It's called The Licorice Shop, but it's a market stand.
Whenever I get to The Rocks Markets, I always stop at The Licorice Shop, which at the moment is located on Playfair Street near Argyle Street.
It's been at The Rocks Markets for about 12 years
The Licorice Shop is an institution at the markets. Ric and Pam opened the stand there some 12 years ago, and are still going strong.
I have followed them on Facebook for years, and I happily receive their regular updates.
Ric and Pam are always, without exception, friendly and helpful. Itís as though every customer is a friend. A chat from Pam, and a joke from Ric. It doesnít matter how the weather is, what time of day it is or whom they meet; they are always an affable pair.
The licorice (Iíll use their spelling) is wonderful. They sell a large variety that caters to all tastes.
They sell soft and hard English licorice, as well as Dutch variations, including Dutch salted licorice. They have several variations of chocolate coated licorice, including the ever popular Bullets.
Lots to choose from
If you didnít like licorice before, theyíll help you discover a version you will like. Because not only do they have many variations of licorice in the traditional aniseed flavour; they also have licorice in many other flavours as well.
One of my favourite flavoured versions is the orange strap. They even have a lychee sweet strap. (Straps are $3.50 each).
You don't see Choo Choo Bars much anymore
I also love the Inch Licorice bar, and the good old Choo Choo Bar. The Licorice Shop is one of the few places in Sydney where you can still buy them. And you can get aniseed lollies like Black Cats; Aniseed Sparkles; Aniseed Balls and Slate Pencils.
What my haul usually looks like
They encourage you to taste their wares, and itís hard to resist.
Being a stall in The Rocks, they cater to the tourist market, and will gladly send licorice around the world if you like.
There are lots of good reasons to visit The Rocks Markets. The Licorice Shop is one of them.
Where: The Rocks Markets
Why: Great variety of licorice and friendly service.
Cost: Not expensive
When: The Rocks Markets are held every weekend.