Friday, April 30, 2010

Licorice Allsorts and that lovely fake candy that I have been making.

I have been working on various projects since my last post concerning the changes in the blog format. Let me know what you think and please let me know if there are any problems that you may encounter. I was wondering if the blog is loading a lot slower than when it had two columns?

My post about the ten foil letters and the ten inspirations from Britain mentioned Licorice Allsorts as an inspiration so I thought that I would do a post about licorice allsorts.

Last year, August 10 to be exact, I did a post about candy and included a few of these images in it.


This postcard that I bought in Switzerland shows how popular licorice is in Europe. Licorice Allsorts, Pontefract Cakes, Licorice Goodies, Sprogs (those beaded round jellies in Licorice Allsorts), Licorice Pinwheels, the list goes on. The Dutch like a salted licorice, I don't, it is nasty stuff!


I was collecting images of candy for quite a while as reference material. These mini Licorice Allsorts are from South Africa.


This portion of packaging shows more Licorice Allsorts from South Africa, probably from the same company that made the mini Licorice Allsorts. These Licorice Allsorts have triangular candies as well as a candy with two sections of licorice and two sections of fondant. Our absolute favourite licorice is Panda Bear Licorice. It is completely natural and the best tasting licorice we have come across.


Remember this photograph from an early post, it was a sample of the candy that had been made.


Later on I posted this picture. Slowly but surely when there has been time I have made more candy. The last 4 days was spent colouring a very large amount of fake candy. It was not just the colouring but the mixing of colours to approximate the real colours of the real candy that took so long. Can you see where this is going?


The picture that I have been waiting to post (that is the reason I haven't done any blog posts for a while) doesn't exist. That sounds a little cryptic doesn't it? It could exist if all of that yummy candy didn't start to lightly stick to each other and then leave tiny bits of the different colours on their neighbors. I feel like the contortionist in this Victorian poster. Life gives you little surprises doesn't it? All of the candy needs to be stripped and recoloured. The paint that I was using wasn't cheap either. I had asked for a paint at the art supply store that would flow and leave a smooth glossy surface, that I got. I have never come across a paint that stayed a little tacky before. I have now. Oh well onward and upward. At some point there will be a post about the wonderful candy that I have finished. There will also be a picture of that wonderful candy, just not now though.