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One of the key components of going on a road trip is that little tin of travel sweets hidden in the glove compartment or storage compartment in between the two front seats.
When we went on our epic road trip from Shetland to the Lake District and back up to Shetland via the Cairngorms a few summers ago we went through an awful lot of travel sweets. First, it gives you energy (driving can be really tiring), secondly, sucking on the sweets stops the kids from fighting with each other for at least ten minutes, am I right?
It’s really simple to make your own travel sweets. My sweets take about fifteen minutes to make, start to finish, and they taste fantastic if I do say so myself!
Working with boiling sugar can seem rather daunting at first, but trust me, it’s really quite easy. Make sure you have everything prepared in advance because once that sugar is boiling things happen really quickly, and secondly, invest in a good digital thermometer or candy thermometer. The key to success when making your own sweets is to get the temperature right, and a decent thermometer will take the guesswork out of this for you.
It also helps if you’ve got someone there with you to help roll the sweets in icing sugar. This step isn’t required, to be honest, but it helps the sweets from sticking to each other in the tin. Set up your workstation so that you’ve got a cold, oiled marble slab to pour your sugar syrup over, and get your friend to stand next to you ready and waiting with a bowl of icing sugar in front of them.
Traditional boiled sweets contain only a few ingredients – sugar, liquid glucose (available in the baking section of your supermarket), water and a tiny bit of cream of tartar as a stabiliser to help stop the sugar from crystallising.
I’ve added a few drops of flavourings and matching colourings to my fruit drops – a mixture of lemon, orange, and strawberry.
Each batch of these fruit drop travel sweets makes around 300 grams of sweet, so there’s plenty to share with friends and family if you want. Mix them up and gift them in a nice bottle or travel sweet tin (my husband made me the lovely distressed looking one pictured in the first photo, above).
What’s your favourite treat to eat in the car while you’re traveling? Let me know in the comments! For more travel-inspired recipes please visit the Volkswagen Pinterest community board – Food Bloggers for Volkswagen.
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