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4 sweet places to visit in the Lake District

PUBLISHED: 00:00 26 May 2017

Tourists floc to the Grasmere Gingerbread Shop that has welcomed a few famous faces over the years.

Tourists floc to the Grasmere Gingerbread Shop that has welcomed a few famous faces over the years.

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If you have a sweet tooth, then you should treat yourself with a visit to the Lake District.

Sticky Toffee Pudding

Surely Sticky Toffee Pudding has overtaken Jam Roly-Poly as the nation’s favourite comfort food? It’s almost a default item on the menu of any self respecting restaurant or pub across the nation.

If you want try the sponge based dish at the place where it was invented, head over to Sharrow Bay in Ullswater where Francis Coulson’s Famous and Original Icky Sticky Toffee Pudding is served every day on the menu.

Just south of the Lake District is Cartmel, a village that has forged a reputation as a foodie destination over the years. Partly due to the Simon Rogan’s restaurant L’Enclume that has two Michelin stars and also because it’s home to the Cartmel Village Shop, the brand that has become ubiquitous with the sticky toffee pudding and rightly so, they’ve been doing it for over 25 years.

Kendal Mintcake

Kendal has always been a popular starting point for those looking to explore the Lake District, many walkers have passed through this Lakeland village and it’s easy to see why the popular provision for any walking expedition originated here.

Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay were fuelled by Kendal Mint Cake when they became the first people to conquer the summit of Mount Everest back in 1953.

Legend has it that the glucose based confectionery was created by accident in the 19th century when local confectioner Joseph Wiper boiled some sugar by mistake. In the days before energy bars and drinks, the mint cake became a essential item for those walking the fells and peaks of the Lake District. Over the years, three confectioners – Romney’s, Wilson’s and Quiggin’s – produced the peppermint-oil and sugar bars in Kendal.

Chocolate

For those of you who have visited Windermere over the years, Hutton’s in Bowness should hold some happy childhood memories for you.

It’s a traditional sweet shop that was founded back in 1920. The window displays are a sight to behold and when you walk through the doors, you are transported back to a bygone era, with shelves stacked with jars containing all your childhood favourites such as cherry lips and cola cubes.

Hawkshead is famous for its links to literary giants such as William Wordsworth and Beatrix Potter, but chocolate is another great reason to visit this Lake District village. The family-run Cocoa Bean Company make hand-crafted treats using traditional methods using only the finest Belgian chocolate. You can visit the factory and take chocolate making classes.

Gingerbread

Victorian cook Sarah Nelson invented the famous Grasmere Gingerbread in the 19th century in her Castle Cottage home which is now the famous Grasmere Gingerbread Shop. The spicy and sweet treat gained a cult following during her lifetime and tourists flocked from all over the country to try the famous fare.

Little has changed in the ensuing 160 years, the shop in Grasmere is still one of the most visited locations in the Lake District that has stayed faithful to the recipe and techniques, they’ve even kept the icon famous white paper wrapping with the blue logo.

If you feel that your teeth aren’t what they used to be and chomping through the gingerbread could pose a threat to your dental health, then don’t worry, the Grasmere Gingerbread Shop also produce their own line in gingerbread ice-cream.

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