Hey, look what finally showed itself, my MIA Sniff My Tarts custom order! I placed this order in the summer at the end of June, but through a series of misadventures (some mine, some Sniff My Tarts’, some the doing of the always reliable postal service) it did not come into my possession until two weeks ago. But it’s here now, and I have some nice blends to share with you, should you share my affinity for sweet, fruity bakery and other candy-coated treats.
But before the pretty, a word to the shopping wise: No matter how you’re shopping – virtually or in the really real world – stay on top of your purchases, particularly if they are of the pre-order or money-down variety. And if something seems off – say, the order you placed at nearly the same time stamp as a friend, who received her order months earlier? – politely check in with the vendor to see what’s what. Odds are it’s fallen through the cracks somewhere in the process, and it’s up to you to start hunting it down.
Okay, on with the pretty! And this order was sooo pretty; colourful, eye-catching and nicely packed so as to preserve all that nice design work. I was delighted with everything I pulled out of the box, particularly the minty sheet cakes, one of which was broken, true, but that just made it easier to immediately sacrifice it to the wax gods as a sweetly scented offering to the upcoming holidays. I’ve actually already melted through a solid third of it, and it’s only been two weeks. Better slow down, Tilly! There is such a thing as too much mint (NEVER!)
Mmm, and what delicious choices they were, too, although very similar in terms of composition. What can I say, I clearly was of a mind for mint when I placed this customs order. On the left we have my attempt at a recreation of Rosegirls’ Peppermint Coconut Mallow, using a blend of Sniff My Tarts’ Peppermint, Sticky Marshmallow and Coconut Cream Pie. On immediate cold I find the Coconut Cream Pie to be largely absent, although it may be adding an as-yet-undetected creaminess to an otherwise delicious blend of wintery peppermint and whipped marshmallow fluff. And look at those darn cute little embellishments!
The second decorated sheet cake I got was a straight-up blend of Marshmallow Noel & Candy (a scrumptious combo of Vanilla Bean Noel and icy peppermint) and Marshmallow Fluff. This smells quite a bit like perennial Bath & Body Works’ Christmas favourite, Twisted Peppermint. Or a mint Tic Tac! I love both, so you’ve got no complaints from me.
And no Sniff My Tarts customs order would be complete without at least a handful of delightfully delicious (and absolutely gigantic) frosted sugar cookies. Each one of these cookies, which span my palm, will give me five or six melts.
The slam dunks of this order were Blackberry, Ice Cream Scoop Bread and Vanilla Waffle Cone (a tart, almost tea-like fruit blended with toasty vanilla bakery, and oh holy cow is it great), Circus Concession and Blueberry Noel (candy apple-topped funnel cakes enhanced with sweet blueberry cream) and Christmas Wish and Vanilla Butter Fudge (pine, peppermint and vanilla sugar cookies iced with smooth butter fudge.)
Ever so slightly less successful, but still quite good, are Pink Sands and Red Delicious Apple (ooh, this one was nearly perfect, but it needs a slightly tarter, more candied scent than Red Delicious) and Lemon Curd, Marshmallow Fluff and Coconut Cream Pie (the Mystery of the Missing Coconut Cream Pie is once again upon us, leaving us with one super puckery, ultra lemony melt.)
The little frosted baby cookies are in Marshmallow Noel & Candy all by its lonesome. Because simple is highly underrated.
Finally, I ordered a number of singular scents (or scent blends) in these adorable piped hearts, which came in just the loveliest assortment of Fall hues – the rosy pinks and caramel browns are just so beautiful together. Each one of these hearts will give me three to four melts, depending on the strength of the blend.
The big hit of this order was Apple Cider Latte, on whose many delicious qualities I already expounded here. Of the others, Honey Gingerbread ranks a close, warmly spiced (but not spicy) second, with Under the Big Top (a creamy blend of Circus Concession and Vanilla Smoothie) joining them on the podium in third. Pumpkin Marshmallow Latte is scrumptious, and actually smells like sweetened pumpkin puree, and although I think Willow’s Cuppy Cake could benefit from a lot more presence (it’s quite light on cold) I love its beguiling bakery blend of what I swear is white cake, strawberries and peppermint? Or is that just residual mint from the two sheet cakes? That only affected this one scent? Hmm, seems unlikely. And while I know that Ultimate Bakery is a much-loved favourite, I didn’t quite care for its Pink Sugar-laced blend of cinnamon apples and sugar cookies. Must be that dastardly Pink Sugar at work again; we’ve tried so many times to be pals, and it just never works out.
So there we have it, my second Sniff My Tarts custom order. ‘Twasn’t without its difficulties, but now that it’s here in my hot little burners, I’m pleased as punch with my choices.