Sunday, 9 September 2007


This morning, thanks to the power of the Internet, I learned of confectionery sold in the United States as INCREDIBLY SOFT & CHEWY WILLY WALLABY AUSTRALIAN STYLE GOURMET LIQUORICE.

Flavours available include

Gourmet Red
Gourmet Green Apple
Gourmet Watermelon and
Gourmet Black.

In all my life I have never heard of Willy Wallaby or these kinds of Licorice. However, it is most important to keep an open mind at all times, and in the spirit of scientific enquiry and adventure I set out to investigate. To my surprise I discovered that similar but not identical licorice was readily available:

Tropical Mango Soft Licorice,
Strawberry Soft Licorice,
Raspberry Soft Licorice,
Choc coated strawberry licorice, and
Red Licorice.

The familiar black licorice is still available in many forms as are licorice allsorts.

Licorice Allsorts

Pink Licorice Confectionary

Two Metres of Licorice

UPDATE 12 November 2007

Great interest has been shown in this important topic. At personal inconvenience and expense, I have extended my research to the home of Wallaby products: The United States.
Here I have not only found but also eaten Wallaby Australian Style Organic Yogurt -

Oz Rules OK

This delicious yogurt is made in California. If a blind tasting were held, even the most dedicated connoisseur would be unable to distinguish it from an Australian low fat strawberry.

Is it too late to save the Wallaby brand for the nation? The Howard government has acted on orangutans: let's have some action on our own beloved wallaby.

As the year comes to a close, I learn that some entymologists have debated the spelling of "Licorice" in this article. I can only note that Dr. Johnson favoured the robust English spelling: although he was clearly aware of continental variants adopted by others.