I wasn’t ‘sloe’ to have a good idea!
Out blackberry picking in the summer we came across sloes but had no idea what they were or what to do with them.
A nice man walking his dog explained you use them to make sloe gin. Well it would have been rude not to have a go, wouldn’t it ?!! To cut a long story short they are part of the plum family and the liqueur I made mixing them with gin was delicious.
Note to self: Pick lots more next year so that I can make some ultra yummy Christmas gifts.
Someone suggested that after I drain the sloes from the gin I mix them once de-stoned to make some rather tasty chocolate. It turns out that the sloes are so astringent, like a red wine high in tannins, your tongue nearly curls! Sultanas solved the problem and I mixed them with the sloes and melted dark chocolate.
I wanted to share them with friends in a Covid-safe way. As you can see, that involved wrapping the chocolates in cellophane tied with curling ribbon. All I needed to remember was to take scissors so that everyone could taste them. Feedback was fab!