Friday, October 12, 2012

Darrell Lea Dark Choc Liquorice Bullets

Darrell Lea Dark Choc Liquorice BulletsDarrell Lea is an Australian confectionery company founded in 1927. They were known in Australia for their quaint and classic chocolate and licorice products sold at the company’s branded stores. (The company went into administration earlier this year and was bought out by the Quinn family, who also run VIP Petfoods. The shops are closed, but they’re still making candy.)

Here in the United States were get few of their products on our shelves, with their signature item being the Australian style licorice. I’ve even tried another version of their chocolate covered licorice before.

Cost Plus World Market recently had a big display of Australian and specifically a large array of Darrell Lea confections. I picked up a chocolate covered fudge bar and this package of Darrell Lea Dark Choc Liquorice Bullets.

Darrell Lea Dark Choc Liquorice Bullets

The package holds 7 ounces, but is jam packed with the candies. It’s a heavy bag, like a bean bag filled with lead shot. The pieces are large. Think of a swollen Good & Plenty. Good & Plenty are about 2/3 of an inch long. These are over one inch. They’re consistent, dark and glossy. They smell like sweet chocolate and nothing like licorice.

The chocolate coating is nicely done, shiny and thick. The flavor is, well, thin. It’s like hot cocoa made with hot water instead of milk. The chocolate notes are like chocolate syrup. The licorice nib beneath is hefty and soft with a solid and satisfying chew. The earthy flavors of the licorice go pretty well with the chocolate. It’s almost bitter with lots of notes of dirt and minerals but not a whole lot of anise, more on the green fennel flavors.

The chew leaves behind lots of sticky bits of the licorice in my teeth and has a sort of rib sticking density as well. The ingredients show that this is real chocolate, though it does contain PGPR (an extra emulsifier) and butter (so it’s not vegan ... though it also lists shellac). The licorice base is wheat flour. It was made in a facility that also processes peanuts and tree nuts. There’s no corn syrup though, which I know some people avoid in a licorice.

I found them satisfying as a candy, but not great as a chocolate product or as a licorice product. I ate the whole bag, but it took me well over a month, as I kept losing interest. They also make a Milk Choc variety, which might have a better balance with the added dairy flavors. I don’t know what the financial restructuring will mean to availability of Darrell Lea products outside of Australia.

Related Candies

  1. Panda Traditional Soft Original Licorice (with High Fructose Corn Syrup)
  2. Goetze’s Licorice and Double Chocolate Caramel Creams
  3. Panda Soft Herb Licorice and Licorice Cremes
  4. Walgreen’s Australian Licorice (Chocolate Covered)
  5. Darrell Lea Dark Chocolate Covered Liquorice
  6. Kookaburra Choc Coated Liquorice
  7. Darrell Lea Licorice & Ginger

Name: Dark Choc Liquorice Bullets
Brand: Darrell Lea
Place Purchased: Cost Plus World Market (Farmers Market)
Price: $3.99
Size: 7 ounces
Calories per ounce: 112
Categories: Candy, Darrell Lea, Chocolate, Licorice Candy, 7-Worth It, Australia, Cost Plus

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