As you might already know, I bloody love gin. I’m also quite partial to sweets. So a combo of the two? Hello indeed.
As well as gin, another thing I rather love is seeing female entrepreneurs kicking butt making things they love – and that’s another awesome selling point for Holly’s Lollies. 24-year-old graduate Holly Brook started experimenting in her kitchen and selling alcoholic lollipops and other awesome products on Etsy. In 2015, she launched her own online shop selling her drinks-themed sweet goods. Everything is handmade, using traditional methods and traditional recipes (with a little help from the booze store…)
I was lucky enough to get my hands on some goodies, and oh boy. I tore open the box and all of a sudden my living room was basically a boozy Willy Wonka party. Without the trippy boat ride/turning into a blueberry/little orange men singing about my misadventures, thankfully.
I’d honestly never been particularly bothered by the humbug as a sweet before. Probably because they’re confusingly minty for my tastebuds. I prefer my mints to be actual mints, and not things I’m expecting to taste completely not-minty. That was a nonsensical ramble. But these Gin and Elderflower Humbugs (£6.50) blew my lil’ mind with how un-traditional they were. Instead of a mint taste, they’re super sweet and refreshing, with the elderflower vibes definitely coming through.
If you’re more of a lolly person, that’s cool too. I also tried out the Alcoholic Gin & Elderflower Lollipops (£6.50 for 5) and the mega awesome Gin & Elderflower Giant Lollipop (£3.50). It really really definitely is giant. I couldn’t even get through the whole thing in the time it took to watch an episode of Criminal Minds last night.
The humbugs have a shelf life of 12 months (but they’ll be gone in more like 12 minutes, right?), and the packaging is majorly Instagram-worthy. Basically, they’re the perfect gift for a gin-loving friend. Or a gin-loving you, whatever.
If gin’s not your thing (um, sure…), Holly’s Lollies have plenty of other boozy flavours on offer. Cherry and Amaretto, Passion Fruit Mojito, Whisky & Cola and classic ol’ British Cider.
If you’re squealing GIMME THOSE GIN SWEETIES at your screen right now, I’ve also got an exclusive discount code for ya. Gin AND moneysaving? I’m the best, right. Just pop the code MillyGin in at the checkout for 20% off any gin products.
Next month, I’ll be sharing another flavour range with you. And it’s another good’un, trust me…let’s just say, things are gonna get fizzy and I’ll definitely be using it as an excuse to open up a bottle of somethin’. For prop purposes, obviously.
*Code valid until October 31st on gin products only.
**Products provided for review purposes.