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Licorice

Nov
28



Mentos Lakrita mint

Along with the Mentos DUO that I reviewed last time, I also found this Lakrita Mint flavor as well. I saw pictures of licorice and mint leaves on the side, and I realized it’s been a long time since I’ve had any black licorice. Like an itch that you need to scratch, I felt it’s been too long so I decided to try this flavor too. Into the basket it went and I looked forward to when I could taste what Mentos thought licorice was like.

I know the Dutch are really into their licorice, and as a fellow black licorice lover I really appreciate that. They get way more interesting licorice candies than we do here in the US, which is a huge understatement since black licorice is so hard to find in our country. Still, sometimes I am lucky enough to encounter black licorice that’s imported from Europe every so often. And I found this roll of Mentos Lakrita Mint on one of those lucky streaks.

The dragees are actually a bright white. I was really expecting black or dark gray. They have no aroma to them at all, which I also find puzzling. I pop one into my mouth and begin chewing and immediately taste peppermint. It’s a bright, intense, and fresh flavor that reminds me of intense toothpaste. Halfway through chewing the licorice flavor starts to come through. The peppermint gradually fades away to reveal and very intense and flavorful black licorice flavor. I get notes of molasses, anise and a little bit of herbs. The licorice flavor is actually a tad salty to boot, which I think this is a first for me, because normally I hate salty licorice. This is different, as I quite like it. A lot. It’s just a kiss of salt, enough to notice it, but it really enhances the licorice flavor and I found myself enjoying it very much.

I was expecting to not like these Mentos at all, since I’m not the biggest fan of peppermint and some black licorices don’t have the greatest flavor. These I really loved. They’re refreshing without it being too much, and the licorice flavor is very satisfying. It just goes to show that you have to try something in order to know if you really like it. I found a new favorite and something I can nab whenever I need a licorice fix. I urge you all to give that candy you’ve been eyeing a try, sometimes it’s a risk but it can be a very rewarding one! 

Rating: Will Buy Again

 

Will Buy Again


Links Mentos Website (US)


Aug
06



Welch's Filled Licorice

It’s always exciting to know that there’s new candies coming out. Yes, we all love our classic candies like Snickers, Starburst and Kit Kat. For me, waiting for a new candy to hit the stores is a great treasure hunt. When I saw the press release for these new Welch’s Filled Licorice candies, I was excited and planned on finding them in stores. I wasn’t sure of exactly when they were supposed to be released, and such things vary depending on where you live. Then, Welch’s PR was kind enough to reach out to me and asked if I’d like to try some samples. Of course my answer was yes, and today I have those samples to review for you.

To start, I really like the packaging on these. The wrapper keeps the licorice sticks all in a straight line and upright without making the package too stiff. The packages are very colorful and you immediately know what flavor you’re after just by seeing them. They’re iconic and functional.

 

Welch's Filled Licorice Strawberry

The strawberry smells fruity, and also a strong hint of malty ness to it. The flavor is good the outside tastes similar to twizzlers. It’s slightly fruity and has a wheaty taste to it. The filled center is where this candy really shines. The filled center, filled with a (wha I’d imagine to be) a more shelf stable jam. It really takes the flavor od this licorice to a whole new level of flavor intnsite. It really gets flavorful, really really flavorful. It’s a juicy strawberry and a smooth, soft chew.

The licorice twists are really plaible. Super soft, it easily bends into a circle and nothing leaks out.

 

Welch's Filled Licorice Grape

The grape licorice bag smells intensely of grape juice. Tart, sweet and intesely fruity. The flavor reminds me of a very fruity grape tootsie pop. The wheat chew part has a suble flavor. Again, the filled center really brings this candy to life. The jam filled center is extremely fruity and flavorful. It really brings the whole licorice chew to life.

I appreciate how unique these Welch’s filled licorices are. They took a, what I felt, common problem with some licorices whose flavor just wasn’t intense enough. Welch’s found a unique way to solve the problem, and I must say they came out with something that I really enjoyed! Both my fiance and I polished off our bag of each flavor easily in one sitting. They weren’t too heavy and again, really tasty. Bravo Welch’s. 

Rating: Will Buy Again

 

Will Buy Again

Links Welch’s Website


Jul
16



Newman's Own Black Licorice Bag

I found these licorice twists in Whole Foods the other week. Usually I skip over the candy aisle in that place, since I’ve tried most of it and new products show up rarely. I was lucky to pass through and see these twists by accident. I immediately scooped them up, since I don’t get to have good licorice things often. I also really love the idea of licorice twists, but have yet to find a kind that I truly enjoy.

 

Newman's Own Black Licorice

The twists are very pretty. They actually look like vine charcoal. They almost have a dusty look to them. They smell faintly of licorice.

I am happy to see that molasses and licorice root are both listed on the ingredients list. I take my first bite and I immediately love what I’m tasting. These are very molasses heavy licorice twists. They have a nice thick chew, and a really silky licorice flavor. It’s only slightly herbal, with a nice sweet smoothness from the molasses. These are way better than any type of mainstream licorice twist I’ve had to date.
I really am smitten with these. If you’re a fan of licorice at all, or are looking fora good licorice candy to try for your first time, I really recommend these. Yum!

Rating: Will Buy Again

 

Will Buy Again


Links Newman’s Own Website


Jun
18



Lucky Country Marionberry Licorice Bag

Lucky Country is a brand licorice I see around often. I haven’t bought their black licorice and strawberry licorice to review for the blog yet. To be fair I should, but I haven’t been in a big licorice mood recently. This will probably sound strange since I am reviewing some licorice today, but it was the flavor of this licorice that was the deciding factor to buy it. I have a favorite yogurt brand that makes a Marionberry flavor that I really love, so I was excited to see it in licorice form.

I have to star this review buy saying that I got a strange comment about these from the cashier when I was buying them. She picked up the bag to scan it and comment “Oooh, these. These are interesting”. She said this in a tone that was not cheerful or happy. I laughed and asked her what she meant, and she replied “You’ll know when you taste them”. I also found that comment odd, and shrugged it off thinking she obviously wasn’t a fan. I didn’t realize that I was going to completely agree with her.

When I took the candy to photograph it, opening the bag was very informative to what the cashier said. The licorice is a very deep purple color and smells like flowers. Not perfume, but flowers. There’s something very sweet and floral about it. It’s hard to lay my finger on it. It kinda reminds me of “grandma” bath soap. It’s an interesting smell to say the least.

The pieces of licorice look nice at least. They’re like obese Twizzlers. They have a swizzle swirl to them and come in shirt, thick pieces. 

The flavor is….similar to the smell. There’s a slight berry flavor hidden in there, but it only shows up once in a while. The rest of it is this overpowering floral taste. It reminds me of a flower scratch and sniff sticker. It’s really strange. I couldn’t even eat it, I had to spit this one out. Gross.

I wish I could comment on the texture of this, but I was so focused on the strange flavor that I couldn’t even have a thought on it.

So this licorice was a real gross find. I couldn’t even eat the one piece I had to taste. I feel really bad saying this, since this is my first Lucky Country review and I know that their other flavors are nice (I’ve had them at trade shows). I really feel like I should get other flavors now just to redeem their brand for my blog. As far as this flavor goes, it’s really best to avoid it. 


Rating: Inedible

 

Inedible


Links Lucky Country Licorice Webpage

 


Jan
02



Krema Batna Bag

These were and unexpected, yet thrilling find for me. I was shopping in the Grove Farmer’s Market on Fairfax and 3rd here in Los Angeles. I saw this package tucked into one of the lower candy shelves, and picked it up because of the large image of the cheetah on it. I don’t speak a lick of French, but I could decipher a bit from the import tag on the back. It only really translated “Le bonbon tendre au gout sauvage” description on the front, which roughly translated to “The tender candy with the wild taste”. That was enough to sell me on it, and I brought it home with me.

I had to open the package once I got all my necessary photos out of the way. I tasted one and immediately understood the description. These are licorice caramels.


The bad holds a bunch of individually wrapped caramels. They come in colorful wax wrappers that mimic the bag they come in. The caramels have a beautiful color to them, like a dark “dulce del leche”. It smells slightly sweet and is firm to the touch.

 

Krema Batna

The flavor is excellent. You first tastes notes of licorice, with sweet, earthy flavors. Then the sweet creaminess of the caramel bit comes through, adding the tastes of butter and cream. Together they makes a very creamy, rich flavor that is both mild and flavorful. I have to admit, licorice and caramel makes a pretty awesome combination.

Caramel isn’t something I crave very often, so I’m not sure this is a candy I’d come back to often, as delicious as they are. However if I do see other varieties of Krema out there, I’ll be sure to give them a shot.

Cybele from also did an excellent review over at Candyblog.net.

Rating: Will Buy Again

 

Will Buy Again

 


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