I can't say that I'm looking forward to eating this treat. It's Finnish licorice and I'm a little worried because the Finnish people are well known for their licorice in particular, they're well known for enjoying very strong, very salty licorice. As you may or may not know, I'm not a huge licorice fan, it's what you might call my candy Achilles heel. I’m trying to improve myself and gain a taste for licorice, but I’m just not there yet.

Even just opening up the package I've come to realize that my fears are true, it is in fact just a big stick of chewy black licorice. Even without taking a bite I can smell the strong licorice odor that sends chills up my spine. However, I'm not going to chicken out, I'll give it a try and hope that this is the exception or that I quickly grow accustom to liking black licorice.

Wow, I can't believe this! It's not that I really love this treat, it's just that I don't totally hate it. What appears to be missing from this treat is that super strong licorice burn that I normally feel when eating black licorice. The flavour is still there, but it's really subtle. In fact, while chewing it, it's pretty tasty. The aftertaste is a little gross, but the initial bite and the first few chews aren't that bad.

Am I changed man, or has Fazer developed a subtle licorice that's OK for those that aren't big fans? It’s hard to tell at this point, but I must say some kind of progress has been made.