“RAINBOW DROPS — SUCK THEM AND YOU CAN SPIT IN SIX DIFFERENT COLOURS.”
-Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Roald Dahl
Why is it that candy that’s coloured like a rainbow, only tastes like basic flavours. Like strawberry, blueberry and apple? I mean, if rainbows could be any flavour you wanted, what would they taste like?
Here’s the colours of the rainbow. Think about it and let me know what your perfect magical rainbow would taste like!
I started making these as hard candies flavoured with the basics- strawberry, apple, etc. Then I realised, hang on, this is Wonka! As an adult it’s so easy for you brain to sometimes just go with what you’ve known (especially with cooking), and so much harder to let loose and imagine the impossible.
Instead of hard candies, I imagined them like rain drops from rainbows. So I made gel drops. Using agar and a process called cold oil spherification (it’s way easier than it sounds!), you can turn any liquid into these rainbow drops. I did one that tasted of Peanut Butter & Jam, another I used a pumpkin pie infusion that I had made earlier. You can use juices, alcohol, even vinegar if that’s what you imagine!