Tuesday, 6 December 2011

Homemade Retro Sweet Hamper

We've just gone through a merger at work and as such we've ended up with two departments doing the same job, but one department for each brand. Our new colleagues are absolutely fab and we've spent quite a bit of time with them lately on various cross-brand projects and team building events. I thought it would be a nice idea to send them something for Christmas and I decided to arrange it (secretly just wanted to make yet another 'homemade' gift!). We had a whip round and off I went shopping!

Google 'retro sweet hamper' and you will be presented with endless examples of companies set up to cash in on the craze for nostalgia and all things 'retro'. Given that these companies can use trade cards and cash 'n' carry accounts to purchase the sweets and baskets at cost price, £30, £40 even £50 seems a whole lot of money for toothache and a trip down memory lane.

Typical contents are: Dip Dab, WHAM Bar, Vimto Bar, Refresher Bar, Double Lolly, Flying Saucers, Fruit Salads, Cola Cubes, Popping Candy, Candy Necklaces, Sherbet Fountain, Gobstopper, Parma Violets, Lovehearts, Refreshers, Black Jacks and candy sticks. And I am talking 1 or 2 of each item with some penny bubbly thrown in for posterity.

I trooped off to our local Boyes and I got 10 x WHAM Bars, 10 x Snap / Crackle Bars, 8 x Dip Dabs, 4 x Double Dips, 3 packs each of Fruit Salads and Black Jacks, 3 boxes of Poppets, 3 Sherbert Fountains, 5 rolls each of Refreshers, Love Hearts, Parma Violets, 2 x each of Eye Poppers and Jaw Breakers, 20 x various Drumstick Lollies (big and little ones, in various flavours), 4 each of packets of Refreshers and Drumstick Chews, 10 x Mr Chews, 10 x Fudge-ees, 10 x Toff-ees, 10 x Double Lollies. Oh and a huge cone of Flying Saucers. It cost £25 for all of the sweets (I went over board a little!), the cellophane, tissue paper to pack it and ribbons. And I personally (though I may be biased!!!) think it looks better than anything else I have seen shop bought.

Would you like Giftwrap with that Toothache, Madam?
It's still to wrap in cellophane and ribbon of course like my other homemade hampers; and one of the girls at work kindly offered to nip to an Olde Sweet Shoppe on her mini break weekend in York to buy us a couple of other delights, but I think it looks neat. I'm quite impressed with my basket arranging!

If you're planning on purchasing one of these sweetie hampers reconsider, making your own represents much more fun and better value for money than what you can purchase online. Plus you can personalise it a bit with stuff you know the recipient will love!

Oh and whilst we're on with the festive sweetie giving - I made sweet cones for our nieces and nephews... what do you think?!

First make a cone using cellophane and sellotape -
excuse the rusty wallpaper scissors -
they are just so good for cellophane!
Stuff with a mixture of Christmas sweets
(candy canes, chocolate snowman, rudolf lolly and Celebrations for mine!)

Twist the top and secure with curling ribbon - et voila!
 Are you making your own sweetie hampers or gift wrapping in an unusual way this year? I would love to hear from you!

Nanna Kate X


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