Minor British Institutions: Fisherman’s Friends

Author: By Sean O’Grady

The original glass bottles weren’t ideal in choppy conditions, so the handy
little lozenges were invented. As well as being reassuringly hot, the
eucalyptus is good for your tubes, you know. Still based in Fleetwood, the
factory churns out a million packs a year in a bewildering number of
variations on the original theme, including the especially curious
salmiak-flavoured version, salmiak being a sort of salty liquorice favoured
by fishermen in Nordic states.

Lemon, apple, blackcurrant and spicy mandarin are also offered. Sucking a
Fisherman’s Friend has always been a pleasure that has appealed to a
determined minority. Made in the same town by the same family since 1865,
you’re never alone with a friend. About 68p a packet.

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