Monday, June 08, 2009

Lollipop, Lollipop (A Giveaway!)

A while ago on Twitter I said something amorous about Earl Grey tea (I really do love it very, very much). LollyLabs replied to me and said, "Earl Grey lollipops" and posted a link to her Etsy shop.

Of course I was intrigued, and even more so when I saw another strange treat: Dirty Martini lollipops. That very same day I made contact with the shop and arranged a special mixed purchase with the intention of reviewing the lollipops and sharing a set with my readers.

So here's the review:

(Photo swiped from the shop.)

The Earl Grey lollipops (I'm eating one right now) are an Earl-Grey-lover's dream. They're lovely little rounds of sugar, corn syrup, black tea, bergamot, lavender, and orange zest. The lolly is sweet (but not too sweet) and giving off a perfect hint of bergamot. The wee little bits of real black tea leaves are a fun texture on the tongue, and both the leaves and the bits of zest are fun to scratch free with the teeth and nibble to death.

I love them.

(Photo by me.)

The Dirty Martini lollipops (made from sugar, corn syrup, olives, vermouth, and vodka) are super fun! They're a bit sweeter than the Earl Grey pops, and their texture is more like a very thick taffy (the Earl Greys are super crunchy like a traditional lollipop). It has hints of all the traditional dirty martini elements, but nothing really screams "martini!" (except for that cricket-like olive treasure in the middle). I've never eaten a cricket-stuffed lolly (and I never will), but I imagine those, too, take on a funny texture. The olive is a bit rubbery, but honestly: I never completely freed it. The pop stayed on its wrapper on the coffee table for a few days until I decided it was finally time to let it go.

Overall: not my favorite candy, but they're certainly tasty and fun enough to make a cool gift for a martini enthusiast or party favors at some kind of quirky event.

And here's the sharing part:

Lollpop Labs will also take custom orders for flavors they haven't even invented yet! As a thank-you for sending me a couple extra lollies (I still have to try the Peppermint Tea and the Lavender Rose they included), I'm asking for your flavor ideas.

Comment here with a flavor idea (or two or three or four, but you only get one entry in the drawing), and I'll pick one winner to get a pair of lollipops: one Dirty Martini and one Earl Grey. Make sure I have a way to contact you to get your mailing address if you win.

One entry per person. Comments close at noon my time (PST) on Friday, June 19. I'll do my best to get them in the mail that day or the next.

Good luck! And go check out Lollipop Labs while you're waiting to find out who won!


Anonymous said...

I'm going to have to say Sonic Cherry Limeade... or maybe even their new Mango Limeade. Those would both make good flavors. I'd also go for a margarita pop!

craftygal86 said...

yum! That earl grey sounds delicious! How about a sweet yet tangy strawberry lemonade or strawberry & champagne. Peanut butter & jelly or peanut butter & banana also sounds yummy.

amber of theambershow said...

Banana peanut butter.


Salted Caramel.