These were usually only allowed on Special Occasions.
Sunday lunches after church, when we were having guests, celebrating a birthday, and/or, God forbid (pun intended), having the minister and his wife over for a meal.
The biggest treats were icy cups, which we made ourselves and ate with a spoon. Many an icy cup helped to pass long hot summer holidays without air-conditioning or (gasp!) ceiling fans! They were usually enjoyed after days spent cycling in the bush with friends, catching yabbies at the nearest creek, or swimming at the local pool.
After my own kids came along, health experts warned - and rightly so - that water was best, and I kind of got out of the habit of buying or drinking cordial. Besides those 2-litre bottles were so heavy and took up so much room in our pantry and/or fridge.
But I do believe there are times, particularly on blisteringly hot Queensland days, when kids need a treat, don't you?
So I was taken back to my childhood recently when Cottee's kindly sent me a sample of their latest fridge containers to try. They actually call it a Mix-It-Up Jug, and it holds 2 litres of made-up cordial and sits neatly in the fridge door.
Available free at Coles, with the purchase of any two specially-marked 1-litre containers of Cottee's cordials (while stocks last), the jugs are marked with measurements so there are no excuses for flavouring mistakes. Plus, the jugs are made for easy pouring, so even icy-pole-making is a breeze.
Miss 8 and Mr 10 wasted no trouble trying out the Cottee's Coola 1 litre sample we were sent to try as well.
I have to admit, I love the 1 litre sizes, as I hated lugging home the 2 litre containers, and to my surprise the smaller size was just as full of flavour as its predecessor.
It took just a sip of Coola to instantly transport me back to my childhood. I'd forgotten how yummy cordial was! (And Coola is a refreshing lime flavour, which is great watered-down on hot sports days).
And it was a simple and economical treat for visiting children over the holidays as well. (I worked about about 1 litre of Cottee's make about 10 litres of cordial, so you can't go wrong really).
Anyway, thanks to Cottee's and Alvin And The Chimunks 3 Chipwrecked 3, I
have a fantastic School Holiday giveaway for MIA readers and their families.
The prize pack consists of:
- A Cottee's Cordial 2-litre Mix-it-up Jug as pictured above with my darling children.
- A 1-litre bottle of Cottee's Cordial
- An Alvin and the Chipmunks beachball
1 X Alvin and the Chipmunks double DVD