POPS - Premium Ice Popsicles

There is something so nostalgic about a popsicle; childhood memories come flooding back of those summer days running to the ice cream van, pennies in hand. Here at The Amazing Blog we've been revisiting those cherished childhood moments, but with a twist. POPS have created adult only Premium Ice Popsicles using Champagne. Sounds delicious, doesn’t it?

We had the opportunity to try out their Classic, and Prosecco & Peach Bellini flavours, as well as the Apple & Elderflower from the non-alcoholic range. POPS have certainly brought some childhood enthusiasm back to our offices. Come lunch time, we were running to the freezer with the same excitement we once had when we heard the ice cream van passing. The packaging is bright, fun, and fitting to each lolly; yellow and pink champagne glasses are printed on the Classic and Bellini pops, whereas the Apple & Elderflower is aptly decorated with a background of green apples.

The creators of the 'world's first Champagne Ice Popsicle' have caught the eye of poparazzi like Miley Cyrus, Kate Moss, Gordon Ramsey (who is notoriously difficult to please) and Jack Whitehall. Their rising popularity has seen them visit various events, including Glastonbury Festival, Goodwood Festival of Speed and the Royal Henley Regatta. We loved the freshness of the natural ingredients. The Classic contains 37% real champagne, and tasted just as though we were drinking a glass of cold, crisp bubbly, just what we needed after a long day at work. What’s more, they are all under 100 calories! A truly guilt free treat, just what we love. Although it should be noted that, with a 4.3% ABV, these alcoholic pops really are only suitable for adults, no matter how much childish glee they inspire.

If you want to try your own adult-exclusive popsicle, buy yours here (Classic) and here (Bellini) for £4 each.

Marie Reynolds - Hot Toddy Candle

One of the things that we seem to collect at The Amazing Blog's HQ are candles - they sit on our desks and we light them being extra careful (we're too scared of ruining our computers and phones with wax). As soon as Marie Reynolds' candle in Hot Toddy arrived to the office I had to grab my lighter and burn the wick, especially after reading some lovely reviews on the company's products. Due to my clumsiness and my fear of setting the whole office on fire, I decided to take the candle home with me and sit it on my bedside table where the rest of my candles live. Marie Reynold's candle in Hot Toddy is one of the most delicious candles I've burned. Marie Reynolds' Hot Toddy is warm and sweet; its bold smell is the result of mixing spiced apple, mandarin, satsuma, peach, cinnamon and nutmeg - and it's part of the Aromawax range, rich in Argan Oil and a blend of pure essential oils. The Aromawax range is made from ethically sourced organic soya wax; creating a clean and safe candle burning experience. The one thing that made me love this candle (apart from the delicious smell), is the fact that you can use the melted wax as an actual massage oil that adds a beautiful gold sheen to your skin. This is due to the candle's low melting point so can be ‘scooped’ from the glass jar and massaged into the skin, giving a hydrated, silky soft result and leaving the skin as nourished as the richest body butter would.

At The Amazing Blog we'd love to try more fabulous candles by Marie Reynolds, as Hot Toddy has impressed us very much (and it's left my bedroom smelling amazing). You can purchase Marie Reynolds' whole range of candles from their website. Hot Toddy can be purchased in two different sizes: 135 gr and 50 gr - they retail for £30 and £8 each.




Sweet Treats for the Diamond Jubilee (Part 1 of 4)

Here at The Amazing Blog we're all about the royals (Prince Harry, you know where to find us). So what better way to show our British pride than a series of posts on the Queen's Diamond Jubilee. Over the next few days be sure to check back for the best Jubilee inspired Food, Home, Beauty and Fashion picks!

First up, we have a must-have for all you foodies out there, The Great British Book of Baking. This recipe book is jam-packed (see what I did there?) with delicious recipes that will make all your friends and family proud to be in this fine country! Pick one up for just £20 at Liberties.

For all of you out there who aren't as kitchen savvy we have a solution for you. This Jubilee inspired tin from Biscuit Village takes all the hard work out of baking! Perfect to bring round to a friends barbecue, or at home with the family, order one today for £29.99 from their website.

For all of you hoping to enjoy the Jubilee festivities with a cool cocktail, look no further than the Raisthorpe Manor Liqueurs. We especially love the Peach flavour, at £16.45 it's perfectly priced to grab a few bottles! And to get you in the festive mood we've got a delicious recipe for you:

2 oz peach juice 1 tsp fresh lemon juice 1 oz Raisthorpe Manor Peach Liqueur 3 oz chilled, dry Champagne 1/2 cup crushed ice

This recipe serves two, drink responsibly!

For the more patriotic readers, this shortbread tin from Selfridge's celebrating the Queen's Diamond Jubilee is a must have. £13.99 is a bargain price to pay to have our Liz watching over you forever (or until you throw away the tin).

If some of you were hoping to carry through your Jubilee spirit long after the festivities, this Hawkshead Relish Jubilee Jam is perfect for you. Every morning when you're making your toast and spreading you jam, you can remember your Jubilee weekend! Available for £2.60 on their website.

While everyone doesn't have the selection of crowns that our gracious Queen has, I think I'd prefer this Diamond Jubilee Fit For a Queen chocolate selection from Selfridge's a bit more. Who needs carats when you can have chocolate! Pick up a box of these festive treats for £11.99.

A nice cup of tea is about as English as you can get, so celebrate the Queen's big day with a brew of Fortnum and Mason's Jubilee Blend. At £11.50, it's definitely a treat, but you'll only see one Diamond Jubilee.

For those of you wanting to celebrate the Jubilee somewhere besides your home, The Handbook's Jubilee Japes lists the best places in London for you to celebrate the Jubilee in style. From dinner to dessert, you're sure to find an event that suits you this weekend.

Hopefully this post has given you some ideas on how your Jubilee celebrations can be enhanced with festive food, so be sure to check this space over the next few days for our top Jubilee picks for Home, Beauty and Fashion. This afternoon we'll have our Home picks (Part 2), and tomorrow look out for our Beauty (Part 3) and Fashion (Part4) installments.