Thursday, October 16, 2008

Kookaburra Choc Coated Liquorice

Kookaburra Choc Coated LiquoriceI reviewed Kookaburra Liquorice last year and then was intrigued by their chocolate coated variety. There are quite a few licorice companies out there coming out with chocolate varieties, but a lot of them aren’t real chocolate.

I was concerned that was the case with Kookaburra, mostly because it said Choc Coated and thought maybe “choc” was code for not chocolate. But it’s really just short for chocolate. (Sometimes called choccies as well by Brits, Candians & Aussies.) I looked over the ingredients carefully and it’s the real stuff, even includes real vanilla. However the actual licorice contains artificial colors, which is kind of silly when you consider that only folks who bite stuff in half and peer in there are gonna notice.

The package is a stout peg bag with a tufted bottom that allows it to stand up. I liked that it was compact and narrow instead of one of those wide & flat bags that don’t tuck into my fall bag as well.

Kookaburra Choc Coated Liquorice

These are pretty big nuggets, about the size of one of my lesser toes.

The chocolate coating is shiny and smells vaguely of chocolate but mostly of licorice.

It’s pretty thick, which is good for matching the strong woodsy flavors of the licorice and the hearty wheat-based chew.

At first I really didn’t like these. I actually like a bit of anise mixed with dark chocolate, but it didn’t seem to go with the dairy notes I was picking up on the milk chocolate.

But after a few more pieces, it grew on me and over several days I’ve eaten the whole bag. It’s quite satisfying because it had both a creamy component and the chew plus some strong flavors.

It wasn’t cheap though, at $5.99 for a bag that only holds 6 ounces, there are probably more satisfying treats for me. (Like the Venco Skoolkrijt that I bought on the same trip.) But it has intrigued me enough that I’m going to do some more chocolate & licorice sampling.

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Name: Choc Coated Liquorice
  • 10 SUPERB
  • 9 YUMMY
  • 8 TASTY
  • 7 WORTH IT
  • 4 BENIGN
Brand: Kookaburra
Place Purchased: Mel & Rose's Wine & Spirits (Los Angeles)
Price: $5.99
Size: 6 ounces
Calories per ounce: 120
Categories: Chocolate, Licorice, Australia, Kookaburra

POSTED BY Cybele AT 9:57 am Tracker Pixel for Entry    

  1. A great review, as always. But you gotta stop using your toes as comparisons. I’m starting to have nightmares about finding toes in my candy! smile

    Comment by KateC on 10/16/08 at 10:08 am #
  2. Cybele's avatar

    KateC - it’s not my fault! It’s 90 degrees on October 15th ... I’m wearing sandals, so my toes are kind of just there, begging to be included in a review one last time for the season!

    Comment by Cybele on 10/16/08 at 10:14 am #
  3. It certainly is… descriptive. I get quite a strong mental image. Good, urm, writing! raspberry

    Comment by KateC on 10/16/08 at 12:24 pm #
  4. I am going to try this…I am waiting to try the Darrell Lea chocolate covered too.
    anybody had those???

    Comment by rufuslady on 10/16/08 at 3:16 pm #
  5. Are Candians from the country of Candy? LOL

    Comment by Amie on 10/17/08 at 5:53 am #
  6. In Australia “choc(late) coated liquorice” is not called that at all - here we call ‘em “bullets”, or liquorice bullets but if you were in the supermarket and someone said - “get a bag of bullets” we’d know exactly what you meant. 

    I wonder why they have been renamed for overseas sale? lol.

    Then again we also have soft lollies called “Chicos” and sticky lollies called “Red Skins”.

    Comment by Karyn on 11/02/08 at 9:05 pm #
  7. LOL Those things look like Wombat scat! Well, if Wombat scat wasn’t square of course. wink

    Comment by Natalie on 2/10/10 at 3:33 pm #
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