My opinion about treats that are "natural" is very simple. Most often natural treats taste much better than unnatural treats. Now don't get me wrong, I don’t think that the fact that they're "natural" has anything to do with why they're so tasty. The reason most natural flavoured candies are better than their fake counterparts is that often companies taking the time to think about their ingredients that much often don't go cheap on details such as quality of taste. For the most part, many companies making natural flavoured treats are either small companies or off shoots of larger companies that can spend more time worrying about details and quality.
So, as you can imagine I very much enjoyed these tasty little twists. They say that they’re strawberry but I'm not really sure if they taste like strawberries at all. I'd say it's something closer to that flavour that all red licorice is attempting to be, I’m not sure what you would call it other than red licorice. The nice subtle difference with these and other normal red licorice is that there's a slight sour flavour with it as well. I would even go so far as to say it's not really sour, but a nice subtle tang.
The texture is a little soft for my liking with red licorice. I generally prefer a harder licorice that gives my jaw a bit of a work out. These are a little closer to a really chewy gummy than a hard to get through licorice.