Pontefract Cakes

Pontefract Cakes

  • VeganVegan
  • VegetarianVegetarian
  • Gelatine FreeGelatine Free
  • No artificial flavoursNo artificial flavours
  • No artificial coloursNo artificial colours

£2.57 for 250g (8.8oz)

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Taveners Pontefract Cakes - Now, these traditional liquorice gums lovelies are iconic, and have been around for AGES. Listen to this for a priceless bit of trivia:

According to our in-house sweet anorak, the black liquorice Pontefract Cakes (aka Pomfret Cake, or Yorkshire Penny) with the imprint of the local Castle has been around since 1614! Originally, they were only made in Pontefract, an historic market town in West Yorkshire in England (Wakefield District if you want to be really precise!). Hence the name ... obvously! And they were made using the liquorice root that grew freely in that area. Liquorice is such a big deal there, that they now hold an annual Liquorice Festival! How cool is that?!

Other bits of related trivia:-

- Up to the 1960s the sweets were all made by hand by a Caker or Thumper
- In 1955 a caker was paid 4 pence a tray, with each tray holding 280 little balack chewy beauties!

Some people ask... "why don't you sell the Haribo ones?" Well... we've taste tested both the Taveners versions (Taveners are part of the same company that makes Bassetts and Barratts sweets... including Sherbet Fountains... so they know a bit about liquorice, to say the least!) and we compared the taste to the Haribo offering.

And, quite frankly, the Taveners sweets taste better!


What Are The Ingredients?

Treacle, Glucose Syrup, Maize Starch, WHEAT Flour, Liqourice Extract, Potato Starch. Glazing Agents: Vegetable Oil, Palm Oil, E903: Carnauba Wax, Invert Sugar Syrup. Flavours: Aniseed Oil, Allergens: GLUTEN, WHEAT

How Many Calories?

This item contains the following per 100g:

Energy (kj): 1373
Energy (kcal): 323
Fat (g): 0.3
Saturated Fat (g): 0
Carbohydrate (g): 78.2
of which Sugars (g): 50.2
Protein (g): 1.9
Salt (g): 0.14

Are They Vegetarian?

Yes, there's no gelatine or any other non-vegetarian ingredient in this sweet.

Are These Sweets Vegan?

Yes, there are no ingredients in this sweet which are derived from animals.

Are Pontefract Cakes Gluten-Free?

No, this sweet contains gluten and is not suitable for people with Coeliac or Celiac Disease.
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Where exactly is Pontefract?  It's an historic market town in West Yorkshire in England (Wakefield District if you want to be really precise!)

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"Very speedy delivery under difficult circumstances due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Nicely presented gift box which was ideal for a Birthday present."

Pete Coxon
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"Easy website to navigate with clear pricing. Ordered and delivered with no fuss at all and the sweets still taste as good as they did when i was young. thumbs up."

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