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Foodie Fun: The Sweet Swap

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.

The Sweet Swap

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 :)

The Sweet Swap

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 Sweet Swap

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 Sweet Swap

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 :|

The Sweet Swap

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.)

19 Comments

19 Comments

  1. Alana

    July 15, 2013 at 9:45 am

    Heyy fudge buddy! What an excellent trio of treats you’ve got going on. Those pralines are a great idea, I’m a huge fan of Monofuku’s cornflake crunch and am constantly trying to incorporate them into something new somehow. I also received the mallow rough and panna cotta lamingtons, so so good. Look forward to seeing your recipe post later on!

    • Monica

      July 15, 2013 at 7:57 pm

      Hey hey :) Your fudge and dulce look insane!! I must try your recipe as I like trying different ways to fudge :) This swap was the best sugar coma ever!

  2. Simon @ the heart of food

    July 15, 2013 at 12:33 pm

    I love the effort that you put into this, both with the number of recipes as well as their packaging. Good stuff :)

    • Monica

      July 15, 2013 at 8:02 pm

      Hey Simon! Thanks so much for the lamington bites. They didn’t last very long at all but managed to savour two for myself :D I got a bit carried away in this swap but it was all fun.

  3. thelittlecookbook

    July 15, 2013 at 6:48 pm

    These all look delish, I wish you could do orders for the sweets that you missed out on! The lemon myrtle and thyme shortbread and the Caramelised Cornflake Pralines would be so high on my list.

    • Monica

      July 15, 2013 at 8:06 pm

      I totally hear you :) I think Sara and Amanda may have to start The Sweet Swap Shop soon! I’ll post recipes soon and I’m happy to say all three treats were easy to make. Your Lavender Caramel Twix look A-mazing! Sigh… :)

  4. Sara (Belly Rumbles) (@bellyrumbles)

    July 15, 2013 at 10:59 pm

    Oh wow, not one but three sweet treats! You are amazing. So glad you had fun and enjoyed, was great having you take part. Yes, it will be on again next year :)

  5. milkteaxx

    July 16, 2013 at 9:46 am

    wahhh so much sugary goodness! still kicking myself for missing out on this~

  6. Di @ Life is Di-licious

    July 16, 2013 at 12:22 pm

    Absolutely loved getting my parcels from you Monica! So much to choose from and all completely delicious. I’d love to share the recipe for the shortbread with my friend who is celiac.

    • Monica

      July 16, 2013 at 1:24 pm

      Glad they arrived safe Di :) The swap was a lot of fun indeed :) I’ll be doing my best to post the shortbread recipe this weekend or early next week :)

  7. chewtown

    July 17, 2013 at 10:26 am

    Is it bad to say that I am glad you misread the instructions!! Your three treats were spectacular – and I felt so spoilt. My favourite was definitely the caramelised pralines (I have a soft spot for praline) but everything was amazing!! Thanks so much for participating this year.

  8. loveswah

    July 18, 2013 at 8:41 am

    All 3 of your recipes look absolutely delicious! I have never actually made Monofuku’s cornflake crunch, I am going to have to add it to my “to-make” list :)

    • Moni

      July 25, 2013 at 10:29 am

      Thanks :D I had so much fun with this Swap but ran out of steam by the time I got to Sweet Adventures deadline :( Hope you can host again some time!

  9. Chompchomp

    July 22, 2013 at 5:31 am

    Phwoar I wish I was on your list and got three for the price of one! How much fun was The Sweet Swap, I cannot wait to do it again next year!

    • Moni

      July 25, 2013 at 10:28 am

      Tee hee :D I aim to please lol I had heaps of fun. Can’t wait for next year and we’ll have to get the other Perthites to participate :D

  10. Natasha J Stewart

    July 22, 2013 at 10:26 pm

    :O I can’t believe that fudge was made in the thermomix! Now that’s a selling point I haven’t heard before. I also love the glittery touch, I’m always a fan of edible glitter.

    I actually almost made three sweets too. I’m glad I re-read the instructions because I would have driven myself crazy trying to make three sweets to send off. :)

    • Moni

      July 25, 2013 at 10:26 am

      He he. Gotta love glitter ;) I have had so many stovetop disasters that I will probably now just stick to the Thermomix method. I made caramel fudge the other day which was lovely too. I nearly went crazy making three treats but lots of fun in the process. Can’t wait for next year. Loved your sweets. If your sweets are anywhere as good as your cupcakes, I reckon your recipients would have been over the moon :D x

  11. Rhonda @ The Dainty Baker

    July 29, 2013 at 11:41 am

    Hi Monica!
    Sorry its taken me so long to come visit your site! Loved, loved, loved the shortbread!! ..and the fudge! What a great idea to use a Thermomix for it, it was indeed very smooth! Thanks again for my sweeties! x

    • Moni

      August 5, 2013 at 12:35 pm

      No worries Rhonda! Glad you enjoyed the treats :) I really had fun with this swap!

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