I really want to love licorice. It seems like something I should love, and sometimes I think I'm getting close to loving, then I come across something like this. I'll start right off the bat by saying that I don't think that this is a bad candy. In fact, for what it's trying to achieve it gets great marks. If you're into a powerful licorice with a strong salty aftertaste, this is truly the treat for you. Some of you read that last sentence with your mouth watering, others read it wondering why anybody would want to subject themselves to that kind of torture. That in a nutshell describes the general populations feelings about black licorice.
The thing that I think makes this licorice great, is how strong the flavour is compared to how soft the texture is. It's a true contrast, something that works so well in the candy world. If you love the flavour of these little sticky logs, then you'll be happy to know you can eat a bunch of them without your teeth or jaw hurting. I would say that your more likely to get a stomach ache before your jaw would hurt. But don't get me wrong, while these are soft, they're also still very satisfying to chew. It's soft but not without texture.
I think this candy might be someone’s perfect treat, likely my mom as she absolutely loves black licorice. The problem for me is that I'm not at this level yet. I've been working for a few years to try and gain a taste for black licorice, and I've had some success, I'm just not at the level that this candy offers. The salt and burning black licorice flavours are something I can tolerate at a low level; this is by no means at a low level. Part of me wants to keep these and try and love them, but most of me wants to find someone to give them to who might appreciate the intensity.