I'm not much of a sweet tooth. I can leave chocolate and lollies around the house, sometimes for months, until they turn white with age. I rarely have dessert. But there are some sweet things that just drive me nuts.
Biscuits. I can't have them in the house. Shortbreads, chocolate chip, lemon crisps - I'll eat them all - at once - and fight you off while doing so. Green iced tea, such as Liptons, on a hot day - my partner will tell you how greedily I will snatch a bottle off anyone in a five mile radius if I'm hot enough. Samos, the Greek wine from the island of the same name - it's golden syrupy goodness fills you with sweet Aegean sunshine. And tonight, one of my favourites, my partner and I shared fresh peaches and raspberries, with a dollop of Jalna vanilla yoghurt. Those fragrant berries, the luscious peach slices and the creamy mild yoghurt make one of the best desserts you can have. Simple and luxurious. Like me, without the luxurious.
A friend of mine recently returned from a trip to Europe and brought me a gift of, amongst other lovely things, a box of Leone pastilles. She told me they came from the Absinth Depot Berlin. As is my habit, I preserved them in their original picturesque wrapping, though my partner thought nothing of saving his and so I was able to taste a few of the spicy sweets. I understand Leone is one of the oldest sweet manufacturers left in the world. I recently came across raspberry flavoured Leone pastilles too, and I must say, these are beautiful. I love the crumbly texture of the pastilles and the flavour is fizzing with raspberries. Here's a somewhat contrived product photo I compiled:
I could go on, sweet vanilla and rose tea, Victoria sponge with fresh strawberries and cream, Haigh's violet creams (man!), black Spanish sherry, but I won't because I don't really have a sweet tooth at all.
Photo from my private collection.