Have you got your hands on some Num Noms toys yet? Not only are these scented toys smelling yummy, they look really cute as well and there are many of them to collect.
We have taken on a Num Noms Recipes challenge, where we have to create recipes based on a selection of Nums. As we only had the Citrus pack, the lovely PR has sent us another starter pack as well as a delux pack to add to give us more inspiration. They all smell so gorgeous, but it is quite a challenge to try to put them together without resorting to the simplest fruit salad, or blending them into a smoothie!
So we created the following 2 recipes (I would have created more but it's been a crazy 2 weeks!) that I think will be perfect for this Summer, and one especially good to serve with a barbecue!
The first recipe was created by randomly picking 3 Nums out from the group. I was a bit nervous when Bubblegum appeared! It's not an easily sourced ingredient either!
So the combination was (from top to bottom): Mary Mulberry, Betsy Bubblegum and Choco Nana.
I couldn't find mulberries so I used blueberries instead. And the only Bubblegum I can find that's not the actual gum, is a Bubblegum flavoured ice lolly, which, surprisingly, has a creamy texture.
I was really skeptical at first, but this dessert I created is surprisingly delicious! I had no idea that banana can work so well with bubblegum. The only thing that I think didn't work is the chocolate.
In case you want to give this a try as well, here is the recipe:
1 Bubblegum Ice Lolly (ASDA own brand, 6 lollies in a pack and comes in blue or pink, with a chocolate layer coated on the top), chocolate layer removed
2 Frozen Banana chunks
Few drops of lemon juice
A few blueberries
- Remove the Bubblegum lolly off the lolly stick and mash it into a serving bowl. Before it's completely dissolved, refreeze it back to shape.
- Blend the frozen bananas with the lemon juice.
- Add a dollop of the pureed banana on top of the bubblegum and decorate with blueberries.
Clay and Abby both liked the Nums from the Citrus starter pack. The first thing that came to mind is either shaved ice with fruit or a simple fruit salad. I ended up making a simple yet really refreshing lemonade that will go perfectly well with a barbecue. The pink colour look so pretty too! You can add anything in a fruit lemonade of course, but we are using the ingredients here inspired by the Nums Clay and Abby has chosen (except the mulberry, I ran out of berries!):
The Nums combinations (from top to bottom) were: Lemon Burst, Orange Swirl and Pinkie Lemonade
1/2 Red Grapefruit
1 medium orange
1 slice of lemon
Ice cubes (Ideally)
- Squeeze red grapefruit juice into a glass of ice water (ideally sparkling), until you are happy with the flavour and colour. You can add the flesh into the drink too if you want.
- Stir in honey until it's fully dissolved.
- Add chunks of skinned orange flesh into the glass.
- Decorate with a slice of lemon (or add it into the drink for extra freshness).
Today's weather is beautiful, perfect for a quick barbecue! Why not serve it with your own lemonade or fruit punch?