Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Natural Vines - Black Licorice

Natural Vines - LicoriceEarlier this year one of America’s largest licorice companies introduced something radically different for them. American Licorice launched Natural Vines. They come in black licorice (true licorice) and strawberry licorice (red licorice).

I liked the package, it’s a sharp looking kraft brown with black vine swirls. It stands up well, with a gusset on the bottom. It looked pretty small but each bag is a half a pound. I was a little aghast at the price though. I paid $2.99 for mine. I’d been looking for it in stores for a while and finally found it at the grocery store and it wasn’t on sale. I bought a half a pound of Red Vines last month for a dollar, so this stuff is three times the price.

As the name implies, they’re all natural and feature real licorice extract. The style is America, with its soft chew and molasses and wheat flour base.

Natural Vines - Licorice

Yes, they’re slick looking and shiny. They’re also sticky; far too sticky for my liking as they’re almost moist.

The smell lightly spicy like a cup of chai or a gingerbread cookie. Each nub is about an inch long and a big bite or two small bites.

Natural Vines - Licorice

The chew is soft and a little bouncy. It doesn’t stick at all to my teeth and has a mild flavor overall. The molasses is woodsy, but not bitter. There are notes of toffee and of course anise. There’s also that true natural licorice flavor, which is light and sweet and a little slick on the back of the throat.

The flavor is fresh but also not very intense. I found it easy to eat but not actually satisfying to my cravings for really intense licorice and deep molasses. They’re better than regular Black Vines (or Red Vines Black Twists as they’re officially called), I can’t give them a higher rating. The stickiness, mildness and vastly higher price didn’t really balance it all out.

The ingredients are considered vegan (although there’s cane sugar in there). Also of note, there’s no artificial colors or corn syrup (they use rice syrup). The only hinky ingredient is palm oil, though it’s not much as each 1.41 ounce serving contains only one gram of fat. There’s also 15% of your RDA or iron, 6% of your calcium and a gram of fiber & protein.

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Name: Natural Vines Black Licorice
Brand: American Licorice
Place Purchased: Von's (Glendale)
Price: $2.99
Size: 8 ounces
Calories per ounce: 99
Categories: All Natural, Candy, American Licorice, Chews, Licorice Candy, 6-Tempting, United States, Von's

POSTED BY Cybele AT 12:37 pm Tracker Pixel for Entry     All NaturalCandyAmerican LicoriceKosherLicorice Candy6-TemptingUnited StatesVon's

  1. Wow those are shiny! They look like they were bored out of a mine.  I have never understood licorice.  I dont like it, I dont get why other people like it.  It’s weird.  Good review.

    Comment by Steve on 9/14/10 at 5:20 pm #
  2. at first look, I thought it was a coal!!

    Comment by fatim on 9/16/10 at 6:18 pm #
  3. Shiny…the Finniah Panda licorice doesn’t look like that.  (Though mine are kind of stale now.)

    Comment by dewfall on 9/21/10 at 10:01 pm #
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