Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Marich Black Heart Licorice

Marich - Black Heart Licorice & Black Cherry LicoriceThis isn’t necessarily Valentine’s Day candy, but the shape, goth styled packaging and uncommon flavor might just win over a few hearts.

Marich Confectionery is a California candy maker that specializes in panned items and novelty molded creams and fondants for all holidays. I’ve recently fallen in love with their extra dark chocolate panned items like 72% Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Cashews and Dark Cacao Nib Toffee (which I’ve bought twice with the intention of reviewing but ended up eating).

Their new Black Heart Licorice items are all natural and instead of being wheat-based with molasses, these are more of a gumdrop style dense jelly candy.

I picked up my samples from the Fancy Food Show last month. They were showing off two versions: Black Licorice and Black Cherry Licorice.

Marich Black Heart LicoriceThe package design is nicely done. The six inch stand up box with the cut out window shows off the candy and is no bigger than it needs to be. The tab on the back folds into a little slot and keeps the candy closed and pretty fresh inside its inner cellophane bag. There’s a little story on it about a candy maker creating the candy to woo a woman, but I skipped right to the candy. (You can see a snapshot of the ad about it here.)

Marich Black Heart Licorice

The Black Heart Black Licorice are darling little matte hearts. They feel a little rubbery, like they’re made out of silicone. The scent is only very lightly of anise.

The texture is a smooth and dense chew, a bit firmer than a Dot, but still easy to bite. The flavor is clean and clear - anise with some deeper woodsy licorice. It’s not very sweet, in fact, these have a bit of salt in them (75 mg per serving). Though they are colored, it’s all natural coloring so there are no strange artificial bitter flavors to get in the way of the real stuff.

They do stick in my teeth a little bit, so that’s a distraction. The flavor isn’t too strong to mean that I was constantly munching them without getting that overly full or burnt out feeling.

Marich Black Cherry Licorice

The surprising item for me was the Black Heart Black Cherry Licorice. I didn’t even want to take the samples, but figured they were red and would photograph well, I should at least try them. When I read the ingredients, it actually sounded pretty good. Again, all natural so no nasty Red #40 to give me a weird aftertaste ... but there’s also licorice root extract in there too. So it’s truly red licorice.

They don’t smell promising to me, like black cherry flavoring. However, the texture is quite dreamy ... it’s silky slick and easy to chew. The flavor is tangy and has a black cherry note to it. It’s woodsy and has an actual cherry pie flavor and then just a hint of the bouncy sweetness of licorice. The whole thin isn’t too sweet either, again, the benefit of the touch of salt in here. Wow, a cherry candy I actually like, because it actually tastes like cherries. For those who don’t like licorice, it’s not a bold anise flavor, just a different kind of sweetness that highlights the woodsy notes of the cherry flavors.

I don’t know if they’re in stores yet, I didn’t see them at Whole Foods, which is usually where I pick up Marich candies (though I also see them at Gelson’s in Southern California as well). I expect the price to be around $3.50 to $4 per package, so a little steep.

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  2. Marich Easter Select Mix
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  4. Darrell Lea Licorice & Ginger
  5. Organic Finnska Soft Licorice
  6. Black Ace Licorice
Name: Black Heart Black Licorice & Black Cherry Licorice
    RATING:
  • 10 SUPERB
  • 9 YUMMY
  • 8 TASTY
  • 7 WORTH IT
  • 6 TEMPTING
  • 5 PLEASANT
  • 4 BENIGN
  • 3 UNAPPEALING
  • 2 APPALLING
  • 1 INEDIBLE
Brand: Marich Confectionery Company
Place Purchased: samples from Fancy Food Show
Price: unknown
Size: 5.3 ounces
Calories per ounce: 92 & 99
Categories: Licorice, Jelly, United States, Marich, All Natural

POSTED BY Cybele AT 10:59 am Tracker Pixel for Entry    

Comments
  1. I’d get the red ones for sure, but not black. Why bother when there’s better black licorice out there. Those are more of a novelty item IMO. The cherry ones fill a need. I dislike strawberry licorice, but I love cherry anything.

    Comment by Meghan on 2/03/10 at 12:28 pm #
  2. I don’t like licorice, but I wouldn’t mind trying the cherry ones. The flavors sound like they could pair up well.

    Comment by Jitterro on 2/03/10 at 4:04 pm #
  3. The packaging is a work of art.  I think I often skip over the looks of the package because I like candy so much but these are great looking. Great pictures!

    Comment by Mark D. (sugarpressure) on 2/04/10 at 5:20 am #

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