Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Gimbal’s Scottie Dogs

Gimbal's All Natural Scotty Dog LicoriceGimbal’s makes some very friendly candy. Their facility is peanut free, wheat/gluten free, tree nut free, dairy free, egg free, gelatin free and soy free. They’re also Kosher and made in the USA.

Their new Scottie Dogs licorice are also all natural. That means real licorice and anise extract and no artificial colors in there to muck up the flavor.

The package is classy and kind of European. The description on the front talks about the history of licorice and how the Pontefract Monastery in England spread the popularity of licorice candies. There’s a picture of the English castle, but then there’s some tartan there on the side, you know, for the Scottie dog. A little confusing. But hey, it’s candy, not a documentary.

Gimbal's All Natural Scotty Dog Licorice

When I got a black dog earlier this year, I resisted the temptation to give her a licorice themed name. Scottie would have been my choice (we had a cat named licorice when I was a kid). Of course she’s not a Scottie dog, nor a male and not even close to looking like James Doohan. Which probably would have been perfect. We named her Maya instead.

The pieces are thick and well molded. They’re about 1 inch tall (when they’re standing on their feet) and 1.25 inches from nose to tail.

Gimbal's All Natural Scotty Dog Licorice

This version of licorice isn’t based on wheat or molasses, so it’s a bit more one note. The base is corn syrup and sugar with a bit of starch for thickener. The texture is quite smooth when they’re dissolved as a lozenge. But they’re soft enough to chew, and soft enough to stick in my teeth.

The flavor is mostly anise but there’s a little hint of the woodsy and glycerin smooth licorice. They’re fresh and not filling or bitter. I enjoyed them, but it took several months for me to get through the bag, especially when I had other licorice items to choose from.

Gimbal's Scottie DogsThe classic bag of Gimbal’s Scottie Dogs is easy to identify as well, though I really liked the new all natural version’s packaging. I don’t think there’s actually any difference in the product itself, Gimbal’s didn’t use artificial colors or flavors in them before.

On the whole, I think I prefer my licorice with either more texture or more of a meaty bite. It’s purely a preference, but I like molasses with my licorice. These are certainly cute and great for themed parties and favors. They’re also a nice shape and size for snacking at movies (why don’t they come in theater boxes?). Obviously they’re a great choice for folks who like licorice but can’t tolerate the gluten in the more common wheat-based chews like Twizzlers or Red Vines.

Related Candies

  1. Gimbal’s Honey Lovers
  2. Goetze’s Licorice and Double Chocolate Caramel Creams
  3. Marich Black Heart Licorice
  4. Organic Finnska Soft Licorice
  5. Gimbal’s Lavaballs
  6. Black Ace Licorice


Name: Scottie Dogs
    RATING:
  • SUPERB
  • YUMMY
  • TASTY
  • WORTH IT
  • TEMPTING
  • PLEASANT
  • BENIGN
  • UNAPPEALING
  • APPALLING
  • INEDIBLE
Brand: Gimbal’s Candy
Place Purchased: sample from Sweets & Snacks Expo
Price: unknown
Size: 11.5 ounces
Calories per ounce: 99
Categories: All Natural, Candy, Gimbal's Candy, Kosher, Licorice Candy, 7-Worth It, United States

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Comments
  1. Those are just too cute!! They do look very ‘English’ in packaging, but I’ve never seen them over here (sadly).

    Comment by cinabar on 7/14/10 at 12:29 pm #
  2. Thank you so much for reviewing a gluten-free licorice item on your site! =) I cannot wait to try these scotties!

    Comment by Amanda on 7/14/10 at 3:11 pm #
  3. Your dog is so cute! I have a black cat named Coconut. I, too, struggled with the “Licorice” name.

    Comment by Madame Yum Yum on 7/14/10 at 6:53 pm #
  4. Could Gimbals also be the maker of the Trader Joes Scottie Dogs?  They seem awfully alike.

    Comment by Amy on 7/19/10 at 9:11 am #

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