The Pendulum Swings to Lollipops

By / Photography By Stephanie Ewens | March 10, 2016
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When Brenda Swift set out to create a sweet treat, she wanted to do it according to her food conscience, with the motto that “pure is possible.” Vegan cane sugar, organic brown rice syrup, organic palm oil and filtered spring water are the basic ingredients in all of the lollipops, hard candy drops and dessert toppers she makes at Popette of Pendulum, a small-batch confectionery.

Her products are nut free, gluten free, dairy free and free of any preservatives, additives or animal products. And although her variations on espresso-flavored pops and drops are very popular, she’s also dedicated to local ingredients for several other flavors, using Barden’s, Jaswell’s or Elwood Orchard’s apple cider; Sweet Berry Farm’s organic raspberries and Fairland Farms’ whole organic cranberries in a mixed-fruit lollie; and, arriving time for spring, herbs and flowers from Eva’s Garden in nearby Dartmouth, Massachusetts. These candies not only pop with flavor (including the vanilla-bean glaze), but the delicate designs stenciled on their faces are eye-catching, with floral swirls and frondy flourishes. And that makes them just right for any occasion, as party favors, as cake decorations, as cocktail stirrers or just sweet on a stick.

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