LIQUORICE PONTEFRACT CAKE
Here is another delicious retro sweet for you liquorice lovers out there. Liquorice Pontefract cakes as they are known have been a big favourite Traditional English liquorice sweet enjoyed by many. They are a small, black and round disc made of liquorice with a stamped picture on.
Liquorice Pontefract cakes have also been known as Pomfret cakes and Pomfrey cakes and were originally made in the Yorkshire town of Pontefract, England.
Pontefract cakes were originally known as a Pomfret cake after the old Norman name for Pontefract. The term cake has had a long history in itself, its of a viking origin from the old Norse word “kaka”
Did you know that the picture stamped into the sweets were originally done by hand which helped them form their Traditional look. Can you imagine having the job of stamping these small round discs? The employers whose job it was to stamp the liquorice sweets were known as ‘cakers’ and could easily produce up to 30,000 per day.
The stamp was an image of Pontefract castle with a raven perched on the top bar and had been used for almost 400 years. When the first secret ballot in the UK was held in Pontefract in August 1872 they sealed the ballot box with a stamp from the factory which has a picture of the castle and an owl.
Pontefract cakes are not found in any other mix of liquorice for example Liquorice Allsorts though their texture is softer and quite similar to Liquorice sticks.
Liquorice Pontefract Cakes are usually sold separately from a jar by a quarter in old weight which today is 113 grams. They make a fantastic gift idea in a traditional jar or another popular gift idea is a box of Liquorice Catherine Wheels or Bassett Liquorice Sticks.
PONTEFRACT CAKES INGREDIENTS
Treacle, glucose syrup, cornflour, invert sugar syrup, wheat flour, liquorice extract,
modified potato starch, vegetable oil, aniseed oil, glazing agent carnauba wax.
contains wheat & gluten and possible traces of sulphites
Please bear in mind to not consume more than 200g per day of Pontefract cakes as it can lead to very low potassium levels.
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