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Published July 2nd 2011
Warrandyte Lollies and Treats is for lovers of Willy Wonka everywhere.
Remember the days when 5 cents bought a sack of lollies and your biggest decision was which ones to choose, well, it seems your choices just opened up again.
Whether you bring your kids for a walk down memory lane or delight in some razzle dazzle new treats Warrandyte Lollies and Treats will delight the whole family. You can even cook chocolate pasta for dessert.
This new lolly shop opened in Warrandyte, on the banks of the lovely Yarra river, right next door to the famous Warrandyte Bakery and Playground (the building was formerly Scandles candle shop). The lolly shop has all the old fashioned treats - USA treats and even dehydrated ice cream, which we tried and it was a bit of a buzz. Can you imagine taking a piece of dry lolly, placing it on your tongue and after a few moments your mouth is filled with ice cream - try it, it's fun!
Run by Francesca Longfield - A local mum who wanted to give "life" to the community and make it a memorable visit to the Warrandyte township overall.
We asked her - How did she arrive at the name? Her reply, like her store is fun;
Warrandyte - because it identifies the area and puts our sanctuary suburb on the map. Lollies- because children cannot read confectionery. Treats - due to the gourmet "uniqueness" of the shop.
A bit of a coup:
It began when Sovereign Hill agreed that Warrandyte was indeed a "Goldfield's area," and allowed their nostalgic range of boiled sweets, preserves, cordials and relishes - and who doesn't get misty-eyed over a bygone Aussie icon: horse heads, sold outside of the Ballarat Museum.
Then Francesca's creative juices began to add English sweets, American iconic candy and beverages, and a vast array of International fare particularly since having a delicatessen/foodies background - i.e Persian fairy floss, hibiscus flowers in syrup, rose nectar and many other decadent hamper items came to the fore.
Dietary requirements are not left out at Warrandyte Lollies and Treats; they cater for Coeliacs, Diabetics and many other dietary restrictions - you won't hear the complaint "they cannot indulge" here.
Birthday parties, catering and special events are also sorted. Hampers are made up on the spot, piņatas are available, themed party bags, even the odd D.I.Y lolly buffet has been used at local gatherings.
I mentioned as a teaser in the top line of this review, "Remember the days when 5 cents bought a sack of lollies".
Sadly, those days are gone, however you'll still find some for not much more here. A better idea is to forget the purse strings and lets just go back to our childhood delights, remember: Choo Choo Bars, Fads (formerly Fags), Eucolyptees, Sherbet Fountains, Cobbers, Castlemaine Rock - they are all stocked. And daily searches for customer requests are logged.
Looking for something new and a bit razzle dazzle:
Yes, you heard correctly - chocolate pasta. I know sounds amazing, but it's true - decadent dessert chocolate pasta. Francesca tells me it's her best selling item. What a fun idea for your next dinner party,
Looking for a lolly pop - they have hundreds. Also chocolate hamburgers, chocolate wafer lollies that look like ice cream cones. We love the quirkiness in this store.
The floor boards creak, the store room is petite, the bay windows are the same as 60 years ago, the skylight "cheers" the shop, the icon Candy striped walls are very apt. An aesthetic mobile overhead creates an ambiance, the Ben and Jerry's ice -cream fridge entices, the sampling never ends, the tied-up canines are whimpering outside. The park benches out front are prettied up and everyone leaves with a contagious smile.
School kids arrive with bags flung out the front (reminiscent of a Willy Wonka movie), parents are delighted, dragged in only to relive their own childhood treats. It's a store that makes people smile.
Looking for a gift for someone, there are many gift boxed ideas, each season Francesca adds new delights, visit often - you're sure to find something new that you love.
Open 7 days a week 10am - 5pm (PH: 03 9844 3011) - But come the warmer evenings - they will stay open till "dessert-time" is over.
My hubby decided to stop by here on his way home today and grab some freeze dried ice cream chunks as a treat for the kids and Francesca told him, "oh sorry we have none left, a reviewer mentioned them in an article and were all temporarily sold out" he grinned and said that would be my wife.
She assured him they would immediately be getting more in stock.
Too funny, he came home and had a giggle about stocking up before I write articles on his favourite places next time.
I had no idea this shop existed. I must investigate it - chocolate pasta - who would have considered it possible!
By Sue Williams - senior reviewer Tuesday, 30th of August @ 06:59 am
i live around here and i always go there
By Anonymous Tuesday, 20th of September @ 12:51 am
it is so awsome and i just love it. some times i go there with my friend's and i love the fariy drop's
By Anonymous Wednesday, 28th of September @ 01:04 am
This is what Warrandyte has been needing for years, right next to and complimenting the Wood Fired Bakery perfectly. Will create a new Vide, for all things Warrandyte. Quickly becoming an institution and a "Must See" when visiting Warrandyte.
I can't wait to get back there again.