St Mary of the Cross MacKillop  is known for her habit of carrying sweets in her pocket to reward good effort in her students. Try this recipe for some traditional style sweets typical of those eaten in Mary’s time.



  • 1 cup (220g) caster sugar
  • 2 tbsp boiling water
  • 2 tbsp vinegar
  • sprinkes to decorate


  1. Stir sugar, water and vinegar in a small saucepan over low heat until the sugar dissolves. Bring to the boil.
  2. Boil, without stirring, about 10 -15 minutes or until the toffee turns golden brown in colour. Take it off the heat as soon as the colour is right!
  3. Pour into paper lined patty pan; add sprinkles. Leave to set. Get mum or dad to help with this part.
  4. Eat and enjoy!

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