British Summer Treats

‘Oh, I do like to be beside the seaside,
I do like to be beside the sea.
Oh, I do like to stroll along the prom, prom, prom,
Where the brass bands play ‘tiddly om pom pom.’…

Excuses me, I was getting carried away there singing to myself!

Today I’m thinking of my favorite childhood summertime treats, and of course that brings me to the seaside. The beach is never too far away for a day trip when you live on an island,  meaning there’s always an ice cream truck and perhaps a rock shop near by too.

Allow me introduce you to the most famous of British summer treats: the 99 ice cream+ sticks of rock.

The 99 Ice Cream is a simple vanilla cone, with the wow factor of  a Cadbury Flake. The combination of cool creamy ice cream and flakey milky chocolate is a dream. Most ice cream trucks also offer an option on raspberry sauce dripped on top, adding a punch of fruity. Traditionally, grandparents like to give their grandchildren a little pocket money for such treats, before the day trip or holiday began.

Rock candy is every child’s dream, colourful and sugarful! They take forever to eat, as they very hard and would break your teeth if you dare to bite. The outside of the candy can be a variety of colours and patterns, at the tip you can see the inside which is usually white with the name of the place your visiting embedded. Traditionally, children bring back a stick for all their friends or chop up several sticks to share with a whole classroom.

I do miss these treats, but don’t worry I have enough fantastic local ice cream here to keep my homesickness at bay!

I hope all of you are splurging your calories on such goodness too!

4 Responses to “British Summer Treats”

  1. LB Says:

    Sounds delicious! I’d love to try the 99 Ice Cream with Cadbury flake and raspberry sauce! Yum!

  2. Bri Says:

    Sarah…I know it isn’t the same, but there is a newer shop in the Riverwoods that carries the candy sticks. It isn’t the toy store but in the same area. http://shopsatriverwoods.com/shopping/zions-mercantile.html

  3. Sarah Says:

    Thanks Bri, I’l check it out next time I’m down that way.

  4. Brittany @ The Aubergine Notebook Says:

    oh i sure did love going to the park and picking up a cone with a flake. :) a wonderful english treat!