I *heart* liquorice allsorts!

As you can probably tell from my profile picture and favicon (the little picture in the left hand corner of your address bar in Firefox and Safari and sometimes Internet Explorer), I really like liquorice.

My favourite kind that you can get here in Canada is just regular old Bassett’s:

and up close…

Last weekend I had to purchase some for a little photoshoot (I figured I had better be using my own pictures on the blog, rather than pulling some from Google images). Here they are in their glory as I attempted multiple times to get the perfect shot (still not happy – will be working on this over the summer):

Anyway, in the sweet store, we stumbled across these:

Ok, seriously, red liquorice, I can take – sometimes, though Neil LOVES it…), but liquorice allsorts… hmmmm…. not sure about that. Of course we had to buy them!

Up close:

I have to say, on first sight…eeeeewww – the slight blue-ish tinge is definitely not attractive.

I have yet to try them but Mr Red Liquorice expert himself was not impressed – he says that they are a cloyingly sweet and the red liquorice is not able to take the edge off the sweetness the way normal black liquorice can with its anis flavour..

More on liquorice later this summer when I am in Australia hunting down the famous Darrell Lea’s allsorts that used to be my absolute favourites but according to my mum, they have changed recipe… My mission? To taste, appraise and find out why on earth you would want to change a winning forumla?

3 thoughts on “I *heart* liquorice allsorts!”

  1. One word: money.

    Outsource production to mainland China so they can be manufactured more cheaply, ocean freight taken into account. Procure lower-grade base ingredients. Have your mum pull the DIN codes and see the additional days from manufacture to market as well.

    There are some advantages to USD100+ barrel oil prices — notably the rejuvenation of local manufacturing.

    Of course, you'd be paying a tenner for that wee bag then…

  2. At a California wine-tasting last month, I experienced a pairing between a robust Syrah and posh English liquorice. Surprisingly tasty, even though I'm not an anise fan!

  3. The pastel ones look like they were crafted by Disney… and made in China, as Neil said.

    Sadly they are not easily available here in the states.


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