Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Haribo Sali-Kritz

Haribo Sali-KritzDuring my travels in Germany I was enchanted by the extraordinary selection of Haribo products. In some stores they took up an enormous amount of shelf space with dozens and dozens of items. Their products spans a much larger range in Germany where they have gummies, jellies, licorice, chews and marshmallows.

In the United States the only licorice items I see from Haribo are the Licorice Wheels, which are competent starter or snacking licorice. I was hoping to find the more exotic stuff. I was excited to find this bag of Haribo Sali-Kritz which was both beautiful and an interesting product idea.

The candies are described on the package as Lakritz Dragee, basically licorice pastilles. They’re large soft slightly salted licorice diamonds covered in a flavored candy shell.

Haribo Sali-Kritz

The lozenge shape pieces are large - about 1.25 inches long with soft rounded edges. They come in seven colors, all pastels: pink, green, yellow, soft red, blue, orange and white. They’re also flavored to match those colors, though I could find no code and kind of had to figure it out for myself.

Haribo Sali-Kritz

The candy shell is a little thicker than a Good and Plenty rod. The colors are muted (they’re all natural) and sometimes a little less than consistent looking. The shell is crisp but grainy, but does a good job of keeping the licorice inside soft and chewy. The flavor of the shell was light, like the outside of a jelly bean ... and the inside was a very mild ammonia salt licorice. The most difficult thing I’m experiencing now as I’ve probably tried about 50 different kinds of licorice in the past month is that I don’t even know what I like any longer. But that’s something I can keep working at.

Some flavor combinations worked well for me, like lemon (yellow) or strawberry (pink) but others like pineapple (white) or apple (green) were just a little too different. But mostly what was a problem for me was the salted licorice center. The ammonia part wasn’t particularly strong unless I ate two or three, then I felt like every time I exhaled, I smelled like I needed to change the cat litter (which is alarming since I don’t have a cat). I think the salt level would have been moderated nicely by some stronger licorice, toffee and molasses flavors.

I find that I can just eat one of these and be happy. The more I eat in one sitting, the less pleased I am. The novelty of a flavored shell is a plus, but the ammonia level on the licorice is a negative. For a starter licorice for those who want to experience salted licorice, this might be a good start.

Related Candies

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  2. Black Licorice Twists & Snaps
  3. Licorice Assortment
  4. Good & Plenty (Fresh from the Factory)
  5. Dutch Licorice
  6. Panda Bars
  7. Haribo Licorice Wheels

Name: Sali-Kritz
Brand: Haribo
Place Purchased: Rewe (Cologne)
Price: .98 Euro ($1.35)
Size: 7 ounces
Calories per ounce: 103
Categories: All Natural, Candy, Haribo, Licorice Candy, 5-Pleasant, Germany

POSTED BY Cybele AT 4:25 pm Tracker Pixel for Entry     All NaturalCandyHariboLicorice Candy5-PleasantGermany

  1. I’m eating my first bag of these now and Googled it to see if anyone else noticed that punch in the nose of ammonia. I love the taste, but I’m not sure I can deal with the sensation that I accidentally sniffed a bottle of ammonia.

    Comment by M. on 5/20/14 at 4:47 pm #
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