Thursday, July 18, 2013

Lucky Country Aussie-Style Black Licorice

Lucky Country Soft LicoriceLucky Country is an American licorice company that makes Australian-style licorice. What is Australian style? It’s distinguished by large pieces, a soft texture and a molasses & wheat flour base.

Lucky Country is not as easy to find in stores as Twizzlers or Red Vines, but for folks who like a really rich tasting licorice but don’t want to spring for the European or Australian candies, it’s a good option.

Lucky Country sent me some bags of their black licorice and some of their fruity varieties. I’d tried their black before (the photo of the package shown is from 2008, but the pieces below are the more recent shipment).

Lucky Country Black Licorice

The nuggets are big. They’re about 1.5” long and about .6 inches in diameter. It only takes five pieces to make a portion, which comes out to about 130 calories. Even though it’s not fat free, it’s very low in calories overall, only 92 calories per ounce, because it’s a wheat-based chew and the primary sweetener is molasses. The molasses also adds a bit of nutrition. There 6% of your daily RDA of calcium and 8% of your RDA of iron.

I was disappointed to see artificial colors in the ingredients. It’s pretty easy to find all natural licorice out there, so there’s little reason to compromise on this if you don’t like Red 40, Yellow 6 or Blue 1 going into your candy or body.

Lucky Country Black Licorice

The pieces are a little sticky but overall quite chewy and soft. The flavor is well rounded with a good licorice and anise flavor along with a smoky and earthy flavor of molasses. They’re not as sweet as Panda licorice, and I enjoy the twisted segments as a shape versus the long, smooth bar of Panda.

It’s good stuff, and since it’s made in the US, it’s pretty affordable stuff. Personally I prefer the format of pastilles (like Good & Plenty) so if they ever go in that direction, I’d be interested to try them.

Related Candies

  1. Panda Traditional Soft Original Licorice (with High Fructose Corn Syrup)
  2. Aldi Grandessa Australian Licorice
  3. Natural Vines - Black Licorice
  4. Walgreen’s Australian Licorice (Chocolate Covered)
  5. Darrell Lea Licorice & Ginger
  6. Young & Smylie Traditional Licorice
  7. Kookaburra Licorice


Name: Aussie-Style Traditional Black Soft Licorice
    RATING:
  • SUPERB
  • YUMMY
  • TASTY
  • WORTH IT
  • TEMPTING
  • PLEASANT
  • BENIGN
  • UNAPPEALING
  • APPALLING
  • INEDIBLE
Brand: Lucky Country
Place Purchased: samples from Lucky Country
Price: $1.89 retail
Size: 6 ounces
Calories per ounce: 92
Categories: Candy, Kosher, Licorice Candy, 7-Worth It, United States

POSTED BY Cybele AT 2:28 pm Tracker Pixel for Entry     CandyReviewKosherLicorice Candy7-Worth ItUnited States

Comments
  1. Green licorice is good licorice.

    Comment by Galahir950 on 7/18/13 at 4:52 pm #
  2. For a while my local grocery store carried three varieties of Lucky Country: black, cherry, and black cherry. The packaging of the black cherry was such that it could easily have been confused with black, and I suspect that some people purchased it by mistake. (I didn’t try it before the store stopped carrying it.)

    PS. I would alter Galahir950’s statement to “brown licorice is good licorice.” I almost always prefer the ones with brownish interior to the ones with greenish interior.

    Comment by bitguru on 7/19/13 at 8:17 am #
  3. I often see this brand and some of it’s products at the Dollar Tree store.

    Comment by Danielle Woodcock on 7/25/13 at 5:07 am #

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