’s Lollies for the purpose of this review but, as ever, all words & images are my own.