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February 13, 2012

Yesterday, on a whim,  I bought a bag of Liquorice Allsorts, and my children complained there were no spogs in them.

‘No what?’

‘No spogs!’

‘What are spogs?’

It turns out that spog is the official name of that particular Liquorice Allsort which is a disc of liquorice jelly covered in either pink or blue sugary granules. At least, that’s according to an old-fashioned sweetshop in Barkingside, where my daughter Rosalind claims to have seen a whole jar of them, labelled spogs. 

What a wonderfully precise word! I wonder if the other Liquorice Allsorts have names of their own?

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  1. C. Robshaw permalink

    Well, Cadbury’s website has this to say: “Within each packet of Bassett’s Liquorice Allsorts you will find seven different varieties- coconut chips, buttons, cream rock, sandwiches, cubes, Battenberg and of course always one Bertie”. Going from this, I would assume that the spogs’ official name is the rather unimaginitive buttons, but why not stick with spogs? It’s good.

  2. Oh, good research. I should have done that. As you say, buttons is not very imaginative – let’s all stick with spogs!

    • C. Robshaw permalink

      Let’s – mind you, I don’t recall ever having specified a spog rather than just “an Allsort”, & I doubt whether I ever will.

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