A Return to Old School With Violet Creme

by Pamela

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Springtime Violet Creme

My latest flavor obsession is Violet.  You’re probably familiar with rose flavoring…rose water, rose hip tea, edible rose petals and candied rose petals.  You’ve also, no doubt, experienced lavender flavoring as well.  But while violet flavored candies peaked in the US back in the early to mid 1900′s, the violet flavored candies are still quite popular in Europe.

If you are familiar with violets, you probably associate them with old fashioned things like stationary, bar soap and your grandmother.  In case you haven’t noticed lately, everything old is new again.

I’m hoping that this throwback mentality starts to leak into other areas of our lives as well, specifically…celebrities.  Back in the 20′s (when violet candies and Creme de Violette Liqueur were in their heyday) female celebrities were Coco Chanel, Gloria Swanson and Josephine Baker.  These women had style (or were creating it), talent, class and an air of mystery about them.

Now we have ‘celebrities’ like Kim Kardashian wanna be, Khloe Kardashian (and I throw Kim Kardashian into this celebutard muck as well, but today we’re focusing on the other over exposed Kardashian sister), strapped into a red sausage casing (that doesn’t enhance her body nearly as well as a Johnsonville Brat pork casing showcases the meat and fat combination that causes you to salivate) promoting a brand of tampons all while a full crew of cameramen are there to document the event.  Really?  Is this entertainment?  Does anybody (except for the sponsor) want to see this?

In my quest to help revive a more stylish time I whipped up (pun intended) some violet flavored whipped creme to top off an otherwise delicious, but boring cake.  This is a great way to have a sophisticated looking (and tasting) dessert when you don’t really have much around or if you just don’t feel like frosting that cake.  You could also use this as a topping or filling for cupcakes.

Relationship Advice

Unlike Khloe Kardashian, when dressing yourself please remember: it is always better to go up a size in that dress than trying to cram yourself into that smaller size, just so you can tell everyone your a size x instead of a size X.  Believe me when I tell you this: If you think you look fat in the dress, if you think it pulls funny around your butt, if you think it makes your tummy look bigger, if you think by taking your panties off you’ll get a smoother line…then that dress isn’t for you!  Get the next size up.  Because 9 times out of 10, if you are thinking those things, so is everyone that sees you.  And as for going commando in that dress…let’s just say it’s a bad idea and won’t lead to any positive outcomes.

Makes Approximately 2 Cups

Ingredients

  • 1 Cup Heavy Whipping Cream
  • 2 Teaspoons Powdered Sugar
  • 3 Tablespoons Monin Violet Flavored Syrup

Directions

In a chilled mixing bowl (preferably metal) add the whipping cream and begin beating.  Add in powdered sugar and violet syrup.  Beat until you get the desired consistency.

This will keep for a day or two in a covered container in the refrigerator (if you can hold yourself back).

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10 comments

Jennifer Cote April 28, 2010 at 8:14 pm

Hey, Pamie- what a fun read! I totally agree, let’s get back to a time when women had an air of mystery about them. (How ’bout leaving something to the imagination, right?)
And thanks for the reminder. I think I need to go make some lavender sugar. It’s in full bloom, and we don’t really have any violets around… (Maybe I should plant some, so I can get more old-fashioned :)

Alta April 22, 2010 at 10:38 am

Wow what a gorgeous and yummy-sounding idea. And agreed on the sausage casing comment!

Casey Angelova April 21, 2010 at 11:22 pm

I adore flower flavored food and I love those violet flavored candies. I am excited to try this. Thanks for sharing!

Evelyne@CheapEthnicEatz April 21, 2010 at 6:43 am

Verycreative flavoring, must try it. never seen it in stores though.

pegasuslegend April 21, 2010 at 3:05 am

I love the politically correct way to dress thats awesome. The dessert is perfect!~

denise @ quickies on the dinner April 21, 2010 at 1:16 am

How wonderfully quaint and old fashioned! I love the idea!

Btw, I wish the Kardashian sisters and their ilk would just vapourise and never return. Give me old world glamour and charm anyday!

Pamela April 21, 2010 at 7:54 am

I think you’re in very good company Denise. ;)

Kathy Gori April 20, 2010 at 10:34 pm

Oh my! I have never cooked with violet. This looks amazing!

Ciaochowlinda April 19, 2010 at 4:43 am

I’m a big fan of using violets in cooking and just posted a piece about making candied violets.

Goodie Girl April 18, 2010 at 6:31 pm

Amazing! I have never thought about using Violets! Thank you for this tip and I am definitely going to venture.

~GG

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