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Licorice

Nov
09



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It’s not often that I get a good sampling of candy from a foreign country. Usually you find isolated samplings of them in stores, a Haribo product here, a Cadbury product there. This only give you a small sliver of their confectionery offerings, that you hardly get a good picture of the flavor preferences of that country. Ingrid’s Candy Shop is an online store that specializes in Swedish candy, and they offered me the chance to taste what Sweden has to offer. I was super excited since I really only knew of Swedish fish and they few candies you see displayed at IKEA. I selected a few candies that sounded good to me and eagerly awaited them in the mail!

Brio frukt (look like chiclets) “Square shaped fruity candy from Malaco”: These candies look like chickets, square, colorful and shiny. The come in pastel colors of green, white, yellow and pink. The texture of these is very thick and stick, like a hardened Starburst or HiChew. The green tastes like pineapple: sweet, juicy and fresh. White is sweet and tastes of green pear with delicate juicy notes. Yellow is immediately sweet and zesty of lemon. Orange is sweet and tastes of tangerine, with a very juicy edge with a hit of zest. Pink is sweet with light floral notes and hints of berry. A very “pink” flavor. I really liked these a lot, one of my favorites in the sampling.

 

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Gelehallon “Raspberry gelee with sprinkled sugar on top smile: They’re about the size of normal gumdrops, but they’re more vibrant and squishier. They have a nice coating of granulated sugar on them and they smell fruity. The texture is very soft and chewy, and is easy to chew. The flavor is…fruity, then it gets very bitter. It must be from all the red food coloring because it tastes very much like a cherry medicine to me. For some that’s a good thing, but for me, I’d rather not eat something that tastes like something I take when I’m sick.

 

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Hallon lakrits skallar “This licorice head is a hybrid candy that have a mix of raspberry flavor with lakrits. Delicious sweet chewy candy!”: These are large gummis. They’re easily an inch and a half long. They’re skulls with the top half red and the bottom black. It’s raspberry/licorice flavor combination. The chew is very dense and stick, and it’s hard to eat at first. The licorice part is salty, to my surprise. You really taste the salt over the licorice and raspberry flavors. It’s disappointing since I love liquorice but the salt really dominates too much. A nice candy if you’re into that though.

 

Original Swedish Fish

Swedish Fish “The original”: The green fist tastes a generic fruity flavor at first, then I get hints of lime and pineapple. The chew is wonderful dense and thick, and isn’t too sticky so it’s easy to work with. Yellow tastes like lemon right from the start. It’s zesty, sweet, with a nice tart edge to it.  Orange starts off with this strange artificial flavor similar to floor cleaner. It’s floral and bitter. I taste some notes of orange in there, but the “fake” note to it just makes it taste too chemical for me. Red is very fruity, like a mix between strawberries and raspberries. Light, sweet and refreshing.

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Stora colaflaskor “Big cola bottles that are chewy & sweet” Thew chew on these is much softer and chewier. It’s a nice relief from the harder gummis. The flavor is a very mild, very flavorful cola. Complete with good accents of spice and fizz, with a rounded molasses edge to it. it’s very nice, It’s sweet and flavorful. I really liked these.

 

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Sura körsbär “Sura körsbär is basically sour cherry’s, Now this one is one of the best sour candies that I have ever eaten, it’s a promise!”: They’re right. these are pretty awesome. They’re large gummis, and they have a very dense and compact sanding of sour sugar on them. The chew is very dense. You do have to work it some to take a piece off. The flavor is immediately sour, and it’s a nice, intense sour too. It really sits you upright in your chair, as so tp speak. The flavor is very cherry, but a bright, fruity cherry and not a thick and syrupy cherry from a medicine bottle. The gummi becomes sweet once the sugar coating wear off, and it becomes sticky to chew. I really enjoyed these.

 

Zoo

Zoo “This one is a must in your candy bag, one of Malaco’s best sweets!” These candies are small and look like sitting moneys. So no wonder they’re called “zoo”. The texture is very plastic-y, I’m reminded of Twizzlers, but denser. The flavor is like a nice red candy strawberry. Notes of berries, but more of a “red” flavor really. Tasty, I really liked them.

 

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Cocobat “Cocobat is mint coco with licorice” The texture of these is quite dense. It took some chewing to get them going. The inside is way more flavorful than the outside. You immediately taste the cream once you chew through the licorice exterior. it tastes…sweet? It’s hard to lay a finger on the flavors since this candy is really more about texture to me. I tired the other colored licorice tube (the ones with the green) and it tasted fruity to me. Tasty for sure!

 

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Djungelvrål “These jungle ape’s are salt lakrits that turn sweet. Swedish licorice that top’s the list” These are very salty to start. Very salty, so they were hard for me to eat at first. Once the salt melts away you get a flavor of a nice herbal licorice with notes of anise and molasses. The chew is dense and sticky and I had to pick a lot out of my teeth. Still, for salty licorice, I liked it. The salty part will take some getting used to, but the licorice itself is very tasty.

 

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Punschpraliner “is a swedish classic! Punch cream covered with chocolate and sprinkles.” These look like squat gumdrop sized Nestle Snowcaps: chocolate coating with white non pariels. They smell rich and sweet of the chocolate. The texture is soft and chewy and smooth from the chocolate. You get a slight crunch from the sprinkles. The flavor is very complex with notes of vanilla, butter and rum. It reminds me of rum raisins in a way, it’s a very buttery flavor. Tasty, unique.

I really enjoyed trying all these candies from Sweden. It’s rare to get some a taste of another country without actually going there yourself. It was interesting to see a pattern with the candies styles and flavors, and I felt it gave me a sense of Sweden’s candy sensibilities. The seems to love red fruit flavors, and they’re also a big fan of licorice. Both things I understand! If I had to choose a favorite it’d be the Sura körsbär. I’m usually not a fan of sour candies but these are so awesome and tasty! I extend a huge thanks to Ingrid’s Candy shop for letting me try these amazing sweets.

Rating: Will Buy Again

 

Will Buy Again


Links Ingrid’s Candy Shop Website

 

 


Aug
24



VanSlooten Flowers & Butterflies Can

Since licorice is one of my favorite varieties of candies I’m always looking to try new kinds and brands. Licorice isn’t very popular in the USA, so it’s somewhat tricky to find a good selection. That’s why import stores have become a to-go to place, since they often the only stores where I can get my fix. This tube of VanSlooten’s Flowers & Butterflies licorice was a recent find from Cost Plus World Market, which is a store that has yet to disappoint me with their licorice selection. So far my experience has taught me that Dutch and German licorice brands are my favorites, so I was very excited about finding these since they’re Dutch.

I like the packaging. It allows for you to have some licorice and save the rest for later a lot more easily than the bag styles. Especially since certain types of licorice can go stale. These licorice candies are all covered in pretty sanded sugar, so they don’t look so intense and black like some licorice can appear. The tube smells rich and herbal, which is an aroma I love and usually is a good sign for the candy.

The shapes of these licorices are pretty cute! The light colored ones are all butterflies, and all the flowers are black. I noticed two different molds for the butterflies, or it maybe have been how the one style has been squished and shaped in the can.

 

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Butterflies: Same as a type of licorice called “Groitten” which are licorice sugar cubes. The flavor is nice and mild and a strong flavor of molasses with a subtle edge of salt. the texture is soft and chewy and has a nice give to it.

Daisy Flower: Much chewier in texture than the others. The flavor is sweet and very mildly of licorice. Like the butterfly, it has a strong flavor of molasses, but it doesn’t have the salty kick to it. Very tasty, I’m a fan!

Sunflower: The texture here is also pretty chewy, the flavor is similar to the daisy with strong molasses notes to it and mild licorice taste.

Tulip: This one is my favorite. The texture is chewy and you immediately get a wonderful strong, sweet licorice flavor. It’s herbal, it’s sweet, and it’s just wonderful.

I really loved this collection of licorice. Each piece varies in flavor slightly so if you’re in the mood for one type you can just pick out that specific flavor. I really liked the whole selection and feel it’s a solid assortment. It was easily gone in a week. A must for any licorice lover.

Rating: Will Buy Again

 

Will Buy Again


Aug
30



Tubi Tire Tread Red

In my last post I wrote about Tubi’s Black Tire Tread, and I’m happy to inform you that Tubi makes a Tire Tread Red too. I didn’t know of the red variety for some time, and it wasn’t until I discovered it at a rest stop on the way home to my parent’s place. My boyfriend is the one who I pointed it out to, and since he loves good red licorice, we decided to try it. We immediately loved it and wished we had bought more.

The Red is made the same way as the Black, of a row of ribbons, piled three layers high and cut into squares.

The red flavor has the same wet, thick, chewy texture. The flavor is indeed “red” but I mean that in the best way possible. It’s sweet, and has nice notes of berries, mainly strawberry and cherry. It’s very juicy, with an edge of tartness.

This is a very well crafted and well flavored red licorice. It really tastes of something, as opposed to the likes of Twizzlers and most other main stream licorice chews. I like my candy to taste like

Rating: Hoard


Aug
25



Tubi Tire Tread Black

Tubi’s Tire Tread Black Licorice is something I discovered back at the All Candy Expo, now the Sweets and Snacks Expo, back in 2007. I was immediately smitten and I now scoop the stuff up whenever I see it, which sadly isn’t very often.

First off, the name is very descriptive of the candy itself, and you have to look at it to figure it out. The licorice is made of little laces, which are lined up in rows to make a big ribbon. These ribbons are stacked three high and then cut into squares. They do look a lot like tire treads, with their black color and texture due to the ribbons stacks. It also provides a fun way to dissect the candy when you consume it. It’s very interactive and fun.

The licorice slice is very slick and thick. The chew is very dense and soft and the flavor is very rich of molasses and licorice. It has very rich sweet notes, with a very sweet aftertaste and herbal flavor to it. The taste is so lovely, I could eat it all day.

I highly recommend these if you’re a black licorice lover, or if you’re looking to try some awesome black licorice to see if it’s something you’d like. You really can’t go wrong with Tubi’s as far as I’m concerned.

Rating: Hoard

 

Hoard


Aug
02



Katjes Tappsy Bag

We return to the Tappsy licorice! Like the original Tappsy that I reviewed earlier, these are licorice candy pieces that are shaped like panda faces. The difference is that these are the milk chocolate version.

In terms of the candy’s appearance itself, there really isn’t anything different from the original Tappsy except the white foam but are not colored like hot chocolate; a milky brown hue. They have the same alternating panda face variations, both of which looks a little less cool because last I checked, panda’s aren’t brown. Ok, maybe these are muddy pandas. I can live with that.

 

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The flavor is of a mild black licorice, and of hot cocoa for the foam bits. The flavor combination of licorice and chocolate can be strange if not done well, but these do it excellently. It’s really good. I can elaborate more on the foam’s texture since I didn’t last week; it’s light and chewy and dissolves nicely in the mouth. Yum!

Just like the original Tappsy, I’d recommend any licorice fans to give this one a try. It’s very original, tasty, and fun!

Rating: Will Eat Again

 

Will Eat Again

Links Katjes Website


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