Okay, they’re more sweet emporium than chocolate factory but the fantastical style of Smith & Sinclair’s new London pop-ups could be straight out of a Roald Dahl novel.
The purveyors of grown-up treats set up what was claimed as the world's first edible alcohol shop in a pop-up on Carnaby Street last year. The mission? To “challenge perceptions of how alcohol should be consumed” through the power of snacks such as cocktail candyfloss and sour whisky fruit pastilles.
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Needless to say, it went down well.
Now they’re back with two dangerously good temporary shops stocked with delights including gin and tonic fruit pastilles and edible perfume. The Flavour Rooms have taken over a unit at mega mall Bluewater and inside the swish central Sanderson hotel (Sanderson pop-up launching November 18). Both will run until Christmas Eve.
Here’s what to expect...
That sticky bag of Haribo will seem so very pedestrian when you reach the pastel dream that is the Sherbet Wall. Customers fill a giant test tube with a cocktail of sweet powders ranging from Spiced Chocolate to Coconut before dipping into a mind-blowing flavourstorm.
Do you consider yourself someone who eats, sleeps, breathes Christmas? Well, now you can elevate your idiom by literally inhaling the very essence of the festive season with a cascading vapour infused with seasonal flavours.
Breathe it in...
Alcoholic dib dabs
There’s no downing in one here. Create 18+ sweets with flavoured lollipops including Negroni, Raspberry Collins and Pina Colada with alcoholic gels.
These consumable fragrance kits promise to “give an extra edge to food and cocktails.” Well, it is Christmas.
Pastille Pick 'n' Mix
Of course there’s alcoholic cocktail Pick ‘n’ Mix. Choose from 12 flavours, including Gin & Tonic and Whisky Sour.
Salt + Pepper’s here
Alas we have no visual confirmation of Smith & Sinclair’s confectionary condiments with a twist, but are assured they are made with delicious cracked white and milk chocolate and infused with “delectable festive surprises.”