Memory from Emma-Jane Richards
St Helena Milk Ice lollies are a childhood treat that most ALL kids from St Helena (of a certain age) will recognise and reminisce about at some point. Across the Island, lollies are made by numerous people, sold directly from their kitchen windows and front door verandas. Some districts with multiple homes selling these sticky sweet treats.
Where I grew up in Half Tree Hollow, Aunty Cavel was the closest. Vanilla, Mint, Strawberry, caramel, coconut, coffee and Chocolate; Aunty Cavel made the most delicious lollies and I loved them all. She is solely responsible for introducing me to and igniting my love of coffee at a very early age.
It was where I spent most of my pocket money, buying Milk lollies after school. Always two at a time – one for me and one for my best friend and pet dog, Sandy. We would sit side by side on the curb just below my house in the afternoon sunshine. Me, with my coffee milk lolly and Sandy licking a vanilla one out of my very sticky hands. I now know that Dogs shouldn’t really eat that amount of dairy products but I was just a kid and loved to share treats with her.