Thursday, November 20, 2008

Darrell Lea Dark Chocolate Covered Liquorice

Darrell Lea Dark Chocolate Coated LiquoriceA few months ago I reviewed Darrell Lea Soft Eating Liquorice from Australia. I enjoyed it quite a bit and now that the weather should be turning chillier (though we’ve had our ups and downs in Los Angeles lately), I was keen to try more chocolate covered licorice varieties.

The Kookaburra variety I tried used milk chocolate, the Darrell Lea Dark Chocolate Covered Liquorice is made with dark chocolate. (Well, it’s not vegan, as it does have butterfat in it.)

Anise and chocolate are a natural pairing, quite common in Italian and Greek confections but pretty rare here in the United States.

Dark Chocolate Covered Black Licorice

There are not a chocolate covered version of the Soft Eating variety I reviewed before. Instead these have artificial colors in them, which makes even less sense since it’s covered in chocolate. They’re also a bit thicker and have a twisted band to the shape.

The scent is nice, a mix of the woodsy and coffee notes of the chocolate and the mellow molasses and anise of the licorice.

The bite is soft and the chocolate melts easily. The overwhelming flavors are of molasses with those hints of sweet licorice, fennel and some cedar and spice notes. It’s not at all like the Indian curry and coriander I noticed with the Soft Eating variety.

Overall, even though these have the senseless addition of my nemesis Red 40 food coloring, it’s satisfying stuff. The price difference for the addition of chocolate is substantial. The regular bags are $2.99, the chocolate variety at Cost Plus World Market are $4.99.

Rating: 7 out of 10

Darrell Lea Dark Chocolate Coated Strawberry LiquoriceI haven’t tried Darrell Lea’s fruit flavored licorices yet, but decided to try the Dark Chocolate Coated Strawberry Liquorice. Mostly because I like chocolate covered strawberries.

I also like the packages. They’re simple, but the striped color coding makes it pretty easy at a glance to tell which is which (and this is the fifth package of Darrell Lea I’ve had).

Like the Licorice, this strawberry variety is also not all-natural like the Soft Eating variety. But it’s still a generous 7 ounce bag with a clear expiration date, which I always appreciate.

Dark Chocolate Covered Red Licorice

I found these much more attractive than the black licorice counterparts. The pieces are slightly smaller, just narrower, but still have the little twist in them. The chocolate was glossier, but that could simply be attributed to handling.

The bag smelled like bubble gum and chocolate. Sweet and summery. The strawberry flavor of the licorice is mild with a good combination of the floral notes and the light tangy berry flavor. The chew is a bit stickier than the black variety, leading to some glops stuck to the sides of my molars.

The chocolate sets off the sweet elements well and melts smoothly to a creamy syrup to go with the strawberry chew. I liked it a lot more than I thought I would.

Rating: 7 out of 10

Related Candies

  1. Mitchell’s Candies
  2. Organic Finnska Soft Licorice
  3. Dolfin: Anise and Red Pepper
  4. Bassett’s Licorice Allsorts
  5. Dutch Licorice
  6. Panda Bars
Name: Dark Chocolate Covered Liquorice & Strawberry Flavored Liquorice
  • 10 SUPERB
  • 9 YUMMY
  • 8 TASTY
  • 7 WORTH IT
  • 4 BENIGN
Brand: Darrell Lea
Place Purchased: Cost Plus World Market (Farmers Market)
Price: $4.99
Size: 7 ounces
Calories per ounce: 106
Categories: Licorice, Chocolate, Darrell Lea, Australia

POSTED BY Cybele AT 11:45 am Tracker Pixel for Entry    

  1. Actually, looking at the packet i would say that it was made for export as our packets are different.

    The fruit flavoured licorice is very nice, my pick would be the green apple or mango.

    My favourite are the white chocolate covered raspberry licorice bullets, they are exceptional.

    The soft eating licorice is the best i have ever tasted, and i’m not saying that because i’m australian either. I love the milk chocolate covered licorice, but it generally comes in a small serving of 100grams in a clear package so i don’t know why they changed the amount and package for export. Either way, nice to see you reviewing an Australian sweet. It’s my first time here and i’ll add this to my bloglines. smile


    Comment by Kelly on 11/20/08 at 10:09 pm #
  2. can anyone tell me how I can get hold of chocolate covered red licquorice in the UK?? I tried Darrell Lea’s in OZ and loved it, but can’t seem to get it anywhere over here. Can I order it on line from OZ?

    Comment by york on 11/21/08 at 1:54 am #
  3. The australian darell lea website is here they have an order form you can download, just email them you might be able to find a place in the UK that sells their products, they’ll probably know.

    Comment by Kelly on 11/21/08 at 10:45 am #
  4. I think I’m going to go melt some of that 72% dark from TJs, and crack open a box of Panda…

    ... bootleg-style…

    Comment by per on 11/22/08 at 9:19 am #
  5. I like the homemade idea instead. Got the strawberry version at Cost Plus, the chocolate was dry and awful.  It wasn’t past expiration.  Too bad.  Love the idea, though.

    Comment by Ariana on 2/25/09 at 12:47 pm #
  6. My wife and I have bought your candy at a store in Michigan [ state ]  in U.S. but when they sell they neve restock that product first was chocolate covered liquorice then it was Original Soft Eating Liquorice wuold like to find a store in U.S. to buy these products.
                Thank You,
            Ronald Marsh
      E-Mail .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
            Howell,Michigan 48843 U.S.A.

    Comment by Ronald Marsh on 11/21/09 at 10:38 am #
  7. The best chocolate coated licorice I have ever tasted is from Organic Times. It’s soft and delicious… goes so well with their chocolate which is amazing in itself… scrumptious. I’ve been lucky enough to try their new raspberry licorice and it’s amazing too. If you are a licorice lover, you must try it… best ever… <>

    Comment by Jeni on 1/09/13 at 1:30 am #
  8. do you have any idea where I can purchase this product on the UK ?

    Comment by Linda Eaton on 2/01/16 at 1:03 am #
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