Liqourice and aniseed sweets are special flavour confectioneries made for bonafide sweet lovers. They are essentially made from liqourice root extracts and aniseed oil flavours respectively. Root extracts from liqourice plants contain the sweetener glycyrrhizin which is 50 times sweeter than ordinary sucrose. The result is an irresistibly sweet liqourice sweet with a shiny appearance and an appetising deep dark colour. Apart from that sweet refreshing taste, liqourice sweets also have some health benefits. Glycyrrhizin is an expectorant which aids in the movement of mucus in the body and unclogs blocked passages. Liqourice comfits are the most popular, mostly recommended for first timers. They are multicoloured sweets with a familiar crunchy candy coating that gives way to reveal a chewable liqourice centre. Other liqourice sweets available are Buchanans liqourice whirls style
with a hypnotising whirl radiating from the centre and Bassets liqourice wands.
Aniseed is a unique exotic flavour derived from the Apiaceae plant found in the parts of east Asia and the Mediterrenean. Just like liqourice, aniseed has a pristine sweet intrinsic flavour with a never ending aftertaste. It is used to make a range of aniseed sweets which include aniseed balls, rock, lollies and twist. Aniseed balls were very popular among school going children in the 60's and early 70's. They are round with hard exteriors that unlike chocolate, do not melt in hot conditions. They have a rapeseed centres covered by a very resilient long lasting aniseed flavoured exterior.