SAY IT LIKE IT IS

Want to tell some­one how you feel but a card and flow­ers or a box of su­per­mar­ket choco­lates just ain’t gonna cut it? A quirky new busi­ness has got you cov­ered.

Cuisine - - CRISPY BITS - licked­lol­lipops.co.nz ALICE NEVILLE

LICKED LOL­LIPOPS

is the brain­child of Jes­sica Men­tis, who has been im­press­ing Auck­lan­ders with her won­der­ful wob­bly cre­ations as the Jel­ly­ol­o­gist for a few years now.

“It’s an ex­ten­sion of what we do as the Jel­ly­ol­o­gist,” ex­plains Jes­sica, “us­ing the same pro­cesses and tech­niques, but just ex­per­i­ment­ing with a dif­fer­ent medium, which is cho­co­late.”

Jes­sica brought her back­ground in spa­tial de­sign and ar­chi­tec­ture to the Jel­ly­ol­o­gist, which launched in 2015, us­ing 3D-printed jelly moulds to make some se­ri­ously awe­some – and de­li­cious – jelly art for events. But jelly poses lo­gis­ti­cal is­sues in terms of stor­age and de­liv­ery, and adding de­tail such as ty­pog­ra­phy to the del­i­cate cre­ations can be tricky. Jes­sica was also keen to do some­thing that em­braced the so­cial me­dia-driven mil­len­nial lingo in a tongue-in-cheek man­ner.

“We spend a lot of time do­ing stuff on In­sta­gram and Snapchat and there’s a new ver­nac­u­lar that’s evolved, and I was keen to ex­plore that in the phys­i­cal world and shake up the giv­ing of a box of Roses or a bunch of flow­ers.”

Jes­sica and her team use high-qual­ity Bel­gian cho­co­late – ei­ther 55 per cent milk coloured with pretty gold, or white tinted in an ar­ray of bright hues – which is poured into cus­tom-de­signed sil­i­cone moulds.

In ad­di­tion to the words on the cho­co­late it­self, cus­tomers can write a mes­sage to be sent along­side the lol­lipop they’ve or­dered, or choose from an ar­ray of lol-wor­thy prewrit­ten op­tions. So, to ex­plain why you’ve sent a wronged mate the “What a jerk” lol­lipop, you might add in: “He/she ghosted you/made you cry/re­sponded to the group chat but not your PM or – and this one stings – “still uses your Spo­tify Pre­mium and Net­flix lo­gin”.

“We had a lot of fun com­ing up with those,” says Jes­sica. “I work with peo­ple who are a lot younger than me who keep me on my toes, and they were re­ally help­ful.”

Jes­sica is now de­vel­op­ing the cus­tom side of the busi­ness and work­ing on a Christ­mas range – don’t ex­pect your stan­dard sea­son’s greet­ings here – which will be launched at the General Col­lec­tive Christ­mas mar­ket day at Auck­land’s ASB Show­grounds on Novem­ber 5, af­ter which it will be avail­able through the web­site.

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