Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Jelly Belly Licorice Bears

Licorice BearsJelly Belly is introducing a new product to their Confections line. Not quite a jelly bean and not quite a gummi bear, these are Licorice Bears. I previewed these little guys at the Fancy Food Show in January but it was nice to have more than three to give them a real taste drive.

These sassy, spicy and soft bears aren’t quite like black vine licorice either. The texture is rather like a smooth gumdrop. They’re made with corn syrup and a potato starch base, which makes them softer on the tongue and easier to dissolve than a wheat & molasses based vine. (All that ingredient talk really takes the magic out of it, doesn’t it?) The natural and artificially flavored bears are super sweet but have a nice woodsy and clear licorice/anise flavor to them.


The size and shape is rather close to the Haribo bears I’m so fond of.

I would find these irresistible in a bowl or jar in front of me. The bag I got as a preview sample from Jelly Belly is just about gone (and I just got it on Friday, which is saying a lot about my lack of control). I much prefer these to the black jelly beans, something about the consistent texture that I really like. Unlike Black Crows, they don’t stick to my teeth in the same way, either.

I’m not sure how easy these are going to be to find, I even had trouble finding them on the Jelly Belly site at first . But the price is decent enough, only a little more than Jelly Belly beans at $4.99 for the half pound bag. I’m rather fond of Licorice Pastels and I’m wondering if these could be panned with a crunchy candy shell ... that might be heavenly.

There’s no gelatin in this product, so it’s suitable for vegetarians (and I’m pretty sure they use American-grown beet sugar as well in all their products, so these would be okay even for vegans). There’s also no wheat in there.

(As a silly side note, I took that photo of the bag of Licorice Bears seen at the top. Later I went to the Jelly Belly site and found that while my photo looks lovely and professional, it also looks exactly like theirs which led me to wonder why I bothered taking mine. Oh well.)

UPDATE: It looks like Jelly Belly sent these samples out to a few places. Candy Addict’s Caitlin just posted her thoughts as well.

Name: Licorice Bears
  • 10 SUPERB
  • 9 YUMMY
  • 8 TASTY
  • 7 WORTH IT
  • 4 BENIGN
Brand: Jelly Belly
Place Purchased: samples from Jelly Belly
Price: retail $4.99
Size: 8 ounces
Calories per ounce: 98
Categories: Licorice, United States, Jelly Belly, Kosher

POSTED BY Cybele AT 4:05 am Tracker Pixel for Entry    

  1. Yum! Gotta get my hands on some of these!

    Comment by Sera on 5/22/07 at 6:34 am #
  2. That just reminds me how much I miss Goelitz’ Honey Bears.  Those were super tasty…

    Comment by Michaela on 5/22/07 at 7:32 am #
  3. Now I want Black Crows.  Darn it.

    Comment by Susan on 5/22/07 at 9:10 am #
  4. Lovely photo of the Black Bear Platoon, Cybele!

    Comment by desertwind on 5/23/07 at 11:36 pm #
  5. never had em

    Comment by Catie on 4/30/08 at 2:17 pm #
  6. I love gummi bears and all but putting licorice on a gummi bear doesn’t sound particulary to tasty. Sounds really gross but I guess I’ll have to try them to see what all the hype is.

    Comment by Analia on 6/03/08 at 3:06 am #
  7. Im not a big fan of licorice but those sound good

    Comment by Candy Lover on 7/11/08 at 3:42 am #
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