I had always been envious of the many swaps that occurred in the Ball-Jointed Doll community whereby collectors would fashion gorgeous apparel or accessories for dolls and send them off to another collector in exchange for something similar. I never did get around to participating in a doll related swap but hoped I might get involved in a foodie version one day.
My wish came true with The Sweet Swap which I was lucky enough to find out about just before registration closed. I didn’t hesitate joining in, especially on reading that the proceeds of registration would be going towards a worthwhile charity. This super fabulous idea got even more fabulous!
The Sweet Shop was organised by Sara (Belly Rumbles) and Amanda (Chew Town) and they did a great job of matching up a whole bunch of bloggers from all over Australia. I really hope that they’ll take on this swap again in future :)
You’ll see how excited I was about this swap purely from the fact that I ended up making three treats instead of the required one. I am not an over-achiever or show off by any means. I seriously just couldn’t wait to get on with sweet making that I vaguely read something about ‘three’ and got on with it (it was one treat sent to three bloggers!). At least it wasn’t the reverse problem and I don’t think anyone really minds being over-catered!
The treats I made for the swap were Caramelised Cornflake Pralines (Momofuku’s recipe for caramelised cornflakes, coated in crunchy praline), Chocolate and Peanut Butter Fudge made in the Thermomix (my first non-stove top fudge and I was amazed how well the Thermomix did in cooking sugar) and Lemon Myrtle & Thyme Shortbread (vegan, gluten free and received hubby’s massive seal of approval!).
The treats I received from other bloggers were: Chocolate Mellow Roughs from Chocolate Johnny, Milk Chocolate, Macadamia & Popcorn Clusters from Nic at Dining With a Stud, and Pannacotta Lamington Bites from Simon at The Heart of Food. I may need you to refer to the blogs and photos of other recipients of these treats because none of them lasted long enough for me to take good shots :|
Overall, I had so much fun waiting to see what might arrive in my letterbox from day to day and it was also nice to take a wee break from my low sugar eating for such a good cause. Thanks once again to Sara and Amanda for their efforts!
(I’ll be posting recipes for my shortbread and fudge later this week so please come back then if you’re interested in them. I’m in the throes of school holidays so a little short of time.)