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Prista Kulur

Sambo

Taste: 4.5

Texture: 4

Novelty: 4

All scores out of 5

This isn't the first time I've ever tried chocolate and licorice together, and this isn't the first time I've really enjoyed it. This time however I think I've enjoyed it more than I did in the past. The reason I've enjoyed it more this time is because there's something else added to the mix, this time there's something in the center of the licorice center. I don't read Icelandic (where this candy comes from), but I did manage to work out the word "Karamel" (or caramel). The thing about the word caramel, is that in some cultures caramel doesn't mean a light brown chewy burnt sugar candy. Caramel sometimes just means candy, or sweets.

My guess when I saw the package was that these might be candy and chocolate coated pieces of licorice with caramel in the center. It sounded strange, but also sounded like something I might enjoy. After taking a bite into one, I'm not sold on the caramel center entirely. It's a little strange, I think I can taste caramel, but when I bit one in half the center didn't look like or have the texture of caramel.

While I'm not really sure what's going on with this candy, I can say that the flavour and texture really work well. The licorice is a salted licorice, and combined with the smooth milk chocolate and caramel like flavour, it's the perfect blend of sweet and savory. Working this balance is not a simple thing, particularly with something with a strong flavour, like licorice. The texture has a bit of crunch on the outside, but melts in your mouth really quickly afterwards.

This candy is really making it easy for me to develop a taste for licorice.