Friday, July 6, 2012

Aldi Grandessa Australian Licorice

Grandessa Orginal Soft LicoriceLike Trader Joe’s, Aldi has been stocking more licorice in their American stores lately. I picked up this package of Grandessa Orginal Soft Licorice made in Australia.

I’ve tried a few items in the Grandessa line from Aldi over the years and found them to be passable, but not their highest quality brand.

It’s a simple package, a matte plastic bag, rather small but dense. At only 7.5 inches by 4.5 inches it holds nearly a half a pound of soft licorice twists.

The licorice fingers are pretty big, they’re about 1.5 to 1.75 inches long (just a little shy of the size of my pinky finger, but I have very small pinkies).

Grandessa Australian Licorice

They’re soft and a bit sticky on the outside. The chewy is doughy and soft and does get stuck on the teeth. The flavor profile is overwhelmingly earthy. There’s a lot of molasses and dark sugars (treacle, brown sugar and molasses are all ingredients). The flavor notes are anise, a light tangy note as some molasses can have, sweet licorice, black pepper, beets, pipe tobacco and coriander. The thick chew is less appealing to me though, because it does have a note of raw wheat flour.

Compared to Panda, it’s has more mineral and earthy flavors. It reminds me a lot of Kookabura Australian Liquorice, and may well be made under contract for Aldi’s Grandessa house brand by Kookabura. The ingredients are similar, though not exactly the same.

They’re made in Australia in a facility that processes peanuts and tree nuts. The ingredients list mono and diglycerides, so I can’t say that these are vegan.

Related Candies

  1. Trader Joe’s Allsorts -a- Licorice
  2. 12 European Licorices
  3. Panda Soft Herb Licorice and Licorice Cremes
  4. Eat with your Eyes: Grandessa Signature Single Origin
  5. Darrell Lea Licorice & Ginger
  6. Kookaburra Licorice
  7. Organic Finnska Soft Licorice
  8. Panda Bars

Name: Australian Soft Licorice
Brand: Aldi
Place Purchased: Aldi (Camp Hill, PA)
Price: $1.99
Size: 7 ounces
Calories per ounce: 92
Categories: Candy, Aldi, Chews, Licorice Candy, 7-Worth It, Australia

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  1. completely off subject but, have you ever had the Ritter Sport with cornflakes in it? it’s fantastic!

    Comment by Rebecca on 7/09/12 at 10:56 am #
  2. @Rebecca

    I still prefer the Hazelnut Ritter Sport. The corn flakes contains too much chocolate.

    I love this blog. Miss eating candies in Australia. Such a wide variety.

    Comment by barca96 on 8/05/12 at 11:53 pm #
  3. Why doesn’t aldi carry the grandessa black licorce regularly?

    Comment by judy stoltzfus on 5/29/13 at 3:21 pm #
  4. I’ve requested several times in the last two years to management that they should increase their grandessa licorice order and they blaim corperate, yada yada yada.I think it’s a loosing battle!    “Blame game”

    Comment by Bill on 3/17/14 at 6:50 pm #
  5. This is Bill again.My issue this time is quality.The grandessa black licorice, use by March and April 2017 is not as advertised,soft and chewy.Rather hard,plain not good. I would think quality control should wake up! I really like the product,but can’t enjoy the present run of black licorice.Please get it right soon.

    Comment by Bill Kreiling on 10/02/16 at 8:12 pm #
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