Bassetts Allsorts The Original Ones Liquorice allsorts also spelled licorice allsorts consist of a variety of liquorice candies sold as a mixture. These confections are made of liquorice sugar coconut aniseed jelly fruit flavourings and gelatine. About Bassetts Licorice Allsorts They were first produced in Sheffield England by Geo. Bassett amp Co Ltd who had taken over Wilkinsons Pontefract cakes mushrooms Barratts sherbert fountains sweet cigarettes and Trebor before being taken over themselves by the Cadburys consortium.Bassetts uses the story of their creation in their marketing. In 1899 Charlie Thompson a sales representative supposedly dropped a tray of samples he was showing a client mixing up the various sweets. He scrambled to rearrange them and the client was intrigued by the new creation. Quickly the company began to massproduce the allsorts and they became very popular.Allsorts are produced by many companies around the world today and are most popular in Britain.