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Keeping Halloween Trick or Treaters Sweet …

It’s the end of October, the nights are drawing in and this week the team are getting ready for Halloween with fun and games for everyone. If you have youngsters tapping at the door trick or treating the Sweetie Team have lots of ideas to keep them sweet! If you love Halloween then there is no doubt that outside your door or flickering in your porch will be a large orange pumpkin. Whether it’s a spooky face or something far more elaborate than the Sweetie Team manage it will be ready to for a large lit candle to ensure it glows for at least a couple of hours, ready and waiting to hear the footsteps of kiddies ready to tap on the door for a trick or treat. The Team have lots of ideas to keep everyone sweet this Halloween. Our Halloween Goodie Bags are always popular with a great mix of Chocolate, Jellies and balloons, great for family parties and bonfires. However if you are looking for something altogether more spooky and spectacular then we think you will be impressed with our new treat …. The Sweetie Teams very own Trick or Treat Box is for those that are serious about Halloween, filled with Jelly Bones, White Mice, Pumpkins, Toads, along with Giant Jelly Snake and Giant Green Fizzy Frogs there is even a Creepy Crawly Toy or two and Balloon, sealed with a lid that has attracted a spider and web too.  Perfect for parties or as a 31st October Birthday Gift.  To keep your trick or teaters sweet, click on the links here to find out more about our Goodie Bags & Trick or Treat Boxes; http://www.ashbytreats.com/halloween-party- or http://www.ashbytreats.com/halloween-trick-or-treat-box Have a great weekend from the Chief Sweet Taster and her Team here in Ashby de la...

Donations to Tibetan earthquake school

Donations to Tibetan earthquake school Like you, we watched in horror, the footage of the earthquakes which occurred in Nepal on 25 April and 12 May. Located thousands of miles away, it’s easy to feel helpless in the face of so much tragedy.  However, our team at Ashby Treats was determined to help.  Inspired by the “Nagajuna School Earthquake Support” fund set up by Rebecca Seddon as an offshoot of The Nagajuna Trust, we’ve launched our own means of raising funds to support this worthwhile cause. The first earthquake hit just outside the area of the Pokhara school, with the second earthquake destabilising the building and its surroundings even further.  Throughout the region itself, there was considerable loss of life and damage.  Thankfully, none of the schoolchildren were badly injured.  However, many of them are sleeping out in the open for safety; with medicine, food and fuel having subsequently soared in price. This appeal is hoping to raise £10,000 to cover the cost of rebuilding the school and providing much needed supplies.  At the time of writing, it has achieved 80% of its target. We’re doing what we can to help and so can you.  For our “Sweetie Bag Challenge”, we will donate 25p from every special sweetie bag bought from our shop, to the appeal. Why not pop down and help us to help the children of...

Ashby Treats says “be good to yourself in 2015”!

December 2014 has to have been without doubt, one of the busiest months ever for Ashby Treats.  We’re still seeing people come into the shop to say they saw our Advent Box on “This Morning”.  In addition, we were delighted to hear that our website had won a national award, and we will give you more details when they appear online.  Both of these events are testament to the hard work put in by our fantastic team over the last 12 months.   You might think that with Christmas over, we’d have time to take a breather, but you’d be wrong!  Before the festive season had even ended, we were planning delicious new gifts to introduce for Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day and even Easter!  All the products in our new ranges need to be ready to be photographed next month, so it’s all hands on deck once more.   Have you made and broken your New Year’s Resolution yet?  Perhaps the reason why they’re so hard to keep is that inevitably, they tend to involve changing your lifestyle or depriving yourself of something.  So why not make a resolution that you can keep, and promise to be kinder to yourself in 2015?  To help you along, we’ve a whole host of new goodies ready to be unveiled, as well as a new range of coffee beans for those of you who love your coffee fix, so get ready to treat yourself!   Here’s wishing you a happy, healthy and indulgent 2015, from the Ashby Treats...

Time for coffee and a book!

There’s nothing quite like snuggling under a blanket with a warming cup of coffee, a tasty biscuit and a gripping novel as the nights draw in and the leaves start to fall off the trees. Did dancing goats really inspire coffee? Coffee is the second most traded commodity across the world, but we were curious who first decided to harvest these wonderful berries. Legend has it that the effects of caffeine were first observed by Ethiopian shepherds who saw enhanced vitality in their goats after consuming coffee berries. Keen to experience this for themselves, they took them to some local monks who began experimenting with the berries. African tribes also mixed coffee berries with fat in order to make edible balls of energy. Types of coffee Globally, we consume over 1.6 billion cups of coffee every day! That demand has led to the creation of a wide range styles and flavours of coffee. There are two core varieties that create the most popular coffee – Arabica and Robusta. Coffee makers, such as Taylor’s of Harrogate, have spent generations developing the blends we enjoy today. We’ve chosen some of our favourites to stock for you: Rich Italian – dark and velvety, Decaffe – rich, smooth and decaffeinated, Ethiopian Mocha Limu – full-bodied and fruity and Brazil Rio Valleys – perfectly balanced. If you’re lucky enough to find yourself in this position how about trying some coffee from the experts at Taylor’s of Harrogate. Their selection of coffees will almost certainly provide something to your taste. Here at Sweet Memory Lane we can supply you with Rich Italian – dark and velvety, Decaffe – rich and smooth, Ethiopian Mocha Limu – full-bodied and fruity and Brazil Rio Valleys – perfectly balanced. Add a bit of crunch and sweetness to your coffee break A cup of coffee just isn’t the same without a good biscuit to nibble on. The Simply Cornish range of shortbread and fairings come from the county’s oldest bakery and use original recipes that would have been familiar to the miners, farmers and fishermen of days gone by. The Sweetie Team are all very keen on these biscuits with the Rich Fruit Crumble and Clotted Cream Shortbread coming out on top in the on-going taste tests! Keep your biscuits fresh Should you have any leftover biscuits, what could be more stylish than an Emma Bridgewater tin a stylish choice for storing keeping them fresh until the next coffee break. In today’s new window display at Sweet Memory Lane we have the lovely Spotty range. With its cream background and bold, coloured spots it will look fantastic in any kitchen or office. We can even find you a matching caddy for keeping your coffee in too! So, with your coffee and biscuits sorted you now only need to find that book. Whether your favourite is a good piece of chick-lit or a more involved auto-biography, settle down with your choice of book and enjoy that moment of peace and...

How to blog a guide

Crafty Caroline is going to become our resident blogger … so to find out what the Sweetie Team are up to then keep checking to see what Caroline has posted … she has a list of topics including; How did Mr Stanley find out Chilli and Chocolate make a great combination.

The Great British Bake Off and the origins of cakes

As The Great British Bake Off returns to television screens tomorrow, we were left intrigued following last week’s cake theme as to how the origins of cake developed. While cakes have become far more luxurious in their development, food historians believe Egypt was the first country to develop advanced baking skills. In ancient times, cake – derived from the Norse word “kaka”–was predominantly bread-like and sweetened with honey rather than sugar. Ingredients such as refined sugar, nuts and dried food were expensive and cakes became synonymous with a gift for somebody you deemed important. A message that still holds true today. Baking in Europe The first English cakes were essentially bread, according to An A to Z of Food and Drink by John Ayto. Their shape was round and flat and they were hard on both sides due to being turned over during baking. The invention of baking soda and baking power during the Industrial Revolution increased the popularity of baking and new temperature controls on ovens allowed people to leave their cakes to bake while they busy themselves with other tasks. Subsequently, Britain began creating a number of cakes that are still incredibly popular today. The classic Victoria Sponge has one of the most interesting origins. So where did the Victoria Sponge originate? The Victoria Sponge is named after Queen Victoria, who, it is said, enjoyed a slice of Victoria Sponge cake with her afternoon tea. It was one of Queen Victoria’s ladies-in-waiting that was credited with the creator of teatime. Anna, the Duchess of Belford (1788-1861), requested her servants to deliver her some bread and a pot of tea midway through the afternoon. As she later invited friends to join her, cakes became a feature of the menu and soon Queen Victoria began hosting her own parties. Amongst the cakes featured was the cake that came to be known as the Victoria Sponge. During Queen Victoria’s retreat at the Isle of Wight, the cake became synonymous with her. The Great British Bake Off Nowadays, cakes are subject to all kinds of extra ingredients, with Cake Week at the Great British Bake Off seeing Chetna’s unusual cardamom, pistachio and coffee Swiss rollto more traditional flavours such as Richard’s miniature coffee and walnut cakes. The evolution of cakes has become much more luxurious from its humble origins, with our Chocolate Brownie Jars offering a more glamorous cake product using triple chocolate chunks and pecans. Variety and exquisite layout are features many look for in cakes and while many old dishes are still hugely popular, the future of cakes has become much more...