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      25.11.2009 16:20
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      I got mine as a pressie, maybe you will get a box for Christmas.

      BASSETTS ALLSORTS LIQUORICE.


      Having just received a box of these as an early pressie, did a job for a friend but didnt want to take them, have decided to open them. Well they were brought for me!

      The Package **********

      Containing 600grams of my all time favourites, in a carboard Box easy to tear open, with a see through plastic bag full to three quarters full of my all time favourite liquorice sweets.

      Inside contains an assortment of liquorice sweets, i love the round ones that are coconut circles, with a black liquorice piece in the centre, they taste of a sweet coconut sweet with the added extra of a liquorice centre that is softish. But too many could be a bit sickly.
      Then you have the layers ones, a combination of a layer of sweet then a layer of liquorice, six high, i can remember as a little girl pulling the layers apart and eating them, my least favourite ones are the ones with little almost seed like bits on, have a jelly like centre that tastes like aniseed, yuck i never eat these ones but sure they will be someones favourite.
      You do get a jelly baby type one too this is obviously bertie who is the little man pictured on the outside of the box, made entirely from liquorices, and he always has a smile on his face too, with his cute little liquorice nose.
      Bassetts Allsorts have been around Since the eighteen hundreds according to their packet, and since an accident prone Bassetts Salesman called ( Charlie Thompson) tripped up and ended mixing all the different sweets that he was carrying with him together, thus creating the weird and wonderful mix of sweets that we know and love today as Bassetts. Apparently these sweets are made with natural colours and flavours.

      Contains Cereals (Wheat) Sulphites and may contain milk.
      Made at Cadbury's Uk, in Birmingham.

      I guess we all have our favourites and i seem to see them about all year around, just seem to get noticed more when we get nearer Christmas Time.

      I was wondering why they only ever put one of the little bassett men in each pack, and having bitten into his head, didnt care much for the aniseed taste he tasted off.

      So by the time ive finished the box, you will find a pile of left over ones that i dont like, but hey they were a pressie so im gonna enjoy them anyway.

      Thanks for reading and rating my reviews x

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        25.10.2009 12:31
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        a good liquorice product

        Bassets liquorice allsorts are a fantastic product that have been around, for well ages actually. I remember my Gran always having these in her house whenever I would go up and although I don't actually buy them all that much I still end up eating them if someone else has them, they are quite a popular product.

        These liquorice sweets come in many different shapes and don't just contain liquorice. Most of the sweets in the packet are made up of a square of three or sometimes more layers. The two outsides ones being a different coloured foam kind of layer and then a thin layer of liquorice in the middle as well.
        I really like this foam and this tastes great on its own and then even better with the liquorice kick to it as well.

        There's also the kind of coconut foam circle with a tube of liquorice in the middle, the coconut outing tastes really good and I sometimes just eat the outside off and then eat the liquorice.

        However the bests ones have to be the jelly liquorice ones. They are made up of a kind of jelly liquorice centre and then either blue or pink bobbles stuck to it. You don't tend to get that many of these in a pack though which is a shame.

        The plain liquorice ones are the worst though as they are a bit plain and boring however apart from that these are a great product and a great one if you like liquorice or even if your not a massive fan as I'm not.

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        03.10.2009 14:21
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        As Above

        The history of Bassetts Liqourice Allsorts go back to 1899 when a certain, Charlie Thompson, a sales representative, dropped a tray of sweets and got them all mixed up. They were quickly 'allsorts' and as the story goes, the buyer was so fascinated that they started marketing them. Whether this story is true, I really don't know - but it says so on the packet.

        The packaging

        You can buy Bassetts liquorice allsorts in Boxes and Packs. Mine is in a packet at the moment weighing 215g (or slightly less now, because I've been eating some). The Bassett brand is now owned by Cadbury (what isn't?) One thing that hasn't changed though is the mascot. 'The Bassett's company mascot is "Bertie Bassett," a figure made up of liquorice allsorts which has become a part of British popular culture' (wiki)

        The sweets

        They come in many different shapes and flavours:

        The Circular One with the Coconut. This is the nice round pink one with a liqourice centre. I love biting the coconut off and being left with the liquorice inner.

        The Circular Aniseed One with the Little Balls of Sugar on the Outside. You will recognise these instantly as they are so distinctive. No liqourice at all inside these. Again I love sucking on these.

        The Three-layered One. This is the biggest allsort you will find in the packet This makes up Berties full body. I love biting each layer of these.

        The Liquorice Rosette. This is just made up of pure liqourice and is my least favourite of them all.

        The square ones. Just the average ones really.Not my favourite by far.

        You will also find other types such as Bertie himself, which is made of aniseed. I like these as they are nice and soft.

        Ingredients

        Sugar
        Molasses
        Glucose Syrup
        Wheta Flour
        Desicated coconut
        Gealatine (Bovine)
        Maize starch
        Caramel
        Modified maize starch
        Fat-reduced Cocoa
        Liquorice extract
        Flavourings
        Vegetable Oil
        Vegetable extract (Beetroot juice)
        Caramel sugar syrup
        Colours (Paprika extract, Vegetable carbon, Curcumin, Anthocyanins, Lutein)
        Glazing Agent (Carnauba wax)

        Nutrition per 100g

        Energy 380kcal
        Protein 5.6g
        Carbohydrate 77.8g
        of which sugars 62.2g
        Fat 4.9g
        of which saturates 3.5g
        Fibre 1.2g
        Sodium* 0.04g
        *Equivalent as salt 0.10g

        The Experience

        I always sed to get these for Christmas and special occasions, but for some strange reason, although you see them on the shelves, you don't actually see them advertised often.Bertie really used to be my hero when I was younger. My children aren't fussed on these because of the liqourice, and in any case too much liqourice can have certain effects on your body:-) so eat in modertaion. Highly recommended!!

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          01.10.2009 17:42
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          Nice blast from the past

          First started liking these when my dad gave me one as a kid and told me they were his favourites (guess what he got every birthday, Christmas, father's day after that?). The sweets come in a trapezium shaped box. They are liquorice with foamy-type sugary coverings. Some are liquorice only, although these tend to be left at the bottom of the box in my family. Some of the coverings have coconut in them - the round ones are my favourites!

          They are quite a unique combination - apparently first made in 1899 when a Bassetts' salesman tripped and mixed up a whole batch of sweets. I know some people hate them, but I think they are pretty good, although they can taste a bit samey after a while - unlike a box of chocolates it would be difficult to pig out on these. 100g of them is 380 kcal in case anyone is tempted to try...

          Think it would be good if you could buy them in small packets.

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          21.08.2009 00:07
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          Delicious little sweets, which taste of both liquorice and sweets and look mysteriously appealing

          If you are a fan of liquorice, you will love these treats as they taste really authentic and each and every sweet has a slight twist to them in shape or taste. They come in 215g large packets for around £1.30. You can buy them in many supermarkets including Tesco, Asda and Sainsburys as well as smaller supermarkets.

          The packet is basically black and has a neon style Liquorice Allsorts logo glowing on the packet. The red and white large Bassetts logo is above with the liquorice man below. There are images all over the packet of 'floating' liquorice allsorts to give you an idea of what's inside.

          The packet easily rips open and there is a good deal of allsorts inside. They are quite heavy, which makes the packet 215g. There are many allsorts in there. You get cube ones, cylindrical ones and they are all of different sizes and look different too with varying colours between them.

          The usual liquorice ones include a black one, which has a white sweet bit in the middle - it's like a tube. There are coconut style ones, which are coconut on the outside (but sweet and tasty) with liquorice inside. There are chewy ones, which are pnik or blue with chewy liquorice inside and small sweet balls covering the outside. There are also ones shaped like sandwiches, which are piles of sweet liquorice-like ingredients.

          The black of the liquorice and sweets contrasts ever so nicely with the vibrant colours of the sweets. They have a somewhat mystical look about them with their black and vivid colours and they just taste fantastic. Not only do they have a delicious and authentic liquorice flavour, but they are really sweet too and made with ordinary sweets, which makes them so tasty.

          Ingredients
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          Sugar, Treacle, Glucose Syrup, Wheat Flour, Desiccated Coconut, Caramel, Gelatine, Modified Maize Starch, Cornflour, Fat- Reduced Cocoa, Liquarice Extract, Modified Potato Starch, Flavourings, Colours (E150a, E120, E100, E171, E132, E160e), Glazing Agents (Vegetable Oil, Carnauba Wax).

          100g contains 350kcal, so the 215 bag will contain over 700kcal, which is a lot for a bag of sweets! They are really tasty though and I'd highly recommend them because of this.

          Thanks for reading,

          Dan ©

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          08.07.2009 13:47
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          Don't let me down again, Mr Bassett!

          My last sugar craving saw me taking advantage of the BOGOF in Tescos of Bassett's Liquorice Allsorts.......Bertie Bassetts have been amongst my favourite sweets ever since I was a small child. I know that the taste of liquorice is one of those "love it or hate it" flavours, but for me it is definitely in the "love it" category, and the fact that many others dislike it so much means that there is more for me to snaffle myself when I offer the bag round!

          So.....Bassett's Allsorts......they famously came about when the salesman at Bassetts, an accident prone chap by the name of Charlie Thompson, tripped over, way back in 1899, dropping all the different sweets that he was carrying. This act of carelessness meant that he had a tray of muddled up confectionary, and rather than sit and pick everything out, putting it back into its neat and tidy pile, he took the easy option, and just invented a new mix of sweets instead.....

          Made by Cadburys, more information can be found on www.cadbury.co.uk

          The current liquorice allsorts bag contains a variety of sugar and liquourice sweets, in various designs and colours, togeter with a few that are pure liquorice, some that are aniseed jelly with pink or blue bobbly bits on the outside, and some that are surrounded by pink or yellow desiccated coconut. Every bag or box should also contain a liquourice Bertie Bassett shaped sweet......Bertie being the character made from sweets that has graced the pack for as long as I can remember (whether Bertie goes back as far as 1899, I don't know, and I don't know if his features resemble those of the haphazard Charlie Thompson in any way either.......)

          The pack of allsorts is quite keen to tell you that it only contains natural colours and flavours.....all well and good, but it also contains bovine gelatine, so is not suitable for vegetarians who take their stuff seriously.....so many packs of sweets are not suitable for veggies, and I think it is time they did something about this (I am not vegetarian, by the way, but surely you buy sweets hoping to eat sweets, not animal produce!).

          Anyway.....having always seen Bassett's liquorice allsorts as a bit of a no-brainer - they never fail to cure my sugar craving with all their yumminess.....I was a little disappointed as I tucked into my latest bag.

          Nothing seemed to have changed.....the sweets looked the same as always....the colours were the same.....etc. I have to admit that I have not looked at the ingredients or paid as much attention to the packaging etc before, because I haven't before been intending on reviewing them, so whether I was just paying more attention than normal, I don't know.

          But the upshot is that I was slightly sad......

          I love the taste of liquourice.....but I found that the coloured sugar squares didn't have a taste, other than of, well, coloured sugar, I suppose. This led me to wonder what the coloured sugar was there for.....

          I really really love the nobbly aniseed sweets.....but this pack had none in! Bad luck, probably, and another pack may have had more than its fair share.....but I wanted some.....and I didn't have any. hmph.

          And then to add insult to injury, despite rummaging for the prize.......I didn't get a Bertie Bassett sweet. Double hmph.....

          Now, I fully accept that I might have just got a rogue pack (and the pack does remind me that "contents may vary").....but it did lead me to start wondering exactly what it is about these that I like! And the answer is, that I am not quite sure!

          So, the conclusion is that I will probably buy these again - I certainly prefer these rather than shops own brand version which never seem to get it right - but that I might be less inclined to head straight for them, BOGOF or not, next time I have a sugar craving (in about 10 minutes time then!!).

          I feel that Bertie has let me down this time. I will give him another chance....but not today.

          Of course, even in my disappointed state, it did not stop me from devouring the whole packet - a whopping 800 ish calories worth of disappointment.....and not a nobbly aniseed sweet in sight.

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            02.07.2009 21:44
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            A classic sweet, but not my choice

            As someone who doesn't like the taste of Liquorice, I was pleasantly surprised when I bought a couple of bags of Bassetts Liquorice Allsorts for my partner recently and discovered that, in fact, I do quite like some of these sweets - much to the dismay of said partner!

            History
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            George Bassett created his sweetie company in 1842 in Sheffield and the story goes that Liquorice Allsorts were created by accident in 1899. A salesman talking to a prospective customer apparently tripped up and dropped his sweet samples all over the floor; the customer took an interest in the assortment and placed an order for a mixture - voila - Liquorice Allsorts were born. Bassetts is now a Cadbury company.

            Packaging
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            Not too much top say about the packaging, they come in a matt black bag with the colourful shiny logo and an illustration of the 'Bertie Bassett' mascot figure on the front. The back has a little blurb about the history of the sweet, a picture of the contents, nutrition info, and ingredients. Quite attractive and stands out on the shelf due to the dominate black colouring of the packet.

            What's In Them?
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            Per 100g (about half a bag) contains:

            380 calories
            5.6g protein
            77.8g carbohydrate (62.2g of which sugars)
            4.9g fat
            3.5g saturates
            1.2g fibre
            0.1g salt

            Ingredients:

            Sugar, molasses, glucose syrup, wheat flour, desiccated coconut, gelatine (bovine), maize starch, caramel, modified maize starch, fat-reduced cocoa, liquorice extract, flavourings, vegetable oil, vegetable extract (beetroot juice), caramel sugar syrup, colours (paprika extract, vegetable carbon, curcumin, anthocyanins, lutein), glazing agent (carnauba wax)

            Allergy Info: Contains cereal (wheat), sulphites. May contain milk

            Not suitable for vegetarians

            Made with natural colours and flavours

            The Look and Taste
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            A 215g bag of Allsorts contain approximately 36 sweets of which there is a mixture of types. Most are a combination of sweet candy paste and black liquorice, they make for a very pretty and colourful looking collection, but it's the taste that counts.

            My favourite are the coconut wheels, they come in pink or yellow and as far as I can tell there is no difference in flavour between the colours. They're made from a small circular piece of liquorice surrounded by a very coconut-y candy paste. Very sweet, nice firm texture, strong taste of coconut, which on the whole, overpowers the liquorice taste (good thing in my opinion)

            Next faves are the double-layered liquorice sandwich blocks, basically two squares of soft sweet candy with a square of liquorice in between. Pink and orange taste exactly the same to me while the brown ones do faintly taste of chocolate, but mixed with the liquorice it's not chocolate as you'd know it to taste! There's also a triple layered version of these in just white or white and yellow - 3 layers of the candy with 2 layers of liquorice in. A similar sweet is the chequered log in white or pink candy - think miniature battenburg cake. Apart from the brown double-layered sweet, all the rest taste exactly the same to me i.e. very sweet and sugary followed by a hit of liquorice which sneaks up behind the sugar

            The rest of the pack is made up of the sweets that I still won't eat, although I did try them all for the purpose of this review (see how I suffer for you!). The only sweet in the bag not to contain any liquorice is in my opinion the work of the devil; I am of course talking about the bobbly aniseed jelly sweet. In pink or blue it's worse than anything else you're ever likely to encounter in a bag of sweets (unless you like aniseed I suppose...) A nasty piece of jelly from the depths of hell cunningly disguised in a pretty coloured coating to snare the unsuspecting. Beware! Closely followed in nastiness by the solid lump of liquorice, the liquorice coated roll of white candy and the soft rubbery liquorice Bertie shaped figure. I'm reliably informed that there is a Bertie in every bag, but the quantities of all the other sweets will vary from bag to bag.

            Overall these sweets are very very sweet and the lingering aftertaste is of sugar and liquorice. They're all reasonably soft so you're unlikely to break a tooth on them, but eat too many and your teeth may just rot away, what with them being 62% sugar!

            Verdict
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            Although I said at the beginning of this review that I quite liked them, they are certainly not my favourite sweet of choice. I just can't make myself get to like the liquorice taste, and they're only bearable because the intense sweetness disguises the taste of the black stuff. They're certainly not very healthy and with each sweet being quite a hefty size I suppose it would be easy to consume quite a considerable amount of sugar and calories without realising. I picked up a couple of the 215g bags in Tesco on a BOGOF offer for £1.26, but when not on offer you can usually find them in the 99p stores and Poundland. Many other brands and supermarket own label versions can be found in stores but according to my partner you can't beat the taste of the Bassets Allsorts.
            They also now make a non-liquorice fruit version, which I'm eager to try next - hopefully they will be more to my liking.

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              07.06.2009 21:28
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              Taste good and, by golly, they do you good

              Liquorice Allsorts, the name conjures up a million memories, and so it should, they've been around over a hundred years, after all. I wonder if those kids lucky enough to have them in the early days of the twentieth century ate them with as much gusto as we in the latter part?
              My favourites were always the coconut ones, looking almost like Flintstonian wheels. A coconutty tyre around a licorice axle. The choice was yours - pink or yellow. Second to them, I liked the square ones, layers of licorice sandwiched together and between layers of tasty fondant. We'd lick off the fondant and separate the layers, then munch the licorice at the end. Then there were the little licorice logs, plain and simple, not lick of fondant in sight. The only ones I didn't like were the pink and blue jelly ones with the little balls on, they has an overwhelming anise taste, I felt. Too much for my taste buds.

              Licorice is good for you too. Licorice root has been used in China as a medicinal herb (and flavouring) for over 5000 years. Their name for it, Gan-Cao means sweet herb. They believe it benefits the body's vital energy, "chi". It is also a natural source of oestrogen - great for those of us who can't take HRT but are looking to add oestrogen to our diets in other ways.
              Unlike lots of other sweets, licorice is actually good for you - being an excellent source of vitamin E, B-complex, biotin, niacin, pantothenic acid, lecithin, manganese and other trace elements. It has also been used to adjust blood sugar, and reduce pain from ulcer and arthritis. However, it is contraindicated for people with hypertension, hypokalemia edema, cirrhosis of the liver, cholestatic liver disorder, and diabetes. Nobody ever told me that, before. I found out while researching this. I have hypertension and love my licorice allsorts! Shall have to be careful is all. And it's used in a variety of cough and cold medicines.

              Licorice comes from a shrub originally grown in Asia and Southern Europe, and it is the roots which we find so desirable. Some varieties of licorice root are up to fifty times sweeter than sugar. This is why it is such a useful component of sweets and flavourings. It can be used for sweets or just chewed. It finds it's way as a flavouring not just in sweets but glycyrrhizic acid (from the root itself) is also used in tobacco, alcohol and even cosmetics.
              Licorice is also a pretty good laxative for most people, and there is now growing awareness that sometimes our bodies need a good clean out to remove matter that might be built up in certain areas of the intestine. Well, this is a much more palatable remedy than Ex-Lax!

              Overall, licorice is much more than just the taste of one of England's favourite sweets for more than a century. It tastes good, it does you good. What more could you want?
              You know your taste buds are beckoning you to go to the shops and get a box of Bassett's don't you? So what are you waiting for?

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              17.04.2009 11:49
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              Liquorice sweets

              I have to be really in the mood to eat Liquorice however I decided I was the other day when I spied a 215g bag on special offer in Tesco at only 66p which is half price.

              All of the sweets have some liquorice in them and they are very bright colours with sugar fondant outsides or centres. The only real exception are the liquorice jelly sweets, either pink or blue that have small nobbly hundreds and thousands on the outside. My favourite though arethe coconut ones with a layer of coconut on the outside wrapped around a tube of black liquorice, these are by far my favourite and taste wonderful as the coconut flavour compliments the slightly hars taste of the liquorice.

              The fondant coverings do have a slight flavour to them, certainly the brown chocolate one does however the liquorice flavour tends to dominate all of the other flavours.

              I do like these however I can only eat a couple at a time, they do not have that moorish quality that other soft chewy sweets sometimes have, this is a good thing though because it means a bag does last me a long time so I get good value for money.

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                They are such an interesting mixture.

                OOOhhhh what a surprise I had today, as I was making my way around our local Tesco Superstore I saw a stand filled with Bassett's liquorice Allsorts at half price! Just 66p for a 215g hanging bag.
                Never one to turn my back on a bargain I slid a bag into my trolley to enjoy later while I watched the television.
                Not long ago I was reading the story that is printed on the bag, it tells you how the sweeties got their name. Way back in 1899 a Bassett's salesman called Charlie Thompson was busy on his rounds and he tripped up, his case of assorted sweets flew open and the contents went everywhere, creating the much loved name `Allsorts`.

                So there we have the history of the sweets in a nutshell.
                The foil bag is very up to the minute and eye catching. Plenty of garish, striking colours that stop you in your tracks as you try hard to walk past them and Bertie Bassett is striding along the front of the bag carrying his umbrella.
                The contents of the bag are just as striking as the foil bag itself, open the bag and your eyes are treated to a spectacular display of wild and wacky coloured sweets.
                Although the bag contains 215g of Allsorts you have to take into account that each sweet is quite bulky, so there maybe aren't as many as you think in each packet.

                For as long as I can ever remember the selection has been pretty much the same, plain liquorice rolls, liquorice rolls with white fondant centres, assorted square Allsorts with layers of fondant and liquorice, the coconut circles with the liquorice centre and those dreaded liquorice jelly sweets that are covered with the turquoise blue `bobbles`.
                Maybe the newest introduction to the bag has been Bertie Bassett himself, a miniature liquorice man.

                On the bag it clearly states that the contents may vary from time to time, this explains why there were no turquoise blue bobble sweets in the packet, but I won't lodge any complaints about that!
                The coconut Catherine wheel Allsorts have most definitely shrunk but the lack of size in no way impairs the flavour.
                Apart from those small observations the Allsorts remain the same.

                So now I am going to take a closer look at the ingredients and see what is lurking inside of the bag ( the bag that is very nearly empty due to this in depth study)
                Sugar, molasses, wheat flour, dessicated coconut, bovine gelatine (I am pretty sure that rules out Allsorts for vegetarians), caramel, maize, starch, cocoa, liquorice extract, vegetable oil, vegetable extract ( including beetroot juice!), syrup, caramel, sugar, colourings and a glazing agent.
                Quite a host of ingredients in this black foil bag!

                100g contains 380 calories and it goes without saying the Bassett's liquorice Allsorts are high in sugar.
                The liquorice Allsorts are made by Cadbury's and the bag does have a yellow warning bar on the back which clearly states that the contents contain wheat, that they may contain milk too and that sulphites ( preservatives ) have been used in the manufacturing process.

                So which is your favourite Allsort Emmald?
                I would always choose the chocolate square with the liquorice layer in the centre, it gives the best of both worlds, a chocolate flavour and the chew of the liquorice.
                How many Allsorts can you eat in one go Emmald?
                Pass!
                What attracts you to Bassett's Allsorts?
                They are sweet, chewy and once you start you just can't stop.

                Bassett's use no artificial colours or flavours in their Allsorts, they make a pleasant change from a bar of chocolate too. When the Other Half comes in through the front door he will be looking for his share but sadly all that remains is that well decorated foil bag!

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                  Bassett's Liquorice Allsorts

                  The story goes that in 1899 Charlie Thompson, a sales representative for Bassett's, supposedly dropped a tray of sweet samples he was showing a client, mixing up the various sweets. He scrambled to re-arrange them, and the client was intrigued by the new creation. Quickly, the company began to mass-produce the allsorts, and they became very popular.

                  According to an article I read this is how liquorice allsorts began!

                  I think liquorice allsorts are one of those foods that you either love or you hate. I have grown into the taste as I used to hate them as a kid but now once in a while I really like them although you can't eat a whole bag in one sitting as I do find them quite sweet and sickly if you eat too many.

                  Liquorice is a confectionery flavoured with the extract of the roots of the liquorice plant. Generally liquorice is coloured black which comes from the molasses added to it. To me, the taste is definitely an acquired one as the liquorice is quite sharp in taste and not fresh or fruity or anything of that nature. It is quite chewy and tough to bite into. This is because when the liquorice extract is made into a confectionery product it is mixed with a gum or gelatin. I didn't know this but they also put a beeswax on the surface of the liquorice to give it it's shiny surface.

                  Bassett's Allsorts then are generally regarded as the original and the best. Their allsorts are made out of liquorice, sugar coconut, aniseed jelly, fruit flavourings and gelatine. What I love about a bag of these is that you get lots of different sweets and choice all in one bag.

                  The round sweets have a liquorice roll in the middle and are then surrounded with either a pink or yellow sugar coconut. The coconut is lovely and sweet and has a nice soft texture. I think it mixes really well with the hard texture of the liquorice inside.

                  My favourite sweets are the little blocks which have firstly a layer of coconut, then liquorice, coconut, liquorice again and then finally another layer of coconut.

                  The worst ones for me have to be the round ones that look like a fruit pastel. Unfortunately they do not taste anything like a fruit pastel. They have aniseed jelly inside and the outside has what appears to be little hundreds and thousands all packed together. They taste really horrible as the aniseed jelly is chewy and just don't have a nice consistency in my opinion!

                  Bertie Bassett is their mascot and he has been around since 1929. He is a man figure, made up of Liquorice allsorts. You can buy a 215g bag of these in any supermarket for £1.32

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                    31.03.2009 16:18
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                    Liquorice Allsorts

                    I am bit of a sweet addict, I can easily polish off a few bags of Haribo in a week and today whilst I was looking for my fix in Tescos to eat whilst watching Heroes I noticed that Bassett's Liquorice Allsort's were half price. Seeing how I always eat so much jelly sweets I thought these would be a bit of a welcome change.

                    Bassett's Liquorice Allsorts have been around for a very long time, they first came about in 1899 when travelling sales man Charlie Thompson dropped a tray of sweets whilst showing them to a client, mixing them all up, or so the marketing story goes.

                    Liquorice Allsorts aren't just liqurice or I guess they would be a bit boring, the other main ingredient is coconut. There are 7 different varieties in a bag I believe -

                    The classic 'sandwich' which is a layer of liquorice between two layers of compressed coconut.

                    A double decker 'sandwich' which is a layer of compressed coconut sandwiched between two layers of liquorice and then more coconut.

                    A sort of battenburg sweet using rectangles of coconut and liquorice.

                    A round jelly liquorice covered in hundreds and thousands.

                    A tube of coconut covered in liquorice

                    A round of liquorice covered in proper flaky coconut (this one is my favourite!)

                    And of course the blue bertie who is their mascot.

                    They are a bit sweet and very easy to chew as they are so soft. The only downside I would say is that they make you very thirsty and compared to jelly sweets they are somewhat fattening because of the coconut.

                    They contain 350 calories and 4.5g of fat per 100g which is medium according to the FSA.

                    They usually cost £1.28 for a 215g bag.

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                    12.01.2009 09:10
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                    Liquorice sweets

                    Liquorice Allsorts are one of those sweets that I ry do have to be in the mood for however if I do get a craving I find myself quite often gorging on them a bit as they can becaome rather addictive and while I would not say that I necessarily polish off a packet in one go I can certainly make a dent in it.

                    The liquorice is of the sweet variety and very tasty and comes in a variety of shapes and styles, quite a few of the sweets are layers of black liquorice with layers of different colours of soft candy between them, you get three or four layer sweets and while the colours might denote different flavours such is the strength of the liquorice this is the flavour that dominates your taste buds.

                    There are also round tubes of liquoricewith a soft white candy filling, these for me are probably the strongest tasting, my favourites are the round ones with the liquorice inside and the outer layer is often yellow or pink candy. Finally there are the ones that are either blue or pink whch have no visible liquorice in them but a soft jelly inside with nobbly beads on the outside and these taste a bit bland to me.

                    Not the best sweet for sharing as liquorice is not something everyone likes but if I'm in the mood then I love them.

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                      06.01.2009 18:28
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                      Delicious and varied

                      Bassetts Liquorice Allsorts are very light in flavour compared with many liquorice products and so very easy to eat and you could probably munch through a few, even if liquorice is not your favourite flavour.

                      I prefer salt liquorice that you can get in Scandinavian countries. These are quite sweet but very very tasty and easy to eat.

                      They are very soft and sweet. They are mainly liquorice with layers of soft sweeet flavoured stuff of some kind. You also get some with coconut flavour and some aniseed ones. they are very bright and the contrast between the bright colours and the black liquorice works well and is very appealing.

                      I really love liquorice and so the plain liquorice sticks you get are my absolute favourite. I don't like the aniseed ones because, although I like aniseed, they are soft and squidgy and too much like a fruit pastille. If you don't mind the texture and you like aniseed then you will probably love them because the aniseed flavour is really strong.

                      A 215g bag will last you a while and will cost about £1.50.

                      P.S. Bertie Basset is so cute - how can you not want to buy a bag?!

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                        06.08.2008 23:52
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                        A yummy sweet treat!

                        For some reason I had a total craving for Bassetts Allsorts yesterday, despite not having had them in years. I went to the shop to see how much they cost and the bags cost £1.49 from the Co-op. I wasn't sure if I wanted to pay that much, but it was buy one get one free so that definitely persuaded me!

                        The sweets are really bright and colourful and I love the contrasting colours between the black liquorice and the striking bright colours that are put with it. They have bright pinks, whites, yellows, blues, browns and oranges.

                        Most of them come with some substance which is not liquorice (but are put together alongside the liquorice - all the sweets have liquorice in them) but that is almost like an icing or fondant, but it tastes so good. I'm not too sure how to describe it so that's how I will! There is a prominent coconut flavour in some of the sweets, which I really like. The icing is quite soft, but not overly soft that it squidges or melts, but your teeth sink nicely through it.

                        The sweets are really sweet, the liquorice by itself does taste a little bitter but the icing is very very sweet so I can't eat too many of these at once. I guess that's good so I will share them though.. I don't think the sweets have a particular flavour, just really sweet and coconutty with some liquorice in there too.

                        All of the sweets have some liquorice with them but are different shapes. You get ones in the shape of squares which have a layer of icing/fondant and then the liquorice, more fondant, liquorice then fondant. My favourite ones look like little wheels that have a liquorice stick in the middle and then round the outside is coconut fondant, and I love nibbling the fondant off and then eating the bit in the middle - yum!

                        The sweets as a whole are soft and chewy. There is no problem biting through them. They are not overly chewy like toffee but break up quite easily when you chew them. There are about 6 different kinds of sweets in the bag but you can get the same kind of sweet in a different colour so it looks like there are lots more than that.

                        There are a couple I'm not so keen on which are the plain liquorice sticks (they're a bit boring compared to the rest!), and also some sweets that almost look like rowntrees fruit pastilles but are not. They have a squidgy aniseed type flavour in the middle and then are covered in lots of little different coloured balls, which are a bit too strong and overpowering for my liking. I think they leave you with a horrible taste in your mouth.

                        The Bassett's Allsorts come in a 215g bag. There is a total of 375 calories per 100g.. so I guess a better treat than chocolate! I really like the packaging of the bag. They have changed their packaging from before and it now comes in a matte coloured black bag with a cool design on the front with all the different colours that are used in the sweets. Then there is a little picture of Bertie Bassett (the Allsorts sweetie man) next to the large letters 'Bassetts Allsorts'.

                        My boyfriend loves liquorice but he doesn't like these.. he says they're not proper liquorice. I however, love them! They are quite sweet so they don't taste bitter as real liquorice does, but that's how I like them. Yum!

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                        Allsorts in a handy to share 540g carton.