#44 Black Currant Hard Candy, the Illegal Fruit.


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  • I changed the channel name because why not

    You forgot wind currents

  • teresita janer
    teresita janer 2 days ago

    How can you resist to eat the candy?

  • L Flow
    L Flow 4 days ago

    I live in Europe. Black current is by far my favorite flavour when it comes to candy and drinks.

  • T Grady
    T Grady 5 days ago

    Take a shot every time he says "you see"

  • Birds Fly
    Birds Fly 6 days ago

    It’s like blueberry mixed with raspberries but then more tart

  • bluenatas
    bluenatas 6 days ago

    i live in tally

  • MakeMeInk 73
    MakeMeInk 73 7 days ago

    I just made my first order of candy from your website! HAD to get the black currant drops! Coming from the US, I’ve never had black currant and it would be an honor for my first taste of it to also be of your candy🥰🍬💖

  • Marcus Jay
    Marcus Jay 7 days ago

    I love your enthusiasm for your craft Greg.
    Would be amazing to see more equipment videos! Especially the older stuff you have. I had a little browse online at drop rollers and they were averaging around $2200 a set 😮 I've seen a video where you must have 15-20 variations.
    Is this average price about right or was I seeing prices of custom rollers?

    • Lofty Pursuits
      Lofty Pursuits  7 days ago

      Umm I have 40-50 of them. Not sure what the prices are.

  • Niall Ackroyd
    Niall Ackroyd 7 days ago

    Blackcurrant is a staple here in the UK, its like our version of grape flavour, but tastes nothing like grape
    Edit: flavours peng, that's all I can really say tbh

  • Alice Gallo
    Alice Gallo 8 days ago

    soo, jabuticaba?

    INFABRO 8 days ago

    I need to send this poor soul some ribena

    • Lofty Pursuits
      Lofty Pursuits  8 days ago +1

      Since I made the video I found a supermarket in my hometown that stalks at. And you were right I was a poor soul. I now keep a bottle in my refrigerator at all times. Mind you being a soda jerk I've discovered I really like it with seltzer water.

  • Neil Christopher
    Neil Christopher 8 days ago

    Okay, i lived in the US in the early 90's, been thinking about moving back, but now know you all don't have Black currents, I'm rethinking

  • AgnesPerditaX
    AgnesPerditaX 8 days ago

    What a fascinating information about black currant being banned in USA. I've had no idea! In fact as a child I spent a lot of my summer days picking ripe berries of black and red currant bushes in our garden (and hated it to the bones). It is absolutely common fruit here, even so common that many people consider it quite boring and not fancy at all. I would never imagine there are places where planting this bush is illegal. What a strange thought. Luckily European pines are not as vulnerable taxon as American ones and so we have the luxury of being bored by this rather amazing and tasteful fruit.

  • jimmy howard
    jimmy howard 8 days ago

    all skittles are the same flavor just different colors

  • 3fxz
    3fxz 9 days ago

    he went on the deep web to get the flavoring

  • Vendela B
    Vendela B 9 days ago +1

    I have a black current bush and a red current one in my backyard lol

  • Mandi Armalius
    Mandi Armalius 9 days ago

    I didnt know how much I enjoy watching Victorian candy making videos until I stumbled upon your channel! I dont know how I got here but I'm definitely subscribing. Love the videos and the extra information you throw in their about the flavors and machinery.

  • Sean K
    Sean K 10 days ago

    one time i got some black currant preserves from my dollar tree and it was the best flavor of preserve i ever tasted. they don't sell that flavor anymore, i wish this flavor was way more common in america

  • James Matthew
    James Matthew 10 days ago

    Wow this guys voice over is horrible

  • Collin Burckle
    Collin Burckle 10 days ago

    We have a current plant in our yard and it’s great. FYI I am in Wisconsin

  • Bart Simpson
    Bart Simpson 11 days ago

    What you never had black currant candy or even black currant juice

  • Logan Tonn
    Logan Tonn 11 days ago


  • Zak New
    Zak New 12 days ago +1

    Black currant is the best taste

  • Bettina G
    Bettina G 12 days ago +1

    Grapes aren't fake currants, currants are fake grapes - currant is a corruption of "Corinth" as in Corinth, Greece, which was a major raisin exporter. The blackcurrant and redcurrant came into use as a cooking ingredient that could be grown in England and, when dried, replace raisins/currants without the prohibitive costs of transportation. When reading old baking recipes it's therefore sometimes hard to puzzle out whether a currant actually means the local fruit now known as blackcurrant or redcurrant or whether it still refers to a raisin.

  • Jack Britton
    Jack Britton 12 days ago

    5:16 AH

  • Puzzled Puzzler
    Puzzled Puzzler 12 days ago +1

    Can you make red current candy

  • Big Foot
    Big Foot 12 days ago

    Hey isnt that fruit illegal

  • Stefanie Elle
    Stefanie Elle 13 days ago

    Wow! We had black and red currents growing on our property in New York and I always wondered why everyone else I’ve met never knew what I was talking about. They are so yummy! I just thought it was an upstate NY thing or an east vs west coast thing (like pop vs soda). I never thought it was because they were illegal. And I love Ribena (a black current drink popular in the UK as mentioned in an earlier comment).

  • R W
    R W 13 days ago

    I'm glad black Currants aren't banned everywhere anymore. You can get them from Stark Brothers online. My parents grew a lot of them out in Iowa. We didn't ferment them so we were up to our ears in black currant juice and black currant slushies for a few months. It was awesome. Fresh black currents taste like pine trees. Cooked, they taste like the flavor you described. The plants like a little shade. Oddly enough, they were planted nearish to white pines, but the currants and trees were all healthy so nothing bad happened and everything flourished. It is a very hard to find flavor out here. Darn white pine blister rust.

  • Kaizaqu 468
    Kaizaqu 468 13 days ago +1


  • skippymagrue
    skippymagrue 15 days ago

    A serving of currants have 600% of your Vitamin C. They have dried (real) currants you can order from Oregon.

  • Ollie Not Pauly, Wally or even Holly.

    I bet they sold so much damn black current candies after this video. Americans LOVE getting stuff the government won’t allow us to have. Haha

  • epicsauce boii
    epicsauce boii 16 days ago

    Hey sounds like oz in call of duty advance warfare

  • xxxmindblockxxx
    xxxmindblockxxx 16 days ago

    Currants are VErY sour, not just slightly

  • arjay9
    arjay9 16 days ago

    I'm from Canada (parents are British) and grew up on Ribena :)

  • Cori Smith
    Cori Smith 16 days ago

    I really enjoyed this video! I'm happy to have stumbled upon you
    One note tho. Your audio is pretty off, the music is too loud it cuts off your wonderful lessons
    That's all, I just hope you see this

  • Lydia Grace
    Lydia Grace 17 days ago

    So one could say that zante currants are a counterfeit currancy?

    • Lofty Pursuits
      Lofty Pursuits  17 days ago +1

      I love when it's been so long, and someone comes up with a new one.

  • Elloeverybody
    Elloeverybody 17 days ago

    I love your channel!!! Thank you for your videos!! I hope your business goes well!! Don’t hurt yourself!!

  • Crlng
    Crlng 17 days ago

    In Western Canada we have Saskatoon berries and man they taste unique! I bet they'd make an amazing old-timey candy flavor

  • Hotkey
    Hotkey 18 days ago

    it tastes like black current

  • TheCrusaderRabbits
    TheCrusaderRabbits 18 days ago

    Skip to 2:18

  • DJ Fields423
    DJ Fields423 19 days ago

    I guess you can say they are *current* ly banned

  • PuppyLuvU2
    PuppyLuvU2 19 days ago

    Watch your fingers kids!

  • Baydon Wood-Rich
    Baydon Wood-Rich 26 days ago

    Black currant is a sweet yet sour fruit which can be juiced, dried, frozen, blended in smoothies and eaten as is

  • T. Tiro Marie
    T. Tiro Marie 27 days ago

    Ribena is life.

  • Michael Fries
    Michael Fries 27 days ago

    Alternating currant lol...u kill me Greg ;) love ur channel, subbed.

  • King
    King 27 days ago

    ive never tasted it before but i feel like itd taste like a mix of blackberry, grape, and boisenberry

  • Kim Chase
    Kim Chase 29 days ago

    Wow. Thanks for the history. I live in Maine

  • wodnyrak
    wodnyrak 29 days ago

    My aunt grows black and red currant in her garden and boy do they taste different. Red currant that grows there is mostly sour with some sweetness like many other berries, but the black currant is so dry that it makes my face scrunch up! I almost can’t eat the black currant off the bush (I still do anyway :P ), but this year we made the most amazing black currant jam. Five jars gone in a flash, and I can’t wait for the next summer

  • Capt. Failure
    Capt. Failure 29 days ago

    I don't see how banning a disease carrying fruit is "one of 'those' moments" for America. Seems like a pretty rational decision when an entire species of tree was looking to be killed off if something drastic wasn't done.

  • DOOM89
    DOOM89 29 days ago

    do they not make any equivalent candy machines to the old ones today? or is it a preference to go for the old ones? i see on many candy making videos they always have the old machines not new ones so i was curious.

  • ChaingunCassidy
    ChaingunCassidy Month ago

    Blackcurrant is like grape with a bit of a citrus kick.

  • Teutonic Boi
    Teutonic Boi Month ago +1

    Is it legal to grow currants in Kansas?

  • Katgirldiamond
    Katgirldiamond Month ago

    Black currant tastes like blackberry cranberry raspberry more cranberry juice to me idk black currant is a very common flavour in Canada so I remember black currant Juice

  • vonBelfry
    vonBelfry Month ago

    Blackcurrants carry a gentle, almost-piney tartness, held high by traditional berry flavours. They are also very, very sweet, which balances the tartness very well. I, personally, can eat this flavour until I die, but I can tell others might find it overwhelming.

  • Hyjeena
    Hyjeena Month ago

    Wow this was really interesting! I’m from Finland and black currant is one of the most common berries we grow. I have four bushes of them growing in my yard, they have been planted there in the 60’s by the previous owners of this house. We make juice from black currants and drink it hot when we have the flu, it’s a tradition. The taste is hard to describe, I’d say citrus, berry and mint.

  • RabbidOwl
    RabbidOwl Month ago +1

    wait...wait, I have watched this maybe five times and just now noticed.. at 6:50 is that..that's an electricity joke

  • Aprotim Sanyal
    Aprotim Sanyal Month ago

    Do you ever make pillow mints with this cutter? I'm curious how they're made.

  • blackphoenix63 O
    blackphoenix63 O Month ago

    shoot, two years late but these are the kind of currant events I like to hear about.

  • Michael Salomonsson

    I have always wondered why you have purple as grape flavour. Growing up in Sweden black current is always purple.

  • Purple Rebel95
    Purple Rebel95 Month ago

    The music is a little too loud I couldn't hear Greg inform me a out black current :/

  • BlueBob
    BlueBob Month ago

    I live on market st somewhere

  • StarDust 134
    StarDust 134 Month ago

    The pine trees grow in minnesota so we dont have currants

  • Just a Beaver
    Just a Beaver Month ago

    What about red?? Have you all ever had red currants? MMMMMMMMM I can basically TASTE the red and black currant jam on toast at my grandma’s house.
    I live in Canada btw
    Also if you’re wondering what black currant like it tastes like *purple*

  • Konari the bat :P
    Konari the bat :P 2 months ago

    I can only assume it isn't banned in South Carolina because I had black currant candy on accident. I was eating some of those twin snake gummies and one was black currant flavour and it's so good

  • Matt Klinger
    Matt Klinger 2 months ago

    I think Ive had red currents. Either in NYC or the Dominican republic. Not sure which one lol

  • Needleworker's Realm
    Needleworker's Realm 2 months ago

    I'm from Germany and we used to have at least 4 big bushes of them in our garden. One summer my mum had me collect all the berries and she made jelly/jam out of them. Ver delicious.

  • Little Papers Collection

    You put citric acid on it.. How can you say it tastes like black currant. Maybe smells like it because of the flavoring you add.

    • Lofty Pursuits
      Lofty Pursuits  2 months ago

      Because the black current extract makes it easy like black curant, and the citric acid give us the sour it needs.

  • Hoodini .K
    Hoodini .K 2 months ago

    Why use such old tools

    • Nexus of ice
      Nexus of ice Month ago

      Because sometimes the old tools are far better made than the new ones. Try finding an all brass tool today. That and try to find a place that makes sturdy tools for small batch candy making is probably difficult. As a bonus... The make a show out of the candy making process. It is probably far more interesting to watch them use Victorian era equipment than new ones.

  • Just Sighs
    Just Sighs 2 months ago

    I love watching your videos! Your voice is so soothing and watching how candy is made is so satisfying.

  • Microsario
    Microsario 2 months ago

    What song is that at 7:30 I recognize it as “all of me” but whos version is it?

  • Noobworks
    Noobworks 2 months ago

    FBI open up!

  • darwin
    darwin 2 months ago

    "alternating currant" -- very funny !

  • Liz Day
    Liz Day 2 months ago

    Alternating currant!!!! LOL!!!

  • My Rockymountain
    My Rockymountain 2 months ago

    you are just lovely!

  • American Redneck
    American Redneck 2 months ago

    I got the forbidden fruits 2? Same thing?

    • Lofty Pursuits
      Lofty Pursuits  2 months ago

      Nope. it's different. That is a mix of flavors.

  • Amaneux
    Amaneux 2 months ago

    This was the first video I watched of yours. And I have no regrets after all this time.

  • Oi nah
    Oi nah 2 months ago

    From Australia and it tastes like a children's version of wine.

  • Katie R
    Katie R 2 months ago

    It tastes like grape and blackberries mixed

  • Jason Fukedyabish
    Jason Fukedyabish 2 months ago

    I find this funny because these things grow right down the street from my house I stay in jacksonville Florida

  • pquic
    pquic 2 months ago

    that was nice joke alternating from the current topic

  • Leostar
    Leostar 2 months ago

    why noy just make a place they can be safely grown in the us

  • Jayne-Marie Linguist
    Jayne-Marie Linguist 2 months ago

    Are you still making this candy? I really want to try it.

  • Tanya Buttry
    Tanya Buttry 2 months ago

    Is it just me who likes the dice wall?????

  • Lawrence Keogh
    Lawrence Keogh 2 months ago

    I love blackcurrent and liquorice sweets

  • sufumu
    sufumu 2 months ago

    “the solution was simple-
    ban the planting and farming of black currants.”

  • s7robe
    s7robe 2 months ago

    You’re a great narrator. love your cadence and delivery.

  • Hannah Hyde
    Hannah Hyde 2 months ago

    Wow i'm australian and i always have blackcurrant LOLLIES

  • Kimberly Gallagher
    Kimberly Gallagher 2 months ago

    Lol- alternating and direct current

  • Kyle C
    Kyle C 2 months ago

    It's like blackberry blueberry and raspberry all put together

  • crazylady02
    crazylady02 2 months ago

    Could you make hard candy with Saskatoons berries

  • Mancheeze The Great
    Mancheeze The Great 2 months ago

    I love your candy making and I'm going to order from you!

  • TheHalfNam
    TheHalfNam 2 months ago

    Even in Canada black currant is pretty common you can easily find commercial candy flavoured with black currant you can even buy dried black currant berries in bulk grocery stores

  • Milo Szecket
    Milo Szecket 2 months ago

    6:56 Eyyyy

  • Nikolay Kuznetsov
    Nikolay Kuznetsov 2 months ago

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  • jeremiahsmith0
    jeremiahsmith0 2 months ago

    "I guess when we couldn't grow currants directly, people found an alternating current to use."

  • Rohawa
    Rohawa 2 months ago

    There are white currants too! Gorgeous translucent beads....

  • sabrina sheppard
    sabrina sheppard 2 months ago +1

    Im drinking a blackcurrant capri-Sun while watching this

  • Mattquatch
    Mattquatch 2 months ago

    That alternating current joke almost went over my head. Loving your videos, can't wait for my candy to arrive!

  • Reginald Estrada
    Reginald Estrada 2 months ago

    Love that AC joke! From a electronics graduate