Mail is usually so boring – bills, the local paper and junk mail. Don’t you just love it when there is something a little more exciting in the post?
Enter The Sweet Swap, a fundraising event for Australian food and lifestyle bloggers. The event had over 50 participants – not bad for its first year! The initiative raised money for ChildFund – an organisation working to eliminate child poverty in developing countries.
How did it work? Each participant made a donation to register and was then matched with three other bloggers to send goodies to. As well as sending out three packs of treats, each participant would receive three different packages.
I received these fabulous goodies (from left to right)
- Melbourne Food Snob – Coconut caramels
- Food My Friend – Snickers bars
- The Hungry Mum – Rosemary, sea salt and almond toffee
I’ll admit, when I signed up (having not read the fine print) I had a delicious plan to make peanut butter and chocolate chip cookies. YES! As amazing as these sound, sadly they would have to wait for another occasion.
Once I’d committed to the event and realised that it was actually sweets or confectionery, I had a moment (or several) of panic. I’ve never made sweets! How do you make confectionery? What the heck do I do now? Argh!! Get it together Tara, you CAN do this.
After two failed attempts at different sweets and running out of time, I needed something simple. So what DID I make? I went with a fun no-bake treat, similar to a rum ball but without the booze. I took some to the office and in between oohs and ahhs (and requests for more) we brainstormed a name for them… so friends I bring you my Irresistiballs!!
And here are the lovely sweets I received from three very talented blogger pals:
Rosemary, sea salt and almond toffee from The Hungry Mum.
Dairy free coconut caramels from Melbourne Food Snob.
Snickers bars from Food My Friend.
I found these cutesy snap-lock lunch boxes in an Asian store. I thought they were the perfect containers for my gift recipients and a handy little keepsake too.
- 1 packet Marie biscuits
- 1 cup desiccated coconut
- 1 200g can condensed milk
- 2 Tbs Dutch cocoa powder
- 125g copha, melted
- ½ Tbs vanilla essence
- Extra desiccated coconut for coating
- Crumble the biscuits into a large mixing bowl.
- Add coconut, condensed milk, cocoa, copha and vanilla to the biscuits and mix well.
- Roll mixture into small balls and roll in coconut.
- Refrigerate to set. Enjoy!
A big thanks to Belly Rumbles and Chew Town for organising this amazing event, what a feat! Such a fun and delicious way to raise money for those in need.