Wee Sweetie is officially AWARD WINNING!!!!
I'm just getting back up and running after being on holiday and I've had some truly
The results of the Guild of Fine Food Great Taste Awards were announced recently and my Naked Fudge won 2 Stars!!!! Only 4 fudges and only 1 in Scotland were awarded 2 stars!!!!!
It's a huge achievement and I'm absolutely over the moon! I entered the Naked Fudge because it's the basis of every single fudge I make as well as being a very popular flavour that will be added to the Sweetie Menu quick sharp!!
The judges comments were: "Proper, traditional, not-mucked-about-with, as-it-should-be, delicious fudge! In a world of matcha and salted caramel, it is a treat to taste something that relies on the quality of the raw ingredients. Simple ingredients cooked well! We could have eaten a lot more. Well done! A super fudge with honest natural flavours. Not overly sweet. Melts in the mouth. Buttery and creamy, it does not catch the back of the throat with heavy sugar; it's just delicious!"
So you see, the best Dumfries and Galloway & Scottish ingredients mixed with fairtrade sugar and a bit of sweetie genius makes Award Winning Fudge!!!
I'm off to celebrate
As usual it's been all systems go at Sweetie HQ, where to start with the news?
• The birthday and giveaway was very popular indeedy.
• Everyone is loving the Permanent Sweetie Menu while still being able to order Bespoke Sweeties too.
• The book that I was commissioned to make boiled #sweeties for the launch of reached number 3 in the Kindle charts, congratulations Marcie/Mel!!
• I've been out and about at our first events and markets of the year with more booked over the next few weeks, see the Events page for where to find us next.
• A fab new stockist in Castle Douglas has come on board. Inhouse Chocolates have a selection, including some exclusive flavours of fudge and boiled sweets as well as covering my Proper Toffee with their gorgeous chocolate!!
• In April I gave my first presentation to a WI meeting, the Thornhill ladies were lovely and I had the difficult job of judging their tablet competition.
• May has seen not one but two boiled sweetie workshops which have been lots of fun and there will be more to come. Please get in touch if you'd like to attend one and I'll add you to the list.
• My Rascally Liquor Fudge continues to be incredibly popular at Annandale Distillery
• Wee Sweetie has popped up in the local newspapers a few times and I've recorded a yet to be published video interview about the joys and difficulties of being a one woman business.
• We've had rare, beautiful weather in Dumfries and Galloway which has been wonderful for me but isn't so good for making sweeties but I've soldiered on regardless, often making at 4am when it's been a bit cooler. Now that's dedication!!
I think that's about it for now, a busy few weeks ahead before I take a break in late June and early July. I'll try to keep you posted but for the most up to date news keep an eye on the Facebook page where I try to post regularly.
Published - April 2016
* ITS OUR BIRTHDAY!!!!
Wee #Sweetie is officially 2 today and what an amazing 2 years its been!!!
To celebrate and say thanks for your continued support for my Wee business tonight there's going to be a fantastical Facebook GIVEAWAY of #sweetiesAND #FunkyFloss!!
PLUS I'll be launching the new #Sweetie Menu so make sure you've got page notification settings on, otherwise Facebook might not let you join in the fun!!!
Published - April 2016
*The #Sweetie Story of a Very Fun Commission *
I'm a really big reader, usually getting through 3-5 books per week while the sweetie pots are bubbling. Around a year ago I "met" my favourite author Mel Sherratt on twitter. After talking to her for a while I was lucky enough to join her inner circle of reviewers, a select few who get to read her books pre launch. Mel writes award winning gritty crime fiction that regularly tops the international best seller lists.
Last year she started showing her girly side under the pseudonym Marcie Steele and has now written 3 books as Marcie. For the release of her latest book The Second Chance Shoe Shop she asked me to make boiled sweets with the theme 'Jimmy Choose' (the book is about #shoelove) to be included in the press packs sent out to editors of national publications.
I love being given free rein on commissions so my thoughts were 'choose= selection, elegant designer shoes= sophisticated, cocktail drinking ladies'. So it made sense to me that the Jimmy Choose collection should be a mixture of my popular cocktail inspired boiled sweets.
Here at Wee Sweetie when I say Bespoke I really mean it!! Whether you have an idea, theme or colour scheme in mind I can create the most amazing handmade, natural sweeties for your event regardless of size or budget and I love a challenge.
Find out more about Mel at http://melsherratt.co.uk
Published:- 29th March 2016
Pleased to announce that my first Boiled Sweetie making workshop will be at the lovely Cloud 9 in #Dumfries on May 7th!!
There are only 5 spaces available so if you want to learn the almost forgotten art of pulling sugar click below to book now.
You get to take home all of the #sweeties you make too!!!
March already and I haven't updated the website or posted a Sweetie Menu yet, sorry!! After a rough start to the
year with my health I've been drowning in Hot Cross Fudge. If you remember I launched with Hot Cross almost 2 years ago and it's so popular I haven't had much time to make anything
After the Easter chaos passes you'll see some big changes. First up there will be a permanent Sweetie Menu- a selection of your favourite sweeties will be available (and hopefully in stock!) all year round.
We will have seasonal limited editions available too.
The website is getting a much needed spruce up.
Lastly I won't be attending as many local markets this year but I will still be out and about at foodie events with sweeties and #FunkyFloss. The stockist list will be added to so you'll be able to get your sweetie fix without waiting for me to be at a market.
So despite neglecting the website I really have been busy, honest!!
Apolgies for the lack of updates, September and October were mayhem here at Sweetie HQ with Hallowe'en and now I'm trying to get organised for Christmas. We're going to be out and about at lots of Christmas Fairs in Dumfries and Galloway, with sweeties and the now infamous Funky Floss. Check the Events page and facebook for where to get your sweetie fix and some outlets already have stock of the Christmas Menu.
Not only has it been a busy time in the kitchen but I've been working on ways to make my sweeties even better, watch out for updates.
If I don't get a chance to post another update I'd like to say a huge THANK YOU to everyone who has supported my wee business this year. Wee Sweetie wouldn't exist without you, my amazing customers and I'm truly grateful to each and every one of you!! A very Merry Christmas and healthy, happy, wonderful New Year to all.
As I write this on 1st September I'm really not sure how I got through August!! Over 800 bags of sweeties were made last month, every single one totally handmad by me.
Following the Agricultural shows at the start of the month #FunkyFloss was launched to a great reception. After a 2 month break we were back at Colvend Market where it was great to see so many regular and new customers. It never ceases to amaze me just how busy it is for such a small market.
Due to the wonder of technology I featured on Under The Tartan Sky a Podcast with a worldwide audience about all things Scottish. if you have a spare half hour and would like to learn about how Wee Sweetie started have a listen and let me know what you think. The september Sweetie Menu goes live later today, there's definitely a hint of Autumn in the air.
Where to start?
June was incredibly busy with corporate orders and I was interviewed on local radio..
July was a much needed break, I managed to stay out of the kitchen for a whole week!
We introduced Mammy Sweetie's Pollilops to the range to such great acclaim she now has her own logo.
Changes were made to the sweetie ordering process, we went 'professional' with new uniforms for markets and events.
I'm still trying to source the right colours for rock- natural, bright and blue don't generally go in the same sentence but I refuse to give up.
The 'Great Sweetie Press Hunt' continues too, currently in Greece and the US, I'm determined I WILL find one somewhere!!!
As you can see I finally got around to sprucing up the website a bit.
Enquiries and orders for Christmas started arriving (yes, really!)
Early August brought the launch of the new Monthly Sweetie Menu, our first outing at the Agricultural Shows in Dumfries and Castle Douglas (Stewartry) and a very successful trial of Candy Floss.
As usual I'm plotting and planning whats next, but I'm not telling yet!!
May has been an artistic, alcoholic, fudgy kind of month.
Sales are continuing to grow at Gracefield Arts Centre with another three deliveries of fudge being made.
Amazing artist Julie Dumbarton has a great variety of complimentary fudge for guests visiting her gallery.
Supplies have also been replenished at Annie's Delicious Bakes.
As explained on the Seasonal Sweeties page I've been making a lot of Rascally Liquor® Fudge and I'm delighted to say that when Whisky Month ends Annandale Distillery will be exclusively stocking it in their own specially commissioned packaging.
Early June sees me trying to stock up for Castle Douglas Food Town Day on the 6th, working on a top secret project and have 150 mini bags of fudge to make for the Scottish Fairtrade Forum.
I'm also going to be looking for new stockists, so if you think your local shop or cafe should have a supply of my sweeties please let them and me know.
On top of all that I'm hoping to finally find the time to perfect the first and only handmade in Dumfries sticks of rock. I don't expect to be able to have lettering running through it as I don't have the space or capacity to make batches big enough to allow for that, so I'm trying to come up with a simple Dumfries flavour and design... All suggestions welcome!!
So there you have a very condensed version of the latest Sweetie News, next update due when I have time to write it.
March really was a month of firsts here at Wee Sweetie.
We had our first endorsement from a top chef which was hugely exciting and completely unexpected! Somehow my Hot Cross Fudge found its way to Masterchef the Professionals winner & Scottish Chef of the Year Adam Handling’s kitchen in London and he tweeted to say he loved it!!
I had my first twitter war when a hugely successful, famous sweetie making couple claimed that my Hot Cross Fudge was their idea and published a recipe for it in a national magazine after they had messaged me to tell me how impressed they were with my creation. Needless to say I was livid and made sure they knew it!
There was our first market of the year at Colvend which was a very successful outing where we sold out of almost everything.
My sweeties found their way onto the shelves of 2 new local stockists.
Wee Sweetie celebrated its 1st Birthday, to celebrate I created Strawberry Daiquiri boiled sweeties which went down a storm and I struggled to keep up with orders.
So that was March in a nutshell, what will April bring??
First up I finally fathomed how to add reviews and a menu to Facebook where we passed 500 Likes.
I was featured in DGLife Magazine, which resulted in a flurry of enquiries and orders.
Then I was commissioned to make sweeties for an exciting, inaugural Dumfries event that is taking place in the summer (I’ll tell all nearer the time)
And I was delighted to get confirmation that Wee Sweetie meets the super strict Fairtrade criteria set by Dumfries Fairtrade Group.
February’s #FlavourofTheMonth sweeties Featuring Inhouse Chocolates went down a storm with the Mocha Fudge being hugely popular and I found a new, local producer of meringues too.
I also somehow found time to write a couple of blogs for Humble Tart Kitchen, including recipes for homemade Nutella and Mother’s Day Fondants.