Having had close ties with Britain all my life, my passion for British liquorice and “fruties” has been one of my greatest pleasures. My grandfather used to have hard liquorice in his pocket whenever I saw him. My Grandmother couldn’t get through a day without her “fruities”–always soft and chewy and covered with powdered sugar. For several years, The London Connection managed and booked the Rowntree’s home in London, and their candy always sat on the shelves of our home. The FLYING SAUCER was my favorite candy as a child, and I remember complaining that no one was bringing them back to the States–oh, so good. But of all the “sweets” that my family loved, liquorice and fruities were our favorites. THAT’S RICH BLACK LIQUORICE, PLEASE!–none of that red liquorice I see people chewing today. When I am in London, I always go to the candy stalls at Harrods for the “fruits” that I dearly love. For my favorite “brown sugar” candy, I head to Fortnum and Mason. I have to admit that ALL SORTS have won over lately. I love liquorice and coconut, so ALL SORTS is the ticket for me. For some reason, I always buy a bag of ALL SORTS at the airport before boarding a return flight to the States. Candy tells us so much about a culture; and as you know, I think Britain is pretty “sweet.” By the way, if you want to visit a recreated candy store, walk up New Row in Covent Garden. There is a wonderful little sweet shop on this wonderful little street.
Thomas Moore email: TMooreSr@me.com Telephone: 801.791.9918