Me and my occasional lunch buddy Jason Southern have noticed a slow decline in the amounts of liquorice toffee available. We searched in vain for a tube of Liquorice Toffos, but they appear to have vanished.
The greatest sweet shop in the world, Humbugs in Lancaster has a section on their website, here, devoted to the delights of this very tasty treat, but even they have expunged chewy toffee, such as the creamy Walkers Nonsuch and Bluebird from their inventory.
There's a website, Liquorice Heaven (link is here), that sells the salty Dutch stuff.
There's a website called Bah Humbug that sells the liqourice midget gems and sports mixtures that the merger between Lion and Maynards appear to have killed off. Get them while you can from here.
And there's a website called A Quarter Of... (link is here) which has a better range of toffee, including the creamy Walkers Nonsuch, for which the official but basic website is here. I met Ian Walker, the owner of the business in Chubby Chandler's tent at the Open last year. He is a master of his craft and a true gent.
But why is this purge on liquorice happening? Are tastes changing to such an extent that kids will only eat fruity and sweet confectionary? I hope not.