N - North America - Pieces

Natural Vines "Black" Licorice

Red Vines

Taste: 2

Texture: 3.5

Novelty: 2

All scores out of 5

September 12 2011

Here we are once again, me and licorice staring eye to eye. I've mentioned on this site before that I'm not a big fan of black licorice. I've also mentioned on this site that this is something I'm really trying to change. At the very least I'm trying to discover black licorices that I can tolerate. My problem with black licorice is often linked to the strength of the flavour. In some cases you get black licorice that is fairly subtle and in other cases you can get black licorice that is so strong it actually burns you mouth. I prefer the subtle stuff.

This treat is fortunately in the area I would call licorice I can tolerate. Now don't get me wrong, I don't think I could eat a whole bag of this stuff, but a few of them aren't too bad. The texture is really soft and sticks to the teeth a little, but it seems a little harder than the soft red variety of these that I've tried in the past. So in a strange turn of events I'm going to give the black licorice a higher "texture" rating than the red.

I guess if you like your black licorice really soft and super strong, this isn't the stuff for you. Although from what I understand talking to black licorice aficionados, the preference is a strong flavour and really tough texture. I guess what I'm saying about this is it appears to be a licorice that falls right in the middle. I think if you really dislike licorice you won't dislike this as much, and if you are a licorice aficionado you might find this a little too mild. Maybe this was the idea behind this treat; maybe this is the black licorice for the average licorice eater.