The kids and I have a secret plan (actually it’s so secret that they don’t know of it yet!) to make boiled sweets (“bolsjer” in Danish) ourselves.
However, whereas it’s easy enough to get hold of sugar and other essential ingredients in the UK, finding suitable flavourings and colorants seems to be almost impossible unless I’m willing to buy them by the bucketload (500g seems to be the absolute minimum).
A few oils (peppermint, orange etc.) are available, but they seem to be mainly intended for aromatherapy, rather than for cooking.
However, Denmark seems to be full of places selling everything you need. For instance, Urtegaarden sells almost any flavouring you can dream of – pineapple, Bailey’s, cream, kiwi, cranberry, apple and many, many more. All of them in small bottles at reasonable prices.
Of course I can just order them in Denmark, but given the collapse in the value of the pound, I’d much rather find a local shop.
Do British people just never make their own sweets?