They're soft, they're very rich and extremely liquoricey. This is one particular sweet that leaves you longing for more and more of its chewy goodness. Absolutely heavenly!
Pontefract Cakes (or Pomfret Cakes or Pomfrey Cakes) were first made in Pontefract, Yorkshire and, believe you me, these are super important in the history of liquorice. It was in Pontefract in the 1500's that sugar was first mixed with liquorice to become the liquorice that we know and love found in sweet shops today. They used to be hand-stamped with a stylised image of Pontefract Castle up until the 1960's but, after then, demand for these tasty treats was way too high so they had to switch to machine stamping. They still kept their yummy taste though which is the most important thing!