Licorice Allsort Slice

Regardless of age, candies such as  jelly beans, jelly babies and licorice  are hard to pass up. I love their sweetness, chewiness and of course, their vibrant colours that never fail to cheer me up whenever I am blue. 

I was craving for an ego boost in the baking department after flopping a tray of sponge cupcakes which I was experimenting, and  guess what? It just so happens to be my other half’s birthday cupcakes. Yeah, this is just great!

 

What about never try a new recipe for a special/important occassion? Yes, it’s my fault and I have no one to blame but myself. Being my stubborn self as usual, I have to learn things the hard way. :(

Needing to salvage both my baking self-esteem as well as the birthday cake, I’m in need for something fail safe and appealing at the same time.  No bake goods sounds like what I needed after the cupcake disaster (all my sponge cupcakes refused to come out from their holes, aargghh!) and the timing couldn’t be more perfect to bake  make this licorice slice.

If you don’t fancy licorice,  there’s no reason you can’t substitute licorice with your favourite candy. :) But a word of warning, this can be highly addictive and need to eat sparingly especially for children. You wouldn’t want tooth fairy to go broke, would you? :P

 

 

{As I was making this, I thought this would make a fun cooking project for kids too, no?}

 

Licorice Allsort Slice

(adapted from The Australian Women’s Weekly – Macaroons & Biscuits)

Makes about 15

Ingredients:

245g plain sweet biscuits

1/2 cup sweetened condensed milk

90g chopped unsalted butter

155g  licorice allsorts, coarsely chopped

250g milk eating chocolate, coarsely chopped

2 tsps vegetable oil

Method:

1. Grease 20cm X 30cm (8 inch x 12 inch) rectangular pan; line base and long sides with baking paper, extending paper 5 cm (2cm) over sides.

2. Process 185g plain sweet biscuits until fine and chopped  the remaining biscuits coarsely. (Emily’s note: Alternatively,  you can fill a large zip lock  bag with all the biscuits and use a rolling pin to bash them into rubble.)

3. Combine condensed milk and butter in small saucepan; stir over medium heat until smooth. (Emily’s note: Or you can place them in a microwave for about 1 minute – may vary with different microwaves).

4.  Combine the biscuit rubble and chopped licorice allsorts in medium bowl. Stir in condensed milk mixture.

5. Press mixture firmly into pan. Refrigerate 30 minutes or until firm.

6. In the meantime, combine chocolate and vegetable oil in small heatproof bowl, stir over saucepan of simmering water until smooth.

7. Spread chocolate mixture over slice. Refrigerate 30 minutes or until firm.

8. Cut into squares.

I’ve used a smaller pan than what was specified and therefore my chocolate layer seems a little too thick. If you’ve left the slice in the fridge overnight like me (plus you also end up with a thick chocolate layer like me as well), do let the slice sit at room temperature for about 20 to 30 minutes (based on my current climate – it’s winter going to spring now) or until the chocolate layer softens a little to ease the process of cutting. Otherwise, you’ll end up looking like my slices – jagged areas around the edges of the chocolate layer.

   
18 Responses to Licorice Allsort Slice
  1. Gourmande
    August 29, 2010 | 1:29 pm

    That’s too rich for now… but when I read, I was 8 yr old again, in Summer holidays at grand-ma’s, preparing sweets of that style to share with my best friend. LOL.
    Thanks for posting.

  2. Amanda @ BakingWithoutABox
    August 29, 2010 | 5:41 pm

    Yum. A great project for kids… or the kids in us!

  3. Debbie
    August 29, 2010 | 6:25 pm

    I know how you feel, i failed this weekend too! Its so sad when you make something you think is going to be fabulous and it just flops :-(

    This recipe looks great though, where do you that cute licorice candy from?

    • Emily
      August 30, 2010 | 12:40 pm

      Hi Debbie,

      I got the licorice from a chained grocer – Woolworths, to be exact. I’m pretty sure you can get this candy from any chained stores. Just spend some time in the candy aisle, and you’ll find it. :P

  4. fooddreamer
    August 29, 2010 | 8:09 pm

    My mother adores licorice allsorts, so I bet she’d love this too!

    Sorry about the cupcake disaster. I hate when that happens. Like you, I try new things for special occasions for the first time. Usually it works out, but when it doesn’t… :(

  5. chocolatesuze
    August 29, 2010 | 8:33 pm

    i really <3 that 2nd last pic it's so pretty!

  6. Samantha @ The Savvy Soybean
    August 29, 2010 | 9:38 pm

    This looks fun!! I love those colors and the taste of licorice… hmm I think if I make this I would definitely eat the whole thing =). Very pretty pics btw!!

  7. Gitte
    August 30, 2010 | 1:42 am

    I’m with you, I love licorice. Very clever recipe you’ve got here.

  8. Ambika
    August 30, 2010 | 2:19 am

    Oh my god! Those look incredible and awfully easy to make..yum!

  9. Tanantha @ I Just Love My Apron
    August 30, 2010 | 8:22 pm

    These look so adorable and appealing to pick a few to try. Licorice allsorts are colorful and inviting. It’s good to learn hard way sometimes right? :)

  10. Mgoh
    August 31, 2010 | 2:30 pm

    So pretty!!!!!! and congratz on the top 9 :)

  11. Cooking Gallery
    August 31, 2010 | 5:04 pm

    Those look absolutely sweet and stunning! Thumbs up!!

  12. Juliana
    August 31, 2010 | 7:38 pm

    Wow, these little bars look SO cute, licorice…haven’t had this for so long :-) Love the condensed milk in it…must taste SO yummie~

  13. Debbie
    September 1, 2010 | 3:23 am

    love licorice….always have seen I was a kid!

    congrats on top 9

  14. Kate G
    September 1, 2010 | 4:45 am

    Hey! I’m hoping to make the Allsort Slice this weekend, but I have a quick question — is it 1/2 can or 1/2 cup of sweetened, condensed milk?

    Thanks — I can’t wait to try this recipe!

    • Emily
      September 1, 2010 | 6:11 am

      Hi Kate,

      My bet, it’s 1/2 cup. I’ve fixed the recipe now. Thanks for raising this with me.

      Hope you’ll enjoy making as well as eating the slice. :D

      • Kate G
        September 3, 2010 | 5:25 pm

        Thanks for the update — I am so looking forward to making (and eating) the Slice for our Labor Day BBQ :)

  15. katja
    October 20, 2010 | 3:58 am

    Yum!! What brand of allsorts did you use?

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