Gamache Series Open Discussion

Join us here in The Bistro for a discussion on the entire Gamache series. Feel free to ask or answer any questions about any of the books or the series as a whole.

Paul Hochman

Discussion on “Gamache Series Open Discussion

  1. Julie Buck says:

    Hi, Patricia – I remember those so well from my childhood. Today, all I can find are the kind that are the black licorice, but no “glowing” end with the red candies – that seems to be saved for candy cigars! When I ordered my Vive Gamache! cup from Brome Lake Books, they put in a licorice pipe, but it didn’t have the glowing end. If you find them, please pop back in and let us know where you got them.

  2. Julie Buck says:

    Patricia – I’ve found a few “clues” – there seems to be a brand called “Leaf” – Finnish brand, but the licorice pipes are made in Italy? Take a look at this blog post talking about them: http://www.candyblog.net/blog/item/leaf_schoolchalk

    I’ve found a couple of spots that sell them online – you’ll probably find them if you google Skipper’s Pipes : http://www.made-in-scandinavian.com/store/p938/Malaco_Skipper%27s_Licorice_Pipes_8_Pcs_136_g_%28_4.80_oz_%29_Made_in_Sweden_.html

    http://www.loveofliquorice.co.uk/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=66

    https://www.sweets-online.com/lakritz/fuer-lakritzliebhaber/skippers-pipes-lakritz-pfeifen-20-stueck/a-105350/

    http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Malaco-Skippers-Licorice-Pipes-8-Pcs-Pack-136-g-4-80-oz-Made-in-Sweden/271594672683

    And a few others…

    https://www.treasureislandsweets.co.uk/allsorts-and-comfits/liquorice-pipes-novelty-old-school.html

    https://mrstanleys.co.uk/products/old-fashioned-liquorice-pipes?variant=8954670403

    Doesn’t look like they’ll be cheap unless you happen to live in Europe – but at least you can find them…

  3. Julie, Gamache would be proud of your investigative skills. After reading yesterday’s posts, I searched the internet but came up empty handed. Congrats.

  4. Anna says:

    Using Julie’s clues I found pipes but not with a flame on Amazon.com by Malaco. Looks like salty liquorice though.
    https://www.amazon.com/Skippers-Pipes-Seasalt-340g-12oz/dp/B00KCDB252/ref=sr_1_1_s_it?s=grocery&ie=UTF8&qid=1490050563&sr=1-1&keywords=malaco+licorice+pipes

  5. Anna says:

    But there are other brands on Amazon
    https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00E67K0DA?psc=1

  6. Using your ideas I looked on Amazonuk. At least one with candy ends will ship to U.S., some say they won’t. You’ve all been very busy and productive! This is the first time I’ve seen the candy end kind.

  7. Anna says:

    Good thinking 99!! You are a clever cookie Cathryne!!

  8. Anna says:

    Wasn’t that a good group think.

  9. Clap, Clap, Clap. You folks did very well.

  10. Anna says:

    Lets hope Patricia finds something she likes….good luck Patricia. If they taste good let us know.

  11. Julie Buck says:

    That was fun, wasn’t it? I like the idea of salty licorice (or is that liquorice?) Tons of choices one way or the other. The red candy on the end was the way they were sold when I was a kid. We had one corner store that had a “candy counter” – in a big glass case where you could put your nose up against it and choose “one of those, and three of those, and oh, a candy necklace”… and get a little brown bag full of candy for 5 cents. (Can’t believe how old I sound when I start to “reminisce” about this stuff.)

  12. We had a small grocery shop in the neighborhood where I grew up. I loved that candy counter. I remember making selections with friends and Carol. We would walk home so proud of our bag of candy. I don’t know of any little shops like that now.

  13. Anna says:

    We had one too and on Saturday we were allowed 10 cents of mixed lollies (what we call candy). If you were feeling frugal you could get gumdrops which were 2 for 1 cent. I liked cobbers (chocolate covered caramel squares and they were 2 c each. When I was older inflation meant we were getting 20 cents of mixed lollies and they were put in a little white bag. You ate them slowly and twisted the top closed after you took one to try and stop yourself eating another straight away. If you waited too long to eat them all or it was hot and humid, the bag could get a bit damp and stick to the lollies so it was a juggle.
    Yep, I feel old too Julie but it doesn’t seem that long ago. Loved the old corner store. There is still one where I live in Australia. It is primarily a cafe but has some grocery shelves and lollie jars behind the counter. It is opposite the high school so he has a ready made clientele.

  14. Julie Buck says:

    So fun to remember those times, isn’t it? Loved it all.

  15. Julia says:

    Hi Everyone
    Late in the game here so you may have already found your licorice…..Y & S distributes licorice cigars with red ends here in Canada. Hershey’s owns Y and S or something like that so I’m sure if you looked up Y and S or Hershey’s websites you will find your cigars. Only thing is you will have to let them sit uncovered for a bit so they get hard and stale like when I was a kid and they were sold in the convenience stores

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