Do you remember a simpler time in life, where Darrell Lea had shops all over the country? In Brisbane, they were nearly all exclusively in the city, so visiting one was a big deal. It was like visiting the sweet shop from the opening scenes of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. Only there was less singing and a lot more parental supervision.
There was one outlet at Brisbane Central Station for a time, and occasionally when my Dad was coming home from work, he’d stop in a pick something up for me and my sister. He would always get the same thing, the pinnacle of all Darrell Lea products: The Bo Peep jar.
For those who never had the fortune of sampling one these beauties, it was a small glass jar filled with tiny, pillow-shaped boiled sweets, that had the most extraordinary flavours which exploded from the tiny storehouse. They made a satisfying clinking noise against the glass as you poured them into your eager palm. If you weren’t careful with the jar (or got a dud one to begin with), shards to discarded sweet would wind up caked around the bottom of the jar, an impossible to remove due to how small the neck of the jar was. They were topped with coloured aluminium lids. Pink and blue were always available, but the purple ones were rare. Therefore my favourite, and also the best.
When opened, a jar of Bo Peeps had a rich, sweet aroma that could fill a room. Raspberry, watermelon, grape, liquorice, lemon, and spearmint mingled together and spilled over the lip of the jar, perfuming the surrounds. That smell stayed in the jar long after it was emptied, and even jars that were several months old still housed a faint whiff of the boiled sweet medley.
That is what Watermelon Sorbet tastes like. A refreshing, strong flavour of watermelon, fruity and sweet without being overpowering. Wisps of spearmint appear throughout the brew, adding another refreshing element to the flavour, and a cooling sensation to the texture. I’m not always a fan of fruity tisanes, but this one suits me pretty well.
As summer is hiding just around the next corner, this is the perfect brew to ice, especially with Turkish Apple, if you aren’t avoiding sugar.
Watermelon Sorbet: 4/5
Enjoy with: some warmer weather