Food & Drink

Make It Sweet

September 13


Sweet. Sweeter. Sweetest. Whatever your level of sweet tooth or how much sugar you need to get your fix, we’ve got you covered.


For the super sweet tooth, why not build a candy sampler or sugar-fuelled charcuterie for an easy and oh-so-yummy dessert? Cover the basic candy food groups—gummy and sour—with a stop at Sweet Factory and pop into Purdys Chocolatier for your chocolate fix. Share with a special someone, or enjoy on your own (don’t worry, we won’t tell).


If the idea of a serving platter of candy and chocolate makes you want to eat some fresh fruit and call your dentist, then maybe baking a sweet blueberry orange marmalade muffin is more your vibe. Made with zesty gourmet marmalade this recipe is *chef’s kiss*.


  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 cup milk + 2 tablespoons
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon orange zest
  • 4 tablespoons orange liqueur
  • 2 cups pastry flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 cup blueberry orange marmalade from Murchie’s Tea & Coffee

How to make it:

  • Preheat your oven to 375°F and line a muffin tin with paper liners
  • In a large bowl mix the oil, sugar, eggs, orange zest and liqueur
  • Add in the flour, baking soda, baking powder and combine
  • Spoon two tablespoons of the batter into each muffin
  • Place a teaspoon of marmalade into each and then top with batter making sure there is enough batter to cover the marmalade. Be sure not to overfill the muffins or they may spill over the edge when baking.
  • Bake for 20-25 minutes until the tops of the muffins start to crack.
  • Enjoy with coffee, tea, milk, and warm butter, or more marmalade!


If your sweet tooth is missing, fear not. There’s plenty of ways to enjoy chocolate in savoury dishes, too, but we think it’s hard to go wrong with a chocolate and beer BBQ sauce that goes great with ribs, chicken, brisket, or whatever’s on the grill.


  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1/3 cup soy sauce
  • 6 oz tomato paste
  • 2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp chilli powder
  • 2 tsp paprika
  • 1 cup pale ale
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup chopped dark chocolate from Purdys Chocolatier

How to make it:

  • In a medium-sized pot over medium heat, combine olive oil and crushed garlic and cook until garlic becomes fragrant (about 30 seconds).
  • Whisk in the remaining ingredients except for the chocolate.
  • Simmer for 15-20 minutes until the sauce thickens, stirring occasionally.
  • Add chocolate and stir until completely melted.
  • Enjoy with assorted BBQ meats or use as a dip on the side.

Whatever your tastebuds prefer, enjoy your sweet (and savoury) treats and remember—save room for dessert!

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