Friday, August 29, 2008

Darrell Lea Licorice & Ginger

Darrell Lea Soft Eating LiquoriceBack in May I got a fabulous box of goodies from All Candy Expo that included this package of Darrell Lea Soft Eating Liquorice. I dutifully took photos of it.

And then ate it all. And promptly forgot what it was like so I couldn’t review it.

So today I went out and bought a new bag, just so I could finish up this review. (My office is dangerously close to a Cost Plus World Market now.)

When I opened it up I remember why I didn’t review it.

Darrell Lea Soft Eating LiquoriceI cut the bag open and stuck my nose in there to get a good lung-full of the scent and there it was ... it smells like curry. Not in a bad way, by any means, but that’s why I didn’t review the first bag ... I wasn’t sure if that’s the way it was supposed to be.

So here I am with a second bag and I’m gonna have to say, “hey folks, this stuff really smells like and Indian spice shop!” It makes my mouth water, it’s a mix of curry, coriander, anise and black tea.

The pieces are kind of awkward - they’re long fingers. Thick and soft, they’re about three inches long and a matte black.

The flavor is dark and smoky. The molasses is pronounced but has a great mellow licorice mixed with a little hint of those spices I mentioned earlier. The chew is soft without being too sticky like Dots can be. Not too sweet and really munchable but satisfying.

Pretty good overall and certainly distinctive enough that I think I could tell this apart from most of the other Aussie style licorices I’ve had over the years. And I plan on finishing this package pretty soon as well.

Rating: 8 out of 10

Darrell Lea Ginger LicoriceThere are a lot of different licorice twist flavors out there, but most of them are fruity. So I was pretty excited to find this Soft Eating Ginger Liquorice at Cost Plus World Market (I bought these a couple of days ago and then realized I should review the black stuff, too, and went back.) If there’s one thing I’ve learned about Australia through candy, it’s that Australians make good licorice and ginger products.

Like the rest of their line, it comes in a kraft paper looking package, mellow and muted and boldly stating that it’s flavored naturally. The ingredients bear that out: Raw sugar, wheat glucose syrup, wheat flour, cane sugar, ginger puree (4%), water, modified food starch, palm oil, natural flavor, mono & di-glycerides, salt, citric acid, malic acid, spinach extract (color), liquorice extract, sodium bicarbonate, beta carotene (color) and sulphur dioxide (preservative).

Darrell Lea Ginger LicoriceThis one didn’t smell quite as appealing. Like the Buderim Ginger Gummi Bears, I found that this bag smelled a bit like Elmer’s Glue.

But I got over it.

The little fingers in this version are a little shorter at about 2 1/2 inches each but a little bigger around. The texture is different as well, though still soft they’re not as pliable and just a bit drier on the outside. But singly they smell less like wood glue and more like ginger tea.

The bite is a smidge less smooth, but boy howdy is it spicy. Right away there’s the woodsy peppery taste of ginger and then a throat warming burn. It’s not very sweet at all, much less than the other ginger chews that I like so much from Chimes and the Ginger People.

The wheat base of the chew makes it a little starchy in a way, but it also makes them rather filling and I think cuts through what might be a very spicy affair. It would be cool if they actually used molasses in these, they’d be like gingerbread (without the extra spices). But for ginger fans, this is a great new way to enjoy it. It’s a good munching food for movies, especially mixed with something salty like popcorn (I tried it with pretzels and it went well).

Rating: 7 out of 10

Darrell Lea has a pretty big range, I saw the Green Apple and Strawberry versions at Cost Plus as well. There is another version that are chocolate covered smaller nibs but their Australian website shows a much larger range of products (most of which sound fabulous). They’re Kosher and have no artificial colors or flavors.

Related Candies

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  5. Altoids Chocolate Dipped Ginger Mints
  6. Dutch Licorice
  7. Chimes Ginger Chews
Name: Soft Eating Original Liquorice & Ginger Liquorice
  • 10 SUPERB
  • 9 YUMMY
  • 8 TASTY
  • 7 WORTH IT
  • 4 BENIGN
Brand: Darrell Lea
Place Purchased: Cost Plus World Market (Farmers Market)
Price: $2.99
Size: 7 ounces
Calories per ounce: 93
Categories: Licorice, Ginger, Darrell Lea, Australia, Kosher

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  1. Darrel Lea licorice is by far my least favourite Australian one. I find its texture quite gluttonous, it sticks to the roof of my mouth. Unless you coat it in chocolate. And then i’m all over it.

    Darrel Lea is one of the shops I am most looking forward to taking my kids at Christmas when we go home. If nothing else it will be a trip down memory lane for me wink

    Comment by trashalou on 8/29/08 at 1:26 pm #
  2. I didn’t know Darrel Lea made ginger liquorice! Count me in!

    Comment by Leigh on 8/31/08 at 10:18 pm #
  3. Er, no. It doesn’t smell like curry at all. I don’t know what kind of curry you eat!

    Comment by Tania on 8/31/08 at 10:48 pm #
  4. I LOVE Darrell Lea licorice and am so glad that New Zealand imports it! smile If you’re in Australia, you really need to go into a Darrell Lea store. The smell! I could stand there all day. It’s been six years since my last trip to Oz and I can still remember the smell of the Darrell Lea shop! (Which probably says something about my greediness! :D)

    Comment by Laura on 9/01/08 at 10:16 pm #
  5. They actually sell Darrell Lea soft eating liquorice at the Rite Aid pharmacy in my neighborhood (it used to be Brooks pharamcy). They only have regualar, strawberry and apple.

    Comment by Temperance on 9/02/08 at 5:59 am #
  6. I bought the strawberry version at Target. I thought it was great. It stuck in my teeth a lot, but that was a small price to pay!

    Comment by trishket on 9/03/08 at 1:52 pm #
  7. I love when you say boy howdy!

    Comment by Rachel B. on 9/15/08 at 9:58 am #
  8. Try the mango!!!!!!
    It is absolutely fabulous!

    Comment by Stephanie on 9/25/08 at 12:14 pm #
  9. i have been living in france for the last 34 years please let me know if i can order it as i am looing at the bag and the taste is coming back after all these years it is no doute the best in the world

    Comment by robyn durand on 6/07/09 at 8:26 am #
  10. We eat a lot of Darrell Lea licorice (especially the ginger when we can find it)but if you really want a taste treat find “Capricorn” brand aussie licorice. Its made with molasses and no artificial flavors or colors.
    Trust me on this!

    Comment by Dave on 3/10/13 at 7:16 pm #
  11. When I recently retired to a small town in the Ozarks of Missouri, my husband took a trip to the HARDWARE STORE, where, lo and behold, he saw a barrel with soft licorice in it!
    Well, knowing how I like licorice, he bought me a bag, and,  now I’m hooked on it!!
    He has me on a ration of two or three a day, because if left to my own devices, I would devour the whole bag and send him out for more.
    He then hides them and brings out the bag when I ask for it, and then makes me leave the room so he can hide it from me!!
    Now the hardware store has moved the barrel, so I have to check to make sure they still have it.
    Now, I’m going to try the red kind if I can find it.
    WHAT FUN!!!

    Comment by Patti on 11/15/13 at 12:00 pm #


    Comment by ANGELA TAFT on 7/28/14 at 12:34 pm #
  13. i tried ginger licorice over the weekend from a market stall but don’t know what brand it was…loved it! where do i buy yours in Australia?

    Comment by valerie baxter on 10/06/14 at 2:48 pm #
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