We may be sour, but we know our sweets.

Bassett’s Liquorice Allsorts

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Oh hi, everyone! Today we’re going to discuss sorts.  ALL sorts.

Back in the day-and I mean back in the way way back- a confectioner was selling sweets to a bro.  But the confectioner mistakenly dropped his tray of sweets, mixing them all up.  All aflutter, he was like “umm, sorry my good man, here, let me clean that up”.  But the customer was all “Hold up, dawg!  This looks tight!  I’ll take it!”
That’s exactly (verbatim) how the exchange went in 1899, when Liquorice Allsorts were invented, or rather, “discovered”.  Since then, many companies have started to make Allsorts varieties, some (shudder) without licorice, or as cutesy Brits call it, “liquorice”.

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As you can see from the bag, there’s a lot of color going on here.  That’s because these are not in any way traditional licorice.  Yes, there’s a few pieces of straight licorice-some very chewy, some soft.  But the vast majority of candy in this bag is tinged with either chocolate, lemon, orange, strawberry, or coconut.  This choice-which is crucial to the identity of the candy- really dials down its potential customers-even negating some hardcore licorice fans….potentially like me.

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No doubt, these look stellar in Grammy’s candy dish.  The thing is though…it takes a serious candy fan to get into these. Matty Guru is a big fan, which proves his mettle (a bit), but as for me, I’m a bit on the fence.  As you can see above, the majority of these pieces have a tiny amount of licorice flanked by flavored fondant.  The fondant is the fruit flavored part.  Oh, and I….don’t LIKE fondant generally.

I’m not FOND of it.

 

Anyhow, here’s the rundown of potential pieces you might come across:

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Aside from the straight licorice, my favorites were the black tube with white filling, and the puck shaped pearl-covered thingies.    But there’s not a lot of point trying to dig out a favorite in the bag-I honestly felt like the majority of the pieces, regardless of the color, tasted of lemon.  Perhaps it permeated the rest of the pieces, …who knows.  It’s not a flavor combination I seek out, but definitely not unpleasant.  It’s just not my thing, and that’s coming from a hardcore licorice fan.  But maybe it’s yours, espesh if the idea of fruit/coconut/chocolate licorice excites you.  You can find these pretty easily online, click the link below to join the party.

 

6 Comments

  1. I love these. There are All Sorts of things in here! YEAH I said that. I can’t believe not one of us reviewed these before. we’re lame with a capital d

  2. My confession: About once every five years, I decide that I must eat a bag of licorice allsorts. I pry apart the layers to eat them, eat the licorice first, then eat too much of the sickly sweet squishy fondant; and vow to never buy another bag again…

  3. Is it possible to get JUST the chocolate allsorts as the only flavor ?I found some overseas but the truth don’t ship here. Thanks,liz

    • Elizabeth, I can’t see, to find what you’re wanting. There’s chocolate covered all sorts on Amazon, but I know that’s not what you want. Good luck searching!

      • Now if it was chocolate, it wouldn’t be All Sorts now would it

  4. Why do they have the chocolate? I understand from my british friend they can buy them without the chocolate. I throw them out?

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