A very popular traditional liquorice sweets with our customers. catherine wheels or liquorice wheels bring back so many sweet memories. The long laces of liquorice are wrapped around another favourite old sweet the spog! aka the jelly button, also another firm favourite from a box of liquorice allsorts they come in a variety of colours blue, orange, pink & yellow.
The Spogs or Jelly Button are also sold separately straight from the jar.
Bassetts Liquorice Catherine wheels are based on the historic Catherine wheel, which was the torture instrument on which St Catherine was martyred in the middle ages. We prefer to think of them as the Catherine wheel fireworks!
Liquorice is not just the traditional
sweet we all love. It has been used for many many years apparently Cleopatra used it to preserve her beauty, the Chinese used it for its healing qualities as did the ancient Greeks as they found that the root provided gave relief from chest complaints.
Romans even gave their soldiers the root to chew to help quench their thirst when on long marches.
When the roman empire fell it was the monks who kept the secrets of the liquorice and started the growing in England. Many of the monks settled near Pontefract… Could this be where another traditional sweet got its name Pontefract cake You may ask?
The liquorice plant is similar to a shrub, the juice which is taken from the roots is what we know as liquorice. The roots can still be purchased today.
The roots can reach 30ft in length and are soft, flexible and fibrous.
In autumn the plants are lifted, it takes about 9 months to dry out and then roots are baled. The roots are crushed and pulped and the liquid is dried into a brown powder ready to be made into all of our favourite retro sweets. Yummy!!!
Ever thought of making your own liquorice… INGREDIENTS
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!!!
We had a lot of requests for Jelly Button sweets when we opened our Traditional sweet shop,
being quite new to the candy business we relied on our customers to describe the sweets as so many were known to people by different names. Jelly Buttons, Spogs and Horse Cakes and “you know the sweets that are found in the middle of a Catherine Wheels” to name a few.
So Jelly Buttons as we know them as, are aniseed flavoured jelly sweets that come in blue and pink and covered in little bobbles.
We wonder why Jelly Buttons are sold in pink and blue only, when there were orange ones in the Catherine Wheels. If you know why then please leave your comment.
JELLY BUTTON HISTORY
They have been part the Liquorice Allsorts mix for 111 years. Which 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.
Looking for great gift ideas, one of Mr- Brims top ten is fruit jellies. These delicious fruit shaped soft jellies are covered in sugar and taste fantastic. A box of these make a delicious gift idea for men and women. Taverners proper Fruit jellies are available in a 3kg box which makes a perfect gift ( and easier to wrap!)
Fruit jellies are only made with natural ingredients and flavourings so won’t have you bouncing off the walls which of course means you can eat more of them, the fact they are fruit shaped and fruity tasting means I am sure you can use them as one of your 5 a day!! ( don’t quote me on this I tend to make my own rules up when it comes to sweets!) They come in a variety of tasty flavours which include orange, lemon, lime, raspberry and blackberry. You know you are buying quality sweets when you buy from Taverners as they are made in the Traditional way.
FRUIT JELLIES HISTORY
Taverners have been producing sweets like Fruit Jellies in the Traditional way for many years, and are now owned by Tangerine who in 2005 acquired 3 sites, Liverpool, Blackpool and Poole in Dorset. These 3 sites manufactured boiled sweets, marshmallows, toffees and jellies. Taverners have a long history of manufacturing our English favourite sweets and have come a long way since hand dipping Brazil nuts in the 1920s.
Coming from Dorset England I remember the delicious smells and fruit perfumed smoke coming from the factory in Poole, back then the factory was known as Parrs. Always wondering what magnificent things they were making.
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