As Easter approaches, our thoughts naturally turn to sweet treats, with chocolate eggs of all shapes and sizes crowding the shelves, and every conceivable Spring symbol cast in chocolate. But if you fancy something a little bit different this Easter, be inspired by the edible treasures at Sweet Memories in Arreton Barns.
It’s the kind of old-fashioned sweet shop that would have Willy Wonka himself drooling over which ‘scrumdiddlyumptious’ confection to choose. Lining the walls, tall glass jars offer every type of sweet concoction you can think of, ready to be weighed out into 100g bags. Though Wonka’s Everlasting Gobstoppers and Three-Course Chewing Gum may not feature on the shelves, you’ll find innumerable mouth-watering sweeties here, from traditional Pear Drops, Sherbet Lemons, and Jelly Beans, to schoolchildren’s favourites of Fizzy Cola Bottles, Strawberry Millions and Lemon Crystals.
On the shop counter, jars contain twelve different flavours of liquorice, not including the six types of liquorice you can buy off the shelf. But it’s what’s beneath the counter where Sweet Memories really excels. Using IOW butter and a mind-boggling variety of delicious flavours, Katherine makes a vast range of fudge in store, creating imaginative taste combinations such as Sea Salt Caramel, Rocky Road fudge, and the ice-cream inspired Neapolitan (layers of strawberry, vanilla and caramel fudge).
A Specials’ Board advertises the latest fudge to come out of Katherine’s cooking pot, with the current seasonal special being a Chocolate Mini-Egg variety – miniature chocolate eggs encased in white or milk chocolate fudge. Fudge is sold in generous slabs, or gift-wrapped for alternative presents. Sweet Memories also sells a selection of Easter-themed chocolate treats, as well as beautifully packaged biscuits and other edible gifts.
On Easter Sunday, 5th April, Sweet Memories have organised an Easter Egg hut between 9.30am and 12pm. For £2.50, children search for three coloured counters around the nearby Corn Exchange, and then swap their finds for a chocolate egg. But their Easter fudge makes an equally tempting treat, for children and adults alike.