British Boiled Sweets – Part I

British boiled sweets have interested me since I first read a Harry Potter book. Clearly the Fizzing Whizbees and acid pops imagined by J.K. Rowling had some root in muggle candy. Specifically British muggle candy. Today, I present part I of a two part series on British boiled sweets (aka hard candies).

Acid Drops

I had no idea what to expect from the acid drops I bought. Do they taste like battery acid? Citric acid? Not really like acid at all? In fact, the opaque butterscotch-sized disks tasted lightly of a ctirus sweetness. The best word I can come up with to describe these is clean. They’re cleansing and refreshing, like a light sorbet. If you’ve ever had a Chinese popsicle called a xue bing, they taste just like that. An OM.

Lime and chocolate

Lime and chocolate? It sounds like a strange flavor combination, but these guys were pretty ubiquitous in the British bulk candy places that I visited, and they’re made by several generic brands. I thought they tasted like the hard candy version of a lime and chocolate Tootsie Roll mash-up. The lime was brightly sweet and citrusy while the chocolate was more of a light cocoa. My lime and chocolate may have been lingering in the bulk bin for too long, for when I crunched it, it turned chewy, in the way that old hard candies can get. Overall, not a bad candy, but not something I missed or would ever crave. An O.

One Reply to “British Boiled Sweets – Part I”

  1. Economic point of view – Often you can purchase candy to use as decorations for the same or less money than you would spend on traditional decorations. Bulk candy items scattered around a table make for a tasty design, without a lot of expense. You’ll also save a lot of time on clean up. People don’t leave a lot of decorations laying around when they’re this good.

    The final reason to think about making candy a part of your next party is the simplest and the most powerful. Candy is fun! Let’s face it, which is more fun, a streamer or a strawberry gummy? A banner or a bunch of chocolates? Candy has a way of putting a smile on peoples’ faces, and isn’t that what it’s all about?

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