Licorice Allsorts consist of licorice candies in a mixture of various shapes, sizes and colors. These confections are made of licorice, sugar, coconut, aniseed jelly, fruit flavorings, and gelatin.
Licorice allsorts consist of licorice candies sold as a mixture. These confections are made of licorice, sugar, coconut, aniseed jelly, fruit flavorings, and gelatin. They were first produced in Sheffield, England by Geo. Bassett & Co Ltd which is now a part of the Cadbury Company. [more below]
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The Bassett Company claims that their creation happened when in 1899 Charlie Thompson, a sales representative, dropped a tray of samples he was showing a customer, mixing up the various candies. He attempted to re-arrange them but the customer was intrigued by the new creation. The company began to mass-produce the "new" product under the name of Allsorts and they became very popular.
My grandmother was a rather dour farm woman, but when her grandchildren visited, she would buy two bags of candy -- one of suckers and one of licorice allsorts. Of all the cousins, I was the only one who liked licorice. I could never figure out why Granny would buy an entire bag of candy just for me, and make the other seven share one bag of suckers, but I didn't question her! I loved the pastel layered ones, and the tubes with the soft filling, and my favorites were the nonpariels.
Almost 50 years later, I mentioned to my mother about Granny and the bag of licorice allsorts. She smiled and said, "You weren't the only one in the family who liked licorice!" It all came clear to me. Granny liked those allsorts as much as I did, but she would never buy them for herself. But she couldn't let those perfectly good licorice candies go to waste after I had gone! Even now, every time I eat licorice allsorts I think about Granny. ~ Sherri from Idaho