Tuesday, November 1, 2005

Barley Sugar Candy

Name: Barley Sugar
Brand: Pascall (Monkhill Confectionery now part of Cadbury)
Place Purchased: Sainsbury (West Los Angeles)
Price: $3.99
Size: 185 grams
Calories per 100 grams: 380 calories
Type: hard candy

Some folks look down their noses at hard candy. Like it’s not candy or it’s a last resort. What’s great about hard candy is that it’s incredibly portable and comes in huge varieties and is generally pretty cheap. And for the most part it’s pure sugar. While I don’t buy a lot of hard candy, I do enjoy it for particular tasks, like high-velocity noveling, whale watching excursions and long car trips.

When I was a kid we used to get barley sugar pops. They were lollipops shaped like old fashioned toys like trains, teddy bears, little dollhouses and animals. The flavors were delicate, not like a Charms sweet & sour pop, but more like a dreamy honey flavor with a touch of lemon or orange. Some have no flavor at all, like the Valentine’s hearts pops. For some reason most barley sugar candy seems to come in lollies. I have no idea why.

Barley Sugar is kind of like molasses, it’s a rather raw syrup made from germinated grains (usually barley) and is often used along with cane sugar and corn syrup to both add flavor and color to boiled candies.

These little sweets look a little like Clementine orange slices, a rich amber orange hard candy. The flavor is sweet with a nice touch of orange essence and no hint of sour. The candies are very solid and smooth with no voids or bubbles in them. The dissolve evenly and have a nice crunch if you’re one of those (I am, I can’t just let a candy dissolve in my mouth, I will chew it up).

They’re a little ordinary, but sometimes I like that ... sometimes I don’t want screaming green apple or supersour lemon drops. Sometimes I want a cup of Earl Grey tea and a few demure sweets. They’re not attention grabbers, but they’re a wonderful background music for my other pursuits.

Rating - 8 out of 10 (a little pricey for sugar)

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POSTED BY Cybele AT 8:24 am Tracker Pixel for Entry     CandyReviewCadburyHard Candy & Lollipops8-TastyUnited Kingdom

  1. Cybele's avatar

    (comments transfered from previous version of blog)

    Mad Cow said…

      I’m definitly a cronic “cruncher.” I’m surprised I still have all my fillings cosidering how many Happy Farmers I’ve had over the years. Tootsie Pops are the worst, Professor Owl gets to 1..2..3. I’m like 0.5, crunch. Oh well, luckily good teeth were in my gene pool.

      November 01, 2005 4:44 PM
    Anonymous said…

      Sudden afternoon craving for barley candy (I can taste those lollypops of my youth right now!) and a search for online source is how I came to your site. Mmmmmm, wonder if Sainsbury is online (god, buying candy online is so decadent, but what’s a girl out in the sticks to do?).

      Small candies with rustling paper.

      I want some now! Oh, well.

      You may be interested in this source I found that makes handmade from molds:


      Happy crunching!—desertwind

    Comment by Cybele on 11/16/05 at 2:06 pm #
  2. I too, remembered these barley sugar pops from my childhood in Pennsylvania.  We called them “candy toys” since they had toy shapes.

    For the past several years now I have been buying these pops from the Plimoth Lollipop Company.  http://www.plimothlollipop.com  Good price and terrific service!

    Comment by Kate on 12/09/05 at 10:53 am #
  3. Funny you should mention Earl Grey ? the Pascall drops you have in this entry are fantastic mixed with a cuppa. Let two or three dissolve slowly into the cup.

    We actually have an “english food shop” here in town (northwestern Arizona!) that sells these very candies. I was just Googling round looking for info on how barley sugar candies were made, and here we are.

    Comment by Warren on 11/15/06 at 9:49 am #
  4. Try vermontcountrystore.com—they’ve just brought back the barley sugar lollies in different shapes. What I remember are the little candies you showed. Used to eat’em all the time in high school. Got’em at an import store, right along with endless packs of Ambrosoli Honees, ginseng chewing gum, and plain and chocolate halvah.

    Comment by Jay on 12/04/06 at 9:23 pm #
  5. Maybe this is the place to find out what happened to horehound candies. I’m familiar with them from the 30s,40s,50s. After that they disappeared from my life and only in 2001 did I spot some in eastern Pennsylvania. They tasted nothing like horehound but there was an ever-so-faint connection and I bought a lot of packs just for the hint of a reminder. A couple of years later I ordered more and this time there was nothing left of horehound. Sometimes a faint blend of their other candies, licorice and cherry, would slide across my tongue as though the batch had leavings of previous ones around the edges. These were so useless at even suggesting to me that there once had been something called horehound that I gave all the many bags to the Thrift Shop. Vermont Country Store also carries them but by the blurb I fear they are similar to the Pennsylvania product. The ‘real’ flavor was definitely something that took getting used to, but that was wonderfully possible, even for a child, and now I would be happy to taste it again. Can you offer a source?

    Comment by Alta Ann Morris on 11/16/07 at 7:25 am #
  6. Speaking of honees- I’m in phoenix,AZ & grew up on honees but can’t find them at all locally, only online& they were all melted & a total disaster and this was in the wintertime. Is there a local source? Please HELP!!

    Comment by honeeluvr on 7/26/09 at 8:39 pm #
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