MasterChef cake challenge helps revive a taste for flavours of the past
And it’s not just for the kids. Tonight’s pandora sale MasterChef episode features a multi layered “lolly bag” sponge cake challenge, featuring nostalgic flavours of Redskins, spearmint leaves, bananas, musk sticks, Jaffas and Freckles.
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Malaysian born Melbourne pastry chef Bernard Chu was set the challenge of creating the cake, despite not having heard of the kids’ sweet varieties until a few months ago.
The recipe took him two weeks to perfect.
“I thought, ‘This is something that is going to be challenging for me, not just the contestants’,” said Mr Chu, who arrived in Australia with partner Yen Yee a decade ago.
“It’s not like you can just replace the caster sugar with lollies.”
The couple worked with the likes of Peter Gilmore at Quay in Sydney before moving to Melbourne to work with Catherine Adams at Rockpool and Robert Marchetti at Giuseppe Arnaldo and Sons. They opened LuxBite in South Yarra just over two years ago.
While he may not be the next Adriano Zumbo, pandora sale Mr Chu expects to see orders spike for the lolly bag cake after the episode goes to air.
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Lollies today are mostly sold in bigger bags at supermarkets, not in white paper bags for a few cents each, and less popular brands are hard to find.
Andrew Gallagher started his online business, Lollyworld, seven years ago, and was so successful he opened a shopfront in Lawnton, Queensland, two years later.
He sells everything from the rare Allen’s racing cars and Milkos, to bullseyes and humbugs, plus “Choo choo Bars by the truckload”.
“I’ve had people drop down to their knees and say, ‘You’ve got them! You’ve got them!,” said Mr Gallagher, who exports classic sugary treats around Australia and to expats worldwide.
He says customers have long memories clouded by a taste for flavours from childhood.
“I’ll ask, ‘When did you last have one of them?’. They’ll think a bit and say, ‘Oh about 35 years ago’.”
Some lolly names have also undergone political correction, including the fake cigarette once known as Fags, renamed Fads.
But others survive such as the chocolate coloured and flavoured jelly babies Chicos. Items such as Redskins would also be unlikely to pass pandora sale muster in the US because of their racially charged connotations.