Follow the sweet scent of butterscotch up Parkway Avenue in Takapuna and you will find yourself standing outside one of the North Shore’s best kept secrets.
The Old Lolly Shop is from another era in time. It’s small and humble but the walls are covered floor-to-ceiling with a variety of hand-made and imported goodies.
Since its opening in 2009, confectioner Stephen Parsons has been producing mouth-watering treats in-store the old-fashioned way. Hard candies, lollipops, brittles and toffee are just a few of the delicacies made without machines.
Stephen has been in the industry for four decades and The Old Lolly Shop is the only store in New Zealand where customers can watch first-hand how lollipops are made, before having a crack at making their own.
Working alongside Stephen is his daughter, Courtney, who runs the shop and manages online orders. The family-duo have been running school-holiday programmes that allow kids to be a part of the process.
Newshub attended one of the classes and left with a warm-fuzzy feeling as well as a pocket-full of brittle and hard candy.
Watch the video to catch a glimpse of the fun.