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Sunday, 13 November 2016

Krakow - Lol and Pop - Lollipop time!

My dear sweethearts,

Today I have a very sweet treat for you: an introduction to the land of sweet lollipops, soft marshmallows and colorful times spent at a workshop while creating your own sweet masterpiece. Everything is possible when you are in "Lol & Pop" Land. I have bumped into this adorable shop as it was in the neighbourhood I live in, and as I walk on with my little LadyBug Baby Girl I am more and more tempted to test all the local goodies. But lo' and behold! This colorful sweet place was not a local shop as I have presumed... it is a concept brought by its owners from Ukraine and this is not their first shop!
Although all the goodies that you will find in their single shop in Krakow, located on ulica General Fieldorfa Nila 11 (a stone throw away from Krowodrza Gorka main station), are produced locally with natural ingredients, the brand is 100% Ukrainian. Lol & Pop also has shops open in Ukraine, Israel and Bulgaria. All products are 100% handmade and you can actually watch them producing the sweets. Lol & Pop does handmade candies since 2013! And they are present on Instagram (#lolandpop), Facebook and they have their own Web page.
The team at Lol & Pop specialises on caramel sweets, marshmallows, jelly, lollipops and hard candy. The products as the interior of the shop are very colorful, but fear not! All the aromas are natural - fruit and vegetables extracts help create these colorful symphonies. As they say on their flyers, in Lol & Pop sweets you will find sugar, glucose, lemon juice and love :) I think love is the most important ingredient of them all!
The shop:
- located in the neighbourhood of Krowodrza Gorka, a few steps away from the tram/bus stop. It's very easy to find and colorful enough not to miss it ;)
- it hosts workshops for kids (and not only) and you can also use its products for catering weddings or business meeting (you should keep always an open mind!)
- there is, as you enter on your left, a large bank where the sweets are produced.  Enjoy the view when they prepare the delicate little things!
- the team that works there speaks English and they are extremely nice and accommodating. Top marks for customer behaviour!!! I went in with the carriage and the lady jumped in to open the door for me and she also helped me on the way out.  I wanted to try the marshmallows and she gave me some to try and that's how I ended up buying a jar with apricot (polish: morela) flavours. They also shared with me the story of the place and the fact that they also host workshops - adorable people!
Tips and tricks: the shop also has a fidelity card with stamps to collect in order to get some free goodies so don't forget to ask for that as well! ;)
The prices:
- small lollipops (different flavours) = 4 zloty per piece
- a jar of flavoured marshmallows of about 150 grams = 8 zloty - the warranty term is about half a year for them but it won't last ya that long ;) The calories for 100 grams = 331 kcal
Overall performance: I loved it and I will visit this adorable place again. I will also tell people about it as the products are good and the service is impeccable. The minus for me was that it was so quiet, no background music :( but in Poland you have to pay for that and they opened the shop in September last year so... I guess there is still time to improve :) but you go test them and let me know your opinions! :)

Yours very sincerly,
The Twisted Red LadyBug That Loves To Discover New Sweet Shops