Let’s first clear something up. Actually two things.
Firstly, licorice root comes from a plant. The licorice plant. Black licorice is a confection. They are not the same thing yet they are connected. (There’s also red licorice but that’s a whole other story)
Secondly is the matter of spelling. Regardless of whether referring to plant, candy, or both, some spell it licorice whilst others prefer the more antiquated liquorice. It matters not.
What is licorice?
With a flavour similar to anise or fennel, neither of which it is related to, licorice has long been used as a herbal remedy and a flavouring. It contains a compound that is fifty times sweeter than sugar, and dried sticks of licorice root are a traditional form of candy.
Black licorice is the original confection, flavoured and coloured with the extract of the roots of the licorice plant. Grown in many parts of the world, it was taken to Pontefract, Yorkshire, England in the 11th century by monks. Prized as a medicinal plant for centuries it was not until 1760 that the first commercial licorice candy was made. Pontefract cakes, a hard candy made with licorice extract and sugar, are still made to this day.
There are other forms of candy with the name licorice but they are not black and do not taste of licorice. Red licorice is bought as strips, ropes and tubes. Even more recently, this comes in a rainbow of shapes, tastes and colours. The only thing it has in common with black licorice is the texture.
What is licorice made from?
Licorice is made from an extruded paste that is then cut and glazed. Generally it will contain sugar, starch, binder, gum, molasses and gelatin. Aniseed is now often added to replace some of the more expensive licorice extract. Some licorice is prepared and marketed as a healthy form of candy and will be made from as natural ingredients as possible. Commercially made mass0-produced licorice may contain colours, preservatives and flavourings. Molasses is used to enhance the bittersweet flavour.
Red licorice, and all non-black licorice, is made in much the same way but has fruit flavourings and colours added. And no actual licorice.
What gives licorice its flavour?
The sweet flavour is licorice is down to a molecule called glycyrrhizic acid. The anise-like flavour is an aromatic molecule called anethole, which is also present in aniseed, fennel and star anise. Some lollies, such as aniseed humbugs, have a similar flavour to licorice but are made from only aniseed and not licorice.
In its natural form, licorice has many unique aroma molecules present that set the flavour apart from aniseed. The heat-processed licorice extract has some unique flavour molecules that give black licorice its deep caramel notes.
Licorice allsorts are a classic assortment of licorice lollies. Made from sugar fondant and black licorice sandwiched together in a variety of shapes, as well as aniseed jellies and coconut wheels, they have been around since the end of the nineteenth century.
Are licorice allsorts vegan?
Licorice allsorts may contain gelatine and beeswax so are not vegan.
Are licorice allsorts gluten-free?
Most licorice allsorts are made with wheat so are not gluten free.
We know. Gluten free can be a minefield. And gluten-free lollies are no exception. But the need to cater for food allergies has become the new normal.
You may just want a sweet treat for yourself or your kids, such as a gluten-free biscuit or lolly. Or you may need to prepare for a kids party or other lolly bar occasion.
The most important thing to say, and this cannot be stressed enough, is to always check the label. And not just the ingredients.
Gluten-free lollies will have a clear label stating they are gluten-free. Not only will they contain no gluten, but they will have adhered to strict guidelines around cross contamination and working practices.
You would think it is easy to spot the gluten free varieties. Surely if you stick to the obviously sugary ones and stay away from those that look, well, more wheatey, then its job done. Unfortunately it is not that simple. When is it ever?
Wheat derivatives, and therefore gluten, are everywhere. Even if your lollies contain no cleverly disguised wheat products, chances are that they share a conveyor belt with those that do.
Wheat starch can pop up in the least expected of places. Glucose syrup is also often made using wheat yet it is deemed gluten free by manufacturing standards. Generally safe to consume by all but those with the severest of wheat allergies, it does however find its way into products labelled gluten free.
What lollies are gluten free?
Thankfully, manufacturers are becoming far more tolerant and are investing the time and money that it takes to make safe gluten-free products. We have several varieties of gluten-free lollies to choose from. Create an individual mini lolly bar, away from the main one, and with separate scoops and containers. Label everything clearly, with labels that will stay put.
Are you stuck for kids party snack ideas? Try these M and Ms peanut butter sticks. They are super easy to make and just a few ingredients go a long way so they won’t break the budget either.
Ideal for a birthday party, sleepover or even just a fun snack after school, these adorable little sticks hit the right balance between snack and sweet treat.
To make roughly 20 sticks you will need…
1 pack of about 20 breadsticks (as skinny as you can get)
100g m and ms
2 tbsp peanut butter
Begin by stirring the peanut butter to loosen it a little.
It helps if you give it a few 30 second bursts in the microwave. The oils melt so it becomes runnier and far more easy to work with.
Dip the breadsticks in the peanut butter, spreading it up with the help of a spoon, and then twisting to fully coat.
Press the m and m’s into the peanut butter and place upright in a glass to serve.
As an alternative you could use pretzel sticks and mini m and m’s. Super cute.
Chocolate bark makes great gifts or party favours and is super easy to make. All you need is some good quality chocolate, all your favourite lollies, and a colourful imagination.
You can make it for fun, for yourself and friends, or as an activity with the kids.
We talk you through how to make chocolate bark and give you a few ideas of the kind of lollies you can use.
How to make chocolate bark
You can make a pretty decent chocolate bark as a treat to eat at home, or something to do with the kids on a rainy day. Or you can make it as a gift for friends and family, or as party or wedding favours. The type of chocolate you use, and the method that you follow, can depend on how polished you need the final product to be.
Chocolate couverture is best as it usually contains a higher percentage of cocoa liquor, cocoa solids and cocoa butter. It is designed for the professional chocolatier but is widely available. For a really professional result you still need to temper couverture. It is certainly more forgiving that standard chocolate, but tempering is essential for a nice sheen and a satisfying snap.
If you are just having fun with the kids and don’t mind a bit of white bloom from the fridge, then by all means go for it. But the chocolate may not set quickly, or even enough, unless you put it in the fridge. The fridge can cause condensation, but also affects how the sugars rearrange themselves; resulting in the harmless yet not particularly polished looking bloom.
To make chocolate bark without tempering, simply melt your chocolate in bursts in the microwave, stirring until completely melted. You will need at least 300 g for a slab the size of an A4 sheet. Pour onto greaseproof paper and spread the chocolate out with the help of a spatula. Go as thick or as thin as you like. Top with lollies of your choice, pressing them in to the melted chocolate. At this point you can leave it out to set, or put it straight in the fridge. Chances are if you haven’t tempered the chocolate it needs to go in the fridge so you may as well do it from the start. Once set, cut into shards and keep in an airtight container. You may still want to keep it in the fridge unless you have somewhere cool to put it.
You can temper chocolate easily using a method known as seeding. This involves melting the chocolate to a certain temperature and then cooling it down by stirring in finely chopped chocolate. For precise results you need a thermometer as there are literally just degrees of difference in the accuracy. You can however just melt two thirds of the chocolate, and stir in the final third at the end. Not strictly tempering without the correct temperatures but you might get lucky and end up with something better than simply melting it.
To temper chocolate break two thirds of your chocolate into a bowl. Chop the other third finely. Melt the chocolate in the bowl, using a cooks thermometer to measure the temparature. For dark and good quality milk heat to 45C. Stir in the other third of the chocolate, a little at a time, until the temperature reaches 31C for dark, and 29C for milk.
White chocolate bark
White chocolate is not a true chocolate so behaves a little differently to dark and milk chocolate. Made from cocoa butter, and a high proportion of sugar with no cocoa solids, it can burn easily. Melt white chocolate to 40C and add the seed chocolate until it reaches 28C.
Chocolate bark wedding favours
That said, white chocolate lends itself to the more traditional wedding favours of white on white, or pink on white. It is easy to create something soft and pretty with white chocolate and some pink or white lollies. Sugar sprinkles also work well. Cut your wedding bark favours into shards, or use cutters to create shapes, and present in cellophane bags with a ribbon or pretty boxes. Lace or net would also work well.
Chocolate bark topping ideas
We created 3 different varieties above.
You can use any hard lollies to create a chocolate crisp effect. Mints work well, as do chocolate limes.
Jelly beans are surprisingly good with chocolate. They come in such a range of colours too you can really let your imagination go.
Chocolate lolly pizza
Create a multicoloured chocolate lolly pizza with an assortment of colourful lollies. The more colour the better. White chocolate works best as a background with contrast, giving it a kind of primary colours feel.
How to cut chocolate bark
You can break chocolate bark with your fingers but it has a tendency to snap in the wrong places, creating odd shapes rather than casually artful shards. Use a large sharp knife to cut shards, trying to avoid cutting through any of the toppings.
A lolly buffet, is the ideal centrepiece for your event.
Perfect for any party, wedding, or corporate event, it solves the issue of what to serve for dessert and also provides instant insta-appeal.
A great showstopper or talking point is the key to any successful gathering.
Find out just how easy it is to make a lolly buffet with our professional tips and tricks. All you need to add the wow factor to your party.
What is a lolly buffet?
A lolly buffet aka candy buffet is an assortment of lollies arranged for party or event guests to help themselves. It is served as the dessert part of any meal, or even just a treat table. Guests can also fill their own lolly bags to take home, so it stands in place of wedding or party favours too. The table can also include other cakes, biscuits and confections. It can, for example, feature a wedding cake or birthday cake as its focus.
How many lollies for a lolly buffet?
As a rule of thumb, offer between 200g to 300g per person. Depending on the theme, which may impact how much variety you have to choose from, aim to serve 8 to 10 different types of lollies. Go for a mix of different types, some hard and some soft. People love a bit of nostalgia so maybe consider including old childhood favourites. Everyone’s taste is different so try to include a range that suits everybody with some chocolate and perhaps some popcorn. Buying lollies in bulk is the best way to keep the costs down but also to find a wider range.
How to set up a lolly buffet
Before thinking about the table set up for your theme, you need to visualise just how many lollies you need to display, and take into consideration things such as other cakes, room for containers, scoops, labels etc. Most events will use a table, but you could use a chest of drawers, wooden dresser, drinks trolley, or anything else of a suitable size for your particular party.
Lolly buffet jars
You might want to think about your jars and bowls first. Glass is a must, as the entire display relies on the lollies being seen. Some sweets such as marshmallows take up a lot of room for their weight. Others, such as jelly beans, take up less space. You need to plan your lolly jars accordingly. Lids look nice, and keep everything clean, but at a large event is that practical? If you go for lids on jars, make sure there is enough surrounding space for them to be placed on the table during busy times. Plan a range of heights and widths using a range of different containers. Long stemmed glasses are a good way to add height, but are also less stable.
Dress it up
Each jar or bowl will need a scoop or tongs, and maybe a label. Use ribbons or strings to hang labels on jars, or stick them on with sticky dots. These are also useful for holding ribbons in place. Decorate your table to suit the theme, remembering to add height at every opportunity. Bunting, balloons, flowers, plants, and even feathers all add height to a display. A cardboard box draped in tissue paper or fabric goes along way to create some height, and a platform for the odd bowl or jar or two. An elegant twig tree will add height and interest and can be hung with decorative bits. And everyone loves the magic of a fairy light.
Think about the surface of the table and scatter petals or table scatter. Yet also be aware of the power of blank space. Too much clutter can look over busy.
Don’t forget to include takeaway options for your guests. Simple paper bags or cones are an inexpensive way to replicate that lolly shop look. Or you could choose noodle boxes for more of a patisserie/chocolate shop type feel. Both are cost effective and can be personalised for the event. Remember to provide stickers so they can seal their lolly bags for transport home.
Give yourself time to plan, prepare and execute. Do your research. A rush job never helped anyone.
And have fun.
Lolly buffet ideas
There are pictures of lolly buffets all over the internet so have a good look around for info. There are many ways to pick a theme…
- By colour. Use a colour wheel to get ideas.
- Keep it monochrome with black or white.
- Pick a character.
- Choose company branding colours.
- Find a dressing table and drape it with trays of jewels and lolly necklaces.
- Set up a dresser and lots of jars to create an old fashioned sweet shop.
- Go rainbow.
- Shabby chic with birdcages and bunting.
- Keep it retro.
- Be gluten free.
The Lolly Shop has now taken on the distribution of the Mars Wrigley confectionery range including Kind snack Bars to add to its popular range range of Classic lollies.
The Lolly Shop has been distributing bulk lollies to retailers and distributors throughout Australia for many years. Whilst we have been widely appreciated for bringing bulk lolly deals to consumers online direct, as well as to our retailer clients we are possibly best known for Classic boiled Sweets in gift jars.
Taking on the mar Confectionery range for distributorship had allowed The Lolly Shop to increase our confectionery range with the M&Ms which we offer in a bulk 10kg manufacturers pack plus other famous Mars Wrigley products such Malteasers, Peanut M&Ms and a variety of their famous snack bars.
Variety of Snack Bars
The Lolly Shop now distributes a great variety in snack bars from Mars Wrigley in their bulk variety pack containing famous chocolate snack bars, such as; Bounty Bars, Snickers Bars, Twix Bars, Malteasers Bars, Milk Way bars and the every popular Mars Bars.
We offer the great variety packs in bulk buy discounts and are perfect for TV snacks, family gatherings or back yard parties for the little ones.
Kind Bars Healthy Snack Bar Range
Kind Bars are an excellent healthy snack bar ideal for everyday snacks and lunch packs with less sugar and more Natural healthy ingredients.
Kind Bars are a satisfying, nutty snack that still seems indulgent but with very low sugar content. They are Gluten free, Non GMO, with zero Trans Fat. Kind Bars are a Low GI food so they satisfy for longer. They are also low in sodium, and a source of fiber.
For more information about Supply of our confectionery range please contact The Lolly Shop on direct 02 49546166 or buy online from our parent company group gourmet grocery store at operafoods.com.au
Get some yummy Caramel Popcorn for Movie Night. The Lolly Shop produces delicious and yummy lollies and they distribute a wide ranges of other confectionery including Caramel Popcorn, pink lollies, blue lollies and rainbow colored lollies.
The Lolly Shop distributes bulk lollies to retailers in Sydney, Brisbane as well as Melbourne. Caramel popcorn is crunchy caramel popcorn that tastes sweet and fine. Caramel popcorn is available in hanging bag, your wholesale confectionery which is quite considered ideal for impulse buyers.
Caramel Popcorn is perfect for family Movie Night ideas and it is a popular snack food in Australia. This caramel popcorn will increase the fun as it always keeps people lively and energetic. Your family can all share caramel popcorn while watching home movies.
Bulk buy Caramel popcorn 150g it is popular among snack foods in Australia.
For more information visit our parent company website where you can get a special deal for bulk volume orders. Book your favourite candy products now and get great online discounts. View the product here in our store in the snack food category.
Blue Swirly Pops really do bring a smile for little boys. The Lolly Shop supplies a huge range of classic bulk lollies to retailers in Australia. Also The Lolly Shop distributes a wide ranges of lollies online direct via their web store to most regions of Australia. Our large Blue SwirlPops are individually packed lollypops and lolliland brand.
Blue swirly pops are amazing lollypops and they will surely bring great smile out on little kids. These lollypops are quite a favorite among little people. Your tub of Blue Swirly Pops are blueberry flavored. Plus Blue Swirly Pops make a great counter display pack. These lollypops might help heal sore fingers as well as skinned knees.
Blue Swirly Pops are a colourful big lollypop, that’s not only a mouthwatering candy, but a good way to keep kids busy and happy. perfect for a boys party.
Visit our site for more information. Buy your favorite product and avail yourself of our great online discounts on this product.
The Lolly Shop produces delicious and mouth watering wholesale lollies. But our Chocolate Bullets for the lolly buffet will surely make your day. Choc Licorice Bullets are very much popular among a fine tasting and superior range. Chocolate Bullets should not be eaten alone as they are very much moorish.
These unique chocolates will easily melt the heart of individuals and make them friendly and warm. Chocolate is recommended as perfect for the soul but the licorice definitely gives it a nice kick that tantalises the taste buds. It is an ideal lolly for stylish functions and perfect snack food for movies at home.
These Chocolate Bullets are delicious licorice rounds coated in tasty chocolate. Buy Chocolate Bullets for your lolly buffet and have them delivered promptly to the suburbs of Australia.
Visit the lolly Shop’s online store to find more details about our bulk confectionery range. Book your favorite product now and avail of bulk online discounts on these products.
The Lolly Shop produces great bulk lollies and pink chocolate hearts are very popular especially for Valentines Day Gifts. Pink Chocolate hearts are beautifully wrapped in pink foil. Chocolate embraces and cherishes the heart of the people. Ladies love to have chocolate in the form of a heart, particularly pink in color.
Pink chocolate hearts are perfect for the wedding ceremony, table decorations, token gifts, Valentine’s Day, decorations for cake, party snacks, promotional campaigns or any kind of social gatherings. It is regarded as a favorite candy for children and adults.
Pink Chocolate hearts can be purchased on line in Bulk Lollies section of Opera Foods store.