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Aniseed Balls

Sweets

Spherical (c½ins) hard, glazed, bright red sugar sweet flavoured with aniseed.

The name is known in E Nesbit's 'The Phoenix and the Carpet' of 1904.

There is a remarkable story told of Major C.V. Clarke of Bedford that, during the Second World War, he experimented with using the consistent shape and slow-dissolving properties of aniseed balls to construct a delay fuse for explosive mines to be used against shipping (BBC)


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