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Jan 12, 2011 02:12 AM

#1 Black Licorice?

... I know some (or most) people hate black licorice, but I do not. I want to know what is the best you have ever had and where can I get it? I prefer a softer, chewy licorice... but if there is an awesome hard version, I suppose I'd want to know.

Also does anyone know if that licorice mix with the colored squares--licorice allsorts--is any good? I have never had it.


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  1. I love Black Licorice, and red and chocolate as well.
    The best Black that I have had is Australian, BUT not Australian style made in the US.

    I detest licorice allsorts (the mix you refer to), as all that pink goo is like oversweet cake frosting.

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    1. re: bagelman01

      My wife is a licorice nut also ( I can't stand the smell or taste) and agrees that the best black is from Australia. She usually finds it @ TJ's


      Kookaburra Black licorice is fantastic and avail thru Amazon

      1. If you are a serious licorice person, you may want to try Dutch licorice, very intense and usually salty. The Italian pastilles in teeny metal cases, there are a zillion brands, are bittersweet and a little goes a long way. Try for an excellent assortment.

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        1. re: Delucacheesemonger

          I've never tried Dutch licorice. Is there one in particular you would recommend?

          1. re: HillJ

            They are listed by shape and whether salty or sweet. Differences are mainly in how chewy/hard the piece of licorice is. l really tried to like them, ordered 10 different shapes and firmness, but way too salty for me. Admit l do have a salt issue. If you find a GROM gelateria or a ice cream place in France or Italy they will generally have reglisse which is licorice, it is my # flavor favorite, esp GROM

          2. re: Delucacheesemonger

            Am addicted to Dutch licorice, so I have chosen never to have any in the house. The popular Venco line is good (katjes and other sweet/soft "drops"). Here's everything you need to get started.

            1. re: Delucacheesemonger

              I'm surprised about the salt. I never heard of salty licorice until now. I wonder if this is a recent trend (like salted caramel), or if it is a traditional Dutch style.

              1. re: gfr1111

                I'm replying to you since your post is the most recent, although there are other posters in the 2011 timeframe who are also asking about Danish licorice.

                We just got back from Copenhagen where we learned that the Danes are licorice mad! In fact, a company that offers wonderful food tours of Copenhagen offers a licorice specific tour. (URL below)

                On the regular tour, the only black licorice we tried was from a stall in the lovely food market, Torvehallerne. (The stall featured food from the island of Bornholm, located between Denmark and Sweden. The island's distinct location and climate produces some food that does not grow well in Denmark proper and other foods that have a distinctive taste.)

                Here's a link to a Brooklyn store that ships Bornholm licorice, both the sweet and salty variety. (The URL will take you to the salty version. Look at the bottom of the web page for the link to the sweet variety.)


            2. I am a licorice fiend. My current favorite is Venco Katjes, a not-too-sweet, non-salty licorice. (Venco is the brand, katjes just means "cat" or "kitty" in Dutch). These are imported, but I stock up when I'm in The Netherlands. Most towns and cities will have a shop that sells Dutch groceries, though.

              Beware the "zoute" or "dubbel zoute" flavors, unless you really really really like salt. These will knock you down with saltiness, trust me.

              1. i love licorice both salty and sweet. dont have a fav brand.

                have u guys tried turkish pepper? its salty, sweet and kinda spicy, yum

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                1. re: L987

                  How peppery is Turkish pepper candy?

                  1. re: HillJ

                    not that peppery at all. the candy itself is just sweet and then in the middle it has a powder that is salty and a little peppery. Its a fun thing to try

                    1. re: L987

                      I intend to, very curious to try it actually.