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Red Liquorice Candy: A Sweet Treat with a Rich History

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If you have a sweet tooth, you’ve probably encountered red liquorice candy. Unlike traditional black liquorice, which contains liquorice root extract, red liquorice often features a sweet, fruity flavour. Red liquorice is crafted mainly from sugar, corn syrup, and flavourings, making it a favourite treat for many.

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The History of Liquorice: From Ancient Remedies to Modern Sweets

Liquorice Roots and flowers of the liquorice plants for an article on the history of liquorice

The history of liquorice dates back thousands of years, originating from the Mediterranean and Asia. Ancient civilisations like the Greeks first used liquorice for its medicinal properties. Today, liquorice is celebrated both as a sweet treat and a herbal remedy

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Liquorice Plant: Uses, Benefits, and Cultivation Tips

Field of Liquorice Plants growing in a sunset

The liquorice plant, scientifically known as Glycyrrhiza glabra, holds a unique spot in the world of herbs due to its sweet roots and numerous health benefits. Native to Western Asia, North Africa, and Southern Europe, this herbaceous perennial has been used in various cultures for both culinary and medicinal purposes. Its roots are especially valued for their ability to aid in conditions like diabetes and hypertension.

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Liquorice (no1): Health Benefits and Uses

Liquorice Roots and flower of the liquorice plant for an article what is liquorice about

Liquorice has been a favourite treat and medicinal plant for centuries, known for its unique flavour and potential health benefits. Originating from the liquorice plant Glycyrrhiza glabra, it is commonly found in sweets and herbal remedies. Liquorice root extract is recognised for its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, which can support digestive health and soothe sore throats.

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Liquorice Chocolate: The Sweetest Combination, delightful.

liquorice allsorts and liquorice chocolate

Liquorice chocolate is a heavenly combination that will satisfy your sweet tooth like never before. Discover the luscious world of this unique confectionery fusion and learn why it has captured the hearts of chocolate enthusiasts everywhere. Keep reading to unravel the irresistible delight of liquorice chocolate

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How We Found Ourselves in ‘Licorice Pizza’ St Vals

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Just like the dream of our company, which was born on Valentine’s Day in 1994, is the character Gary Valentine from Paul Thomas Anderson’s vibrant film, ‘Licorice Pizza’. As if winking at us across the multiverse, this character, set against the eclectic backdrop of 1970s Los Angeles, shares our namesake and navigates the world with a spirit uncannily akin to our entrepreneurial ethos. The striking parallel between our journey and Gary Valentine’s had us on the edge of our seats during our first viewing of this critically acclaimed film. We couldn’t help but feel a sense of cosmic connection to this cinematic masterpiece.

While our journey as a company has been full of ups and downs, just like Gary Valentine’s path to stardom in ‘Licorice Pizza’, we have always stayed true to our roots and never compromised on the quality of our products. Much like the film itself, this is why our company has garnered a loyal following and critical acclaim. We believe that just like Gary Valentine’s character, who hustles his way towards success in the competitive world of Hollywood, we, too, have hustled our way into the hearts of our customers with our delicious liquorice treats.

Join us as we delve into the parallels of our journey and the near-miss stardom that tied us to this critically acclaimed film.

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Discovering the Secrets of Pontefract Cakes in Black, Bold, and Delicious

Purple flowering Liquorice plants in rows in flat fields with Pontefract Castle behind them with a sun set for Pontefract cakes

Pontefract Cakes, the beloved liquorice treats, holds an intriguing secret within the small market town of Pontefract, Yorkshire. Born from the Norman conquest and home to a rich history of royal battles and posh affairs, Pontefract Cakes have been more than just a treat; they’ve been considered a great medicine for centuries.

What could have driven ancient Englanders to work this spongy, black-as-tar delicacy into their diets? Curiosity caught me in my tracks, and I had to find out more. As I began researching the Pontefract Cake’s mysterious past, I unearthed a captivating tale punctuated by multiple monarch disputes and dark love affairs.

My heart raced with excitement as I thought about my next stop: a visit to the abandoned medieval castle that housed this delectable treat’s story. Could its winding walls provide answers as to why liquorice cakes were so important then…and now? Join me on this journey of discovery, where we uncover fairy tales, festival fanatics, and other enchanting delights surrounding Pontefract Cakes!

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Liquorice Allsorts: A Quick Guide to the Classic Treat  

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When George Bassett made the daring move to establish his company in 1842, he never predicted its success. But as of 1852, shortly after the opening of the first factory in Sheffield, South Yorkshire, his venture began to bloom and thrive.

Bassett’s steady growth was powered by its flagship product: Bassetts Liquorice Allsorts Sweets.

This product has become so beloved that it is now on sale around the world, over one hundred and sixty years later!

The company stands as a testament to sturdy business principles, directional perseverance and strategic vision.

It has endured droughts and turbulence in the history of its 165 years and continues to be a respected name even today.

But how did this delicious treat come to be?

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Uncovering the Delicious Secrets of Liquorice Sweets

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Welcome to the fascinating world of liquorice sweets! It’s a treat millions of people worldwide have enjoyed for centuries. You probably already have your favourite brands and types of liquorice you love most, but have you ever wondered about the origins of this unique flavour?

The definition of confectionery is any food made from sugar, often in combination with other ingredients such as chocolate, nuts, or fruit. Liquorice is extracted from the roots of the liquorice plant, which is native to the Mediterranean and certain parts of Asia. This combination and how it’s used as a flavouring ingredient create some of the most delicious and iconic sweets and treats.

In this article, we will dive deep into the history and production of liquorice sweets and also explore the health benefits of natural Liquorice roots and the cultural significance of this popular confectionery product. So get ready to uncover the delicious secrets of liquorice sweets!

Licorice steeped in vinegar, with honey and cloves. It will give you some strength and clear your head.

Author: George R R Martin
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Barratts hard liquorice sticks 

Barratts hard liquorice sticks

Barratts Hard Liquorice Sticks – A classic British sweet made by Barratt’s. The original recipe has been kept secret since 1892. 

In recent years, the popularity of liquorice has increased significantly. It is now sold in almost every country around the globe. Because of this rise in demand, production and quality standards have gone up. Some suggest that the liquorice made today tastes and feels much better than it did in the past. It follows that improvements to processing and access to better technology have the potential to increase efficiency, but ingredients in confectionery making are pretty much the same as a century ago. 

Does nostalgia play a role in how we perceive taste? 

Today, we will look at one of the best liquorice products currently available from the UK-based company Barratts. First, we are going to look at their hard liquorice sticks. Barratts Hard Liquorice Sticks are made using only the finest natural ingredients and quality liquorice extract. They contain absolutely no artificial colours, flavours, or preservatives. Furthermore, these liquorice sticks are made using a tried and tested recipe, some say, a secret recipe. The resulting product is hard, chewy, and delicious. 

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