A Whitehead confectioner has pointed to the use of natural ingredients following success in the Great Taste 2016 programme.
Out of the thousands of products to be judged, SeaSugar Handmade Confectionery was awarded a 1-star Great Taste Award for its Green Apple and Spearmint sweets.
Described as “innovative” and “fun”, “moreish” and “with a clean and satisfying taste which lasts the entire length of the eating process”, the sweets contain 100% natural ingredients with nothing artificial added.
Judged by over 500 of the most demanding palates, Great Taste is a respected accreditation scheme for artisan and speciality food producers.
Linda McGibbon, of SeaSugar Handmade Confectionery, said: “I qualified as a chef many years ago and although I moved into other areas, I retained a love of cooking and having a sweet tooth, I made confectionery items such as toffee, fondants, jellies, mallows and nut brittles as well as hard candies, as a hobby for years.
“I tried out a number of lines at local markets and found that the most successful were the hard boiled sweets which I could produce without the addition of anything artificial. I use only natural fruit extracts and colours and I think that’s what makes them so appealing.”
There were 10,000 Great Taste entries this year and of those products, 141 have been awarded a 3-star, 878 received a 2-star and 2,520 were awarded a 1-star accolade.