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All About Liquorice
Liquorice is one of those sweets that you either love or hate. As a child, I hated it, but now as an adult I love it. Perhaps it is an acquired taste.
The most famous liquorice product ever is Liquorice Allsorts, first made by the Bassett Company. They came into being when Charlie Thompson, a sales person, tipped up his tray of samples and accidentally knocked them all over the floor. The customer was impressed by the ensuing mixture of shapes, sizes and colours and he placed an order. This story dates back to 1899 and Liquorice Allsorts are just as popular today, although the Bassett Company is now called Trebor Bassett and is owned by Cadbury.
- A delightful place to explore Sherbert Dib Dabs, Pineapple Chunks, Sherbert Fountains, Cherry Lips, Fruit Salad and hundreds more, with the option to buy larger quantities at wholesale prices.
The most popular liquorice allsorts are:
The Catherine Wheel
Of course, liquorice doesn't have to be an allsort. For years, Bassetts have marketed the "Catherine Wheel" - a spiral of liquorice lace with a worm cake in the middle. There is an art to eating a Catherine Wheel, akin to that of eating spaghetti, except without the need for cutlery.
Where does liquorice come from?
Bertie Bassett, obviously. Seriously though, liquorice is made from the roots of a plant called "Glycyrrhiza glabra", more commonly known as liquorice root which is available in health food stores. This plant grows in Southern Europe, especially the Meditteranean.
Liquorice is made by grinding and crushing the roots, then boiling them to concentrate the extract. This extract is then formed into shapes as required.
Not liquorice liquorice
Not liquorice liquorice looks like liquorice but is a different colour, usually red, green or orange. It is as though the Gods of Liquorice have created a version without the flavour of liquorice but with the same texture. Products to look out for if you're a none liquorice person, are strawberry whips (red), orange whips (orange) and apply whips (green). They usually cost a few pence each. However, you can get really long ones for a bit more which are guaranteed to keep you chomping for quite a while.
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- A great range including marshmallows, mints, candy laces and pencils, bubble gum, chewing gum, tic tacs, chews, bars, gums and jellies, toffees, sugar free and much, much more.
- Everything from boiled and hard to soft and chewy, including Bassett's Kola Cubes, Pascalls Sherbet Lemons, Barratts Pink Shrimps, Matlow Swizzels Parma Violets and Double Lollies.