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No-Cook Unicorn Fudge Recipe

No-Cook Unicorn Fudge Recipe 0

Make delicious and indulgent unicorn fudge with our simple 'how to' guide. Our recipe is so easy that it doesn't even require cooking; making it a perfect activity to try with the children over the school holidays.


  • 200ml sweetened condensed milk
  • 800g icing (powdered) sugar
  • 100g soft butter
  • 1tsp vanilla extract or alternative flavouring
  • Gel paste food colours x 3
  • Sprinkles, sweets and chocolate drops


  • Line an 8" brownie tin with greaseproof paper
  • Cream together the condensed milk, butter and vanilla extract
  • Add the icing sugar and mix until the mixture looks like breadcrumbs. We recommend using a mixer for this step as it's hard going (though possible) with a regular spoon and elbow grease!
  • Using your hands, bring the mixture together and knead to form a soft dough
  • Split the dough into 3 equal-sized pieces and add a small amount of different gel paste colour to each piece; kneading to combine thoroughly
  • Pull off small pieces of the coloured dough and add to the lined brownie tin, being sure to mix up the colours until all of the dough pieces are in the tin in a random pattern with no gaps
  • Press down on the dough to squash all the different coloured pieces together and form one big slab of multi-coloured fudge. Smooth the top with a cranked palette knife or other implement
  • Add the sprinkles, sweets and chocolate drops to the top of the fudge, pressing down lightly to secure the toppings
  • Chill uncovered in the fridge for at least 5 hours (or overnight) before turning out the fudge and cutting into bite-sized pieces

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And there you have it; your very own homemade unicorn fudge! It makes a lovely party favour or gift for children and adults alike, and as no cooking is involved it is a great way of getting children involved in the kitchen. 

Why not get creative with your own choice of flavours, colours, decorations and packaging? Be sure to let us know how you get on!

Easy Overnight Oats with 3 simple ingredients

Easy Overnight Oats with 3 simple ingredients 0

Create delicious and healthy overnight oats using just 3 simple ingredients by following our super-easy how to guide. Here we’ve used one of our fabulous Kilner handled jars and the abundance of delicious blackberries that are currently lining the hedgerows to show you how it’s done in a few easy steps. Read on for directions and more flavour combination ideas!


  • 40g of oats (porridge oats are ideal)
  • 200g of yoghurt (your choice of natural, Greek or flavoured yoghurt)
  • Fresh, frozen or tinned fruit


  • Start layering your ingredients by adding roughly half of the oats to the bottom of a glass jar, followed by half of the yoghurt before topping with a layer of fruit
  • Repeat the step above by adding a further layer of oats directly on top of the fruit, followed by the rest of the yoghurt and finally the remaining fruit
  • Add a lid, cover or clingfilm to the top of your glass jar and pop it in the fridge for at least 7 hours to give the yoghurt a chance to soften the oats and allow the flavours to meld together
  • When you’re ready to eat, simply remove from the fridge, uncover, stir to mix and enjoy!

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Flavour combinations:

Once you’ve mastered the basic principles and have found your perfect balance of ingredients you can get creative with your overnight oats by trying different flavours. Here are a few combinations that we enjoy:

  • Carrot cake style  –  add freshly-grated carrot, apple, raisins, finely chopped nuts, a teaspoon of honey and a sprinkling of cinnamon to layers of oats and plain Greek yoghurt
  • Peach melba  –  go old school by adding fresh or tinned sliced peaches with raspberries and peach yoghurt
  • Apple and blackberry  – Make the most of in-season fruits with this classic combination of stewed apple (or apple sauce), freshly picked blackberries and fruits of the forest yoghurt
  • Toffee apple – Get set for autumn with this classic flavour combination achieved by layering stewed or grated apple with layers of toffee or fudge yoghurt. To add texture you could even add small chunks of soft fudge and serve it as a dessert for an indulgent treat

If you’ve been inspired to have a try at making your own overnight oats, why not check out our full range of Kilner jars?

Make Your Own Delicious Blackberry Gin

Make Your Own Delicious Blackberry Gin 0

Now is the time to get picking wild blackberries from the hedgerow to create delicious bottles of homemade blackberry gin to give as Christmas presents or to enjoy at home as a seasonal treat.

The following recipe should make around 750ml of blackberry gin.


  • 250g of fresh blackberries, washed
  • 70cl Gin
  • 125g caster sugar


  • Add the fruit to a sterilised Kilner jar or bottle and add the sugar
  • Fill the Kilner jar / bottle with gin and seal
  • Shake several times a day for the first 3 days to ensure it is well mixed
  • Store in a cool, dark place (ideally a larder or cupboard at normal room temperature) to mature for 10-12 weeks (no longer or you risk your gin being tainted with an unpleasant woody taste)
  • Using a layer of clean muslin as a filter, allow the contents of the bottle to drip through into a bowl below (do not squeeze or your gin will be cloudy) 
  • Taste for sweetness before decanting into sterilised glass bottles and adding a little extra sugar if required
  • Seal and shake vigorously until any added sugar has completely dissolved
  • Leave to rest for a further month before drinking

Here at Potters Cookshop we stock everything you need to make, bottle and label your own flavoured gin, so why not give it a go today?

Get Your Freak On!

Get Your Freak On! 0

Here at Potters Cookshop we’ve been having great fun with the latest craze for Freakshakes.  Originally an Australian invention, it’s no surprise that the indulgent and larger than life milkshake drinks are now taking the UK by storm.  Made from gorgeous creamy milkshakes topped with all sorts of goodies including cream, ice cream, sauce, cake, sweets, fruit and sprinkles; they’re a genius combination of milkshake and dessert and provide the ultimate sugar rush!

Following our recent in-store Freakshake demonstration, we’ve compiled a list of our top tips for making your own delicious, overloaded creations at home…
  1. Have all of your ingredients out and ready before you start – melting ice cream waits for no man! Make and froth the milkshake in a container large enough to cope with the volume that the Aerolatte frother adds.
  2. Start your Freakshake with a scoop of deliciously creamy ice cream before adding the tasty frothed milk and then top off with a generous serving of squirty cream to add a bit of structure and support.
  3. Once you’ve got your foundations sorted you’re good to go with the cake, sweets, chocolate, sauce and sprinkles. Ask yourself how a 6 year old would tackle it….the aim is to go large and create something monstrously indulgent!
  4. Add a bit more. You may need to add some more squirty cream first to give the extra toppings something to stick to.
  5. Get snappy and Instagram it using the hashtag #potterscookshopfreakshake for your chance to feature on our gallery wall of Freakshake fame!

We have all the equipment you need to create your own delicious Freakshakes both online and in-store; from the fabulous Kilner handled jars, available in a variety of colours, to the brilliant Aerolatte milk frothers.

So what are you waiting for? Go #getyourfreakon !!

Peter Rabbit Classic and Contemporary Collections

Peter Rabbit Classic and Contemporary Collections 0

Beatrix Potter fans will love the fabulous Peter Rabbit collections of tableware, serveware and textiles by Stow Green. The famous characters are brought to life in the enchanting designs, making them popular with adults and children alike.

The elegant Peter Rabbit Classic range features the Beatrix Potter characters that we all know and love, with the traditional whimsical illustrations taking centre stage. The stunning Peter Rabbit Contemporary collection brings the characters right up to date with its attractive modern designs, making them as relevant today as they were when first created.

Both of the Peter Rabbit ranges are perfect for entertaining with their stylish collections of porcelain tableware, cake stands and wooden serving boards. The classic cork-baked coasters, place mats, paper napkins and trays and the selection of tea towels, aprons, oven gloves and other textiles complete the look, bringing the Beatrix Potter magic to every occasion. The coordinating colourways and simplicity of design make the two collections complement each other beautifully, allowing you to mix and match to make your perfect selection.

The Peter Rabbit Classic and Peter Rabbit Contemporary collections are available from Potters Cookshop both in-store and online.

Excellence in Housewares Awards Finalists 2017

Excellence in Housewares Awards Finalists 2017 0

It's official! Potters Cookshop is one of the UK’s best retailers for products for the kitchen, table and home.

Here at Potters Cookshop we are delighted to have been selected as finalists in four categories of the 2017 Excellence in Housewares Awards. The awards, now in their 18th year, are organised by Progressive Housewares magazine in conjunction with the Cookshop and Housewares Association. The Awards recognise and reward the UK’s top housewares retailers as well as the best new housewares products.

Our Cookshop, based in Hockley, Essex, is a finalist in the following categories: Cookware and Housewares Retailer of the Year, Excellence in Retail Display, Excellence in Retail Initiative and Retail Employee of the Year. Management and staff are thrilled to be finalists in these prestigious awards, which are widely recognised as the ‘Oscars’ of the housewares industry. “In an increasingly competitive market, we are pleased to be recognised as a key retailer in the cookware and housewares industry. We work hard to bring our customers exciting and innovative products and are very proud of our customer service” commented Tom Carter, Director at Potters.

The Excellence in Housewares Retailer Finalists were selected as a result of an exhaustive industry-wide poll of housewares suppliers along with nominations and submissions in certain categories. These were then short-listed before being validated by a panel of industry experts. According to Jo Howard, editor of Progressive Housewares magazine, “There was an unprecedented level of competition this year, and the high calibre of all of our finalists goes to show how retailers are upping the game to provide service and customer experience. Congratulations to all of our impressive line-up of finalists for the Excellence in Housewares Awards 2017.”

The winners will be unveiled at a lavish awards event on October 4 at the Royal Lancaster Hotel, London.
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