Thursday, January 28, 2010

Broadway Black Licorice Rolls

Broadway Licorice Rolls - Black LicoriceThe old Danish Rolls or Delfa Rolls are back, though now with the name Broadway Rolls. I finally found the black licorice version being sampled at the Winter Fancy Food Show at the Gerrit Verburg (a licorice importer) booth.

These are made in China but bear a striking similarity to the original Danish Rolls.

The construction of the candy is that it’s four small spools of flat licorice strands served up as one long bar in a single wrapper. The Strawberry Broadway Roll I tried before was interesting, but not so much that I would long for it if I couldn’t get it again.

Broadway Licorice Rolls - Black Licorice

The black licorice is glossy, smooth and quite dark. They’re soft and as long as I unrolled them, were easy to bite. (Biting a whole roll was tough and kind of silly.) Each spool is about 3/4 of an inch tall and one inch wide. Each strip, unrolled, is about one foot (12”) long - though that varied a little bit.

It didn’t smell like much at first, just a bit spicy and like anise. After unrolling and biting one though, it was quite complex and good. The main ingredients are wheat flour, sugar and molasses with real licorice extract and artificial flavors. I’ve noticed that I prefer licorice made with molasses, as I like the mineral and earthy flavors and how they combine with the sweet and spicy licorice. In this case the licorice tasted more like a really good ginger spice cake than a plain black licorice. Notes of cloves, ginger and nutmeg were quite apparent.

For a single serve black licorice, it’s great. It’s hard to find really intensely flavored licorice that’s not overly sticky. This had a good bite that became a bit crumbly and short after chewing, so it didn’t stick to my teeth at all. The aftertaste was a little bitter, but I blame that on the artificial food colors (which is too bad as well). There are some shortcomings to it, but overall I can see myself buying this again, especially since it’s a single serve, fun to play with and interestingly flavored roll.

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  4. Organic Finnska Soft Licorice
  5. Ribbon Candy
  6. Haribo Licorice Wheels
Name: Broadway Black Licorice Rolls
  • 10 SUPERB
  • 9 YUMMY
  • 8 TASTY
  • 7 WORTH IT
  • 4 BENIGN
Brand: Gerrit Verburg
Place Purchased: sample from the Fancy Food Show
Price: retail $1.19
Size: 2.12 ounces
Calories per ounce: 100
Categories: Chew, Licorice, China

POSTED BY Cybele AT 8:08 am Tracker Pixel for Entry    

  1. I’ve found these a while ago in my favorite store, and, can’t stop eating them!!!
    I keep a couple in my car and the office for a “quick lic fix!!”

    Comment by Steven on 1/28/10 at 3:38 pm #
  2. It’s amazing.  I absolutely cannot stand black licorice, but your great description makes me want to try it!

    Comment by LL on 1/29/10 at 7:06 am #
  3. I was just wondering if these are gluten free? Thank you!

    Comment by Amanda on 3/03/10 at 5:03 pm #
  4. Cybele's avatar

    Amanda - as I mentioned in the review, these are made with wheat flour, so they cannot be gluten free. You should try the Gimbal’s scotty dogs or Black Ace Licorice, as both should be gluten free.

    Comment by Cybele on 3/03/10 at 5:13 pm #
  5. These rolls did not taste the least bit like the originals. Maybe the problem is that it comes out of China or maybe the problem is that they don’t the original recipe. Regardless of why, neither the red nor black tasted at all like the Broadway rolls.

    Comment by Honest Educated on 8/01/16 at 2:19 pm #
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