This has to be one of the most popular type of Liquorice sweets of all time. They consist of assorted liquorice sugar sweets which are sold as a mixture. These sweets are a fantastic mixture of sugar, aniseed jelly, coconut.
LIQUORICE ALLSORTS HISTORY
Liquorice Allsorts mix has been around for 111 years. They apparently came across by accident when one of the companies sales man dropped his tray of confectionery samples. The client he was seeing in the Sweet shop loved the look of the mixed sweets and placed an order there and then. The rest is Sweet history.
Some of the sweets you will find in a jar of Liquorice Allsorts are Jelly buttons aka spogs, Liquorice Cream Rock all of which can be purchased separately, a common misconception is that the black and white sweets found in Liquorice Allsorts are the same as the ones you can buy on their own. They are not as the ones sold separately are black and white mints.
In the 1970s you could see the sweets advertised on TV commercials who remembers the slogan ” All sorts love Allsorts an Bassetts make em best”. Bassetts also had their very own sweet mascot Bertie Bassett entirely made of Liquorice allsorts. Bertie came into our lives from an idea an advertiser had who used pipe-cleaners and sweets to construct the first ever version of Bertie.
FRUIT FLAVOURED ALLSORTS
Bassetts also made another two varieties of the allsorts but with no liquorice. These were fruit flavoured Allsorts and dessert flavours such as lemon cheesecake and apple tart, they still kept the same shapes as the original liquorice. In 1990 red Allsorts were released for a while but then discontinued and later came back with the new flavours including strawberry check, Blueberry cube and red liquorice ” Betty Bassett
In 2009 Bertie married Betty in a mock wedding at the sheffield Factory. Maybe this is where the original mini Liquorice Allsorts came from!!!
LIQUORICE ALLSORTS INGREDIENTS
- glucose syrup
- dessicated coconut
- vegetable oil
- beef gelatine
- natural colours: plain caramel; beetroot red; curcumin; anthocyanins; capsanthin
- fat reduced cocoa powder
- liquorice powder
- glazing agent: beeswax
- fruit and vegetable concentrates:blackcurrant; carrot; radish