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Click pic to view comments - Confirmed sighting: Bassett's Fruit Allsorts Confirmed sighting: Bassett's Fruit Allsorts
Posted: 14:58 Sat 17-04-2004. Price: 1.29, 215g bag. Location: Woolworths, Kingswood. Nutritional unusualness: "No liquorice here!".
"Stuart Campbell" reports: Well, if you can have Smarties without chocolate, why not Liquorice Allsorts without liquorice? Answer: there is no reason. These taste like you think they taste like - the texture of Liquorice Allsorts, but with fruitiness where there was liquoriceyness. There's a bit more variation than there is between the contents of a liquorice packet, and one all-new (as far as I know) design, a yellow-and-red rectangle fashioned after a Battenburg cake, but the family resemblance to the parent sweet is clear. The green "sandwich" ones with the red centres are best, but as with the originals, the soft round ones covered in little sugar balls are the ones everyone will go for. Overall, still a bit sickly for eating a whole bag of, but pretty nice.

..."Stuart" just trumps a later sighting by "greg thurtle" here, who nonetheless provided these extra essential details: 1.49 at Fleet motorway services. Look similar to Liqourice Allsorts but are fruity and are bright "fruity" colours. Quite good. Annoyingly, my subscription issue of The Grocer hasn't turned up in the post today, but a consoling flick through last week's mag reveals that Fruitella have launched a 200g bag of Strawberry Mix chews (1.09) and Juice Wave bars (15p, in orange, what looks like blackcurrant, and strawberry), while a 99p 200g bag of Vimto Chewy BonBons is the latest addition to Fizzz Brix! makers McCowan's current range.

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Posted: 15:20 Sat 17-04-2004 by Snackspot # permalink comment
Comment: "Almost two thirds of the UK population already eat Liquorice Allsorts, citing the textures, colours, shapes, combined with the fun and heritage of the Bassett's brand as one of their key reasons for purchase."

says The Retail Bulletin http://www.theretailbulletin.com/index.php?page=5&id=3707&cat=bran

- with the only possible objection (the liquorice) now removed, that last stubborn third of the population will now surely follow suit!

(and yes, i really should get into the habit of searching for other news mentions *before* posting the sightings...)


Posted: 20:07 Sun 18-04-2004 by "Anna" # permalink comment
Comment: Got given a free Juice Wave bar in Sheffield city centre last week. They're pretty boring, and considering the fact that they seemed to be targeted towards kids, the people handing out the samples were giving them all to people over the age of about 15 - odd.
Posted: 17:07 Mon 19-04-2004 by "Saramond" # permalink comment
Comment: Got these from my local Woolies. They're quite nice, but strange at first because you expect them to taste of liquorice!
Posted: 14:26 Thu 22-04-2004 by "Mike Gray" # permalink comment
Comment: Got some fruit allsorts and not quite sure what the point is, really. All they've done is taken some Dolly Mixtures and put the stuff that they make strawberry shoelaces out of into it.
Posted: 16:08 Mon 26-04-2004 by "Clive" # permalink comment
Comment: Had my first pack of these on Saturday, I love 'em :)

Then yesterday the ice cream van came round, got my regulation £1.25 '99' and out of the corner of my eye I saw a pack of them with the van's sweeties. I had to but them so that two's packs in two days !


Posted: 19:15 Mon 26-04-2004 by "Phil C" # permalink comment
Comment: Thank god they made these, I hate liquorice but love the sweets they put in licorice Allsorts. I always ate around the licorice.
Posted: 16:20 Tue 27-04-2004 by "Flameproof" # permalink comment
Comment: Anyone else notice that they grouped together the 'red stuff' ingredients as 'apple jam'?
Posted: 17:26 Fri 30-04-2004 by "Andy R"
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Comment: Bertie Bassett is on the front of the packet, telling us there's no liquorice inside. But he's made of liquorice. I wonder - did they contemplate a new character, constructed from fruit allsorts, called Bertina or something?
Posted: 23:07 Sat 08-05-2004 by "sandworm" # permalink comment
Comment: been after a pack of these for ages, 98p in asda today. very nice, a change from the liquorice. also noticed that these are lower in fat than there liquorice relative, another plus point, never realised that liquorice was fatty. some of the sweets seem to have adopted a coconutty taste though, not good.
Posted: 17:58 Fri 14-05-2004 by "Zedsquared" # permalink comment
Comment: Tried these yesterday, there is something deeply wrong about the taste of the green ones IMO ... just plain nasty... the others are very nice and the bag as a whole smells of peach melba
Posted: 14:16 Tue 18-05-2004 by "Walshy" # permalink comment
Comment: They are pure quality

Red Bassetts All Sorts


Posted: 23:30 Thu 27-05-2004 by "Taliesin Bendell" # permalink comment
Comment: Yep you got it right about the taste and the texture. I thought the soft one's with balls on were really crap actually, but the liquorice ones are great. Apart from that they were fantastic.
Posted: 16:34 Mon 14-06-2004 by "peter" # permalink comment
Comment: Has anyone ever observed "red" liquorice allsorts? I swear I had some around 5 years ago. They definately weren't the same as the new fruity ones.
Posted: 05:12 Sun 26-Sep-2004 by "ny girl" # permalink comment
Comment: I loved the Licorice allsorts and am AMAZED by the fruity ones I ate all through London and scotland... even brought a few bags home! Feel lucky - we won't have them in the states for years!!! They are fun and fruity and TOTALLY addictive!! Even the funny green ones!
Posted: 21:27 Mon 04-Oct-2004 by "Phillerena" # permalink comment
Comment: RE: Vimto chewy bonbons

I have seen a pack of these (similar to a Fruitella pack) at a local Butchers shop (!), along with a tube (similar to a Rolo tube) of Cadbury Eclairs.


Posted: 20:19 Sat 23-Oct-2004 by "ALICE" # permalink comment
Comment: MMMMMMMMMMMMMM love the fruity balls
Posted: 01:48 Sat 30-Jul-2005 by "boab" # permalink comment
Comment: i'm confused by the number of ppl who expect these to taste of liquorice. the bag clearly says "Fruit Allsorts". i admit I thought "I wonder what they taste like" and that was the end of my pointless line of thought. They taste of fruit, sort of. not too impressed by them. The red bit is almost tasteless gelatine in most of the allsorts, and I'm convinced it's original intended use was in plastic flip-flops.
Posted: 18:32 Mon 28-Nov-2005 by "LOz" # permalink comment
Comment: are they suitable for vegetarians??? I WANT TO EAT ONE!!!!
Posted: 22:33 Wed 22-Mar-2006 by "Klave" # permalink comment
Comment: These are way better than the liquorice (eugh) ones, especially the fruity fondant bit, which really comes into its ow without all that nasty liquorice there to taint it.
Posted: 01:42 Sat 22-Jul-2006 by "wendy" # permalink comment
Comment: i thought the party babies sweets where cool and with peoples surgestions we will have a lot more to sample happy munching love wendx
Posted: 15:26 Sat 11-Nov-2006 by "amaninashed" # permalink comment
Comment: f*** me its cold, and the sweets arnt bad either brapp 50182 2 58
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